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  1. Our group has picked an excursion with Anderson Tours. They are asking for payment in full rather than a deposit. In the past we have either payed in full on the day of the tour or given a deposit when booking. This seems more risky. There are 6 of us so it’s over $400! Anyone worked with them before? Their reviews are great on Trip Advisor but still thought I’d double check on here. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. They do provide you with a snack box, but for an 8 hour tour it's not enough food. Plus you might not like the things they put in there. I liked them fine, but my son was not a fan of some of the choices. We stayed at Denali Bluffs and they have a little cafe area in their lobby where you could buy the lunch. I'm assuming the other hotels have that option too, but you'd have to check. You could order the lunch (sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie I think it was) the day before, but we got there too late for that. It was easy enough to just get one that morning. Our tour started at 6:30 a.m. and they were open bright and early.
  3. We were on Radiance of the Seas last week and our cruise ended in Seward. Our land tour started in Anchorage the next day and we were scheduled to take the 6:00 p.m. train. So that left us the whole day in Seward with all our luggage to deal with. We booked the "Resurrection Bay" tour with Kenai Fjords Tours. They were great to work with! They took our luggage from us right after we disembarked. We spent a couple of hours at the SeaLife Center, which is really nice by the way, and then the tour was from 12:00-4:30. The tour included lunch on Fox Island and the scenery was beautiful. We saw humpback whales, sea otters, stellar sea lions, puffins, a bald eagle and other birds. It was an awesome tour and lunch was surprisingly good for feeding a big group. We returned right on time and the train depot is a short walk from where you get off the tour boat. We didn't even have to pick up our luggage from them. They had taken it to the train station for us! I planned this all in advance and it worked out even better than I thought! On a side note, I highly recommend the train ride from Seward to Anchorage. Unbelievably beautiful scenery. We really enjoyed it.
  4. We just went on the Tundra Wilderness Tour a week ago today! It was awesome! We had a great bus driver/ tour guide and we learned so much from him. We saw lots of caribou, moose, marmot and different kinds of birds, but the best thing was getting within 32 miles of Mount Denali. What a spectacular sight! We were so lucky to have a warm, sunny day. I wouldn't bother with the shorter tour. Our driver showed us where the turn around spot is for that tour and most of the great things we saw were after that spot. Don't get me wrong, it is a long tour, but the day goes by quickly. There are several spots where you stop for bathroom breaks. This was one of the highlights of my trip. Be sure if you go to bring food with you. There is nowhere to buy food during the tour. Don't hesitate to go. This is an awesome tour. I tried to post a couple pics, but it's not working. :confused::(:(
  5. We were in Ketchikan last week and really enjoyed the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. The show is funny and the lumberjacks are very talented. We had people in our group from age 17 to 79 and fun was had by all! It's relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of excursions and then Creek Street was a fun area to walk around. Ketchikan definitely has the best prices for souvenirs. Be sure to walk past Creek Street and see the Salmon Ladder. We saw lots of salmon swimming in the creek. We had lunch at Alaska Fish House. Excellent fish and chips. Beautiful setting right on the water. Our other ports had very expensive tours so this was a enjoyable relatively inexpensive day. Such a cute little town. I'd love to go back sometime.
  6. Fortunately we don't leave until 9:30 p.m.! So we will have plenty of time. Thanks again for your help.
  7. Our cruise is officially a week away and I'm going through our itinerary. Realized the only thing I didn't book is transportation to Mendenhall Glacier. We have a helicopter excursion in the morning, but hope to visit the glacier in the afternoon and do some hiking. I see it's 14 miles away. We don't want to take a tour that limits our time there, so that limits some options. Anyone have advice for me? Has anyone used "The Blue Bus" Glacier Express. $45 a person seems high to me, but not sure if there are other cheaper options. Also, is it necessary to book transportation now or are there enough options once we get off the ship to just wait?Thanks so much for any help.
  8. Thanks for your help! I'm convinced that getting them is a good idea!!
  9. I'm looking at Space Saver type bags for my upcoming cruise next month. Ones you roll the air out, not ones you have to use a vacuum. Are these necessary? Do you use them? I've never used them before. In the past I have rolled my clothes and used packing cubes. This has worked for me in the past, but I'm overwhelmed by all the layers we need to bring to Alaska. Any thoughts on using space saver bags? Any recommendations on a certain brand that people like. I see lots of options on Amazon. Thanks for any help.
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