Excursions not to miss, Mendenhall Glacier, White Pass Summit and Dog Sledding

Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Carnival Legend

8 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Vancouver To Seattle)

Sail Date: April 30, 2017

Ship: Carnival Legend

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

Mendenhall Glacier via helicopter ride and guided walk in Juneau -  this is one excursion you want to do. My husband and I booked this through Carnival (pricing was very comparable to outside vendors so we decided to stick with the security of the cruise line). The morning of the tour, weather was bad but it cleared up an hour later for us to do this tour. The staff at the helicopter company was great - professional and extremely personable. The helicopter ride was awesome - we love helicopter tours. Walking on the Glacier (with our special walking boots) was memorable - 

sipping Glacier water, using glacial mud for its skin benefits, learning the ins and outs of glaciers, and experiencing the views (our pilot pointed out sights throughout the flight) plus fun photo opportunities with the Alaska flag. . .its a true Alaska encounter. We had plenty of time after the tour, to wander around town, shop, have a cold Alaskan brew at the saloon, and best of all, eat some fresh Alaskan king crab legs at Tracy's - do NOT miss this opportunity - seriously, you won't ever eat crab legs like this anywhere!

 

To The Summit - tour of the White Pass - well worth the cost of the tour - in fact, probably one of the most reasonable Carnival excursions we have done - small bus/van tour to the top of the White Pass Summit - absolutely beautiful snow capped mountains.  .  .our driver was great, stopped along the way for history and overlooks and photo ops, then made sure he got everyone's photo at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign at the top of the summit. Bring your passport because you will pass over into Canada very briefly. The tour was short enough that we had time to wander around Skagway and stop at other points of interest, lots of National Park offerings there - films, displays, walking tours, etc.

 

Dog Sledding Discovery and Mushing Camp - This was one of the most fun tours my husband and I did in Alaska - can't recommend it enough. Mushing with the dogs was a thrill. We boarded a wheeled sled (obviously, there was no snow on the ground to use a real sled) and the dogs pulled us on a trail through the forest. It was such a neat experience - something you probably have always seen and wanted to do. Then we got to meet the dogs, chat with their trainer, Becky of Dream Big Kennels. She is great! After the "mushing", we were able to get a short history and information session of how Iditarod racers race and what they wear, then we got to meet future racers - the puppies - sooooo tempting to bring one home - they were so cute. Everyone had a chance to cuddle with a puppy. There's a shop for souvenirs and snacks/drinks. Wish the pricing was a little better - the souvenirs were a little high but the experience and pictures we took are all the memories I need from such an awesome experience. Do it! (FYI, we also stopped along the way for photo ops of majestic views.)

 

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved being at the back of the ship - good view of port and starboard. . .great views to wake up to.

Ship Tip

This is probably our favorite Carnival ship. We cruised on it a few times when it was in Tampa - the size is great - not too big so not over crowded with people - it's easy to get around and comfortable.

Ports Of Call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

3 out of 5
Beautiful city, with an amazing waterfront - go a day early if your ship departs from there or stay a day or more if your ship ends there, stay at the Pinnacle - awesome hotel, right on the waterfront.

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
Enjoy walking around Juneau after your excursion. . .lots of shops, a great piano bar saloon for cold Alaskan beer and do NOT miss Tracy's for the most amazing Alaskan king crab.

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
Take advantage of everything the National Park Service has to offer, free films, walking tours, displays. Skagway is a neat little town. There's a saloon and shopping also.

Ketchikan, Alaska

3 out of 5
The trifecta. . .so to speak. . .lol - started our day with a visit to the native Indian village (immersed ourselves in their history, dance, totem poles, etc.), then went onto the lumber jack show (cheesy like a Disney or Universal show but well worth it - these guys are pretty athletic and strong to do the skills they do with axes), finally had time to shop and wander through town, there's a nice visitor center with exhibits, free.

Seattle, Washington

3 out of 5
We spent a couple of days in Seattle after our cruise - well worth it. We used a Carnival post cruise tour bus excursion because the hop on hop off buses had not started their season yet. We find it's a great way to get an overview of the city - stops at the Space Needle, old sections of town, the locks, Pike's Market, the waterfront, etc. Used mass transit (really inexpensive, about $2 a day each) to get back in town from our hotel near the airport. We also did a winery and waterfalls tour through Viator - well worth the time, gets you out of the city for a really enjoyable day.
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