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.
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
Whale watching and beer watching.
Sail Date: May 2018
Whale watching and beer watching. Saw both and had a wonderful experience watching the whales
Whale watching and beer watching. Saw both and had a wonderful experience watching the whales Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fantastic experience!
Sail Date: May 2018
Fantastic experience! We had great weather and followed a super-pod of almost a dozen humpback whales that were bubble-feeding for about 45 minutes. We also saw sea lions, porpoises and a sea otter. The only thing we did not see were ... Read More
Fantastic experience! We had great weather and followed a super-pod of almost a dozen humpback whales that were bubble-feeding for about 45 minutes. We also saw sea lions, porpoises and a sea otter. The only thing we did not see were orcas. The pilot called a "brochure day." Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic locally owned company, with a new 30 passenger boat...we saw at least 20 wales
Sail Date: May 2018
Fantastic locally owned company, with a new 30 passenger boat...we saw at least 20 wales
Fantastic locally owned company, with a new 30 passenger boat...we saw at least 20 wales Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Awesome whale sightings on a vessel with attentive, informed staff.
Sail Date: May 2018
Awesome whale sightings on a vessel with attentive, informed staff.
Awesome whale sightings on a vessel with attentive, informed staff. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Whale watching was good -- saw whales!
Sail Date: September 2017
Whale watching was good -- saw whales!
Whale watching was good -- saw whales! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
While we did get to see whales, captain was not very good at positioning boat for "ALL" to see.
Sail Date: September 2017
While we did get to see whales, captain was not very good at positioning boat for "ALL" to see. Due to less than ideal weather - which included rain - going outside for picture taking was not a possibility for me - due to ... Read More
While we did get to see whales, captain was not very good at positioning boat for "ALL" to see. Due to less than ideal weather - which included rain - going outside for picture taking was not a possibility for me - due to expensive cameras and lenses. The boat "did" have side windows that could be and were opened so most of us whom wanted to stay somewhat dry could. Yet, when it came to many of the whale sighting opportunities - the captain pointed the boat straight on towards the whales - thus virtually eliminating chances for pictures by those inside the cabin. Pretty sure when I booked this excursion, it was for longer than the short 2 hours we were actually out looking for whales. At $259 or so, this was a very expensive whale watching tour and those whom paid less or did multiple things like doing the zip line paid less than we did for just whale watching. A shorter whale watching excursion was offered in the mid $100's range that I think is what w actually got. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We struck gold!
Sail Date: September 2017
We struck gold! We saw a pod of 8 humpback whales performing "bubble-netting feeding" over and over (every 6-9 minutes) for an hour - within 200' of us! Then on our ride back to the ship, we had 2 Orcas breaching and ... Read More
We struck gold! We saw a pod of 8 humpback whales performing "bubble-netting feeding" over and over (every 6-9 minutes) for an hour - within 200' of us! Then on our ride back to the ship, we had 2 Orcas breaching and diving right along side us for a half hour! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent tour, tons of whales, the highlight of excursions
Sail Date: September 2017
Excellent tour, tons of whales, the highlight of excursions
Excellent tour, tons of whales, the highlight of excursions Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Icy Point Strait is one of my favorite stops.
Sail Date: August 2017
Icy Point Strait is one of my favorite stops. Saw whales and beautiful scenery.
Icy Point Strait is one of my favorite stops. Saw whales and beautiful scenery. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw lots of whales.
Sail Date: August 2017
Saw lots of whales. Bear tour only had 6 people and saw 2 bears
Saw lots of whales. Bear tour only had 6 people and saw 2 bears Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We boarded a two deck jet boat with a choice of seats indoors or out with plenty of space to move ...
Sail Date: August 2017
We boarded a two deck jet boat with a choice of seats indoors or out with plenty of space to move around to either area during the tour. There was food and hot chocolate available. We toured around searching for and finding many whales. ... Read More
We boarded a two deck jet boat with a choice of seats indoors or out with plenty of space to move around to either area during the tour. There was food and hot chocolate available. We toured around searching for and finding many whales. We saw them spout, roll, fin slap and breach high into the air many times. We saw many groups of whales, too. There were seals and other shore birds that we could see through binoculars. Great naturalist and local guides explained the area and whales. When we returned there was plenty of time to go through the shops, eat, and walk along the beach. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My husband and I took our kids on this excursion while in Icy strait/hoonah.
Sail Date: August 2017
My husband and I took our kids on this excursion while in Icy strait/hoonah. We booked it through Royal Caribbean. We were one of the last ones on the boat so we couldn't get seats together and decided to stand outside during the ride ... Read More
My husband and I took our kids on this excursion while in Icy strait/hoonah. We booked it through Royal Caribbean. We were one of the last ones on the boat so we couldn't get seats together and decided to stand outside during the ride out to where the whales were. It did seem to take a long while to get "there" but the scenery was pretty along the way. We did see whales- none jumped out all the way out of the water but we did see about 6 of them bubble feeding so that was cool. There was another smaller boat that was closer. That would have been really cool. They let us stay and watch whales for enough time. On the way back, they handed out a smoked salmon dip on crackers that was pretty good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not much whale activity this time; believe we saw one or two from a distance this time.
Sail Date: August 2017
Not much whale activity this time; believe we saw one or two from a distance this time. On two previous cruises we have seen great numbers of whales up close. On the return to the port, we encountered a huge group of otters up close and ... Read More
Not much whale activity this time; believe we saw one or two from a distance this time. On two previous cruises we have seen great numbers of whales up close. On the return to the port, we encountered a huge group of otters up close and personal; really great experience that the boat's captain stopped for as long as he could and still make schedule. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great trip saw lots of Whales.
Sail Date: August 2017
Great trip saw lots of Whales.
Great trip saw lots of Whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Saw as many whales from the shore and cruise ship.
Sail Date: August 2017
Saw as many whales from the shore and cruise ship. Was worth the money.
Saw as many whales from the shore and cruise ship. Was worth the money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Really knowledgeable and friendly staff that helped us learn something in addition to seeing a ...
Sail Date: July 2017
Really knowledgeable and friendly staff that helped us learn something in addition to seeing a whale and other sea life.
Really knowledgeable and friendly staff that helped us learn something in addition to seeing a whale and other sea life. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw several whales during our tour and one even breached!
Sail Date: July 2017
We saw several whales during our tour and one even breached!
We saw several whales during our tour and one even breached! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Loved that the tour was limited and we got the chance to see killer and humpback whales.
Sail Date: July 2017
Loved that the tour was limited and we got the chance to see killer and humpback whales.
Loved that the tour was limited and we got the chance to see killer and humpback whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Sean was a great guide and he has two very nice boats to take you to the whales, sea otters, eagles ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Sean was a great guide and he has two very nice boats to take you to the whales, sea otters, eagles and puffins. We saw three whale tails. No Orcas. His wife gave us a short tour of their small town and showed us their resident eagles and ... Read More
Sean was a great guide and he has two very nice boats to take you to the whales, sea otters, eagles and puffins. We saw three whale tails. No Orcas. His wife gave us a short tour of their small town and showed us their resident eagles and nest. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We were excited to learn that whales had been in the area but unfortunately we didn't get to see ...
Sail Date: June 2017
We were excited to learn that whales had been in the area but unfortunately we didn't get to see any. Floyd did a great job navigating us around the waters to see some wildlife and then they promptly refunded our money when we ... Read More
We were excited to learn that whales had been in the area but unfortunately we didn't get to see any. Floyd did a great job navigating us around the waters to see some wildlife and then they promptly refunded our money when we returned as they promised. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Nice excursion of just the right sized boat.
Sail Date: June 2017
Nice excursion of just the right sized boat. There were 24 of us. The captain was great about trying to maneuver us properly to see and get pictures of the whales.
Nice excursion of just the right sized boat. There were 24 of us. The captain was great about trying to maneuver us properly to see and get pictures of the whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International