We, my husband and I, booked this excursion through our Princess Cruise. It was the end of July booked for 12:30pm. This was way better then we anticipated. First a bus takes you to the planes. Then you board the float plane with a 30 minute flight over the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Lots of glaciers all looking different. I got several pictures. Very professional flight with safety talk. You put ear phones on and a tape tells you where you are and what you are seeing. I was never nervious or scared. Smooth as could be. The weather was overcast but not rainy. We landed, got off the plane and walked to the lodge. Within 5 minutes I saw a mother bear and her babies in a tree and a male bear eatting blue berries with the hole in the wall glacier in the back ground. Wow, what pictures I got. We went in and got an Alaskan Amber beer to drink and came back out to walk around. There where men around with long poles to keep the bears away from guest. I never felt scared or worried. We watched them grill our salmon while we drank our brew. After they took the salmon in they let the bears come up and clean the grill. That was when the bears got jealous of each other and growled. I got great pictures of this also. I then went in the lodge where my husband was going down the buffet. We sat in front of the huge window and ate our salmon, apples, rolls, slaw, beans on a big platter that I later bought at the gift shop. I had warm spiced tea to drink and ginger cookies. We were stuffed. I then went out and laid in the hammock for a few minutes before shopping in the gift shop. We then went on a short walk behind the lodge that was very enjoyable but then we had to hurry to catch our plane back to town. Only one negative. The worst mosquitos I have ever seen and I am from the south. They do have bottles of bug spray you can use at the door to the lodge but you might want to bring your own. I would not have missed this trip for the world. You get a great "taste" of Alaska all in one place for one price.
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