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Alaskan Cruise ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by likes-to-shoot, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. likes-to-shoot

    likes-to-shoot Well-Known Member

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    Anyone take an Alaskan cruise during the 3rd week of July to 1rst week of Aug? If so how was it? What would be the best shore excursions?

    We are booking with Holland America and the itinerary looks like there is more to do than possible in the 7 days of the cruise. The only downside is it looks like we will be gone during our state shoot. :(
     
  2. Bill Stern

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    We did a cruise-tour, starting in Fairbanks, and traveling the first seven days by bus and train. We then got on a cruise ship and did the last seven days on our way to Vancouver. Try to time your trip to catch the salmon run. The whole trip was spectacular, and worth the time and money.
     
  3. Bruce Specht

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    I took the reverse trip that Bill Stern took we started in Vancover did a ten day cruise then a train trip for three days stop in Danali. It was awesome take jacekts it can be cold we wore sweaters and wind breakers every day
     
  4. otnot

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    I believe our state shoot is the 3rd week of July this year. The salmon runs are peaking about that time period as well. Stop by.

    Jim
     
  5. OldRemFan

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    We did the inside passage on Princess cruise lines 6 years ago over the 4th of July. Try to book a berth on the land side, with balcony, if possible. We did, and we sat on our balcony and was able to have an uncrowded view of the glaciers, and about everything thing else. It can be pretty cool. The food was great, the off broadway shows every evening were very entertaining. We flew into Vancover and we didn't see our luggage until we got to our stateroom. The staff picked the luggage up at the airport and deposited it in our room within a couple of hours of our boarding the ship. The towns you stop at along the way are mostly tourist traps, but the side trips (some were include and some cost extra) were good. Check out some of the general stores along the way and you get a pretty good idea of what it takes to live in the back country up there. Denali was very impressive and the sky was clear both days we were there. Fairbanks was in the 90's and the smoke from forest fires seemed to be everywhere. If you do the Fairbanks leg then you will get to see a lot of trees up close from your train window along the way, with an ocassional moose or other local critter. Long flight home by way of Houston Texas.
     
  6. Jeff P

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    Alaska State shoot is July 14 -18 this year.

    Quite a few folks mail their guns up and shoot with us a couple days.

    Contact me if you have questions about our shoot, what to do up here, where to go, where to eat, that sort of stuff.

    Jeff Pokorny
    Alaska President
     
  7. Chugiakshooter

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    I don't think you would have as much fun traveling around as you would at the state shoot. The fresh red salmon that otnot brings to the dinners is out of this world.
     
  8. WWB

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    Your on the right cruise line in my opinion--we went up the passage, then up the Lind canal to skagway..then took the narrow gauge up over Whitehorse Pass-then by bus to Fairbanks, then by train thru the park and down to anchorage-then home........wonderful trip--I was younger then and can remember setting the alarm for 11:30 pm so I could arise and make the midnite buffet..........geez!!
    Have a good time.
    Bill
     
  9. Frank C

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    Jeff P and Otnot are right on......skip the cruise, just fly to Anchorage with your gun, shoot the shoot and go git some Salmon and Halibut! We did last year and had so much fun we are going back again this year! mail the gun home so you have more room for the fish in the luggage...
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  10. Frank C

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    oops, this was STEAK night not Otnot Salmon night....
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    Jeez, all we had at the Fairbanks PITA 50th anniversary shoot were Marqeritas! (and one dam fine time, course we also caught a few fish on the Klitina.)
     
  12. otnot

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    If any of you get the chance the PITA shoot is in June in Fairbanks and fun is had by all.

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    Frank if you ever show that picture again I will burn your fish. LOL
     
  13. Big Heap

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    The 427-foot cruise ship Prinsendam drifts after its passengers and crew abandoned it Oct. 4, 1980, in the Gulf of Alaska, 120 miles west of Glacier Bay National Monument. The ship was on its way from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Singapore when it was gutted by fire and sank. All 524 of its crew and passengers were saved due to the efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, several other agencies and the supertanker Williamsburgh. The Juneau Fire Department was called out to round up the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, which was in Juneau to celebrate the town's centennial. Firemen retrieved the Boutwell crew from various bars around town, and the Boutwell ended up playing a key role in the rescue. A complete account of the rescue can be found at www.alaska.net/~jcassidy/pop-mech.htm.

    We were on the Prinsendam in 50 foot seas the week before she sunk. Don't go in September.
     
  14. g7777777

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    Do Inside passage.

    Most rooms are balconies but if not- get one- this is the one time a balcony is really an advantage- regardless of cost

    Bring a spotting scope( in a case like a Leopold type one) and a couple of pairs of binocs

    Keep the spotting scope set up on a tripod on your balcony

    Most excursions are tourist attractions and fake- but there are a couple that you cant have that experience anywhere else

    So- do a whale watching boat ride ( you will see them from the cruise ship also- thus the spotting scope)

    Consider any excursion that will put you on the ice- probably a helicopter but worth it.

    The other stuff is just tourist stuff

    This is really the best cruise you can take

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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