8/20/12 via email:
Hi we had a great time. Everything worked out right. The three days we spent at Denali we saw the mountain every day. The train ride and bus ride were nice. For us the cruise was the best part. (Lindblad) lots of interesting people. Capable staff. Your advise on what to pack was very helpful.. Only problem was the battery on our camera died on wednesday, no one had a replacement . As soon as we get a new battery we will send you some pictures. Again thank you very much for you rhelp. We will keep in touch.
8/27/2012 via email
We just got back from Alaska on Saturday. I am totally buried in close to 1000 emails from during vacation, so this will be just a short note. I'd be happy to give you a full de-brief of our trip via phone if you have the time.....and I'll send some pictures when I have time to sort through them (I took over 700!).
The trip was Awesome! The weather was unbelievable......we had sunny weather almost the whole time (including in Ketchikan where we are told it rains 350 days a year). We never needed our rain gear. And my biggest fear, the mosquitos, were non-existent.....We didn't need bug spray even once - and we spent lots of time in wooded areas.
The excursions we did were great - thanks for the good advice. We LOVED Denali, and the Backcountry Lodge was like paradise...I didn't want to leave! We were lucky to have a clear view of the mountain 2 full days! Glacier Bay was awesome, the Marjorie glacier calving for almost the full hour we were in front of it. We saw lots of wales (both orcas and humpback) both from the boat, and on the excursion we did in Juneau. Saw eagles, particularly in Neets Bay....and oh my God the bears.......almost nonstop for the whole time we were there, catching salmon in their mouth from the river. The dogsledding in Skagway (on Davison glacier) was really really good - and the helicopter ride there was outstanding.
We saw everything in Denali - lots of bears, Moose, Caribou, (all very close), and Dahl Sheep, and even a fox running up the road, and next to the bus. We took a flight around Mt. McKinley that I highly recommend......over an hour in a very small plane. We were lucky to have a very experienced pilot who took us very close and pointed out all the peaks, glaciers, etc.
Our cabin on Holland America was excellent - loved being in a suite. I was not overly impressed with Holland American, in general (will tell you details when we talk), and probably wouldn't go on another HAL cruise again. But, it was what I wanted for this trip, in terms of itinerary.....and there was enough children on the ship, and activities for them, that our daughter had fun.
The hotels pre- and post- worked out well. Overall we had an amazing time. Thanks again for all of your help - will give you more details later.
The "A" family
8/13/2012 via email
Hi Marjy! We r sitting @ the Sitka airport getting ready to head to Seattle. I can't tell u everything in an e-mail but only want to say how much we LOVED our trip!!!! We would recommend Alaskan Dream Cruises to anyone wanting a real Alaska experience! They were great :). We loved Sitka too & the guys fishing was awesome! We saw SO much wildlife , it was great. Maybe we could talk sometime if u want to hear some details.
Thanks SO much for your help & recomendations in helping put this trip together! We made wonderful family memories!
The 'R'. Family
8/07/2012 via email
Fantastic trip! Everything perfect.
Many, many thanks
8/03/2012 via email
I want to tell you what a wonderful trip I had! First, it rained exactly two of the twenty days I was in Alaska. Can you believe it!! Second, I saw Mt. Mckinley for four straight days--every day I was in Denali. Third, the mosquitoes weren't nearly as bad as I expected them to be. The cruise was absolutely the best--fabulous crew, nice boat, interesting travelers, excellent food and drink, lots of animals. The bears in Katmai were a marvel.
Again, thank you so much for helping me put together a memorable trip.
7/31/2012 via email
So sorry to be very tardy in responding to you. I?d planned to email you, but time has gotten away from me. It?s sad to be back in the grind and feeling like we are playing catch up.
But I have to tell you that WE HAD THE MOST AMAZING TIME IN ALASKA. IT WAS EVERYTHING WE DREAMED OF AND MORE!
It is seldom in life when something exceeds your expectations, but that is exactly what happened to us. Everything you arranged was just perfect. The InnerSea Discovery cruise was beyond incredible. We will have those memories and images in our head for the rest of our lives. The experience was so much more than a fabulous vacation. We learned so much and met the most wonderful people. The crew on the ship, well I just can?t say enough good things about them. What a wonderful group of young adults. Each day was a delight, and the next day more incredible than the one before. The Captain was inspiring in some ways. He is a whale expert, and we had a whale watching experience to beat all, beyond the more than we could count whales, and awesome spectacle of those magnificent animals, the Captain brought some researchers from Five Fingers lighthouse on board for an afternoon and we got to learn from them and talk to them about their own experiences living out there and doing whale call research. Everyone of the crew was so poised, knowledgeable, and they made us feel like they were there to ensure that got the perfect experience. Their enthusiasm made our experiences that much better. The food was fabulous and healthy, although Aldo?s pastries put us back a few pounds. There must be some requirement in Alaska that you eat 2 desserts a day cause that is what happened every day even after we left the ship. I can confirm that splurging for the larger cabin was worth what we paid for it.
The land part of the tour was also wonderful ? your selections on places to stay were perfect. The hospitality shown to us by everyone was just wonderful. I especially enjoyed the food at Gustavus Inn, and Linda at the Capital Inn was just delightful and such wonderful breakfasts. We also really enjoyed the Governors Suite. Glacier Bay was also awe inspiring as were the flights to Skagway and from Skagway to Gustavus. In Juneau we took the floatplane ride over the glaciers and that was just incredible and jaw dropping. We loved all the Juneau folks we met in Gustavus ? many were there for 4th of July holiday and they were very fun to hang with. One person we met had just been to visit her son who lives ? guess where ? right here in Ashland, so we had much to talk about.
We even delighted in the visit to Alaska Brewery hearing their story of starting the business................We were very much struck by how welcoming everyone in Alaska is, and we certainly felt the pioneering spirit and wildness of the place. I totally miss the mountains now that we are home. You must understand that we live in a beautiful place, but our mountains are dwarfs compared to yours!
The weather was the weather ? I would have brought more waterproof clothing and my own rubber boots rather than hiking boots, and we are still laughing about bringing our water socks ? no way those feet were going in that cold water like we do at home when we kayak ? we didn?t wear them. I did miss seeing the stars and moonlight, which is something we have at home, but seems missing in Alaska with all the overcast skies. But I really didn?t care about the weather ? the scenery more than made up for it.
(We are) still sorting through our 2,500 photos! We will have a slide show at some point that maybe I can find a way to share with you.
I can?t thank you enough for all of your help and expert planning. We are definitely going to go again, but it will take awhile to save up the $$. I hope you are still available to assist when we are ready.
7/16/2012 via email
I am so sorry it took me so long to write a thank you to you after our trip! I'm sure you book tons of people and can't keep track of them all, but I wanted to let you know how much we THOROUGHLY enjoyed our entire trip. We did the 13 day off the beaten path. Yes, the bus trips were not our favorite part, but that was ok. The cruise (our first) was amazing, beautiful, and enchanting. Glacier Bay was other-worldly. I took over 300 pictures on that day alone.
Denali was incredibly beautiful, and I'm so glad you told us to do the longer bus tour. Our time after the tour on Kenai Peninsula was great fun, and we fell in love with Homer! All in all, we absolutely loved Alaska and plan to return soon. My husband says it was our best vacation ever, and he travels all over the world with his job. Just goes to show how unique and special your state is! Oh, one last thing...I was amazed at the friendliness of all the Alaskans we met!
Thanks for everything,
7/3/2012 via email
Dear Marjy -
Now that 'A' is back home safely (in Israel) and I am settled ....I would like to thank you for your great offer (on Alaskan Dream Cruises), support and caring. It was really fantastic!
Wishing you a great summer in Wrangell. Many thanks and all the best,
6/28/2012 via email
Hi Marjy -
What an absolutely marvelous trip we had! (InnerSea Discoviers) Everything went smoothly until we got back to Newark and it took 3 hours to get home because of traffic. Oh well, that's life around here.
Thank you for all your hard work and recommendations. We'll be talking about AK for a long time. L thought it was better than he anticipated but I knew it would be wonderful.
The day after we met with you I went on a guided kayak tour. I was in the kayak right behind the guide, about 10 feet from shore when we came around a curve and heard 2 roars. Directly across from the guide a brown bear appeared on a low cliff and jumped into the water, swimming after the guide who quickly changed direction and sped away. The bear probably gave up when the paddle started going up and down. I was about 25 feet away and felt the splash and smelled wet bear. Ugh. The guide thought she had heard some type of bird.
Big surprise: Ketchikan was hot (80°) and sunny! The locals were complaining and trying to get into the shade. It did rain during the night but I never saw any precipitation during our 24 hours there. We were walking down the street looking for a pizza restaurant I had noticed on our way to the hotel. A woman walking in front of us overheard us and offered her help. We walked and talked and she knows you. Her name is S.
I'm glad we were able to put a face to the voice and meet with you. The pictures are waiting to be downloaded along with plenty of other details to take care of. Unwinding after a trip takes as much time as preparing. Tomorrow is back to work.
A & L
6/25/2012 via email
Dear Marjy -
Hello! We are still recovering from the most amazing trip aboard the Wilderness Explorer. This trip lived up to all our expectations and then some. We had an awesome 9 day adventure since we arrived in Sitka two days earlier than the cruise started. On board the Explorer the great company, good food and an awesome crew were just the beginning as the wildlife we saw and the scenic views were just off the charts all week long! We are taking time to develop a scrapbook travel log and slide show of pictures to highlight our thoughts and feelings as we remember each day and our great adventures! Thank you for all of your hard work to make this possible for us! We just wish could start again tomorrow.
6/21/2012 via email
It was absolutely wonderful! But you should have felt like you were with us as we spoke of you often and felt like you were part of our wonderful discoveries. You did such a great job for us, thank you.
L has a photo she is going to send you of all of us. Wish you could have been there in person and not just in spirit.
Thanks for making our trip a relaxing, energizing, learning, fabulous experience.
6/18/2012 via email
We just returned Saturday from our fabulous Alaska adventure. The cruise was wonderful - I can't imagine a better cruise operator. (Alaskan Dream Cruises) When we got into our cabin, my husband thought he would have trouble sleeping because the "queen" bed was pretty short & he couldn't hang his feet over the edge because it was up against the wall. So we asked if we could have another cabin & Ernie put us in the Taku cabin (complementary upgrade to deluxe). Even though the cabin had two twin beds, which we didn't really want, it was a much better sleeping arrangement. And the cabin was sooooo much nice/bigger. I couldn't believe how nice they were to accommodate us. It might have helped that there were only 38 passengers.
Anyway, the food was sensational, the staff outstanding & our experiences more than memorable. I'm attaching a picture of us at Glacier Bay. We had very good weather - 5 of the 7 days were sunny.
We met another couple who had booked through you - They agreed with us on how lucky we were to have your assistance. I have already sent your contact information to two friends.
S & D
6/18/2012 via email
Hi, Marjy!!!! -
We want to thank you very much for the goodie basket ............ Rust's seemed to go out of their way to take care of us. Before the tour they took us downtown so we could have lunch (Gwennie's, great food and more of a local place with excellent food) picked us up an hour later and put us on the plane. What a beautiful location (Redoubt Bay). We saw a couple of bears from a long distance and also saw swans, loons, and watched the salmon traveling upstream from the lake. Outstanding tour guides. Really enjoyed it. On the way back to Anchorage we saw Beluga whales in the inlet. .............Next day Flew to McCarthy. What an interesting place. I think our favorite part was the sound of?. absolutely nothing. A little construction noise around the old Kennicott mill but its really not worth mentioning since we were always out hiking or walking the trails and did not notice. The St. Elias guides were outstanding. We had a great day on the glacier. That evening we were seated at the same dinner table as J and D and they were great company. He and I share the same passion for bicycling. The accommodations were excellent and the food the same. Saw a lynx on our way back to the airfield in McCarthy. I guess he is a local resident.
Flew back to Chitina and drove to Valdez. Still lots of snow on Thompson Pass. Next day took the Stan Stephens Prince William Sound cruise. Excellent time seeing large numbers of both sea otters and humpbacks, Dall's porpoises, a few eagles, seals and sea lions. A great way to spend the day.
The next day we departed Valdez for Whittier via the ferry. What a nice relaxing voyage and again seeing large numbers of sea otters, some humpbacks, porpoises and eagles.
Disembarked the ferry at Whittier and drove to Seward staying in the historic side of the Hotel Seward. ........ The next day we took the Kenai Fiords cruise which was simply outstanding. Before we even got a mile out of the harbor we were surrounded by a pod of breaching Orcas. Not something you see every day. We saw a humpback whale breach totally out of the water. (Sorry, no photos of that since it was totally unexpected.) We also saw many sea otters, humpbacks, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoises, eagles and several mountain goats that had come right down to the shoreline. We also saw a rare fin whale which according to the tour guide they only see three or four a year. That whale is second in size to the blue whale. The dinner on Fox Island was very good (excellent king crab).
Drove to Anchorage and decided to take the redeye back home that night since it was wide open seat wise.
I must say that ideally we should have scheduled a down day in there some where but that was my greedy fault for wanting to do and see so much.
The weather cooperated the entire trip with the only rain happening during the drive from Anchorage to Chitina and the drive from Seward to Anchorage.
If you need more details for your reference feel free and ask I just didn't want to seem like that relative that forces you to watch all their vacation videos...............So, what are we going to do next time?
S & M
6/12/2012 via email
We had such a wonderful time on our trip. Thank you so much for all that you handled and the suggestions that you gave.
We LOVED the behind the scenes tour of the Mammals in the Sea Life Center. What a wonderful experience. We were able to feed a pregnant seal, and also her almost one year old pup from the previous year. Both were precious. We learned all about the research that is being performed there. Extremely interesting.
Thanks for all your hard work. It certainly made our trip memorable.
6/12/2012 via email
Hi, Marjy!!!! -
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!
We thank you for putting together exactly what we asked for. We wanted "off the beaten path" and we certainly got it. The small boat (InnerSea Discoviers cruise) is the ONLY WAY TO GO. And word has it the closest traffic light was 248 miles from Kennicott, and I believe it. ................................................................Alaska Air- First time we flew with Alaska Airlines, won't hesitate to fly with them again. .............................Innersea was a great experience. The enthusiasm the entire crew displayed ALL WEEK was exemplary. Everything about the un-cruise was GREAT! And the food was even better, if that is possible. New York Hotel/Inn at Creek St.- Excellent choice!!! Customer service was the BEST! Felt like we were staying in a friend's home rather than a hotel room. Quaint, cozy, and ultra clean for starters. Manager allowed us to use the laundry facilities, including soap and fabric softener sheets, just because. Perfect location too. If ever in Ketchikan again, you'll find us here. Wrangle Air- If "Martin" is your pilot, you are in very good hands. Great view and guided tour of the skies between Chitina and McCarthy. Martin was our pilot for all three flights involving Wrangle Mountain Air. Nice man, better pilot.
Kennicott Lodge- Upon arrival we were shown to room 102 in the South Wing. We were brought into the room from the "mountain" side. We set the bags on the bed and went out onto the porch, on the "glacier" side. Instead of hearing the wind, or the ice of the glacier cracking, we heard a "Caterpillar" front end loader and a back hoe operating down below us. To say we were upset by this would be an understatement.................. Fortunately we were able to move to room 105 in the South Wing, as 105 is furthest from the noise distraction. From 105 we really couldn't tell you if the NPS operated this equipment again while we were there. Once we were moved we did experience all that was described beforehand..........................................Saint Elias Guides- First class operation. Knowledgeable, friendly, and more than competent staff. First aid knowledge was pressed into play when D needed her ankle taped for support. "Scott" taped her up as gently as possible and had the patience of a Saint as we SLOWLY made our way back to the lodge.. Glacier hike- Well worth the money, it was D's favorite part of the entire trip. And she sprained her ankle on the glacier hike too.
White water excursion- While Class III white water is a bit tame for me, it had D a bit nervous for a short while..On average, I'll guess, it is sufficient for most vacationers to get a fun experience meandering through 25 miles of water. I'll guess we put into the water at about 1030 and didn't get out until almost 600 PM, and in all that time we did not see one other person, other than our two guides. We were served a quasi gourmet lunch on a beach, with a campfire, and hot beverages. A very nice experience indeed. Then Wrangle Mtn. Air lands on a sand bar to pick up the rafters.... how cool is that?!?!?!
Overall we were more than pleased with the work you did Marjy. Several of the Innersea clients were moving on to other adventures while in Alaska, and many of those were envious of what we had planned for week two. Thanks again.
Oh...by the way.... we spent an evening at Kennicott chatting with Steve and Mary, friends of yours I believe. Nice people.
We were looking for a woman on, and just off the docks in Wrangell, sorry we weren't able to hook up. We hiked up Dewey Pt for an overview of town and a pair of bald eagles were kind enough to soar past us several times as we stood on the observation platform.
6/7/2012 via email
SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO SAY THANKS,BUT WE ARE STILL TRYING TO CATCH OUR BREATH...THE TRIP JUST TOOK IT AWAY...WHAT A MARVELIOUS PLACE...THE CRUISE (Alaska Dream Cruises) WAS GREAT,EVERY THING I HOPED FOR AND MORE...EVEN WHEN CONFRONTED WITH PROBLEMS,THEY WORKED IT THRU AND FOUND AN ANSWER...THEY ARE A 5 STAR OPERATION,AND WILL DO GREAT IN THE FUTURE...JOANNA WAS GREAT...
I CAN'T PRAISE THEM ENOUGH...IT WAS COOL AND WET, BUT IF YOU GOT COLD YOU COULD STAY IN THE LOUNGE AND WARM UP, AND STILL SEE EVERYTHING...
ONCE WE GOT ON THE TRAIN THE SUN CAME OUT,AND TURNED NICE...THE GRAY LINE TOOK GOOD CARE OF US TOO...HANDLED THE THE BAGS, AND TRANSPORT,FOR US...ALL WENT SMOOTH AS SILK...IT WAS LIKE A WHOLE DIFFERENT COUNTRY AWAY FROM THE COAST...
THE ONLY THING THAT COULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER WAS TO HAVE MORE TIME,TO SEE MORE...I NOW KNOW WHY PEOPLE MOVE THERE...YOU TRUELY LIVE IN GOD'S COUNTRY...
WE WILL SEND YOU A PICTURE AS SOON AS WE GET THEM PRINTED...
THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE HELP IN MAKING THIS DREAM COME TRUE...IT WAS A GREAT TRIP, TO A GREAT PLACE, FILLED WITH GREAT PEOPLE...AND YOU MADE IT ALL A DREAM...WE WILL REMEMBER THIS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES...AND THINK ON IT FONDLY...THANK YOU...
6/2/2012 via email
Hi, Marjy -
I have thought so many times about emailing you. Thank you for all your help to get us booked and ready for the trip. We absolutely had a blast... We weren't sure what to expect but everything greatly exceeded all of our expectation!
The husky cards you sent were such a nice touch,................Yes the weather was kind to us... Only a couple of really rainy days but the layers and rain gear make it ok. We thought that if we didn't get a little soggy, we weren't really experiencing the area :)
It was an awesome week that we will never forget!
S.H. via email
5/30/2012 via email
Hi, Marjy -
We really enjoyed meeting you in Wrangell. We were delighted to get a chance to thank you in person for your hard work on our behalf. You really hit the mark for us!
As my posting online said, the trip was spectacular and the Allen (Alaska Dream Cruises) Marine team was magnificent. I think they will do very well as they expand their cruise offerings.
I am working on editing our photos (4200!) and I will share them with you when I am done.
Please use us as a reference...we will recommend you to friends and family when they want to know who to contact regarding Alaska vacations and cruises.
And if you are ever in the New York City or Philadelphia area, please let us know...we would love to show you around.
H.H. and M.F. Princeton NJ
5/21/2012 via email
Marjy, we are home, somewhat rested, and can't stop smiling! My only regret is that we did not spend some time with you in Wrangell! We looked around for you as we wandered about town in the morning, but didn't remember I had put your phone # on our cell until late in the day. Marjy, we had a wonderful time! The weather for the trip preceding ours was rain, rain, rain, but we had beautiful sunshine a lot of the time! The crew kept commenting about how unusual and beautiful the weather was, and how lucky we were. We agree!
I cannot praise the captain and crew highly enough! If anyone had a question or a request, if it could be accommodated, it was. We were totally appalled by the huge cruise ship that came into port at Ketchikan shortly after we docked. There is NO WAY we would have enjoyed that! Our crew told us early on their objective was to get us off the ship as often as possible - that it was our base and safe haven but it was Alaska they wanted us to experience. We had a wonderful cruise, and I credit you with guiding us to that!
Needless to say, if you are ever anywhere near us, you will always be welcome here!
Many thanks again!
S. & K. - Oregon
9/25/11 via email
We made it home just fine. We are getting over the jet lag, as it took 23 hours from the time we left the lodge to the time we walked into the house.
I do not have enough adjectives to express our trip. The words, great, wonderful, and fantastic are near enough. We want to thank you for all our hard work. We were so blessed from the placement of our suite on the ship and at both lodges. I will try to send you a picture, but not sure I can.
I had asked you for references when we started talking. Well girl, if anyone in the future ask you, give them my name, email, and phone number. I will be more that glad to tell them about the great job you did for us. By the way, we were able to see Mt. McKinley without clouds. The weather each and every day was perfect! Again, thank you for making this trip one we will remember for the rest of our lives. I also have 477 pictures to help us remember. Have a great winter.
9/8/11 - via email:
Just wanted to say Thanks for your help planning our trip. It was fantastic. You promised bears we saw bears everywhere. We got to do so many exciting things and the scenery in Alaska can never be beat!
Thanks for your help. next time we head to Alaska I will definitely call you.
8/26/11 - via email - (From Italy)
Hi Marjy, nice to hear from you !! I had already in mind to provide you a full report of our trip, but due to the fact that lost Monday I began to work again I really had not enough time. But today I took the Friday off, so I can do it.
Let start by saying that the trip has completely fulfilled our expectations. My wife , who loves the hot seas, and initially had some concern to visit Alaska, was really enthusiastic about it. It was like to live for 3 weeks inside a wonderful National Geographic reportage (not just looking it at TV)....................................So overall it was an exceptional vacation and I have really to thank you for your patience during the two months we spent to plan it via email. The result was unforgettable. As you may remember I am almost a pros as photograph. I got 3000 wonderful pictures that now I have to post process (they are in RAW, not JPEG). I think I have good chances to win some contest in Autumn. We were really professional and competent in doing your job and you were able , despite we were using the email to fully understand my preferences and objectives.
Please do not hesitate , if you need, to use my name , as a reference or even let some prospect to contact me directly. For sure I will spend a lot of words in advertising you and the wonderful land which is “Alaska”. I attach our pictures, at least now yo can see ,who have to helpful !!. Grazie ancora !!! Ciao !!!
Hi Marjy, I'm sorry I didn't see you when we were in Wrangell. Our friends kept us real busy. I just want to thank you for all the arrangements you made for us. We had one of the best vacations we ever had !!! Thank You Very Much
8/20/11 – via email - Hi Marjy - just got done with our trip on the Admiralty Dream. The trip was great! Small ship, excellent, capable and personable crew, and really nice fellow travelers, a diverse group age-wise. Accommodations were quite comfortable, very good food on board , excellent, unpretentious rooming room service, nice bar, great bartender. . …………….All in all, the trip of a lifetime for my son and me! And now that we know how great Alaska is - physical environment, opportunities for myriad outdoor activities, amazing scenery and wildlife, friendly, rugged, down to earth people, and unique history - we shall return!
Thanks so much for arranging this trip - I really appreciate your professionalism, responsiveness and friendliness. You managed to arrange a perfect trip very efficiently, within just a few days after my first call to you, and you were unflappable with me and obviously very effective in finding just the right cruise at reasonable cost despite last minute planning.
A final word - Allen Marine owns and runs Alaskan Dream Cruises, and this was evidently the first year of operation of the cruise line. They are really remarkable, both in the quality of staff and service they provide and in their commitment to keeping Alaska green and truly inviting.
8/14/11 - via email - Hi Marjy!! Our Alaska trip was awesome - you did such a wonderful job with everything. It all went exactly as planned. The accommodations were excellent - ............... And the excursions were all very fun and memorable. We especially enjoyed the LeConte Glacier with Barry Bracken and his wife Kathy. We felt very special being the only passengers. And from what he said, it sounds like you make a special request to have him do the trip - Thanks!! And we will never forget the bears of Anan or our fishing trip with Doug. It was all fabulous!!! And it was also special meeting you!!
8/11/11 - via email - Hi Marjy,
We had a fantastic time on the Wilderness Adventurer. The weather was
perfect-we only had 1 day of rain! I'll send you a link to our full size
photos once I get them off my camera and on to the internet. Fall is
a very busy time for us, so we haven't had much time to sort through
them yet. Thank you for the books and cards. We wound up seeing
quite a bit of wildlife. I think my favorite was the full sized
humpback whale breaching, or maybe the momma black bear and her two
cubs (adorable!). Our honeymoon was amazing, and was everything we
wanted it to be. I'll try to get the photos up soon.
8/2/11 – via email - Marjy, I can't thank you enough. We had the time of our lives. Alaska was so beautiful. We were blessed with great weather. Wilderness Discoveries was wonderful, I felt so comfortable with the staff and the boat. …………. I hated get off the boat in Juneau, but the fun continued………….Again we will talk about this trip the rest of our lives. I've looked at our 1000 pics I can tell you whats coming next. If you hadn't contacted us we would have gone and seen Alaska, but because of you we got to TOUCH and be part of Alaska.
7/31/11 – via email - Dear Marjy, Thank you so much for the wonderful trip. If you ever need recommendations, contact us!
6/29/11 – via email – thanks for helping me plan a very wonderful trip to Alaska. We just returned yesterday and all the plans went perfectly.
6/28/11 – via email - Hi Marjy,Yes, we're back. There are no words to describe just how awesome a time we had on our Alaska trip. …..We were so blessed! We saw McKinley 3 times, in Denali on the Back CountryAdventure, for a few minutes on the K-2, and from our lodge at Talkeetna.
And the wild life we saw!!! ………………Did we see glaciers! Saw one calve in Glacier Bay... Marjorie Glacier, on our cruise.………… I had to make myself go to bed each night but I really didn't want to miss anything! And, we really didn't. We just loved everything………Thank you for everything you did to guide and help us, explain... explain again and just make our trip go smoothly. We loved our accommodations
everywhere. Denali Cabins was so cozy. ……..Anyway, we cannot thank you enough. We still hope to return!
6/26/11 via email - Hi Marjy, I wanted to thank you again for all you did for us – we had a truly wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery & wildlife the whole way - I took a total of 822 pictures (I have a lot of editing to do). We did just about all the activities (I went snorkeling, too) and the people & food were great. We barely had time to get a picture of the four of us, but we did on the last day, we’ll send you a good one.
6/23/11 –via email - Dear Marjy - Thank you for your help on our vacation. We loved the upgraded cabins, they were amazing and definitely the way to travel! I can't recommend the value of having your own balcony enough. I've already passed your contact information on to others in the area who are now considering an Alaskan trip. I've traveled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, but of all the places I've seen, Alaska tops my list of places to return to. It is simply gorgeous. Feel free to use my testimonial if you'd like. I'm using your father's beautifully designed note cards for thank yous. Wish I would have had time to find the gallery with his work to see some originals. Do you have a link to a website where his work can be seen? With much appreciation
6/22/11 – via email - Hi Marjy, We had a great time. The weather was fabulous. Almost no rain. It wasn't that cold and we just loved every aspect of the trip. I have recommended it to several people. And also recommended your services to plan the trip. I will send you a photo--- as soon as I learn how!! The ship and the crew were wonderful. What a great job Alaskan Dream Cruises did for us.
8/2/10 – via email – Marjy Our family had the time of our lives!!!!! We enjoyed everything but I am sure you have heard all this before. The ship was an excellent choice, just the right size…..Thanks again for everything I am ready to do it all over again!
7/29/10 – via email – Well, we’re back, as I expected, the time in Alaska went too fast, but that just means we’ll be back..someday! We just wanted to thank you again for another WONDERFUL vacation in Alaska. We ALL Enjoyed it very much.
6/29/10 – via email – We are home and we had a GREAT cruise. The ship was very nice, the layout of our room was GREAT. We loved Sitka. THANK YOU for all your help. You are the BEST!
6/22/10 – via email – We are home and trying to get back into the swing of life here WE really had such a great family trip – well remember it forever!!! You really came through with a great itinerary. It was manageable and just what I was hoping for….. it was SO GREAT! Thanks again for all your help.
7/29/09 - …………now let me tell you about our trip. Well, Wrangell set our trip off on a positive note…… Anyhow I guess you can see we loved our trip. Thanks for all of your help, and you may just see me in Wrangell again. Couldn’t done it without ya!
7/16/09 – via email - we are back from Alaska and that would be an understatement to say that we loved it! Everything about that tour and cruise was fantastic. We were very impressed with the Cruise West staff. Everyone was so professional and they took really good care of us. hank you for all your help. Everything was perfect. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to discover Alaska!
6/22/09 – via email - Here's the six of us, crusin' Glacier Bay. We had a fabulous time! Beyond our expectations! Amazing state you've got there Thank you!!
5/30/09 – via email - I think that our traveling companion has said it all and I join in his compliments to you and each of the accommodations and services which helped to make our visit so successful. We had a superb visit and want to return to experience other aspects of Alaska. Our trips with Brenda and John were outstanding in all aspects Our trip to Gustavus was incomparable. Thank you for helping us to enjoy such a special visit. We will be recommending your agency to our friends and acquaintances who may be interested in visiting Alaska.
10/16/08 - via email - Just a note to tell you we had a wonderful trip!!!! Thank you so much for putting it all together for us. Absolutely everything was perfect. Thank you Thank you. Alaska rocks and so do you!
9/9/08 - via email - We've been home a week now after our FABULOUS Alaska vacation - we can't thank you enough! I must admit we went with apprehension - give the weather that Alaska has seen this
summer and could not have been more pleased. Yes we saw rain - but we saw brilliant sunshine - more times that we could count - it was glorious. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect - your planning was impeccable - and your trips excellent.
8/14/08 via email - Hi just a note to tell you we had a wonderful trip!!!! Thank you so much for putting it all together for us. Absolutely everything was perfect. We LOVED Zachar Bay My husband might even go back there with his buddies to fish next year. Thank you Thank you Alaska rocks and so do you oh and thank you for the cards that was special and so thoughtful of you.
8/7/08 - via email - We returned from Anchorage yesterday and wanted to thank
you for planning a wonderful trip for us. There were no hitches in our plans - transportation arrived and departed on time, the weather cooperated (only one rainy day), we say Mt. McKinley, lots of wildlife and glaciers. The Cruise West tour was very much to our liking and the food was great! Alaska certainly is a wonderful place to visit and must be a fine place to live full-time. Thanks for everything.
6/9/08 - via email - Our sincere thanks go out to you and your entire team from the bottom of our heart for organizing our Alaska tour - an extremely excellent and memorable one.
8/27/07 via email: Just a note to tell you that the T. and C. families are back home, and we all want to thank you for the fantastic trip you planned for us. We had such a great time, and it was so good for our family to be together before our son is deployed to Iraq in November. .Anyway, you couldn't have been more helpful and considerate. If you ever need a recommendation, I would be happy to write one. You probably won't ever need one though since your excellence is already apparent. Thanks again.
8/22/07 via email - You're the best ... absolutely terrific and very, very well done for your part. I expect to start on next year w/ you very soon. Thanks again.
8/17/07 via email We want to thank you so much for the work you did to ensure that we had a fabulous trip to the far North.. We even landed on a glacier in Juneau. we were thrilled. We feel you put together such a great package for us, we traveled to so many places, traveling by all means, and saw so many beautiful sights. THANK YOU THANK YOU. We have shared our experience with so many people, and even given your business card to others. We both feel Wrangell was the highlight of the trip. We loved the town, meeting you, and Brenda was such an excellent guide, for all 3 days (and each such a different experience). Please tell Brenda she spoiled us, and she is tops. Thanks again, you did a fabulous job.
6/29/07 via email - Anyway, what you put together for us was so much richer than any experience we could have imagined. The ferry system is a treasure, and the stateroom was a wonderful place to relax and even sleep. We saw and walked on glaciers, saw eagles, orcas, humpbacks, brown and black bear, goats, and such breathtaking scenery everywhere we looked. I don't think we could have asked for more. Many, many thanks.
8/13/07 via email - I wanted to thank you again for the trip planning. You did an excellent job. It was too bad it had to end. I am sure I will come back again, when I do I will definitely contact you.