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.
The whales put on a show despite the rain and cold.
The whales put on a show despite the rain and cold. Might try a smaller boat and independent vendor next time,
The whales put on a show despite the rain and cold. Might try a smaller boat and independent vendor next time, Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Selected Hoonah Travel Adventures LLC because they had a guarantee that customers would see whales ...
Selected Hoonah Travel Adventures LLC because they had a guarantee that customers would see whales and had a smaller boat. We saw a couple of whales and their tails in the water, One whale got very close, coming to us. Captain Paul was ... Read More
Selected Hoonah Travel Adventures LLC because they had a guarantee that customers would see whales and had a smaller boat. We saw a couple of whales and their tails in the water, One whale got very close, coming to us. Captain Paul was excellent in his knowledge Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Orcas and humpbacks everywhere!
Orcas and humpbacks everywhere! Not a long boat ride and we saw everything we hoped for. Excellent shore excursion and worth every penny.
Orcas and humpbacks everywhere! Not a long boat ride and we saw everything we hoped for. Excellent shore excursion and worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw otters, and a mom and baby whale.
Saw otters, and a mom and baby whale.
Saw otters, and a mom and baby whale. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Best ever - with breaching whales, orcas, and surprise sea lions!
Best ever - with breaching whales, orcas, and surprise sea lions! Boat, crew, and extras were great.
Best ever - with breaching whales, orcas, and surprise sea lions! Boat, crew, and extras were great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Fantastic sightings, very skilled crew
Fantastic sightings, very skilled crew
Fantastic sightings, very skilled crew Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best experience of the whole trip!
Best experience of the whole trip! Small boat, only 5 passengers. Theresa and Shawn were wonderful, professional, and experienced. Saw sooo many humpbacks, seals, otters.
Best experience of the whole trip! Small boat, only 5 passengers. Theresa and Shawn were wonderful, professional, and experienced. Saw sooo many humpbacks, seals, otters. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not to be missed - book the combo - best bang for your buck.
Not to be missed - book the combo - best bang for your buck. We booked for 11:30, spent the morning shopping and the rest of the day doing Ziprider and whale watching. Great value!!
Not to be missed - book the combo - best bang for your buck. We booked for 11:30, spent the morning shopping and the rest of the day doing Ziprider and whale watching. Great value!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw humpback whales.
Saw humpback whales. Didn't see any breach, but there were many tails putting on a great show.
Saw humpback whales. Didn't see any breach, but there were many tails putting on a great show. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The Naturalist on board the St.
The Naturalist on board the St. Gregory was really good at describing local whale behavior, etc... there was also a native lady (forgot her name) that did an excellent job describing the native culture and a bit of the history of Hoonah.
The Naturalist on board the St. Gregory was really good at describing local whale behavior, etc... there was also a native lady (forgot her name) that did an excellent job describing the native culture and a bit of the history of Hoonah. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
whale siting was very marginal.
whale siting was very marginal. couldn't even take a photo we were so far away.
whale siting was very marginal. couldn't even take a photo we were so far away. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We saw the whales very closely.
We saw the whales very closely. They traveled around our boat. Captain was so experienced and we had a great time.
We saw the whales very closely. They traveled around our boat. Captain was so experienced and we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The staff are excellent and very informative.
The staff are excellent and very informative. They even provide a pair of binoculars per seating area. We did get to see a pod of Orca's and a humpback whale. We were one of the first to board, and was able to secure a spot on ... Read More
The staff are excellent and very informative. They even provide a pair of binoculars per seating area. We did get to see a pod of Orca's and a humpback whale. We were one of the first to board, and was able to secure a spot on the top level which made it so much nicer for seeing the Orca's and whale. They sell drinks and snacks at a very reasonable cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared ...
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared to what looked like a hundred on the other boat. Highly recommend
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared to what looked like a hundred on the other boat. Highly recommend Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears.
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears. Also saw eagles. After that we boarded a boat for whale watching. We saw whales and sea lions. Great excursion!
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears. Also saw eagles. After that we boarded a boat for whale watching. We saw whales and sea lions. Great excursion! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nightmare boarding of ship.
Nightmare boarding of ship. Multiple tours with different times all trying to get down pier at same time and nobody controlling it. They just stood around. Many of us discussed we thought we were getting on a small whale watching tour (not ... Read More
Nightmare boarding of ship. Multiple tours with different times all trying to get down pier at same time and nobody controlling it. They just stood around. Many of us discussed we thought we were getting on a small whale watching tour (not private) but we over 100 people on it. Saw minimum baby or small female whales. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed it. I had taken a sea sickness pill before I set out but the boat was fairly large. I found it easy to see out the windows and the captain opened the forward deck once we reached the main viewing area. I wore my winter jacket and ... Read More
I enjoyed it. I had taken a sea sickness pill before I set out but the boat was fairly large. I found it easy to see out the windows and the captain opened the forward deck once we reached the main viewing area. I wore my winter jacket and hat on this trip and it was the right choice. My husband stayed on shore and noticed a bunch of whales breaching behind us that we never saw. After the tour we explored Icy strait on our own. We had the Halibut fish and chips here (at the Cannery or cookhouse I think) and I preferred them to the ones we had in Juno. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Lots of whales & long cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic!
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions.
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Small group of around 17 people.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw 1 whale.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat.
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour!
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
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International