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Old 01-07-2013, 12:45 AM   #21
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Why not book a cruise?

I cannot imagine anybody that has a trawler taking a cruise ship on the same coast they live on.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:50 AM   #22
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I cannot imagine anybody that has a trawler taking a cruise ship on the same coast they live on.
"Open your mind."

Spent five decades camping (as in backpacking). It's now time to "be attended to" some of the time.

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:43 AM   #23
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"Open your mind."

Spent five decades camping (as in backpacking). It's now time to "be attended to" some of the time.

Backpacking and all it entails id a far cry from exploring the inside passage in your own boat.

Its not like you're sleeping in a tent and pottying behind a rock, like Backpacking.

The inside passage is what our boats were made for.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:45 AM   #24
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Believe me. It's not that dissimilar.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #25
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Believe me. It's not that dissimilar.

Oh come on. Thats pure malarky and we both know it.

Now, if your boat was on the east coast bareboat chartering might be an option.

I'm in Alaska. I might consider a bareboat charter in the Bahamas or something like that, just because it is so time consuming or expensive to get my boat to the east coast.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:20 AM   #27
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Do you have a crooner/piano player at your boat's bar?

I do, but no piano.
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Why not book a cruise?
Why not just watch a television documentary in a hotel bar?

Somehow seeing Alaska from the deck of a cruise ship or on one of their "shore excursions" seems like reading a Classics comic book or Cliff's notes.

Kind of sad really but at least it keeps the crowds away from the beaches and trails and the really nice places.
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The inside passage is what our boats were made for.
Couldn't agree more. Try this from a cruise ship!
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I was born in Juneau and spent 25% of my life in Alaska and I would like to do the passage via cruise ship once. But I have limited funds and those funds could be better spent elsewhere. That could change when I reach 80 though. Very unlikely the funds but best time spent.

Alaska is a great deal more than bears and fish. It's almost magic at times. The seas, mountains, river mouths, old fishing villages, Alaskan natives and old timers, The great white wilderness of winter, mining, oil, logging and fishing done in the wilderness but the greatest element of Alaska is it's geography. THE LAND. And nowhere else is a land so influenced by the sea. From ice to tides to sheer number of miles of coastline and places like Yakatat where one can stand on a beach and look up to glacier clad mountains 18000 feet high right in front of your face. Much of this can be seen and enjoyed from a cruise ship. Far far from all of it of course but I've talked to many people I know that have made the trip and enjoyed it very much. And the concept of their world will never be the same.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:58 PM   #31
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You can enjoy a movie about space travel but it doesn't mean you have been in space. Watching Das Boot doesn't let you smell the inside of a diesel boat and watching the trees go past your balcony doesn't mean you have experienced the sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and visions of what makes the "Inside" so special.

Shoving through a herd of shoppers at the Ketchikan Walmart or on Franklin Street in Juneau isn't really much of an Alaska experience is it?
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Shoving through a herd of shoppers at the Ketchikan Walmart or on Franklin Street in Juneau isn't really much of an Alaska experience is it?
"So bird, you decided to avoid shopping in Ketchikan too?"

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #33
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I would have to agree seeing Alaska from a cruise ship with 3,000 other folks is nothing like seeing it from your own boat. But if you do the cruise ship, make sure you include the railroad package and go see Denali Park.
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I would have to agree seeing Alaska from a cruise ship with 3,000 other folks is nothing like seeing it from your own boat. But if you do the cruise ship, make sure you include the railroad package and go see Denali Park.
"Gee, honey, where are the other 2,998 folks?"



Don't forget the narrow-gauge railroad starting at Skagway.

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I have spent a lot of time in PWS in small coves listening to the ice crack on glaciers, or watching fish run up a river. The cruise ship thing is OK for some folks who only want to see the tourist side of Alaska, but if you want to see the "real Alaska" do it in your own boat on the hook in a cove that you will have to yourself.
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Hey there fellow Whittiet.
I'm in the harbor say hey sometime or see you out on the sound.

I hang out on E float. I know you guy's in Cliff Side don't get over to the harbor
but if you ever feel like slumming. Stop by.

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I'm in the harbor say hey sometime or see you out on the sound.

I hang out on E float. I know you guy's in Cliff Side don't get over to the harbor
but if you ever feel like slumming. Stop by.

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When I am up that way I will be sure to stop by....

Still a 15year+ wait for a slip?
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Alaska is a great deal more than bears and fish.
Obviously you missed the point!

The point is/was that cruising Alaska in a small boat exposes you to things not normally encountered on a cruise ship. Sure, Holland America is quite an experience but to my way of thinking it doesn't even come close to experiencing Alaska, up close and personal.
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