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Old 06-24-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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What great daughters you have, Turkey and how exciting! I'm glad you're going to be near Haines and hope you hop on that shuttle ferry and explore it a bit. I love that town.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Excuse me? No one was unhelpful to the OP; that person asked a legit question and it's good to see someone who wants to see Alaska rather than Disneyland. But making cracks about the locals isn't going to be received well no matter what state it is. And I was quite serious...as far as petty crime goes, it's much more likely that the perps are off the ships themselves.
Skagway might be a lot of things but it does not breed that kind of local.

You might consider the Alaska Marine Highway as an alternative to the cruise lines. It stops in the same places as the ships and also stops in some where most of the ships don't, such as Wrangell. I really think you get more for your money that way.
You should have read the entire thread then if you were deeming yourself "helpful". An sincere apology was issued a full 8 hours before your post. That is what I was referring to.

I did read with great interest ALL of the responses because I too like to see things off the beaten path. And thru reading the thread I have since starting researching the Alaska Marine HWY.
Coming from a major Tourist destination myself, I like seeing things that most tourist don't.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:32 AM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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If you get close to planning a trip and using the ferry let us locals know and we'll help you find the neat things to see and do. There are tips and tricks to make your ferry ride more fun and cut down on the costs too.

I'd like to explain about the cruise industry. It's not the passengers we get grumpy about. We LOVE having you! We're all a bit isolated up here, don't get out much, and love hearing about where you live and showing you our world, it's a blast. Besides, you keep us entertained all year long remembering the funny questions you ask!

It's just that we have a long list of grievances over the industry itself, the way they treat our waters, our towns and our people. The word carpetbaggers comes to mind.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I'll second GrammasCabin comment. The industry is responsible for and owns many of the shops that come in during the season and pack up and leave with their profits when it's over. They'll be the ones in discount book the cruise ship gives to you.

I've always felt bad for the visitors when they come here and it's pouring rain with low clouds, because of the sights they'll miss. I think if you paid that much money to come here, you should be able to see the scenery, not that rain isn't part of it. I think most people here think this way, but some will let their hatred of the industry spill over onto the visitors, just as there are some visitors everyone loves to hate.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:13 PM
 
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You should have read the entire thread then if you were deeming yourself "helpful". An sincere apology was issued a full 8 hours before your post. That is what I was referring to.

I did read with great interest ALL of the responses because I too like to see things off the beaten path. And thru reading the thread I have since starting researching the Alaska Marine HWY.
Coming from a major Tourist destination myself, I like seeing things that most tourist don't.
I am quite aware of that; the post still struck me as very wrong and the apology still pointed to the community of Skagway itself...no matter what it's become, it contains some of the best people in the state and I gotta defend it....once again, the thief was most likely off the ships.

Nice to see that you are researching the ferry; Grandma is right...also keep in mind that here in SE, there is an Inter Island Ferry where you can see some of the smaller communities that just said no to the cruise ship carpetbaggers years ago.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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What great daughters you have, Turkey and how exciting! I'm glad you're going to be near Haines and hope you hop on that shuttle ferry and explore it a bit. I love that town.
Thank you Gramma, we think so too.
We come into port between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. Our ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is at noon. We hope to go to Haines as soon as we get off the ship.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:17 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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I'll second GrammasCabin comment. The industry is responsible for and owns many of the shops that come in during the season and pack up and leave with their profits when it's over. They'll be the ones in discount book the cruise ship gives to you.

I've always felt bad for the visitors when they come here and it's pouring rain with low clouds, because of the sights they'll miss. I think if you paid that much money to come here, you should be able to see the scenery, not that rain isn't part of it. I think most people here think this way, but some will let their hatred of the industry spill over onto the visitors, just as there are some visitors everyone loves to hate.
I can appreciate that however, Living here in the Texas panhandle rain is in short supply and I love the rain. So, If it is raining when we get there, it won't deter me at all. If there's a chill in the air even better!
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Thank you Gramma, we think so too.
We come into port between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM. Our ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is at noon. We hope to go to Haines as soon as we get off the ship.
Hope you have a good time.. enjoy
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I am quite aware of that; the post still struck me as very wrong and the apology still pointed to the community of Skagway itself...no matter what it's become, it contains some of the best people in the state and I gotta defend it....once again, the thief was most likely off the ships.

Nice to see that you are researching the ferry; Grandma is right...also keep in mind that here in SE, there is an Inter Island Ferry where you can see some of the smaller communities that just said no to the cruise ship carpetbaggers years ago.
Listen to the girls please, they are your 'inside passage'....
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