A wildlife cruise will bring you right to the heart of Alaska as captains and crew share stories and point out unique wildlife in Ketchikan’s waterways. Note: Keep your eyes peeled for rare bald eagles!
Our parents went on the Neets Bay Bear Cruise (http://www.snowscove.com) in the afternoon and saw lots and lots of black bears, one after the other coming out of the woods to feed on the salmon in the river.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the Totems, Eagles, and Lighthouses tour through ShoreTrips. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and I was especially glad that they provided binoculars for us to use. We got great pictures of the totem poles and tons of gorgeous eagle shots. I was a little disappointed in the lighthouse though. It seemed pretty modern and was not nearly as "romantic" as the one's on the Georgia coast. The guides were very friendly and helped us find the animals and other interesting things to see.
Provider: Independent Operator
We took a coastal wildlife tour- It was really fun! There was a small group of us, about 16. The boat owner took us way out of Ketchecan, down some beautiful water ways. We saw an eagle nesting area- lots and lots of eagles, we saw several seals, other birds. Unfortunately we did not see any bears, but it was not without a lot of effort from the boat owner. He provided all us with binoculars too, made many stops so we could go out on the front of the boat for pictures. We would recommend this tour to others.
Provider: Princess Cruises
Luci Curly Girl
OK, but it rained.
Provider: Holland America Line
We did the Neet's Bay Bear Cruise. If you do this, be sure the salmon run is going on before booking. We did, and WOW! It really paid off. We saw all sorts of wildlife from black-bears, to chum-salmon actually in the throes of spawning. Really cool. It rained quite a bit, but staff offers rain-slickers to wear, and we got quite a few great photos of area wildlife. It's also a most informative trip regarding the local tradition of salmon raising and hatching. Awesome experience. NOTE: On this tour, you'll see black-bear, but NOT Brown (Grizzly) Bears.
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Alaska Coastal Explore-Was awesome!! Saw whales, seals, and bald eagles. Guide-Mark did an excellent job! We truly enjoyed this excursion. Staff was very professional. They provided all your gear. All you need to do is show up
Provider: Celebrity Cruises