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  1. I LOVED the zip line! You can hear my nervousness before being released 😂 you don’t grasp how high you are until you are sitting in the harness. It’s one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences. Also, the foneleash worked great! I think my iPhone would have been fine without it, but I didn’t want to take any chances, especially with how fast you go.
  2. I wanted to give an update on what I used to help others in the same situation. I used my iPhone XR, and to make sure it didn’t fly away, I bought this product on Amazon... 87C55B30-9E59-4D87-88B8-368C3717D8A1.MOV
  3. Thank you! I have the iPhone XR. The only editing I did is I used an app to make the photos more vibrant in color. I’m pasting the app I used...I highly recommend it! Also, you can upgrade to “Pro Editor” in the app, or use “Classic Editor” for free, which is what I used for these photos.
  4. We went with them in May and they were AWESOME! I believe they are the #1 rated tour in Juneau according to TripAdvisor.
  5. Thanks for those that gave awesome tips in response to my question! My Alaskan cruise was one month ago and the only time I wished I had a camera other than my iPhone was when I did a whale watching excursion. I would have loved to get a closer shot of the whales’ flukes. Also, I used my iPhone to video the ZipRider excursion in ISP and it came out great! I did buy a product on amazon to wrap my iPhone around my wrist to ensure it wouldn’t fall. Here are some photos I took on my iPhone to show it really can act as your sole camera if you wish to not bring an actual camera...
  6. Here is a photo to give you an idea (part of the track is cut off but it’s a large track)
  7. Supposedly Uber isn’t allowed in Alaska (at least that’s what a taxi guy told me). We had to do everything through the local cab service all throughout Alaska, which added up very quickly.
  8. You’re welcome! 😊 I’m sure you both will have a great time.
  9. The dogs were very content. They are bred for this sport. From what I was told, the dogs are owned by those who participate in the Iditarod. They stay on the glacier during the off season to train. While waiting for the helicopter to take us back, once they heard the sound of the incoming helicopter with the next participants, they began to bark like crazy as they know they were about to have fun. When we were waiting for the “go” signal while on the sled, the dogs would try and run, so every time we stopped, the musher would have to put a stake in the ground to prevent them from running. I’m a huge animal activist and did not get a bad vibe from the camp at all.
  10. There were two helicopters, including mine, that carried 5-6 people each to the camp. When we got there, they divided everyone into 3 groups. They divided people by singles and those traveling together. It never felt crowded. Once in those groups, those people were asked to either stand on the second sled at the back, sit down in front of the person standing, or sit in the first sled behind the dogs in front of the musher. Everyone took turns switching places to get the chance of mushing (which was super cool!). I felt they gave us plenty of time dogsledding. There weren’t any kids at the time I went, but I couldn’t imagine how they wouldn’t be cared for. The staff on the glacier were so kind toward everyone participating. Kids will absolutely love this excursion! The only bummer (and it’s minuscule) is when I went, there were no small puppies. The puppies they had were about 6 months old. However, that’s nothing to fret about.
  11. I booked direct with TEMSCO and saved $100. I just did the tour two weeks ago. The staff are FANTASTIC! The tour was a once in a lifetime experience and I highly recommend it!
  12. It was AMAZING. I will say I was slightly terrified before being released. You don’t grasp how high you are until you’re right there, but it’s totally worth the $ !!!
  13. I just did this tour last week. There was no climb, however, the trail getting to the ZipRider is pretty steep going downhill. It’s maybe a 2-3 minute walk depending on your pace.
  14. Same to you!!! We lucked out! This was our first Alaska sailing. How about you?
  15. YES! The ship was amazing, the crew treated us like royalty, the ports had fantastic weather...it really was a trip of a lifetime! I’ll be finishing my trip report by the end of the month 😊
  16. Well, today was disembarkation. The cruise was AMAZING and there are not enough words to describe the beauty of Alaska. By the end of the month, I’ll finish my trip report with in-depth information. For now, here are some sneak peak photos from the cruise...
  17. We are currently on the Celebrity Eclipse and noticed that our original whale watching tour in Juneau has a 90% chance of rain that day. The rain, plus low 40s for a high, made us cancel and rebook the tour in ISP with Glacier Wind. Has anyone done their whale watching tour? How does ISP compare to Juneau in regards to which is better to see whales?
  18. You’re welcome! I’ll be posting photos after the cruise as well, along with port information 😊 I will admit there was a nightmare situation with my flights. As my flight was getting ready to leave Miami yesterday, it was delayed right before take-off for 3.5 hours, as my connection in Houston had horrible weather conditions. Well, that made me miss my connection to Vancouver, so I had to stay overnight in Houston. I finally arrived into Vancouver at 1pm today. It’s all good though! My mom and I just came back from Granville Island and walking around the city. It’s absolutely gorgeous today! Aw thanks! I can’t believe it’s almost here!
  19. Lastly is Victoria. Most wont be able to enjoy many restaurants, as Alaska cruises tend to only stay a few hours in Victoria, not a full day. I at least wanted to give some ideas of where to dine: Q at the Empress https://www.qattheempress.com IL Terrazzo https://www.ilterrazzo.com Ithaka Greek Restaurant http://www.ithakagreek.ca Blighty’s Bistro http://www.blightysbistro.com Blue Fox Cafe http://www.thebluefoxcafe.com Fishhook http://fishhookvic.com OLO Restaurant https://www.olorestaurant.com Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar http://www.littlejumbo.ca
  20. Next is Icy Strait Point (aka Hoonah). Since this port is privately owned, any restaurant in town has been getting great reviews. Juneau is the next port. Again, there are many highly rated restaurants in Alaska’s capital: Hangar on the Wharf https://www.hangaronthewharf.com Deckhand Daves http://www.deckhanddaves.com Alaskan Crepe Escape https://alaskancrepeescape.com Tracy’s King Crab Shack https://www.kingcrabshack.com Zerelda’s Bistro https://www.zereldasbistro.com Twisted Fish Company Alaskan Grill https://www.twistedfishcompany.com Red Dog Saloon https://www.reddogsaloon.com Devil’s Club Brewing Company http://www.devilsclubbrewing.com The stores I’ll be stopping at: House of Russia Trove Glacier Smoothie Soaps Alaska Shirt Company Caribou Crossings Alaska Knifeworks Tripp’s Mt. Juneau Trading Post
  21. Im flying with TEMSCO on 5/13 in Skagway and this is what was on my confirmation: “Due to weight limitations, as well as to ensure passenger safety and comfort, passengers weighing 250.0 lbs. or more (fully clothed) will be charged an additional $100.00. If this applies to anyone in your party, please inform us in advance so that we may reserve additional space in the helicopter.”
  22. I decided after reading more of the reviews to not bring it...I’m actually returning it because it doesn’t look like it’s a reliable product. I don’t know why they advertise it and say that it’s good to bring on cruise ships 🧐
  23. Shoot. After reading more reviews I don’t think this is a great product. At least you made me go back and look at the reviews again...I’m returning it 😂
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