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Dog Sled Alaskian Excursion Question.


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going to alaska for the first time next summer thru Princess and i have seen all their excusions and want to know.


has anyone ever done the dog sled excursions at any of the alaska ports?


its like $110 and you go the sled dog camps and they let you ride a mile long dog sled and hear dog mushing stories and you can pet and check out the dog mushing camps.


if you have done it..how is it?




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Are you looking at the excursion in Skagway with the dog sledding on wheels? If so - I did this a few years ago (it was only $100 at the time) -here are some pics:




It was cute and I enjoyed it. I know it doesn't compare to the $400 excursion where you land on a glacier and go sledding but it was good enough for me.


I would also recommend attending Libby Riddles presentation on the ship (first female to win iditarod). She usually boards the ships in Juneau and gives a presentation towards the end of the day there. Definitely not to be missed. Her presentation is good for people of all ages.

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yeah, thats the exact one i was talking about.


i would LOVE to do the excursion when you fly to the glacier and then dog sled but $400 is alot of money.


so it was worth 100 dollars? you actually get pulled by the dogs? do you each have your own sled or how does it work?





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I think it is a bit high priced but everything in Alaska costs more then I think it should.


I did the tour a few years ago. We were divided into 2 groups - half of the group speaks to the staff and can pet the dogs and learns about the dogs while the other half rides in the sled with the musher. There are several people per sled. You ride up a hill in the sled and you stop a few times for the dogs to get water and to rest. Once you are at the top - you go down the hill rather quickly.


If you do not want to spend $400, this is an alternative. I believe there is a less expensive option in Caribou Crossing: http://www.cariboucrossing.ca/


I haven't heard any reviews on that one recently.

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I don't know which ports Princess visits, but we had a nice experience with Seavey's Ididaride in Seward. Sounds a lot like the other tour but cost $49 for an adult. 9 people on a sled pulled by 12-13 dogs. It has some Iditarod history too. Three generations of Seaveys have run the Iditarod. Mitch won the race in 2004. One of the sons picked us up at our hotel and another gave the tour/drove the sled. Plenty of cute puppies to cuddle. We had a blast. The web site is www.ididaride.com.

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We have done both the Dog Musher's Camp in Skagway and the dog mushing at Caribou Crossing. They are both a lot of fun. Check out our page at Cruising With the Halls , scroll down to our two latest Alaska trips on Sapphire and Zuiderdam, and you can read our report and see our pics of both.


I think the plan of renting a car, driving to Caribou Crossing, and doing the dog camp there is the best one. You get a combination of great scenery, a great museum, AND the dogs, and the price still figures out well.


Have a GREAT cruise!




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May 2005 I was in Alaska on the Sun Princess. It was our Honeymoon. DH and I booked the helicopter/glacier dogsledding. Yes it is expensive, but it is worth it. We booked directly with Princess in Skagway. There were only 5 people on our excursion. When we landed on the glacier they split us in 2 groups. Dh and I got to be in our own group, which worked out perfectly. We got to go through the sled run twice compared to the other sled. ( 2 ladies in the other group were from mexico and having trouble with being cold so they stopped more frequently) And we had plenty of time to spend with the dogs. I even got to hold and spend time with the babies. It was fabulous and well worth the $800. I would do it again and spend the money again. Good Luck and Enjoy Alaksa. We hope to be back there in 2010 for our 5 year anniversary.

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