From: Island Grampa on 15 Jun 2010 01:38
"Jean O'Boyle" <job1930(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
> "Island Grampa" <chezbull(a)shaw.ca> wrote in message
>> "Jean O'Boyle" <job1930(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
>>> You will see a Royal Mountain Police outpost (looks like a little shack
>>> buried in the snow ;-)) at the top and both the US and Canadian flags
>>> flying just before you turn around and come back. You will also see the
>>> gravesite of the man who founded Skagway, Captain William Moore. It is
>>> on the portside going up not long after leaving Skagway..
>> Hi Jean
>> That would be the "Royal Canadian Mounted Police". :-)
>> Tobie>>>>>on an Island in the Pacific
> Hey Tobie,
> Pardonez Moi! ;-)
Da nada! :-)
From: Becca on 15 Jun 2010 09:30
On 6/14/2010 12:40 PM, Marcia R. wrote:
> Becca wrote:
>> If you sit on the left side of the train, you will see spectacular
>> views, while they are explaining the history behind what you are
>> seeing. Like Jean said, no matter which side of the train you are
>> on, you will see everything, since you will switch. They provide
>> bottled water on the train and it does get cold as you go up the
>> mountain, so dress appropriately.
> Perfect, thanks so much.
Here is a short video of the White Pass Yukon train. It brings back
some wonderful memories.
From: Gerry on 15 Jun 2010 11:59
On Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:27:59 -0700, "Marcia R."
>I have a few questions that I'll save until I know some of you have
>actually taken the train ride.
Maria et al,
We took a HAL cruise to Alaska a couple of years back. We posted a
similar question on a Cruise Critic board and got some excellent info
from a local. He suggested that since the weather is so variable, you
wait to decide whether or not to go on the train until you arrive in
port. If you can see the mountains pass clearly, walk the short
distance to the station and buy a ticket. If it is too foggy, save
your money. He said that travel agents and cruise lines try to get you
to get your tickets through them by saying that all the tickets may be
sold and you won't be able to take the trip. His comment about this
was to point out that he had lived there for 20 pluss years and so far
no one had been turned away.
We followed his advice had a wonderful ride and saved some money.
BTW, if you are looking for a whale watching excursion, I would
recommend Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska in Juneau. We went out with
them and had a wonderful time.
Gerry near Brandon in south-western Manitoba
49� 52' 20"N and -100� 1' 25"W elev: 1327 ft(404.5 m)
From: George Leppla on 15 Jun 2010 12:13
On 6/15/2010 10:59 AM, Gerry wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:27:59 -0700, "Marcia R."
> <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote:
>> I have a few questions that I'll save until I know some of you have
>> actually taken the train ride.
> Maria et al,
> We took a HAL cruise to Alaska a couple of years back. We posted a
> similar question on a Cruise Critic board and got some excellent info
> from a local. He suggested that since the weather is so variable, you
> wait to decide whether or not to go on the train until you arrive in
> port. If you can see the mountains pass clearly, walk the short
> distance to the station and buy a ticket. If it is too foggy, save
> your money. He said that travel agents and cruise lines try to get you
> to get your tickets through them by saying that all the tickets may be
> sold and you won't be able to take the trip. His comment about this
> was to point out that he had lived there for 20 pluss years and so far
> no one had been turned away.
1) Travel agents do not make commission selling this shore excursion
whether it be booked with the cruise line or with the rail line
directly. Some travel agents may try to make reservations for a large
group ahead of time and in that case, they may make some commission,
but that is pretty rare (I've never made commission on any shore
excursions in the past 16 years).
2) He is correct that the tour doesn't sell out. They just adjust the
number of passenger cars based on how many people are going.
Countryside Travel http://www.Countryside-Travel.com
From: Nonny on 15 Jun 2010 14:45
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
> On 6/14/10 7:09 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>> "Tom K"<tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
>>> With HAL we only paid $4 more than the normal railway price...
>>> doesn't come across as a rip off.
>> That is not bad, Tom...at least you know that you are
>> definitely booked.
> Now we have to find something for Ketchikan... maybe Misty
> Fjords or the Bearing Sea "Deadliest Catch" Boat excursion.
We saw the boat last summer and I'd say you might be disappointed.
As suspected, it's an older fishing boat and was NOT one of the
main players on the show. Actually, a simple walk from the ship to
the downtown area, some shopping and the walk back make for a
decent shore excursion for us. Across from the pier is a
non-tourist type store selling fishing and boat supplies. It's
fun to visit. If you need any tools or hardware, there's also a
nice hardware store by the docks. We needed an Allen wrench to
make an adjustment on Mrs. Nonny's scooter, so that worked out
On most days,
it's just not worth
the effort of chewing
through the restraints..