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Address: 1020 Hoselton Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
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Well worth a trip on the sternwheeler. We saw mushing dogs, had a great commentary along the river. Had a flying boat come along, land and take off. Visited the village and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

My family and I booked a dinner cruise on the Tanana Chief in August of 2016. The dinner was cooked on shore in the company's catering business. The food was excellent and plentiful. Even my 14-year-old son got enough to eat. The cruise was relaxing, without a huge crowd to contend with. We will definitely be booking another cruise on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Well worth a trip on the sternwheeler. We saw mushing dogs, had a great commentary along the river. Had a flying boat come along, land and take off. Visited the village and caribou. Very good presentations by the youngsters at the village..

Thank TravelhappyEngland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We did the dinner cruise in July 2016 on a nice summer day and the cruise itself was okay. The ship cruises a few miles on the Chena to the Tanana. You see the housing on the banks of the Chena, some of them quite nice, but main topic should be the dinner. Why I rated them down is on... More 

2 Thank LairdofGlencairn69
Greensboro, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The food is not Ruth's Chris, but this was worth the time and effort. The staff was nice, and the views of "real" Alaska along the river banks gave us a deeper appreciation for the culture of Fairbanks. Locals seemed to like it....

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

To start with we had a beef stew lunch provided. The sternwheeler was large, with a 300 passenger capability so this was no small deal. We went up to the junction of the Chena and Tatana rivers from Fairbanks and along the banks, demonstrations of dog mushing, reindeers and salmon smoking were conveniently arranged to watch from the boat. We... More 

Thank pehu44
Fairbanks, Alaska
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Don't bother. The Brunch was awful - overcooked eggs and overdone breakfast meats (ham & bacon), stale tasting sausage links,extremely over-ripe watermelon (can't believe they even served it), fishy tasting gravy for the hard biscuits. The only palatable items were the coffee cake, strawberries and grapes. Stingy service of mimosas and champagne (even though its advertised as a champagne brunch).... More 

Thank vbelton
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

Fantastic Food and Scenery. NIce intimate ride down the Chena River to the Tanana. The food was outstanding. The easily the best biscuits I have ever had in my life. The prime rib was delicious and the portion size was generous. Our cruise had a mix of local citizens and visitors and a great time was had by all.

Thank DeanJennifer G
Seffner, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

We purchased our tickets and made our way to this little stern wheeler had we seen it prior to buying the tickets we would not have. We got there an realized this little boat was in a lagoon. After checking in the Capt./Owner stated "Oh by the way the water in the lagoon and the water on the river is... More 

5 Thank Robert V
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

Traveled the Chena River on a sternwheeler with a host whose narrative was very interesting. The day included learning a bit about how dogs are very lovingly raised and trained for sledding, visiting an Athabascan village, hearing Laura share her hopes about the Iditorad, panning for gold, and finishing the day with a hearty meal served family style. It was... More 

3 Thank SEmass
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

My friend tried to call twice, no one to answer their phone. When we got there my friend tried to shake the guy's hand, he refused, thought that was odd. Liquid hand sanitizer in his pocket maybe? should be kept in his pocket. After a brief verbal description of the ride, we chose the sightseeing package over the meal since... More 

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