Went to alaska 2 years ago on the norweigen sun. We didn't take any tours from the ship, they were horrendsly expensive. We did one in Ketcikan from the port and it was brilliant. There are quite a few in the ports so unless there is someting you that you arereally keen on i would wait untill you get to the ports. They are very aware of sailing times etc and are so reasonably priced.
It is relatively easy to do you our thing in Juneau and Ketchikan - lots of tour operators on the quay side or via the internet offer similar trips to those offered by cruise line- usually fairly standard itineraries - if you wanted something a bit more adventurous it might be worth considering those offered by the cruise line
Skagway is a bit more difficult - as it is only a small city less that 800 locals !!! You are ashore for a long time 12 hours and therefore have an opportunity to do a longer trip - would recommend trip in to the Yukon Territory and return via the Yukon and White Pass Railway - a great way to see fantastic sceneryand hear about Alaska life .
Have done a lot of research on this We are goingon 6th Sept NCL Sun Wanted to do close up trip to Tracy Arm Glacier but apparently to dangerous to operate this late in season so will just wait until we get into Juneau and decide then what to do In Ketchikan we have booked Misty Fjord floatplane with Island Wings on recommendation of friend who did it couple of years ago In Skagway we are doing train+bus to Yukon with Dyea Dave This seems cheaper than with cruise line and a more personal trip Dave gets excellent reviews Hoping we have made good choices.
Hello. Bit of a novice on DIY trips. How do you book with Island Wings and Dyea Dave? What sort of prices? Are you going to Ketchikan, Icy Strait, Sitka or Victoria? We are with Celebrity similar dates. Thank you for all your help.
I have done it all by email and it was all very easy check out the websites and send an email Dave charges $50pp for the van part of the trip to or from the Yukon and the train is a bit over $100 I think he did tell me but have forgotten for now but it worked out bit cheaper than thro cruise and I hope its going to be much more personal doing it with someone local I understand he does get booked out so I would contact him asap He does not take deposit or even want credit card details He says he trusts we will turn up and we can trust him to turn up at apponted time!
Michelle at Island Wings advised us on best options regarding times of flight taking into consideration our port time and we have paid deposit which is fully refundable if weather too bad to fly on the day Again get in touch asap.