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Which Alaska cruise excursions are worth doing?

Taking a cruise to Alaska and in the brochure for it, we get to choose from a variety of optional excursions for an extra charge.  Has anyone ever done them and do you think it was worth it?  Currently, kayaking, dog sledding, and riding a seaplane sound the most exciting.  Would love to hear your experiences if you've tried!

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answered first by
Keith from Denver

I actually went on a similar cruise several years ago with my wife.  I don't remember the kayaking, but I do remember dog sledding and the seaplane as options.  The dog sledding looked really fun, but it was about $400-$500 a person and we just couldn't justify that cost, so we opted for the seaplane instead.  The seaplane was about $200 per person and we felt like it was well worth it compared to the dog sledding.  If cost isn't an issue, whatever you choose will be fun!

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answered by
Scott from Bakersfield

When we visited Juneau in 2012 as part of our 7-Day Cruise we tried a shore excursion that toured the bay in a small boat.  It was interesting for the first 20 minutes but it dragged on an on after that.  The views were decent from the boat but I wouldn't recommend it for the amount they charged.  The Skyway Tram, however, was amazing.  We were able to see the entire area from up high.  The birds-eye view was complete with a rehabilitating bald eagle exhibit.  It was the most fun we had in Juneau

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answered by
Kerri from Saint Petersburg (Florida)

Seaplane.  The dogsledding is usually about 1/4 mile if that.  The panning for gold... little lame. Avoid. :)

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