I took the Bear and whale watching combo. Pricey but we truly had an amazing experience. They packed us in on the Whale Watching boat, and I was afraid we would be crawling all over each other trying to see the whales. But it was not that bad. They served a snack and hot beverages and sold a few other things. the whale watching was spectacular. We were able to see a pod of 13 whales bubble feeding together. they had an underwater mike and you could hear the whales as they sounded off. They went through the bubble feeding about 3 or 4 times in about 45 min before it stopped. Then in between the bubble feeding a juvenile humpback breached. Of course none of the cameras were ready for it and it did not happen again. we also got lots of fluke pictures. It was a great excursion. The bear portion was a beautiful walk and good stories. we did see a Grizzly at the very end. he was quite far away, but it was definitely exciting just to see one. I would say the experience was great, but the price was a bit high.
My husband sis Halibut fishing. He was able to catch one small halibut and then others that caught theirs were not interested in sending fish home, so they gave theirs to him. It was even pricier-120.00 to send the halibut home, but we did. Rated about a 4 for his experience.
We did the photo safari in Juneau. That was really amazing. We first went out to see the Mendenhall glacier up close. We were just across the lake from it. Our guide taught us how to use our cameras to get the best shots and took pictures of the couples if they wanted. There were arctic terns across the lake and she pointed out several of the plants and flowers around us. Then we were off in the boat to see Eagles, Seals, sealions and Whales. We caught the eagles en mass on one island. and got great shots of eagles feeding as well. We saw the sea lion perched on a buoy and some in the boat saw a few harbor seal. we missed those. Then we spotted humpback whales first. Then we lucked upon a small pod of about 5 killer whales. There was a mom with a baby and we got lots of great pictures. Then we saw another humpback and headed back. They gave us a CD with more photos of the native wildlife and sent us on our way. It was really a great excursion.
Took the train excursion with a group called Chilkoot Charters. They use the White Pass railway and then they coach you elsewhere. We chose the Yukon adventure. It was supposed to be a 7 hour excursion but was more like 8 hrs. the train was delayed so we just made it back to the ship before we had to. we took the train north, then they picked us up and took us to a small area where we had lunch. nothing fancy, BBQ chicken, potato, slaw and tea/water. Then we had the sled dog ride ( 15 min) and visited the puppies and sled dogs. They also had a taxidermy Museum there that was rather amazing. After that we were bussed back to our ship. while we were being bussed around we were told the history of the area. it was quite interesting.