Sitka Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest Excursion Reviews

This wildlife tour is a great way to take in Alaska's varied flora and fauna from the comfort of a guided boat.
The weather was awful!
The weather was awful! I know that isn't the fault of the cruise line or the excursion staff, but rain, rough seas and wind really make the excursion uncomfortable and hard to get any pictures.
The weather was awful! I know that isn't the fault of the cruise line or the excursion staff, but rain, rough seas and wind really make the excursion uncomfortable and hard to get any pictures. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Bit of a disappointment.
Bit of a disappointment. Not much in the way of wildlife. It was there, barely.
Bit of a disappointment. Not much in the way of wildlife. It was there, barely. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Saw it all: bears, whales, otters, and sea lions
Saw it all: bears, whales, otters, and sea lions
Saw it all: bears, whales, otters, and sea lions Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Good tour but bad weather.
Good tour but bad weather. Walked around the town first and visited the Russian Church.
Good tour but bad weather. Walked around the town first and visited the Russian Church. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip!!
The HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip!! Captain Paul was an exceptional tour guide -- extremely knowledgeable and very personable! It was truly like hanging out with an old friend. The boat is small and allows for a more personalized tour of ... Read More
The HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip!! Captain Paul was an exceptional tour guide -- extremely knowledgeable and very personable! It was truly like hanging out with an old friend. The boat is small and allows for a more personalized tour of the Sitka sights and Captain Paul is second-to-none! Even with the stormy weather we experienced that day, we still saw so much wildlife and were thoroughly entertained with Paul's stories of his own adventures in the region -- we greatly enjoyed ourselves and were not ready for the 4 hours to be over. This tour leaves you wanting more, which is why our family is returning and yes, we already booked again with Gallant! Best excursion Sitka has to offer!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We saw sea otters swimming together, bald eagles, a bear from a distance on an island.
We saw sea otters swimming together, bald eagles, a bear from a distance on an island. Very enjoyable excursion. Also, saw Sitka from the water. Sitka in itself really isn't that impressive. However, we quickly walked to the ... Read More
We saw sea otters swimming together, bald eagles, a bear from a distance on an island. Very enjoyable excursion. Also, saw Sitka from the water. Sitka in itself really isn't that impressive. However, we quickly walked to the National Park by the pier prior to the excursion, and would have liked to spend more time there if we could have. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Perfect weather so we saw a beautiful, magical island and plenty of wildlife.
Perfect weather so we saw a beautiful, magical island and plenty of wildlife. Highly recommend.
Perfect weather so we saw a beautiful, magical island and plenty of wildlife. Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We saw whales and otter and even some bears from a distance.
We saw whales and otter and even some bears from a distance. Had some boat trouble but they handled it well (we had to evacuate the original boat and take another one to shore after a drive shaft broke). Mechanical issues aside, it was a ... Read More
We saw whales and otter and even some bears from a distance. Had some boat trouble but they handled it well (we had to evacuate the original boat and take another one to shore after a drive shaft broke). Mechanical issues aside, it was a GREAT excursion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent tour with a good naturalist on board.
Excellent tour with a good naturalist on board. Seemed more like a whale watching tour though which isn't bad at all just didn't expect it to go so much into open ocean.
Excellent tour with a good naturalist on board. Seemed more like a whale watching tour though which isn't bad at all just didn't expect it to go so much into open ocean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was a very nice boat ride in the bay.
This was a very nice boat ride in the bay. We saw whales, a grizzly bear in a meadow, and many sea otters. Bald eagles were everywhere. This excursion also went to the bear and raptors sanctuaries. This was well worth the dollars spent.
This was a very nice boat ride in the bay. We saw whales, a grizzly bear in a meadow, and many sea otters. Bald eagles were everywhere. This excursion also went to the bear and raptors sanctuaries. This was well worth the dollars spent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
fun trip,saw otters,whales and eagles
fun trip,saw otters,whales and eagles
fun trip,saw otters,whales and eagles Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
One of our best tours ever.
One of our best tours ever. This tour company [Allen Marine] has tours in several cities that we have been on and they never disappoint. On this adventure we saw lots of wildlife including Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, and Humpback Whales. ... Read More
One of our best tours ever. This tour company [Allen Marine] has tours in several cities that we have been on and they never disappoint. On this adventure we saw lots of wildlife including Sea Otters, Bald Eagles, and Humpback Whales. There was plenty of fine scenery and very cool but sunshiny weather. NO rain! The boat we went on met us at the ship, not on the dock. It was large, dry, and warm if you stayed on the lower deck. For the adventurous type, there was an upper deck that got you closer to nature as well as giving you a red nose! On board was a marine biologist/historian. There were also binoculars to use. Also there is a snack bar and two restrooms. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Good- we saw a what along with lots of sea otters!
Good- we saw a what along with lots of sea otters!
Good- we saw a what along with lots of sea otters! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Saw lots of otters and other critters.
Saw lots of otters and other critters. Comfortable boat.
Saw lots of otters and other critters. Comfortable boat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Excellent naturalist, nice boat, great wildlife viewing.
Excellent naturalist, nice boat, great wildlife viewing.
Excellent naturalist, nice boat, great wildlife viewing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Excellent - comfortable catamaran, good binoculars provided, calm water allowed us to go further ...
Excellent - comfortable catamaran, good binoculars provided, calm water allowed us to go further than usual and saw more - including a huge raft of otter, a pair of orca, and many, many variety of birds.
Excellent - comfortable catamaran, good binoculars provided, calm water allowed us to go further than usual and saw more - including a huge raft of otter, a pair of orca, and many, many variety of birds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The viewing opportunities for the disabled is non existence for the boat portion of this excursion.
The viewing opportunities for the disabled is non existence for the boat portion of this excursion. Even though Allen Marine posts on their brochures that standing is not recommended, they don't enforce it. This particular day, the ... Read More
The viewing opportunities for the disabled is non existence for the boat portion of this excursion. Even though Allen Marine posts on their brochures that standing is not recommended, they don't enforce it. This particular day, the seas were rough and husband could not stand, so he spent the whole boat tour seeing only people which to me had no value and was an expensive boat ride. The fortress of the bear, saved this tour somewhat, but I felt that more than a half an hour should have been allowed for this portion of the tour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We saw whales,sea otter, eagles, jellyfish.
We saw whales,sea otter, eagles, jellyfish. They gave us tasty salmon on crackers and a muffin for breakfast. Smooth ride on the boat.
We saw whales,sea otter, eagles, jellyfish. They gave us tasty salmon on crackers and a muffin for breakfast. Smooth ride on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line