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North to Alaska: Yay! Juneau Ahead

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The ship rocked and rolled in the night, waking me twice. Were the bored waves playing heave-ho responsible for my roiling stomach for a second night? You know: dark all around, nothing in sight for miles, everyone asleep. Ship looking for excitement? Shakes up passengers?

I looked out the window when banging overhead sounded but there was no thunder or flashes of lightning in the sky. In the morning, the deck outside our wet drizzled window was the deck. Great. Tossed and turned in the early morning while the world snored wondering if I should kick in $55.00 for 100 minutes of internet. I decided it would be worth it as I wanted to contact home. The signup online was easy but accessing my account proved futile. I wasted all but 15 minutes of the hundred by the time I called the desk for help. When I logged onto my iPad, a message saying I was on too many devices flashed on the screen. What?

I wasn’t about to buy more minutes but asked they give me back at least half. I ended up with the balance of 15 minutes left plus 40 returned. No more time to play around. It was time for breakfast and then docking in Juneau.

After breakfast, we followed the crowds to the disembarking area. Excitement and chatter filled the stairway up to that particular deck. People took off jackets as all the heavy breathing heated the small space. We waited so long, questions regarding the location of the bathrooms circulated.

Our impatience finally bore fruit and double doors opened to allow x-ray of bags and/or knapsacks x-rayed and names checked against the passenger list as we disembarked. I cannot believe our luck: rain and drizzle awaited our first excursion. We had no idea we had a tour guide on the ship but we followed her after asking if we could (no charge). Mary wasn’t keen at first. She asked how long the tour would be (approximately 1-1/2 hours). It was turned out to be the best idea as we wouldn’t have known to visit some of the hot spots.

We hadn’t planned any excursions (cheaper to plan direct) and hadn’t changed our minds once we’d boarded ship (more expensive there). I have no complaints about our impromptu walk through Juneau. More about that later.

Here are some examples of possibilities and costs on offer when booked on the ship:

The rain continued but the tour guide entranced her followers, hoods on and hoods off, umbrellas up and taken down.

Juneau Quick Tips:

  • Population: about 32,000
  • Jobs: government, tourism, fisheries
  • 3 ways to come to Juneau: air, water, boat
  • Unlike Skagway, open for business all year round
  • Capital of Alaska
  • Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in March 1867 for $7.2 million
  • Yukon Gold Rush 1896-1899
  • Alaska flag adopted 1927, designed by 13-year old Benny Benson
  • January 1959, 49th State

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Next on April 20th – North to Alaska: Rainy Juneau Tour

© 2018 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

41 thoughts on “North to Alaska: Yay! Juneau Ahead

  1. Enjoyed this tour today. Thanks, Tess.

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  2. This does not look like an inexpensive adventure. I’m not keen at all on the cost of the internet. How absolutely frustrating to use up minutes with technical difficulties. Ugh. I hope Juneau proved to be worth the visit. We are headed to Alaska in June and really looking forward to it.

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    • Hope you got a good package and glad I could give you a bird’s eye view. It had been suggested before our trip to deal with the locals for better deals.I’m sure you’ll enjoy your trip. About Wifi, when you’re out in the middle of nowhere in open water, there isn’t even satellite connection so it wasn’t worth the cost. We did hit on a library during one of our dockings. 😦
      Yes, Juneau proved an interesting stop. ❤ ❤

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  3. Expensive little side trips! I’d want to take a bunch of them.

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    • Ha ha. Cheaper for you than me as USD to CAD was at it’s highest at the time. Ugh. I loaded my US credit card with X number of dollars and didn’t wish to overspend but was not upset we didn’t book any of those expensive examples. It’s better to deal with the locals when you’re cruising. 🙂

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  4. Jeez, Tess, I’d max out my credit card on this stop alone!. I’d have to have a traveling companion who would mete out my access to it 🙂 ❤

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    • Haha. I’m a conservative spender/shopper. The CDA to USA exchange alone was expensive. Ugh. We were advised to deal with local entrepreneurs instead of the ship bookings. 🙂 I had no idea these excursions would cost anything near the examples so wanted to show you what’s out there. 🙂 ❤

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  5. I enjoyed my day in Juneau a few years back. I bought a pair of shoes there that I wore for years. Hubby bought me a lovely amber pendant. We didn´t take an excursion either. They can add up.

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    • You betcha! I loaded my U.S. credit card with X number dollars and wasn’t going over that amount for nothing. We did not end up booking any side trips though we had been advised it’s more practical to deal with the locals.
      Yes, we shopped too: gifts for family and a couple tops and of course, postcards. 😉

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  6. Really looking for ward to reading more about Alaska!

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  7. That is a lot of rain, but I do like your header picture!

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  8. Awesome, rain or shine, have lots of fun 🙂

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  9. Another enjoyable report on the cruise!💜💜💜

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    • I had no idea how expensive side trips would be till we boarded and found brochure in our stateroom. Wanted to share so anyone planning one of these to Alaska had an idea what was what. ❤ ❤

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      • To be honest Crusies do seem expensive to me. My Mother in law loves Cruising on big ships. I have not ever fancied a sea cruise, we have done two River Cruises and they were very expensive as were the extra trips too. 💜💜

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  10. As a seasoned cruise traveler, I can say that most excursions are too expensive when offered by the ship. After our 2nd cruise when we wanted to go exploring I’d look up the excursions places the ship was offering, then take a cab (usually with another couple) and make our own tour. That also allowed us the opportunity to go and return at our leisure. 🙂 xx

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    • Exactly. We had been warned before our cruise by other travelers and they also suggested dealing with the locals as far as tours were concerned. I wanted to show how expensive these were because we had to book after registration on ship no less than 7 days prior to boarding and could not see any pricing without making any choices– there were no price lists prior to booking that I could find–not until we boarded the ship and found a price list in our stateroom. 🙂 😀

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  11. The internet cost seemed extremely unreasonable.

    I am looking forward to this cruise.

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  12. I would have liked the helicop tours.

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  13. Tess, I’m not sure I’m reading this right. Dog sledding cost nearly 600$ US for less then three hours? Tell me it isn’t please? It’s over £400. My friend and I are flying to Poland and spending 3 nights in a nice hotel for £200 each! 🙂 I think I need to become a tour guide!

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    • That’s what the brochure says, Gilly. We didn’t book anything as the trip already cost mega bucks MORE because we’d have to convert from CAD to USD. Dealing with the locals was suggested by other travelers to be easier on the pocket. 🙂
      Poland, oh lucky you. I’ve never been though I am Polish. ❤

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      • I think I’ll enjoy cruises through other peoples eyes! I’d forgot you have a Polish surname, I’ll be meeting my Aussie blogging friend who’s in Warsaw to visit her daughter and Polish family, I’m very excited x:-)x

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    If you have a few minutes left of your weekend and fancy a bit of an adventure… join Tess Karlinski and myself as we disembark from the cruise ship to explore Juneau.. capital of Alaska and if you fancy it we can take a 5 glacier seaplane excursion or go bear watching.. your choice.. I go for free..

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  15. Wow! It is very expensive indeed. I think Debby’s tip sounds very reasonable. I’ll keep checking as I want to visit Alaska and I’m sure I’ll enjoy your adventures (and I’ll learn plenty). Thanks, Tess!

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    • Yes, v.e.r.y. expensive. We were warned it would be more expensive booking on the ship but they want you to do it before the trip. We also heard it would be much cheaper dealing with locals for excursions. Hope you DO visit Alaska and thanks for visiting, Olga though I’m rarely here these days. ❤ ❤ 🙂

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  16. We’ve been to Juneau several times on cruise stops, fortunately in decent weather all but one time. Once we took a local bus tour to Mendenhall Glacier (booked right by the pier) for a fraction of the cost of the ship’s excursion.
    Internet on the ship is extremely slow and way overpriced. You’re better off finding a WiFi connection ashore.

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    • Absolutely. We ended up using wifi at the library in Skagway. We decided to see what we could do upon arrival because had been warned booking excursions on the ship would be more expensive.
      Love that you’re sharing your experience. Thank you and high five for visiting again, Sharon. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  17. Fascinating blog, thank you 🙂 Last cruise we took we did all our own trips and it worked out so much cheaper. Since we don’t drink much either or use the casino I think they were fed up with us!

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