I liked the fact it was a very small vessel with only about 20 of us on it. Gastineau Guiding was the outfit booked with through Princess. Kim was a very good guide and we saw many humpback whales. The second part of the tour was a hike through Tongas and Mendenhall glacier viewing.
Jayleen offered an amazing experience on her wonderful boat for the 6 of us. (Not some huge cattle boat like others we saw). She and her crew were very knowledgeable about the whales, the history of Juneau, and offered a great eco tour.
Great whale watch with Juneau tours. We saw two whales, at times quite close to the boat by their own doing, several dives with tail flukes showing and a few lunges and tail wagging. Gorgeous view of the Mendenhall glacier from the boat as they left the dock, look back! Whale was in the harbor when we arrived!
Great crew on the whale watching boat. Explains lots about the natural environment, whales, and the town. Free hot chocolate/coffee/tea offered, alongside snacks. Saw lots of whales, in about four different locations.
This was our favorite tour by far. We did Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching. The glacier was cool and we had just the right amount of time at the visitor's center. We got some cool pictures. But the whale watching - phenomenal. We saw humpback, seals and a pod of Orca. We watched the Orca for perhaps 30 minutes, as they were spy hopping and showing off for us maybe 50 years off the boat. And the weather was also outstanding there. It was sunny and 70 plus. We returned from Whale Watching at 8:30 and were too exhausted to visit town, since we were up early that day for the Fjord cruising.
Mendenhall Glacier is only viewed from across the lake, you'll see better glaciers from the ship.
The whale watching thru Juneau tours, was a waste. Yes we saw whales, but they were tiny black dots far away.
Whale watching, rain forest hiking and Mendenhall glacier viewing. Loved the guides! Saw lots of whales. Loved the whole excursion but try to get in a trip to the Mendenhall visitor center too if you can, for a closer view of the glacier and waterfall.
Boat was big and the windows interfered with good photos on this gloomy cold rainy day. Another day you could go up top for better photo ops. Guide was great, knew her stuff and there was hot coco! So welcome on a typical Alaskan day! We enjoyed the information that was shared, we saw whales, they just weren't real active...don't think they like the gloom either!
We did a combo tour for the Mendenhall glacier and whale watching through Juneau Tours. This company is great and we enjoyed both locations immensley. The whale watching was very interesting and we saw a number of humpback whales. Keep in mind that it is MUCH colder out on the water than it is on land. Dress appropriately!
Combination whale watching and a visit to Mendenhall Glacier. Tour operator provide a shuttle back to port form the glacier, so you could set your own time-table for travel. Bus driver to Auke Bay ( retired Coast Guard) was most entertaining.
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