Q. My wife and I are planning a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines and will be visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Seward, etc. There are organized tours. Some sound interesting. Some sound dull. All are expensive. Can you give us some idea of what to do in each town without buying the organized tours? -Dick
A. I am so sorry I didn’t answer this sooner, Dick. Through a flaw in my ‘system’ I overlooked your question until now. I am wondering if you haven’t already gone on that cruise? Well, if so I’m sure you had a wonderful time. Most of the towns you mentioned are small enough that you can just walk around them for the most part. I think all Alaskan towns have a visitor’s center which has invaluable information on what to see. Also, don’t be shy about just stopping someone on the street and asking, “Do you live here?” When they say, “yes”, go ahead and ask them what is worth seeing. You will find that Alaskans are so very friendly and eager to brag about their state. At least those who have been here any time at all. Where there are taxicabs, the drivers are also helpful on what to see.
In Seward you will find a wonderful Sea Life Center. I have spent many hours in it and would like to do it again sometime.
The Chamber of Commerce in each city is a good resource also. If you haven’t already gone on the cruise, Dick, send me an email and I’ll get you the #’s of the Chamber of Commerce in each city. Just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org Take care and bon voyage!