AMAZING. Our guide said we had an amazing viewing. The whales were very active. Saw breaching, tail waiving, and them playing with sea lions. After the whale viewing we went to Orca Point Lodge and had a nice lunch of salmon, salads, and great brownies. The guides and the staff at the lodge were all very nice. Overall this was a great excursion and I would highly recommend it. The trip afterwards to Sawyer Glazier was breathtaking. The scenery, ice bergs, and the glacier itself were all amazing. Not to be missed.
It was a nice trip. Would have liked to see more bears. Only saw a mother bear and 2 cubs and that was in the parking lot (coming out from under the lumber yard building) at the end of the tour. Our guide was nice. However, he disappeared after leaving us at the gift shop so we didn't get a chance to tip him. Too bad.
Great trip. It was a little long, but well worth it. Bus ride to catamaran, catamaran to Haines, bus to Eagle Preserve, and then rafting down the Chilkat river. Our guides on every leg of the trip were great. Very friendly, gracious, and everything was on time. I can't say enough about them! My 82 year old mother-in-law was a little leery about the rafting part of the trip, but the guides made her and everyone else feel very comfortable. No rough water. You may get a little stuck on the bottom a few times, but no worries. The guide will get you going even if they have to get in the water. We saw about 40 eagles sitting on the sandbars catching fish with sea gulls trying to (in vain) to steal them. Saw many juvenile eagles. The scenery was beautiful. You really got a feel for the true wilderness and beauty of Alaska on this trip. Book early or you'll end up on the trains with hundreds of other boat passengers! This is definitely the trip to take in Skagway.
What can I say. The gardens are beautiful. Our bus driver/guide had an interesting story about how the gardens came to be. Victoria itself is a beautiful city. Would like to be there on a Saturday evening sometime. They are supposed to have a great fireworks show over the water. Maybe next time.