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  1. I don't see it becoming permanent. I think the bill was written with a sunset and expiries at the end of the year.
  2. Harv & Marv's has a great reputation: https://www.harvandmarvs-juneau-whale-watching.com/tours/harvs/
  3. Dress in layers with a waterproof jacket for the final layer. That way you can remove or add layers as the day goes on.
  4. In the picture of "local carvers at work", the guy in the yellow shirt was my shop & social studies teacher in high school. Amazing guy, very talented woodworker.
  5. A Prince William Sound glacier cruise is a great choice. Phillips' 26 Glacier Cruise is a popular option. For something a little more intimate is a trip with Lazy Otter: https://www.lazyottercharters.com/ You could catch the Alaska Railroad's Glacier Discovery ( https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/our-trains/glacier-discovery ) train to either the Spencer Glacier stop or to Grandview. Here's our pictures from those trips: http://akstafford.blogspot.com/2017/08/spencer-glacier-via-alaska-railroad.html http://akstafford.blogspot.com/2019/07/grandview-on-alaska-railroad.htm
  6. Look here: https://icystraitpoint.com/ http://visithoonah.com/
  7. I would suggest consider putting together your own land trip, rather than a prepackage tour from the cruise line. Southcentral Alaska is pretty easy to plan on your own. The TripAdvisor forum is a great resource: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28923-i349-Alaska.html
  8. Not the Jones Act, but the Passenger Vessel Services Act. Jones Act just applies to cargo ships.
  9. https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2021/05/13/us-senate-passes-bill-aimed-at-recovering-part-of-alaskas-cruise-seasons "The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that would temporarily exempt cruise ships traveling between Washington State and Alaska from stopping in nearby foreign ports, like Canada. The hope is to recover a semblance of a cruise ship season for Alaska’s tourism economy this summer." You can read the rest of the story at the link above.
  10. And those dishes are also larger than what you'd see at lower latitudes.
  11. Icy Strait Point would be my choice.
  12. You can take the train to Talkeetna. From there it's an hour drive to the Princess McKinley Wilderness Lodge. In the past Princess has ran a shuttle. I think it cost $10? Maybe not... You can contact them for more info: https://www.princesslodges.com/princess-alaska-lodges/mckinley-lodge/mckinley-amenities/ Although, probably no one will be answering the phones for another month or so. But, I will say, driving yourself in a rental would be the better option.
  13. I think coming in a day early is a great idea. But keep in mind the regularly scheduled Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic train to Seward departs Anchorage at 6:45am. So you'd probably have to fly in the evening before that and overnight in Anchorage to catch the train's early morning departure. https://www.alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/schedules
  14. Instead of the pre-package tours from the cruiselines, I would highly recommend renting a car and putting together your own great trip. That way you can chose what you want to do and when. There's nothing offered on a cruisetour that you can book on your own, often for cheaper. Especially having teens, I think being herded along as part of a typically older crowd is not the way to go. My opinion here is based on 2 years as a motorcoach driver for Holland America in Alaska.
  15. I prefer either early June or late August. Every time will have it's pros & cons. And for the land portion of your trip, I'd recommend putting together your own trip instead of purchasing the pre-packaged trips from the cruise lines.
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