Icy Strait Wildlife Tour Excursion Reviews

Venture into the pristine wilds of Icy Strait to see some of Alaska’s most popular and iconic wildlife, such as grizzly bears, bald eagles and black-tailed deer.
We did the "Wildlife and Bear Search Tour" from Alaska Shore Excursions.
Sail Date: May 2019
We did the "Wildlife and Bear Search Tour" from Alaska Shore Excursions. We were aware that May was not the best time to see bears, but we did see a few and several eagles. The tour guide was informative and entertaining. The ... Read More
We did the "Wildlife and Bear Search Tour" from Alaska Shore Excursions. We were aware that May was not the best time to see bears, but we did see a few and several eagles. The tour guide was informative and entertaining. The best option in ISP may well be whale watching, but all in our group had done a whale watching tour out of Dana Point a few years earlier. We all had fun and he dropped a few of us in Hoonah on the way back. We had beers in a brewery pub and walked back to town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bear Search offered as an add on to the Whale Watching.
Sail Date: May 2019
Bear Search offered as an add on to the Whale Watching. box lunch on the bus was filling. We took a hike on mostly wooden surfaces with moderate inclines. We did see a bear close to us in a viewing area. We felt very safe.
Bear Search offered as an add on to the Whale Watching. box lunch on the bus was filling. We took a hike on mostly wooden surfaces with moderate inclines. We did see a bear close to us in a viewing area. We felt very safe. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Bear hike thru back woods.
Sail Date: May 2019
Bear hike thru back woods. Didn't happen to see any bear with our excursion but pretty area and drive. Knowledgeable tour guide
Bear hike thru back woods. Didn't happen to see any bear with our excursion but pretty area and drive. Knowledgeable tour guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw a bear close up
Sail Date: September 2018
Saw a bear close up
Saw a bear close up Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did the wildlife tour - half day in the mini Van.
Sail Date: September 2018
Did the wildlife tour - half day in the mini Van. Rough drive down gravel roads but the experience of being close to bears in the wild was Amazing.
Did the wildlife tour - half day in the mini Van. Rough drive down gravel roads but the experience of being close to bears in the wild was Amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw 4 bears and a bald eagle.
Sail Date: August 2018
We saw 4 bears and a bald eagle. Also heard a man speak in native Eskimo language, which was a wonderful highlight.
We saw 4 bears and a bald eagle. Also heard a man speak in native Eskimo language, which was a wonderful highlight. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Luke, our guide, was awesome.
Sail Date: August 2018
Luke, our guide, was awesome. Hiked and saw mother and cubs in a stream. The cruise lines tour was to stand on a viewing platform with 100 people while we were a group of 12 and we went to multiple locations.
Luke, our guide, was awesome. Hiked and saw mother and cubs in a stream. The cruise lines tour was to stand on a viewing platform with 100 people while we were a group of 12 and we went to multiple locations. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I paid $79 and was not impressed.
Sail Date: July 2018
I paid $79 and was not impressed. I did learn some information. It was kind of boring. I wish I wouldn't have booked it.
I paid $79 and was not impressed. I did learn some information. It was kind of boring. I wish I wouldn't have booked it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw sleeping bears.
Sail Date: July 2018
We saw sleeping bears.
We saw sleeping bears. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Bear Search and Whale Watch.
Sail Date: July 2018
We did the Bear Search and Whale Watch. I know they specifically didn't promise bears, but other people in our group glimpsed one and we didn't, so disappointing. Saw whales, as promised, though, and bonus sea lions
We did the Bear Search and Whale Watch. I know they specifically didn't promise bears, but other people in our group glimpsed one and we didn't, so disappointing. Saw whales, as promised, though, and bonus sea lions Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was part of a combination tour.
Sail Date: June 2018
This was part of a combination tour. We saw two bears, one from the first platform and one from the last platform. We had to convince the guide that we all came to see bears and wanted to stay a bit longer. Even leaving 10 minutes after ... Read More
This was part of a combination tour. We saw two bears, one from the first platform and one from the last platform. We had to convince the guide that we all came to see bears and wanted to stay a bit longer. Even leaving 10 minutes after the expected time, we still had 15 minutes to wait before we boarded the whale watching boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
What a great little city to visit.
Sail Date: June 2018
What a great little city to visit. Made it really easy to get out and find the wildlife. We saw 2 separate moms and her cubs (6 bears total). The city is really small, so there isn't much to do. Its actually a good walk from the ship ... Read More
What a great little city to visit. Made it really easy to get out and find the wildlife. We saw 2 separate moms and her cubs (6 bears total). The city is really small, so there isn't much to do. Its actually a good walk from the ship to the city which is the only downside. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We saw 4 bears which was good, not as close as we'd like but even to see them through binoculars ...
Sail Date: June 2018
We saw 4 bears which was good, not as close as we'd like but even to see them through binoculars was some incredible sight! The guide was excellent and discussed her Tlingit origins on the bus as well as the history of the local area ... Read More
We saw 4 bears which was good, not as close as we'd like but even to see them through binoculars was some incredible sight! The guide was excellent and discussed her Tlingit origins on the bus as well as the history of the local area of Hoonah. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We saw many Black Tail Deer and approximately 8 Bears.
Sail Date: September 2017
We saw many Black Tail Deer and approximately 8 Bears. Time in port was way too short. Needed 4-5 more hours.
We saw many Black Tail Deer and approximately 8 Bears. Time in port was way too short. Needed 4-5 more hours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This Wildlife Tour after the Whale watching---- INCREDIBLE!!!
Sail Date: September 2017
This Wildlife Tour after the Whale watching---- INCREDIBLE!!! Was really really worth doing that extra add on!!!! 9 bears seen on this excursion! Was such a great excursion!
This Wildlife Tour after the Whale watching---- INCREDIBLE!!! Was really really worth doing that extra add on!!!! 9 bears seen on this excursion! Was such a great excursion! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent, saw a brown coastal bear in Spasski river.
Sail Date: September 2017
Excellent, saw a brown coastal bear in Spasski river.
Excellent, saw a brown coastal bear in Spasski river. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a Bear Watching tour.
Sail Date: July 2017
We took a Bear Watching tour. There were two stands overlooking a stream. We saw bear droppings and areas where the bear had walked but unfortunately did not see any bear. A school bus was used which made the 40 minute ride a little ... Read More
We took a Bear Watching tour. There were two stands overlooking a stream. We saw bear droppings and areas where the bear had walked but unfortunately did not see any bear. A school bus was used which made the 40 minute ride a little bumpy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Bear watching with a real Tlingit clan leader.
Sail Date: July 2017
Bear watching with a real Tlingit clan leader. We were lucky to see several bears, both at the river, and a mother and cubs at the coast. Loved Hoonah and Icy strait - the real deal, and very well done
Bear watching with a real Tlingit clan leader. We were lucky to see several bears, both at the river, and a mother and cubs at the coast. Loved Hoonah and Icy strait - the real deal, and very well done Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Saw a mama bear and cubs from afar but not close enough to really "see" them.
Sail Date: July 2017
Saw a mama bear and cubs from afar but not close enough to really "see" them. The rest of the tour was a bust, seeing little wildlife otherwise.
Saw a mama bear and cubs from afar but not close enough to really "see" them. The rest of the tour was a bust, seeing little wildlife otherwise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was a great excursion.
Sail Date: June 2017
This was a great excursion. Our tour guide is the leader of the tribal corporation that owns Icy Strait. He provided a great deal of local history and color. We saw a number of brown bears up close and were glad we weren't shoved ... Read More
This was a great excursion. Our tour guide is the leader of the tribal corporation that owns Icy Strait. He provided a great deal of local history and color. We saw a number of brown bears up close and were glad we weren't shoved into a bus on a ship's excursion. There were 7 people in a 12 person van. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Involves 45 min bus ride to and from, but a great way to see more of the island and learn of it's ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Involves 45 min bus ride to and from, but a great way to see more of the island and learn of it's history. We did not see any wildlife other than a black squirrel, but the scenery was lovely. The tour after ours saw several bears, ... Read More
Involves 45 min bus ride to and from, but a great way to see more of the island and learn of it's history. We did not see any wildlife other than a black squirrel, but the scenery was lovely. The tour after ours saw several bears, so it's hit or miss, but you are in their home, not a zoo, so it's to be expected. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We learned so much about Alaska flora and fauna by getting up close and personal with them.
Sail Date: June 2017
We learned so much about Alaska flora and fauna by getting up close and personal with them. Saw a brown bear in the Spasski River Valley, whales in the bay, and eagles in the pines along the dock.
We learned so much about Alaska flora and fauna by getting up close and personal with them. Saw a brown bear in the Spasski River Valley, whales in the bay, and eagles in the pines along the dock. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
After a 45 minute drive to Spasski River Valley, including a stop to allow a mother bear and her ...
Sail Date: May 2017
After a 45 minute drive to Spasski River Valley, including a stop to allow a mother bear and her two cubs to cross the road, we got to our stopping point. A short hike into the woods along a path took us to the first observation deck. It ... Read More
After a 45 minute drive to Spasski River Valley, including a stop to allow a mother bear and her two cubs to cross the road, we got to our stopping point. A short hike into the woods along a path took us to the first observation deck. It was a pretty view, but no bears. Same for the second observation deck. However, after we had been at the third deck for a while, a gorgeous golden brown bear walked under the deck, and ate some breakfast by the river. We ooh'ed and aah'ed, as you can imagine. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our tour guide was outstanding.
Sail Date: May 2017
Our tour guide was outstanding. Nearly every plant in the forest had some sort of medicinal use. Not only did we see lots of various kinds of native plants, but lots of wildlife, but animal and birds. While we were on the beach we even ... Read More
Our tour guide was outstanding. Nearly every plant in the forest had some sort of medicinal use. Not only did we see lots of various kinds of native plants, but lots of wildlife, but animal and birds. While we were on the beach we even saw seals, otters and humpback whales only meters off shore. On the way back to the dock, were were given a fascinating history and overview of the native tribes and their culture. I almost wish I could have taken notes. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to the Spaaskiy River to see wildlife.
Sail Date: May 2017
Went to the Spaaskiy River to see wildlife. Learned about the area from our guide. Beautiful stop where you can do all kinds of things right off the ship. Can see whales, dolphins, seals, eagles right from the shore and the ship. We ... Read More
Went to the Spaaskiy River to see wildlife. Learned about the area from our guide. Beautiful stop where you can do all kinds of things right off the ship. Can see whales, dolphins, seals, eagles right from the shore and the ship. We were lucky and saw three brown bears on our excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line