Icy Strait Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

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.
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Sail Date: June 2019
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Lots of whales & long cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles.
Sail Date: May 2019
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles. It was a great day for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Teresa and Shawn were great and this was a wonderful family owned business. There was only 6 on our boat, so ... Read More
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles. It was a great day for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Teresa and Shawn were great and this was a wonderful family owned business. There was only 6 on our boat, so we didn't have to fight the crowds of larger tour groups. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St.
Sail Date: May 2019
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St. Michael, provided binoculars, and outstanding experience viewing multiple animals.
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St. Michael, provided binoculars, and outstanding experience viewing multiple animals. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic!
Sail Date: May 2019
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions.
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Small group of around 17 people.
Sail Date: May 2019
Small group of around 17 people. Saw many whales including a mother and calf and got to see a whale breach. Walked around the shops but everything was overpriced. I saw the same handcrafted item I got in Juneau for $40 more. Very ... Read More
Small group of around 17 people. Saw many whales including a mother and calf and got to see a whale breach. Walked around the shops but everything was overpriced. I saw the same handcrafted item I got in Juneau for $40 more. Very crowded so we just went back to the ship for lunch and didn't go back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw 1 whale.
Sail Date: May 2019
We saw 1 whale. The bus left before 2pm, we told the staff that we had someone missing, and thankfully they put her on a different excursion so not all was lost for her. But I've seen more whales and sea lions from the Oregon coast.
We saw 1 whale. The bus left before 2pm, we told the staff that we had someone missing, and thankfully they put her on a different excursion so not all was lost for her. But I've seen more whales and sea lions from the Oregon coast. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat.
Sail Date: May 2019
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat. We saw numerous breaching and bubble net feeding. Our boat stayed after all others left and that was when the magic happened! Almost forgot, we saw two big brown bears ... Read More
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat. We saw numerous breaching and bubble net feeding. Our boat stayed after all others left and that was when the magic happened! Almost forgot, we saw two big brown bears at the beginning of our tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour!
Sail Date: May 2019
Great tour! Whale watching where we saw humpbacks and orcas. The boat was roomy and had both viewing available from inside (with drop down windows) and outside. Experienced and friendly crew.
Great tour! Whale watching where we saw humpbacks and orcas. The boat was roomy and had both viewing available from inside (with drop down windows) and outside. Experienced and friendly crew. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was not my thing.
Sail Date: May 2019
Was not my thing. You do see whales but mostly the top of their backs. No jumping like seen in photos. This one you just take your chances with I guess.
Was not my thing. You do see whales but mostly the top of their backs. No jumping like seen in photos. This one you just take your chances with I guess. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc ...
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc rollcall. Had a fantastic time and saw plenty of wildlife.
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc rollcall. Had a fantastic time and saw plenty of wildlife. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful!
Sail Date: September 2018
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful! Would definitely recommend.
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful! Would definitely recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up.
Sail Date: September 2018
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up. Very hard to take pictures and we didn't get close enough to any of the whales to get any good photographs without a really good camera.
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up. Very hard to take pictures and we didn't get close enough to any of the whales to get any good photographs without a really good camera. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5.
Sail Date: September 2018
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5. The didn't jump out of the water but seeing them up close and hearing them were such an awesome experience.
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5. The didn't jump out of the water but seeing them up close and hearing them were such an awesome experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales.
Sail Date: September 2018
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales.
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent.
Sail Date: August 2018
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent. Nice boat, free binoculars, nice guide and fantastic sights of whales!
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent. Nice boat, free binoculars, nice guide and fantastic sights of whales! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our whale watching tour was great.
Sail Date: August 2018
Our whale watching tour was great. We saw numerous whales and the boat was comfortable and heated. It would have been nice to get a little closer to the whales so we could get some better pictures, but regulations prevented us from doing ... Read More
Our whale watching tour was great. We saw numerous whales and the boat was comfortable and heated. It would have been nice to get a little closer to the whales so we could get some better pictures, but regulations prevented us from doing so. Overall, this we recommend this excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Disappointing.
Sail Date: August 2018
Disappointing. Big boat. Didn't see much. Not worth $165.
Disappointing. Big boat. Didn't see much. Not worth $165. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
We did see some whales, at least blowing and diving.
Sail Date: July 2018
We did see some whales, at least blowing and diving. Also seals and otters. Rather restful, not to exciting, as it was a larger boat. ... But forgot to mention for Skagway and other trips, but especially Skagway train, Millennium system ... Read More
We did see some whales, at least blowing and diving. Also seals and otters. Rather restful, not to exciting, as it was a larger boat. ... But forgot to mention for Skagway and other trips, but especially Skagway train, Millennium system for linking up with land tours is rather inefficient and clumsey, all meeting in auditorium where you have to go down stairs to the front (I have some walking impediment, caused me some extra time and trouble), and easy to miss people you are supposed to meet with, in the big crowd. Inadequate directions to meeting point. Very nearly missed White Pass train tour -- followed crowd to end of trains, Celebrity tour was at the front, nearly three blocks away! Made it by about 2 min because son came back to find me, barely saw him. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
excellent - whale watching, and hiking to the Mendenhall glacier
Sail Date: July 2018
excellent - whale watching, and hiking to the Mendenhall glacier
excellent - whale watching, and hiking to the Mendenhall glacier Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
Nice staff on the boat and great weather.
Sail Date: July 2018
Nice staff on the boat and great weather. We saw Humpbacks bubble net feeding. I really liked Icy Straight. I liked that it was more of an eco-tourist destination and we did not show up to some small town and cause chaos. Very peaceful and ... Read More
Nice staff on the boat and great weather. We saw Humpbacks bubble net feeding. I really liked Icy Straight. I liked that it was more of an eco-tourist destination and we did not show up to some small town and cause chaos. Very peaceful and quiet. The Canary Warf was fun to explore, great local gifts. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Saw both orcas and humpbacks!
Sail Date: June 2018
Saw both orcas and humpbacks!
Saw both orcas and humpbacks! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Excellent!
Sail Date: June 2018
Excellent! We did see a lot of whales. The captain was knowledgeable and so were his staff.
Excellent! We did see a lot of whales. The captain was knowledgeable and so were his staff. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We enjoyed this stop.
Sail Date: June 2018
We enjoyed this stop. We took a little walk in the woods, checked out the old salmon cannery, but we had little time left after we did the bears/whale watching trip. We saw whales having fun (tail slaps, breaches), sea otters, porpoises, ... Read More
We enjoyed this stop. We took a little walk in the woods, checked out the old salmon cannery, but we had little time left after we did the bears/whale watching trip. We saw whales having fun (tail slaps, breaches), sea otters, porpoises, sea lions, etc. We liked the involvement of the native people in presenting the history. You can book the same trips on site if you haven't booked them on the ship, and I did not check to see if the prices were any different than the advance bookings. This port was developed with Royal Caribbean (we called it "Coco Cay of Alaska") and it was very nice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Did a private whale watching expedition.
Sail Date: June 2018
Did a private whale watching expedition. It was wonderful. The passengers who went on the ship sponsored ones also saw lots of whales.
Did a private whale watching expedition. It was wonderful. The passengers who went on the ship sponsored ones also saw lots of whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Excellent.
Sail Date: June 2018
Excellent. We saw many whales as well as bears on the shoreline. Duane and his niece were a pleasure also. Highly recommend.
Excellent. We saw many whales as well as bears on the shoreline. Duane and his niece were a pleasure also. Highly recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises