We booked the combo to same money. Zip lining and whale watching. The zip lining was a HOOT, BUT... they said they would provide goggles for those of us wearing glasses. They were so busy trying to get you strapped in and ready to go that they did not get my sister in law her goggles and in the first few seconds after leaving the platform she lost her glasses. No she did not have a second pair. The whale watching was with two young men. It was on a smaller boat than the giant one for all the other whale watching people. That could have been a great thing had we had some experienced driver and tour guide. They would not get close enough for us to get pictures without telephoto lenses. They would just sit there waiting for the whales to come to us. This was the worst whale watching I have been on.
Totally cool to be on the water and seeing whales and brown fur seals. The crew of the boat were very friendly, and the tour director was very well educated as to the wildlife in Alaska. And we found out she graduated from the same university our youngest son did, same year too, but she didn't know him.
Booked a 2 hour trip through RCL, we saw Humpback whales almost immediately after leaving the dock. Later on we saw eagles, otters, and sea lions. The guides provided information about the animals, and the first nation peoples who inhabited the area.
Tyler and his other crewmember were amazing on the small boat. We saw many animals on a whale excursion. We saw brown bears on shore, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, and orcas. This was the best!
We had a group of 8 ranging in age from 12-71. Everyone truly enjoyed this excursion. Our captain was very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. We saw 6-8 humpback whales from a distance and various other wildlife including seals, otters, and eagles. We highly recommend for children and adults.
Unbelievable ...!!! It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. We had the most amazing experience with the whales in their natural habitat. One whale being the queen of all whales and performed for 40 minutes for us. Even the crew were impressed..!! Interesting little port with a lot of varied things to do. We enjoyed the kids interpretation of the start of their culture in the little show they put on....do not miss it. A lot of history there as well. Food was excellent in the local restaurant and don't miss out on the local tour guide...tons of information
We have been spoiled by whale watching in Feb & Mar in Hawaii. With that said it was enjoyable as the weather cooperated during the watch and we did have one whale that breached well over a dozen times for us.
Fantastic catamaran and crew, they worked really hard to find whales and boy did they find them!!! we ended up in the middle of a pod or two of Orcas, amazing they came close to the boat and there was an adult swimming with her calf. We were told point adolphus is a feeding ground and we just had an abundance. Wow ....
We LOVED Icy Strait and were so impressed with what the local residents, who have developed the port and "own" it, have done. We booked our Whale Watching tour (the exact same one as was being sold on-board) directly at the pier for a sizeable discount. We ate lunch at the Crab Shack and wow, was that food good! We also took the trolly ($5/pp) into the actual town and very much enjoyed a stroll along the working docks. Overall, this was one of the most enjoyable ports we've visited on any cruise to date.
On a windy, gray day with the waters exceptionally rough, Shawn took 6 of us out for a memorable afternoon. Luckily, none of us had a tendency to be sea sick...we were a hearty bunch....but Shawn kept apologizing for the seas! Nevertheless, he was able to take us to the areas that he knew had the best viewing of the day. We spent quite a while watching many many humpback whales then raced over to another area where another tour guide had spotted orcas....it was great.
We selected a smaller boat....only 6 passengers...and really loved a personal, interactive experience. Shawn and his wife are retired teachers (they taught in Hoonah), know the area very well, are reliable and helpful. Highly recommend.
We were lucky and had many many sightings which of course is always a bonus! The pilot and crew gave a great commentary and although it was only a shortish trip it was very enjoyable. The ship anchors at the port of call and you get taken ashore in tenders. However, for our particular trip the whale watching boat picked us up directly from the ship which was great. My daughter and I did the whale watching trip and saw loads of hump backs. We also saw tufted puffins.
We booked whale-watching privately on a 6-person boat and loved every minute of it! The whole day was quite organized and the personalized service was fabulous. We saw about 5 whales up close, and some more at a distance. All were humpbacks. There was also an option for an add-on bear-search after the cruise but we opted to forego that.
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