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Family-Friendly Port Adventures Await Disney Cruise Line Guests Sailing to Alaska

posted on February 3rd, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line is sailing to the great state of Alaska this summer for seven-night cruises! We couldn’t be more excited to embark on new experiences that will delight guests with natural wonders and spectacular scenery. During these itineraries, the Disney Wonder will visit three scenic Alaskan ports – Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. And the best way to take in all the sights these ports have to offer is by adding on some of the exciting Port Adventures we have planned.

These deluxe adventures ashore were designed in conjunction with local tour operators to showcase the rich history and culture of Alaska while also incorporating distinctly Disney touches. In fact, one Port Adventure includes a scavenger hunt in Skagway through the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, coupled with a gold-panning expedition where Donald Duck may even waddle by to join in the fun!

Guests pan for gold in Skagway like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

Also while docked in Ketchikan, you can learn the art of traditional totem carving from a native carver at Totem Bight State Park. Here, children can leave their mark by painting a wooden feather that will be added to a special totem pole exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

Children paint a wooden feather to add to a special Disney Cruise Line totem pole.

We also have an extraordinary excursion where you can fly high over the massive Juneau Icefield by helicopter before touring a sled dog camp. This memorable dog-mushing experience concludes with an exhilarating sled trip on a snow-capped glacier. You might even make some new furry friends.

In Juneau, guests can meet the crew of Alaska Heli Mush and the sled dogs from Iditarod.

In Skagway, you can board a vintage railroad car for a family-friendly, riveting railroad ride. This journey climbs nearly 3,000 feet to the summit of White Pass, where the picturesque surroundings provide plenty of photo ops. On the return trip down the mountain, children can ride in a private, kids-only car filled with sing-alongs, games and storytelling, while adults can celebrate the fun with a champagne or cider toast. Cheers!

Disney Cruise Line guests can take a unique railroad ride to the White Summit Pass.

With a range of options designed for all members of the family, some other excursions include trekking the terrain of rugged glaciers, feasting on fresh Alaskan salmon and dropping a line in a derby-style fishing competition.

Guests can drop a line at an authentic fish camp in Ketchikan.

These are only a small sampling of the fun-filled Port Adventures available to guests of all ages during our Alaska itineraries. And, the great part is – you can spend a day exploring the port of call and return to the comfort, amenities and entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder.

From traveling to Alaska myself, I can tell you this trip is a must! The opportunities to marvel at the breathtaking landscapes, get a glimpse of rare wildlife and explore the heritage of America’s 49th state are endless and make for an unforgettable family vacation.

We hope to see you in Alaska this summer…

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Ken from BC on February 3rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I tried booking the White Pass Train excursion for our May 3rd cruise – it wasn’t available as an option. Nor were many of the other ones we were wanting.

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Adela on February 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I couldn’t even look up the excursions to see how much they are going to cost. I know we are going to want to do the train and sled dog one.

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Ashley from VA on February 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Pinching every penny! Get off the Dream on March 3rd and hopefully the Wonder Mat 2nd!

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Pam from MD on February 5th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

We’re on the May 3rd cruise as well. We were able to book the White Pass Train but couldn’t book the dog sledding on the glacier – very disappointing, our daughter would have loved it.

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