Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Icy Strait Wildlife Tour Excursion Reviews

Home > Member Reviews > Icy Strait Shore Excursions > Wildlife Tour

Venture into the pristine wilds of Icy Strait to see some of Alaska’s most popular and iconic wildlife, such as grizzly bears, bald eagles and black-tailed deer.

rollyson

1 review

We did the whale watch ad wildlife bear hike. We had Gary as our guide on Bear hike. Love him and the hike however didn't see any Bears, this was disappointing however that's how it goes, cant control the wildlife...lol. He was an excellent guide and told bout Icy Strait and the Hoonah people , enjoyed it very much. Whale watch boat ride was nothing less than AMAZING!!!! The crew were so excited, we saw up to 40 Orca whales in what they called ' super pods"...right up next to the boat, it was raining and chilly but everyone was up on deck and had a great time. the shopping area at port was very nice but the merchandise was much more expensive than in other ports.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

hworrall

1 review

Did Whale watching and Bear search trip. Amazing wildlife sightings. Got to see both whales and bears. But the best part was our tour guide on the Bear search. Native Haida Indian. He was a wonderful story teller and shared so much about their culture.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

genealogyfan

3 reviews

Took the Forest and Nature Tram excursion, which left 15 minutes late. As expected it was slow, laid back and so mostly the rainforest and the water.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

hyker1

6 reviews

We whale-watched in the am and then did the bear viewing. The Native guide aboard the boat was most interesting, but he still pushed for sales on locally mad art/croche. Saw some whale activity, and three bears.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

deeis50

1 review

This was by far our favorite excursion! The guide Josh was so generous! We creeped through bush with him carrying a gun searching for bears . We saw and found 9! We got back to the ship and the passengers were talking about their wonderful find of 1 bear on the ships excursions .. Used my tour saver coupon.

Provider: Independent Operator

cntrymum

2 reviews

Booked a Bear Search trip with BBL after I found them on the Hoonah website whilst trying to avoid cruise ship charters. What a treat and delight to have such an avid & enthusiastic guide as Phil who is just so passionate about all he has to share with his guests. It wasn't the best weather on the day of our visit however we did a brief trip around town, had to stop & chat to a couple of locals along the way, visited the nearly complete lodge and then headed out of town on our search. We'd mentioned to Phil that we hadn't seen any salmon on the run during our entire 3 weeks in Alaska - we just kept missing them. Well - were we in for a treat. Not only did he do his very best to search out some bears for us (we only saw 2 but we DID see them and quite up close & personal with one......) he then took us out to the mouth of a river on Freshwater Bay to not only SEE the fish - but also try & catch some (we had licences....) And did we catch them! All catch & release but soooooo much fun hooking these cranky monsters who are just trying to get upstream & spawn! If I ever have the opportunity to return to SE Alaska, I would definitely come back to Chichagof to try and make the most of this rich & diverse part of the state. If the hospitality shown to us on our daytrip is anything to go by, I would LOVE to stay at Brown Bear Lodge once it's ready as these guys are the best!

Provider: Independent Operator

Turtle0246

1 review

Local resident who is a bear hunter and seemed to know every bear in the area by its age, preferred places for finding food and resting took us and another couple on a 2 hour trip in his 4-wheel drive vehicle. We saw several bear in their natural environment.

Provider: Independent Operator

Bramcruiser

1 review

We never saw much in the way of wildlife - no bears! However, we had an excellent walk through a beautiful and pristine landscape and were led by the best of the tour guides on our entire trip. She knew the history of her Tlingit culture and the stories about the land very well and told them in a very entertaining way that just made you listen wanting to know more.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Prince06

1 review

The Wildlife Tour guide was extremely friendly and provided some valuable inside knowledge about the area as well as the customs and traditions of the native klingkit people. The Tribal Dance Show was a moving glimpse into the world of native Alaskan culture and tradition.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

agru

2 reviews

This is one of the ports where I really wish we had much time. Our excursion combined whale watching (with amazing results, including a group breaching in sequence), a walk looking for bears (seen, but in the distance), and too little time left afterward for a visit to the town or shopping in the more authentic shops by the pier.

Provider: Holland America Line

JD in MD

3 reviews

We bit the bullet and decided to take a cruise line tour. We had been to Icy Strait the first year it had opened in 2004. The only difference now is their popular zip line. We are not zip line enthusiasts; hence, the Forest and Nature Tram. Our Indian guide drove us through a narrow trail while telling us stories about the native people from the area and pointed out many of the plants that they use for medicines. Afterward, we took a walk to look at the zip line and then went through the shops in the old cannery building. Many people said this was the best place to do a whale watching tour. We had done that in 2004.

Provider: Holland America Line

About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.