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DIY Excursions in Alaska

Many thanks @Fossil @Solent_Richard and @coolonespa for all your advice.

In Anchorage we took the complimentary shuttle out to the Alaska National Heritage Museum that celebrates the indigenous tribes of Alaska. Informative displays, demonstrations and talks formed the backbone of the visit but I really enjoyed the discussions with the team about their heritage. The shuttle runs from the centre of town but they may run something from the port on days the cruise ships are in. The Heritage Museum did require a bit of walking to get round but they may have upgraded the facility to provide some help since we were there, so you should be able to check out both of those things on line.

In Juneau we did the ships excursion to go whale watching & visit the Mendenhall Glacier but most of the boats that do that route were moored just further along the dock, so it may be possible to book a trip independently. This is one not to miss, so if you can’t find a suitable alternative this one might be the one worth splashing out on.

I’ve not been to Kodiak

The other option is to have a look at https://www.cruisingexcursions.com I’ve never used them but they guarantee to get you back to your ship on time. Might be worth a look to see how they’re excursions compare with the cruise excursions.

A poor substitute for a decent travel guide but this is what I did in Alaska, which may be of use.

Essex UK

We took a ship’s excursion while in Juneau to see the Mendenhall Glacier…

I’m sure someone will be able to advise on a cheaper way but frankly I wouldn’t want to miss one of the spectacular sites available from Juneau.

For Anchorage have a look at Anchorage Trolly Tours https://anchoragetrolley.com
For Juneau https://traveltips.usatoday.com/juneau-alaska-city-bus-tours-4624.html
Sorry, but can’t help on Kodiak.

London

We are cruising to Alaska in May and I just had a look at the excursions offered by the cruise company and they will cost us a small fortune if we were to book one for every port!

The ports we will be visiting [email protected] Kodiak, Anchorage and Juneau.

We normally start our research from travel guides from the library. However, since we moved house last year and now in a different Borough our local library now does not have the latest editions of travel books. In fact, it does not have many travel books at all and definitley not on Alaska.

We went online and, although the tourist sites are very informative, they are more geared to land tourists and not cruise passengers.

Is it possible to diy excursions in the above three ports mentioned? Are there any hop-on, hop-off buses or noddy trains around the port without having to go into town. Mr A. has some mobility issues so we won’t be hiking or mountaineering.

Any one who has been to those ports recently and can offer tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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