Zara HaimoUnited States
Cruin is a Scotsman who settled in Alaska, an interesting mix of cultures and accents. He knows the techniques of the totem pole carvers and brought his tools to show us how they are made. He also gave us a chance to try our hand at it, harder than it looks. Cruin knows all the stories behind the carvings and tells them with the heart of the storyteller he is. He made the history and lore of Ketchikan come alive for us, a thoroughly enjoyable tour in every way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Zara, It was such a pleasure to meet you and Mary and show you around Ketchikan and Totem Bight. I do hope you both keep well, and I hope we get to meet again some day. Thank you for getting your daughter to check the Russian on Tongass. Regards, Cruin.
Heather BalyeatUnited States
Very knowledgable local. Extraordinary storyteller and tailored the tour to us. We all loved getting to learn exactly how totem poles are made and he was willing to let us spend more time on the beach and forest. Great conversationalist and wide ranging knowledge. You can't go wrong with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Heather. I so enjoyed meeting you and your family. I loved our time on the beach, and will never forget the girls holding eels and stuff on the beach -- that was a really pretty wee eel. Regards, Cruin.
Linda CarusoUnited States
What a joy! Cruin is definitely the 'best friend you have never met'. He is part of our family now! His passion for Alaska and the native people and forests is infectious. We love his humor, his knowledge, and his caring manner. Meet Cruin and your life will never be the same.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda, thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for welcoming me into your family. I loved meeting you all, and loved the time we spent together. I really look forward to meeting you all again (either here or in Texas). Please keep in touch, and let me know how you are all doing.
Carol WhiteUnited States
Cruin was very informative and obviously knew his town and state very well. It was very exciting to see humpback whales close to shore.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carol. I was just as excited to see the whales!
Cruin was fantastic. He knows so many stories and explained everything about Ketchikan. And we really had much fun on this day. We were in Ketchikan for 1 day during a cruise and wanted to see as much as possible in a short time. Another reason for looking for a private tour is that I am handicapped and cannot negotiate the stairs into a bus or keep pace with a big group and we (2 persons) can only highly recommend to go with Cruin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Martine, for this very kind review. I too had a lot of fun on our day together. I really enjoyed the tour, and also really enjoyed our conversations. It was my pleasure and my privilege to meet you. I do hope you come back some day. Regards, Cruin.
Beth PirkleUnited States
Cruin provided a tour that was a highlight of the Alaska cruise. It was a delightful, educational and very fun day. Highly recommended. Be sure to ask him to tell you the turtle story.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Beth, is is very good to hear from you. I loved our day together. It was such fun touring with someone with such a great interest in West Coast Native art. I must post a picture of my turtle some day. I now have a baby salamander growing up in a wee tank -- and... dum dum dum! a 6 foot long, albino (golden pink color), corn snake. Remember Ayesha, the girl who looks after my turtle when I am away? -- I have her snake living with me for the nonce.
David KotchickUnited States
Kilted Cruin kept us constantly entertained in Ketchikan. His easy style and low-key presentation made it easy to enjoy every aspect of the tour, some local banter, peaceful natural settings and stories of the past. We especially enjoyed his personal touches of salmon tasting and totem pole carving.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. It was my pleasure, and my privilege. I do hope you come back some day.
Amul PurohitDavis, CA, United States
Cruin was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. He knew Ketchikan and beyond in an historical perspective. He has very pleasant personality and all of us liked it very much. We enjoyed spending the day with him. We wish him all the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Amul, It was my pleasure to meet you, your family, and your friends. I had a great day, and wish you all the best of travels. Cruin.