Skagway

Kathy
We did the White Pass and Yukon Railway train through the ship. It was very informative and the scenery beautiful. I purchased the DVD for $15.00, and having now watched it, the DVD is definitely worth the money. The DVD’s were sold on the train during the trip, but they are also available at the train depot which is just a very short walk into Skagway - you can’t miss it. Don’t worry about which side of the train you sit on. We were on the right side going up, and were against the cliff. Once we got to the top the conductor wisely had everyone switch seats with the people in the opposite row, so if you didn’t get the view on the way up, you got it on the way down! We were not allowed to get off the train due to customs. For a diversion during the train ride, some rock art had been arranged on the ground by someone unknown, and every once in awhile, if you were looking, you would see a simple “sculpture” along the way up. This trip is $89 per adult if you reserve directly through the railway website instead of the cruise line ($99). The train depot is very easy to find and only a short walk into town. The depot also has a very nice shop. Wireless internet?? None of the internet cafes in town (not even Starbuck’s) had wireless service. Here’s how we did find wireless: when you get off the ship turn right and go down to the gray building at that end of the pier (the town of Skagway is down the pier in the other direction). I think this gray building is the ferry terminal, and it has a few benches out front. We were able to access wireless service from there (its not free, but its much less expensive than the .75 cents per minute onboard).

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