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The trip home was long, overnite and sad because we were leaving Alaska. However, it always feels good to get home. Many thanks for doing such a stellar job. You will forever be our ‘Majic Marjy.’
This is on a hike from Kantishna. We saw most of Denali which was fine with us. We enjoyed the Roadhouse and Jim had great fly fishing in Moose Creek right out front. The Alaskan Dream Cruise was wonderful, probably the highlight. Loved the Goldstar train and happy we went for the upgrade - well worth it. While we loved the location of the place in Homer, our room was pretty strange - packed with huge dark furniture with no comfortable place to sit and poor lighting. Sunny our hostess was nice enough. We were happy not to be down on the spit. Sorry for my delayed response but I came home with a nasty cold and am just catching up. Thanks for all of your help. All went smoothly with a small hitch at Comfort Suites our last night which was resolved fairly quickly. We had a great trip.
Hi Marjy, Thank you so very much for all of the arrangements and help with guiding us to the right people and places! We had a magnificent trip! We had to return to work right away upon return so we are still in the midst of unpacking, laundry, uploading photos and videos, etc. I’m planning to put together a DVD video slide show but that will take a while. We did get views of Denali on our day long bus trip to Kantishna Roadhouse with Linda Dinkbaum driving. Words cannot really adequately capture the majesty of it. Unfortunately it was cloudy for our glacier landing so we couldn’t see the summit that day but caught another glimpse the morning we left Talkeetna. We saw lots of wildlife in Denali NP but also on the Fjord Express from Juneau to Skagway. And on the sea kayaking we saw 4 orcas chasing and killing a Dall porpoise with several humpbacks appearing to try to intervene. It was sad to see the glaciers so melted. They won’t last much longer. The only hitch was at the Juneau Hotel as you know. Everything else was very smooth! Thanks again! Feel free to use us as references if needed. We’ll make sure to send folks to you if we know of anyone planning a trip to AK!
The “A” family.
Hi Marjy, I'm glad we were able to meet you in Wrangell. Thank you so much or all your help planning the cruise and patiently answering all our questions. It made all the difference. I will gladly recommend your services to others. Thumbs up on the cruise from the S family. Overall, the weather was better than expected. We were ready for the worst but pleasantly surprised how much sunny and pleasant weather we had. The helicopter ride to the glacier was the best; what a glorious day. Thanks again. All the best,
Marjy, Thank you so much for all your help. We had a great time! Alaska Dream is a great organization; we were treated wonderfully. Hope you have a lovely Summer.
It was nice to hear from you. It took us a few days not to feel a little spacey, readjusting to being off the boat. It was a wonderful land and water trip. We saw all of Denali & one of the guides at Kantishna Roadhouse shared his skiing/hiking the summit last year in a power point presentation, which was moving. We also loved that we combined flying over Denali with flying out of the park. (Another fun experience we added once we got to the Grande Denali Lodge was nearby Cabin Nite, which was a dinner theater about Fannie Quigley & we had already read a book about her). The rafting was great! We loved Seward and the dome train ride had gorgeous sights. We had the time to do a guided tour of Exit Glacier & the Sea Life Center as well as the Kenai Fjords NP cruise. We were surprised when our ride back to Anchorage was just Fred and me in a van. It was nice as we stopped at Portage Glacier as well as at the wildlife conservation center. You know the foggy day & our plane cancellation to Lake Clark. We were glad we didn't have much time in Anchorage but we did see the Alaskan Native Heritage Center. We were so pleased that our luggage was handled by the trains to our hotels. Everyone in Alaska is super helpful. The land portion went so well. We were pleasantly surprised that you found an alternative to see bears! We were pleased with the small boat experience with Alaskan Dream Cruises. We liked the wild life viewings, the dib & kayaking, the walks along shore, visits to small communities as well as the delicious food. I thought by sharing our thoughts it might help you in planning for others. You helped us have the best time in your state. You are delightful, so kind and on top of everything. Our thanks,
Hi Marjy! We made it! And what a wonderful time! I meant to reach out to you. Still catching up at work - thus the working on the holiday. I would have so much to say. But just to mention the highlights:
1. Dinner at wonderful restaurant in Seattle in hotel section (will get you the name), Hotel Mediterranean highly recommend, as well as dinner in the needle.
2. Wonderful accommodations and outstanding team on Admirality!
3. Helicopter ride - out of this world fun! George loved the doggies!
4. Crashing glaciers in front of my very eyes!
5. 5 Humpback whales playing for over an hour under the 10:p.m. Orange/pink/blue Sunset on Father's day!
6. Slide show we will receive from our naturalist guide - Michelle
7. Last but certainly not least - our wonderful trip coordinator - MARJY WOOD!
I will refer you forever! May your summer be as fantastic as you are. I admire your hospitality and your organizational skills. Take care and thank you mucho!
Hi, Your phone call did the trick! We were moved to the third-floor and overlooked Ship Creek the next two times we used the hotel! We had an excellent vacation (small ship American Spirit and custom Denali land) and we thank you for all that you did for us! If we know of anybody going to Alaska, we will be sure to give them your name! Cheers!
Hello and yes we had a fabulous time! I will try and send a pic soon! Thanks for all your hard work getting everything together for us. Our favorite part was the flight seeing tour to Denail (but we did not get to do a glacier landing due to clouds) but it was still AMAZING! We had the best weather for our Tundra Tour and for our Glacier Bay day with clear skies. We did see the peak of Denali. Thanks again,
MS and family
Thanks Marjy for all your help. We’ll look for a good photo and send it along! We had a great time, thanks to you. We’re back at our summer camp in the Adirondacks where the current weather is sort of like it was in Alaska: cloudy and rainy….. Are we jinxed? Cheers,
We had a great time! Ship staff (Admiralty Dream) was pleasant and helpful. The naturalist's on board were terrific, I'd join a trip again if they were leading. We didn't think the weather was bad at all. In fact the day and a-half we spent in Glacier Bay was sunny, can you believe? Food was outstanding, desert's by Sunshine the pastry Queen was stunning. Hate to see what the scales will tell me. I'd go on a small ship again, maybe to the sun in February or March.
We had the most wonderful time in Alaska! The train mix-up was the tiniest of glitches, as far as I am concerned. The day turned out very well, thanks to your intervention and to the most attentive staff on the train. We were relaxed enough at the end of the ride to get our bags from the depot to the airport where we picked up a rental car and drove to Homer, arriving there at 11:30 PM! I will definitely get a picture to you; it will be hard to pick the most memorable spot! You did an amazing job of coordinating and advising. We are so grateful. Our next trip to Alaska will include Wrangell, so that we can thank you in person! Our best to you,
Things have been crazy since we got back, but wanted to drop you a quick note. We had a FABULOUS time! Only 17 passengers on the ship helped make it feel like our own private yacht.(Alaskan Dream Cruises on the small ship the Alaskan Dream) Loved Capt Eric and the whole crew. Didn't mind the rain...when we needed it to be nice it was. Our bonus was on the first day getting to experience bubble net feeding. Thanks for helping us book a trip of a lifetime. We will be and have been recommending Allen Marine.
B, & R. M.
06/06/17 via email:
Hi Marjy, Home now. SE Alaska was amazing! A few pics attached. Thanks again for all your help. Hopefully I can bring my husband and girls back sometime! Take care
06/06/17 via email:
Marjy, The weather was perfect and the Un-Cruise boat and crew were wonderful. All of the arrangements you made were right on. Your recommendation for the Safari Explorer was great Thank you so much for all of your help I will certainly recommend you to my friends. All of our pictures are on the camera, so I will send you one as soon as I find someone smart enough to get them in an e-mail. thanks again
06/05/17 via email:
Marjy,Fabulous adventure. Loved every minute. I'd return in a heart beat! All went perfectly.Denali made the almost briefest of appearances??
06/05/17 via email:
Margy--I would echo “A”s comments. We had a GREAT time! We dodged a bullet at Denali since it had 10 inches of snow just 2 days before we arrived and it was closed for 2 days. We were fortunate to see good wildlife--carabou, moose, grizzly, gray wolf and dall sheep [the big five!]. It snowed as we left Denali.Also, the McKinley Explorer [Holland America] train was first rate. I would rate the tour guide commentary better and food definitely better than the Goldstar. The open air platform was better on Goldstar. It was good to do both. Suggestion for Anchorage dining--the bar/lounge at Captain Cooks has great view of the Alaska range. I'm glad we did helicopter-glacier landing before Denali as weather was more iffy at Denali. Thanks again for your help in putting this together.
01/26/17 via email:
Hi Marjy, We had a great trip, even though the power was out on Lanai for 2 1/2 days, due to a huge windstorm that knocked out 19 power poles. Our flight to Lanai was postponed overnight, and when we got there the next day, no electricity. Which didn't bother us a bit. It was fun staying in a plantation style building as it would have been 100 years ago. The hotel was very accommodating, and I have to commend staff for rising to the occasion. They provided all our meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as no restaurants were open, and while it was simple food, it was just fine. They improvised with battery operated candles for lights, and every room came with two large flashlights, so we were ok. The water stayed on, and really, it all worked out well. The hotel (Hotel Lanai) was very accommodating. Lanai and Kauai are very different from each other -- in fact each of the Hawaiian islands is different. We loved both of these and have no complaints. We are contemplating a trip, perhaps next year, to Molokai and the Big Island, as we haven't been there in many years. Will let you know as time gets closer. Best to you, and thanks for making these arrangements,
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