We took the Dyea Dave tour down after riding the train up to Canada. I had researched them on Trip Adviser and felt like this would be fun. We booked this off the internet instead of the Cruise ship and took a chance. We had rode the train up and down in 1998 and I wanted to try something different this trip.We only had one nervous time when the train dropped up off in Canada and the bus was not there to pick us up. They were only about 5 minutes late.
I recommend that you meet them at the dock when you get off the cruise ship so they know they're going to be picking you up in Canada since there is no papers we got stating we would be with them. That is the only thing I think they could improve their trips so you and they are holding something to show you will be touring with them and being picked up in Canada.
We had Jeanine as our driver and guide, and we loved her! She picked us up at the Cruise dock and took us to the cemetery before she took us to the train station to pick up our train tickets for the trip up that I had also bought online.
She stopped at several places that the tour going up got to see so we could see it too after picking us up in Canada. She knew a lot of Alaskan history that she had learned since she is not from Alaska. We didn't see any wildlife but the views were great and we got some great pics!
The buses are small and we enjoyed meeting and talking to other people on the tour.
My only dissapointment is silly. When we crossed from Canada into Alaska we didn't get our passports stamped. Since the driver knew the agent at the stop and she goes through there everyday we didn't have to show our passports that we had to buy to use to go into Canada. That is one thing I wanted and didn't get the whole cruise!
last tip be sure and use the bathroom at the train station in Canada as there are no bathrooms on the way down.