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.
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!
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.
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 advice...so 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?
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 The lumberjack show is pretty touristy, and a little outdated, given the fact lumberjacks rarely use the tools from the show these days.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...
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.