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Old 09-23-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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Thanks everybody!

The only rental car company I've seen so far is Avis. And they are only seasonal.
While I was expecting a HUGE bill, compared to the cost of a lot of the excursions is was very reasonable.I saw a price of $113.00 for this season...IF I can get ahold of them. I'll try again today.

JLawrence..thanks for the return trip reminder...I tend to get caught up in what I'm looking at and would hate to have to swim back to the ship.
$113 would not be all that bad. Generally, remote and "only" locations are usually 2-3x as much as the big city locations. As long as you know that in advance, you are fine.

If you "miss the ship", you can catch up with it at the next port of call. Of course, YOU pay the airfare (last minute airfares are steep) AND YOU pay for the hotel. When I cruised the Inside Passage, one couple missed the ship on the first port of call. It was an expensive mistake.
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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$113 would not be all that bad. Generally, remote and "only" locations are usually 2-3x as much as the big city locations. As long as you know that in advance, you are fine.

If you "miss the ship", you can catch up with it at the next port of call. Of course, YOU pay the airfare (last minute airfares are steep) AND YOU pay for the hotel. When I cruised the Inside Passage, one couple missed the ship on the first port of call. It was an expensive mistake.
Well being as budget minded as I am...(that sounds so much better than "cheap")..I'll definitly get back on time.

I did call Avis today...they said I can't make a reservation until Jan. Something about a field office being open at that time. That's ok...I'm sure I can find lots to research before then. That also gives me time to make alternative plans if need be.

And thanks Mutt...that's the kind of stuff I need to know too. It looks so close on a map but in reality it takes longer than it looks.

Planning this stuff is so much fun.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
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Done many cruises before, but am going on my first Alaskan cruise in May of 10. I am not a cold weather person and this is my husbands idea. Although I am sure I will enjoy the scenery from the ship. Arent you afraid of renting a car? I know the cruise lines always advise against this. Since it is unfamiliar territory for you and the others are right, they boat will not wait for you, unless you are on a ship endorsed excursion. I really hope you enjoy yourself, cruising is wonderful!
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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Done many cruises before, but am going on my first Alaskan cruise in May of 10. I am not a cold weather person and this is my husbands idea. Although I am sure I will enjoy the scenery from the ship. Arent you afraid of renting a car? I know the cruise lines always advise against this. Since it is unfamiliar territory for you and the others are right, they boat will not wait for you, unless you are on a ship endorsed excursion. I really hope you enjoy yourself, cruising is wonderful!
While you have to make sure you get back on time and pay attention to details, if you want to rent a car, I see no reason not to. There is little traffic. And, with pretty much only one road it is kinda hard to get lost.
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Old 09-26-2009, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
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Well with one road, I guess that would make a difference, but I still dont think that I would try it. I would have a flat tire or something! I am looking forward to someplace new though!
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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Well with one road, I guess that would make a difference, but I still dont think that I would try it. I would have a flat tire or something! I am looking forward to someplace new though!
I do know where this is coming from...we picked Skagway to do this for the one and only reason is that we're in port for I believe 13 hours. We will be bringing our GPS with us along with a map.

My husband is so paranoid on being on time to places especially traveling, if we're told to be someplace at 2pm, he'll made sure we're there at Noon.

This did remind me of the one and only time I've taken the insurance out. We were on the Big Island and going to Volcano National Park. I just knew if I didn't get the insurance the Volcano would explode and altho that would be pretty cool to see, I'd have to pay for the car. lol (notice it never occured to me that I might be in the car)
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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I do know where this is coming from...we picked Skagway to do this for the one and only reason is that we're in port for I believe 13 hours. We will be bringing our GPS with us along with a map.

My husband is so paranoid on being on time to places especially traveling, if we're told to be someplace at 2pm, he'll made sure we're there at Noon.

This did remind me of the one and only time I've taken the insurance out. We were on the Big Island and going to Volcano National Park. I just knew if I didn't get the insurance the Volcano would explode and altho that would be pretty cool to see, I'd have to pay for the car. lol (notice it never occured to me that I might be in the car)
I suggest you get a copy of the The Milepost. It covers all highways in and leading to Alaska in great detail. The highway between Skagway and Whitehorse is in it. It also has a section on Southeast Alaska. Here is a link to their website. You can also usually find it in most bookstores.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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I suggest you get a copy of the The Milepost. It covers all highways in and leading to Alaska in great detail. The highway between Skagway and Whitehorse is in it. It also has a section on Southeast Alaska. Here is a link to their website. You can also usually find it in most bookstores.
What a very cool website! Thanks so much! I'll be looking at the bookstore too!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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For all you cruisers out there, try to find a airline that offers day flight in South East Alaska that is a part of the Medallion Foundation.

Medallion Foundation

"Mission Statement
The mission of the Medallion Foundation is to reduce aviation accidents in Alaska by fostering a new safety culture and by promoting higher safety standards through research, education, auditing and advocacy."

I'd ask each company you plan on taking flight are a part of this.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:08 AM
 
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I'd be sure to get rain insurance since those Alaskan ports can get as much as 120 inches per year. Our last cruise to Alaska, same ports as yours, it rained the whole week heavily and all tours, rentals, site seeing flights were cancelled.
If you pre arranged trips with the Cruise line and it rains, you will not be charged for cancellations. If you go on your own, you take your chances.
I would not count on 13 hours in Skagway. We only had 8 hours. Your time will be cut short by about 1- 2 hours if you rent an automobile just because of the time it takes to do the paperwork checking in and then checking out. If the ship is late docking or there is bad weather you will need to adjust your schedule.
And yes we had some cruisers miss the boat. They had privately arranged sight seeing tours and the cost to catch up to the ship at the next port was expensive. They had a flat tire and hit some bad weather that got them stuck. No AAA available for them.
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