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Icy Strait Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

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Spend your day in Icy Strait skimming over the cool, blue waters of the North Pacific. See magnificent humpback whales as they emerge to the surface from the comfort of a boat.

jorgfam

1 review

We had seen some great reviews of Hoonah Adventure Tours - Whale Watching, so we booked this prior to the cruise directly with them.
This company was friendly and professional. Capt Paul and Zack def. gave us our money's worth. We saw whales, otters, seals, sea lion, eagles and a bear. Crew was very informative about the area.
We spent most of our time in Hoonah, not in Icy Strait. There was a great little restaurant called Chippers that had really good local seafood. Have the Salmon Taco...yumm!!!


Provider: Independent Operator

Don P

3 reviews

Excellent tour.....very knowledgeable.


Provider: Independent Operator

Coco Chanel 1

1 review

Great trip Late time is a must 3:00 because the tenders had trouble in the morning getting people off the ship. You can walk around the port and in the forest. We then walked into Hoonah . Saw the famous eagle's nest and then went on the trip. We saw whales and other sea animals. Great experience.


Provider: Independent Operator

islandjacquelin

1 review

We booked a whale watch excursion privately with Glacier Winds. Shawn and Teresa are both native Alaskans and have lived in Hoonah for many years, Shawn, the captain, grew up there. We saw a large number of humpback whales - some even came so close we could smell their terrible breath, despite our attempts to remain at a distance! No breeching, but lots of great whale tail photos and close encounters with the large, majestic humpbacks. We also saw a number of small deer, eagles and a large eagles nest, along with Dall's porpoise and sea lions. Everything was very well organized with clear instructions and communications in advance. A great experience and a real highlight!


Provider: Independent Operator

JMS18

1 review

Good experience. We saw whales and liked the narrative provided onboard. Also, we loved Icy Strait. They really did a beautiful job on the site. And the shops were the best we saw overall in Alaska. Lovely things, nothing tacky like in the other ports.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Cop Chef

1 review

We booked a Whale Watching Tour with Captain Colleen on the Icy Strait Whale Adventure. Capt. Colleen met us at the designated location to begin our tour. But to our regret, Capt. Colleen was there to inform us she and her husband were cancelling our tour because of high waves around the area where the whales were and rather than taking us out and taking our money, they both decided to cancel and fully refund us. For this reason I HIGHLY recommend Icy Strait Whale Adventure, even though we didn't get a chance to go out and see the whales, Captain Colleen came to us and respectfully cancelled the trip for our safety which shows how honest she and her husband are. I would definitely book with them again if we have the opportunity to go back.


Provider: Independent Operator

Triciab

1 review

Awesome! Saw lots of whales and even orcas.


Provider: Independent Operator

matt32

1 review

The tour was about 2 hours long and the captain drove us around to where the whales were. If he saw a whale off in the distance, he will steer the ship to where he saw the whale.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

royben

1 review

FABULOUS !!!


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

bec_bec2012

1 review

We had a fantastic time whale watching with Coleen from icey straight whale adventures. We saw tons of whales and Coleen was a great host.

Provider: Independent Operator

deeis50

1 review

Private captain Paul was awesome! We were surrounded by orcas. But he also did bear watching , eagle watching and took us on a. Shore excursion by boat to show us the layout of hoonah.

Provider: Independent Operator

suzrai

1 review

It was wonderful! Shawn of Glacier Winds Charter is a great boat captain and we were lucky to see whales, orca, sea otters, sea lion and his wife Teresa is a pleasure to deal with.

Provider: Independent Operator

trophy_23

2 reviews

We headed off the ship around 9am on the tender. At the tender dock, we made our way up the very steep ramp where we had a look through the interesting cannery building. There is a shuttle to town ($8pp round trip), but in case anyone is wondering for future cruises, one-way tickets are only available for purchase in town ($5pp) for the return bus back to the tender pier. We found this a bit strange, no one way ticket to town available for those who already had a ride back to the pier pre-arranged. It was a nice enough day so we chose to walk along the seawall path to town. This is where our fun really begins! We pre-booked a whale watch tour with Misty Bay lodge for 11:30am, so after a walk around town to check out the eagle's nest we checked in at the lodge. We then headed down to meet our Captain (Dan) at the dock, turns out some fellow CC'ers were on the first tour and had a great time! We happened to be the only ones booked on the later tour, so we got a total private tour with Hope and Dan. I can't say enough about how great they were. We saw plenty of whales and their boat was very comfortable. I would highly recommend Misty Bay!

Provider: Independent Operator

LoungeFly

1 review

We saw two whales! Enough said? The boat was operated by Allen Marine tours. And we went to what is supposed to be the 'hub' of whale activity, and we saw two tails. Needless to say, I was disappointed. It was raining to top it all.. so, overall, not a very enjoyable experience. Maybe it is not season for whale, yet. And the girl at the counter had a canned answer if you ask her, are they seeing any whales - "every season whales are sighted!". That's it. You ask that question any different way, and she says the same thing! I almost wished we did not see any, so we could get our money back! Have seen more whales off the coastline in San Diego! Can't really blame the tour company other than, I wish they had been more truthful about the whales they were seeing. I can't believe that place was swarming with whales earlier in the day or the previous day for that matter!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Stiletto1958

3 reviews

The Wine and Whale Evening Cruise was nothing to whine about. What a great evening, the crew were so friendly and as excited to see the whales as we were. I was closer to the whales in the wild than I've been at Sea World in San Diego. A brilliant excursion.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

xmasteach

3 reviews

Captain Paul found lots of whalers and even a brown bear, eagles too. Great trip

Provider: Independent Operator

cndwhite

2 reviews

What a deal if you don't see a whale you get $100 back. They have never had to give the money back. Whales were seen at many different locals we also got to see a grizzly bear on the way out to see the whales. Free coffee and hot chocolate. The boat has a upper and lower viewing area the upper is open air the lower is enclosed, this came in nice on a 50 degree morning.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

newcruiserATL

1 review

Saw several humpbacks, seals, otters

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

ebmedic

2 reviews

Bad weather this day, so not a pleasant ride. The boat is large and comfortable. Binoculars provided. The crew worked really hard to make it a good experience, but rough seas and rain worked against them. Only one brief whale sighting. This wasn't the crew's fault. Just bad luck.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

mrell345

1 review

Lots to see and do. Great boat for taking pictures of the many humpback whales, eagles and seals we saw. Coffee was included and we were given a nice Salmon spread to taste on the run back to Icy Strait

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Sarah Ball

1 review

Loved Icy Strait Point. We went whale watching with Glacier Winds, which was a great family-run operation. Loved every minute. We didn't have much time to explore the town afterwards, opting for a beer in the restaurant by the cannery after our busy day. It looked like there were some pretty walks nearby. Probably a port where you need to arrange to do something, rather than expect to be entertained by shopping or walking around town.

Provider: Independent Operator

cruzin_ga_gal

10 reviews

The whale watching excursion was fun. We had seen many whales and even bear on the edge of the water.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

wismergirl

3 reviews

We originally wanted a private excursion but all private vendors were fully booked, so we booked the August 16th 7am excursion with RCI and later switched to the 11 am one. It turned out to be wonderful as we had a boat for 150+ passengers but now there were about 50 passengers. Binoculars were placed on the seats and the marine guide provided us with lots of info regarding marine life. Thanks to the Diamond Concierge, Chris, for switching us to the 11 a.m. tour! Many passengers came back from the 7 a.m. tour and said they didn't see much but we were sooooooo lucky as we saw whale breaching many times. Their tails were beautiful too! Even the marine guide on board said that was one of his most rewarding trips in 3 months! It was unfortunate that we could only take pictures from inside the boat as it was raining very hard...non-stop rain for the whole day! Sorry for the black & white pictures!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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