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rbum 01-30-2007 12:35 PM

We are going on our first Alaskan Cruise in May. Have looked at some of the excursions. Has anyone been on the Princess train out of Juneau. Is it worth it. I have been on trains before and found it to be boring. However, it was not in Alaska. Any input appreciated.

f-mattox 01-30-2007 04:17 PM

Hello rbum,
it has been many years since I have been in Alaska; I was not even aware Princess had a train out of Juneau. But I have done the White Pass out of Skagway, and it is spectacular. I have to think any train excursion in Alaska has to be well worth it.
I'm sure someone else will have more information on the trip you are asking about.
Have a wonderful cruise!

PEB 01-30-2007 04:31 PM

There is no train out of Juneau. Juneau is surrounded by water and glaciers. There are only two ways in or out of Juneu, plane or boat.

If you mean the White Pass Railway in Skagway. The views are quite spectacular but I have heard people say it was to long for them. I love trains and loved the view so it wasn't long enough for me.

f-mattox 01-30-2007 04:43 PM

Thank you, PEB, for clearing that up. I didn't think there was a train out of Juneau but like I said it's been quite a few years and I thought maybe they had put some kind of sightseeing line in.
I don't see how anybody could think the White Pass is too long;
unless you don't like spectacular visas and vintage trains.

rbum 01-30-2007 05:45 PM

Thanks for the information. My mistake. I was thinking about the one in Skagway. We're planning on doing a whale watching tour in Juneau. I'm sure the train ride is awesome.

gdjoslin 01-31-2007 01:00 PM

The train ride in MHO is a must!!

mob122906 03-15-2007 10:52 PM

We are going on our first ever cruise on May 28th to Alaska on Island Princess. These are some of the shore excursions that we have booked.

Ketchikan in port 6:30a.m.-2:00pm (booked Lumberjack show (1 hour) and plan to walk the streets and do general exploring

Juneau in port 8am-9pm (we booked Mount Roberts Tram for the a.m. THEN the Deluxe Mendenhall Glacier trip and Juneau highlights tour from

Skagway in port 7am-8:30pm ( we booked the Summit, suspension bridge and salmon bake from
3-7 pm) Plan to explore the town in the morning.

Okay...all of you cruising veterans...did we make some good choices OR should we cancel and schedule other excursions? Not knowing what to expect makes it difficult to plan excursions. Looking for your expert let me have it! LOL

We haven't booked any excursions for the land portion of the trip yet. Should we do that now or wait until we arrive at McKinley, Denali, etc?

f-mattox 03-15-2007 11:06 PM

Question: In Skagway does "the Summit" mean the White Pass Railway? If not, you should really try to work that in.
Everything else looks great.

goin' cruisin' 03-16-2007 07:16 AM

I agree; the White Pass trip is a must. The lumberjack show is pretty touristy, and a little outdated, given the fact lumberjacks rarely use the tools from the show these days. But, it gives you a taste of the days back when, and there is some entertainment value. Excellent choice for Juneau...

gdjoslin 03-16-2007 08:49 AM

In Ketchikan you might want to go to Creek Street early if you want some photos. The light is better in the AM and not as many people. Here are some I took there and in Alaska. http://joslin-family-photos.smugmug....64732#75604844
You will enjoy The Mendenhal Glacier.
I think what you are doing is Skagway is taking the bus trip to the top. It is a nice trip, not the train ride but you will see looks of sight and get a few more stops. Did the Salmon bake in Juneau once, lots of good eating!!!
Take lots of film or plenty of storage for your digital pics.

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