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18 hours ago, PSR said:

 

Yes, many times to Alaska cruising, but never a land tour.

Happy to find someone else on these boards on the cruise with us.....

Looking forward to seeing Alaska for the first time. Hubby has been, 30 yrs ago.

 

Thanks for all the wonderful info ....

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11 hours ago, terrydtx said:

The Tundra tour start times are given out randomly and start at 5:00am. When we arrived at Denali we found we were on tour  number 3 departing at 6:00. With two early departures already that week we just did not want to have to get up once again at 4am. I went to the HAL customer service desk and got switched to tour number 24 departing at 9:20.

 

Glad to know it's possible to change the TWT bus time. Didn't even think that was possible; might have to try it if necessary.

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There were quite a few people who complained about early mornings on our tour. The earliest we had to be ready was 6. Several times 7. We are early risers so honestly didn’t think much about it. Guess it is what you are used to. 

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Just wondering if you have a early Tundra tour are the restaurants open early to have breakfast before you leave on your tour?

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We had an early Tundra tour and had a great breakfast before we left at Karstens (ate there both Denali days). They have 2 choices of buffets - one hot and one cold. We grabbed an extra piece of fruit that we took to eat on the TWT and did not finish the snacks they gave us. Karstens was just across the road from our room. We ate dinner there one night too and thought it was terrific.

 

We ate well during the entire trip. Did not purchase the meal plan. We tend to grab a bigger buffet breakfast and then usually skipped lunch or had a snack (brought snack pack fruit and nut with us from home) or fruit and were good until dinner.   The days were busy!! We did eat both breakfast and lunch on the Alaska Railroad but a light dinner that evening before heading off to the Husky Homestead (which I recommend). SOOOO glad we did not buy the food plan. We had one expensive dinner in Anchorage but found the food to be pretty reasonable. Lots of choices everywhere we went.

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1 hour ago, ETski said:

Just wondering if you have a early Tundra tour are the restaurants open early to have breakfast before you leave on your tour?

 

Just checked my brochure from June and noted that the Karsten's House buffet is open at 5:00 AM.

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