Specialists in Cruising Alaska Style
6/22/2018 via email:
Thanks for taking the time to come down to the Wrangell docks to see us – glad to finally meet you in person! Also thanks for the photo of all of us together for the scrapbook. Although I have hundreds of pictures from the UnCruise trip, I attached one of our family group in a skiff with a Le Conte glacier iceberg in the background so you can remember what 3 cold, but happy Floridians look like in the future. I wore a ballcap from Florida with a snook embroidered on it (2nd photo) which resulted meeting several people from Florida. While at the salmon hatchery in Juneau, we met 2 couples who recognized the snook and they asked where we were from. Turns out 1 couple was from Jupiter (~15 miles south of Stuart) and the other couple was from Palm Beach Gardens (~30 miles south of Stuart). They also were on an UnCruise, but Glacier Bay (I think) so not with us. Although we exchanged first names and promised to get together back in Florida to swap stories, we didn’t get last names, so I don’t have any idea how to contact them. We asked the UnCruise staff in Juneau for help by giving them our contact info, but they were not successful! Onboard the WILDERNESS EXPLORER, one of the deck hands, Ben-Ben, recognized the snook and told us he was from Port St Lucie, ~10 miles from Stuart – truly a small world! Finally in Ketchikan, we stopped into a shop near the Discovery Center and the owner asked where we were from as I “looked familiar”. After some discussion, turns out he also was from Florida and lived in Islamorada in the Keys. Our son has several close friends from Islamorada and the owner knew them all. His family owned an “artist studio/store facility” in Islamorada which we had visited several times. Turns out the Islamorada facility is called the Rain Barrel and the Ketchikan store is the Rain Barrel Alaska. So ultimately, we had to go to Alaska for a great trip and to meet several people who were almost neighbors! Thanks again for all your help coordinating our wonderful Alaska vacation and UnCruise adventure!!
G, S, and B.
06/19/2018 via email:
Hi, Marjy. It was a good trip, (Viking River Cruises - Lyon and Provence) one we both would recommend. The food was excellent, as was the top-drawer service. In hindsight, I think we did too many extra excursions and got a little worn out. Better, all things considered, to go with the included tours and take the afternoon to do some individual exploring of the cities. The tour groups move a little too fast to do more than get a taste of the sights….understandably. This particular trip had less day cruising it seemed and more dock time. Lots of ancient Roman history and, of course, wine. All of it was good. The extended time in the DeGaulle made for very long days coming and going (over 24 hours both directions), but that airport is still the most convoluted European airport I’ve visited. Lots of walking required, old-style security. We had a flight delay from Marseille to Paris and would have been hard-pressed to make the short connections. So, it turned out to be the better choice. Thanks for your help in setting it up. Have a good summer.
06/16/2018 via email:
You did a wonderful job helping to plan our Alaskan vacation, Marji. Thank you so much. Thank you too for taking the time to meet us is in Wrangle. it was great to finally meet you in person. I hope we have the chance to plan another dream vacation with you!
06/14/2018 via email:
Marjy, It was wonderful and everything every step of the way went smooth! The cruise (Un Cruise) was a lot of fun and we were able to see Denali every day when we were in the park. It really wasn't too cold for us. Thanks for all of your excellent recommendations and coordination. It was perfect. I will recommend you to anyone that asks! I am sending this message from my phone and for some reason I can't attach photos. Will try texting some or send via computer when I get home.
06/01/18 via email:
We completed our trip at Juneau yesterday and I must say that it has been one of our best vacations so far. Everything worked perfectly with no problems anywhere. At all the places of stay our bookings were perfect and the cabins/hotels were great! I really liked the cabins at different places and I would highly recommend a stay in the cabins as against staying in the hotels. In addition to all the cabins and lodges, the Juneau hotel was also very nice. In Anchorage, the Coast International Inn was fine while Guesthouse inn was about average, on expected lines.
Our bookings at all national parks were perfect – we were lucky to get great weather almost everywhere (except at Talkeetna) and see a lot of glaciers, scenery and wild life. Towards the second week, we had virtually no rain and all the days were sunny. Our air bookings and train bookings were also on the dot. The Alaska Seaplanes flight to Gustavus was one of the most scenic while our experience of dome train was absolutely outstanding! In terms of cruises, it is hard to choose as we liked all of them. The Major Marine tour boat was of a very high quality while in the glacier bay cruise in Gustavus, we got to see a whole lot of wild life (10 bears incl cubs, whales and almost everything that is possible). We enjoyed Kenai Fjords a lot but even the Prince Williams Sound cruise was also very enjoyable! Including Juneau and Gustavus in the itinerary was a good idea as we really liked both the places. This region is so picturesque and serene!
Our experience of Chinitna bear viewing was decent. The flight was very scenic and we got to see great landscape and some of the active volcanoes from the flight. However, the bear viewing was limited here (still early for the season, I guess). While we did get to see around 6 bears here, these were all from a distance except one. We actually saw many more during our cruises and in Denali – hence the Chinitna bear viewing got overshadowed by our success elsewhere. No complaints though! I think, Denali as a tourist location was one of the best and I would highly recommend the dome train to everyone who comes to Alaska! We got some wonderful views of Mount Denali from almost everywhere including from the train and on multiple occasions. Personally, I also liked Girdwood/Seward a lot including the very scenic drive along the Turnagain arm.
I would also like to mention about Elliot who transferred us from Talkeetna to Denali (private car transfer) – he was dot on time and very helpful – he stopped at some key locations and made us see Mount Denali en route. Our car hire at both the places also worked flawlessly.
Marjy, I would really thank you for planning our vacation so well and executing it to perfection. We were able to achieve what we had desired and more. You are a great tour advisor and I would recommend Alaska to my friends in India. I shall be sharing your name and e mail ID with my friends soon so that they can approach you as and when any of them plans a vacation!
N. J. Family
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