Skagway River Rafting/Eagle Preserve Excursion Reviews

Float down Skagway’s river over gentle rapids toward the Eagle Preserve to observe some of Alaska's finest species.
Fun filled with hundreds of eagles.
Fun filled with hundreds of eagles.
Fun filled with hundreds of eagles. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The team makes this excursion.
The team makes this excursion. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Weather was rainy but they provided ponchos and boots. It's a lazy river ride for about 90 minutes, with lots of great discussion along the way. We saw lots and lots ... Read More
The team makes this excursion. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Weather was rainy but they provided ponchos and boots. It's a lazy river ride for about 90 minutes, with lots of great discussion along the way. We saw lots and lots of bald eagles. They provided sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks afterwards. If you want to get into nature but not move around a lot, this is for you, plus the people were the best. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fun and scenic
Fun and scenic
Fun and scenic Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Well run, many Eagles, knowledgeable guides.
Well run, many Eagles, knowledgeable guides.
Well run, many Eagles, knowledgeable guides. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
A ferry ride to Haines and a van ride to the river were scenic and interesting.
A ferry ride to Haines and a van ride to the river were scenic and interesting. Wildlife was scarce, but a tranquil float down-river made up for that. Road construction delays made us late, so the picnic lunch had to be eaten in the van on ... Read More
A ferry ride to Haines and a van ride to the river were scenic and interesting. Wildlife was scarce, but a tranquil float down-river made up for that. Road construction delays made us late, so the picnic lunch had to be eaten in the van on the way back to the ferry. I would have liked another hour to look at the plants and explore Haines. Those famous giant mosquitoes were out in force, but were not a problem once we were on the river in a stiff breeze. Perching on the side of an inflatable raft was not the most comfortable thing, but doable for an hour or two. The guides were friendly and informative. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was an awesome excursion.
This was an awesome excursion. Fantastic scenery and backdrop and a most excellent guide Tom Lane an author from Haines. We took a ferry from Skagway to Haines and transferred to coach. We then rafted down a section of river for 90 mins. ... Read More
This was an awesome excursion. Fantastic scenery and backdrop and a most excellent guide Tom Lane an author from Haines. We took a ferry from Skagway to Haines and transferred to coach. We then rafted down a section of river for 90 mins. Lunch was basic but most enjoyable given the company and the setting. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
This was the most amazing excursion!
This was the most amazing excursion! First you take the ferry to Haines and the scenery was beautiful. There was a guide on the ferry that provided great information both ways. You then take an old school bus to the eagle preserve where ... Read More
This was the most amazing excursion! First you take the ferry to Haines and the scenery was beautiful. There was a guide on the ferry that provided great information both ways. You then take an old school bus to the eagle preserve where they get you ready with boots and life jackets for your raft trip. We were there on the last excursion and the salmon were running. The setting is gorgeous and there were so many eagles everywhere. We were lucky enough to see a bear catching salmon too. I was very nervous about taking my nice camera on the trip but another review had said it would be fine and the guides said it would be too. Sure enough, we did not get the slightest bit wet on the trip and I got some amazing photos. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw lots of Eagles.
Saw lots of Eagles. Very pretty. Getting to Haines took some time. But it was a gorgeous day and very pretty. Relaxing day.
Saw lots of Eagles. Very pretty. Getting to Haines took some time. But it was a gorgeous day and very pretty. Relaxing day. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Too much travel time for too little time on the river.
Too much travel time for too little time on the river. Only saw eagles.
Too much travel time for too little time on the river. Only saw eagles. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This excursion was good but not as well-run as the others.
This excursion was good but not as well-run as the others. The description of the tour indicates that you will take a "high speed catamaran" to Haines. The boat was a catamaran but it is a public ferry which involved a ... Read More
This excursion was good but not as well-run as the others. The description of the tour indicates that you will take a "high speed catamaran" to Haines. The boat was a catamaran but it is a public ferry which involved a decent-length wait. The process to sign waivers at the beginning also was disorganized and slow (3 clipboards for 30+ people). It seemed like it took this tour a long time to get going. However, the raft ride itself was great and we had an excellent guide. We did not see a lot of eagles (only a couple) but think it was the time of year. I would recommend this but also might look at other tours as well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Eagle Preserve Float Adventure and Cruise.
Eagle Preserve Float Adventure and Cruise. This was terrific. There were six of us to a boat plus our outstanding guide. We saw dozens of bald eagles.It was a great experience. Nice lunch at the end.
Eagle Preserve Float Adventure and Cruise. This was terrific. There were six of us to a boat plus our outstanding guide. We saw dozens of bald eagles.It was a great experience. Nice lunch at the end. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This was a terrific trip with plenty of eagles.
This was a terrific trip with plenty of eagles.
This was a terrific trip with plenty of eagles. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Longest day in port here.
Longest day in port here. We spent the morning walking through town (we only spent about 45 minutes in town, and that includes the 25 minutes we spent at a local coffee shop having a latte) to see the sights. It's very "old ... Read More
Longest day in port here. We spent the morning walking through town (we only spent about 45 minutes in town, and that includes the 25 minutes we spent at a local coffee shop having a latte) to see the sights. It's very "old west" and touristy. We bought a few postcards. We also took a walk to a lookout point that my husband read about on Trip Advisor. That took roughly 45 minutes and was a moderate hike over some rocks and up and down stairs. We had a great view of our ship from across the bay! We had plenty of time to return to ship for lunch. The excursion took us on a ferry boat across the fjord to the Eagle preserve. I wish we would have had time to walk through the town of Haines. Our driver was excellent and knowledgeable. We liked the river cruise, but it was raining and we only saw a couple of eagles. Our boat captain did take us to a couple of quiet lake areas and we could see trout and salmon swimming in the water, but otherwise we didn't see any wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our guide Pat was a young native Alaskan, born and raised in Haines and that was fascinating, as he ...
Our guide Pat was a young native Alaskan, born and raised in Haines and that was fascinating, as he was able to give us a great idea of what it was like growing up in a small remote town in Alaska. He was extremely capable and ... Read More
Our guide Pat was a young native Alaskan, born and raised in Haines and that was fascinating, as he was able to give us a great idea of what it was like growing up in a small remote town in Alaska. He was extremely capable and knowledgeable and STRONG! We saw many bald eagles and learned quite a bit of history and current information about the beautiful river and area. It was nice that it was a fun ride, and we didn't have to do much more than sit and enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
This was so much fun!
This was so much fun! We saw so much wild life, and the raft part was so amazing. We went so fast and were given ugly bright orange suits to wear, but it was so worth it. I wouldn't recommend this young children or elderly people, ... Read More
This was so much fun! We saw so much wild life, and the raft part was so amazing. We went so fast and were given ugly bright orange suits to wear, but it was so worth it. I wouldn't recommend this young children or elderly people, because the raft goes very fast and does donuts and tight turns for entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nice to see Alaska from a a river raft.
Nice to see Alaska from a a river raft. You will probably see more wildlife when the salmon are running- not the case in May.
Nice to see Alaska from a a river raft. You will probably see more wildlife when the salmon are running- not the case in May. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Staff were attentive.
Staff were attentive. Nice to go beyond civilisation.
Staff were attentive. Nice to go beyond civilisation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
We enjoyed the rafting on the river and were able to see about five eagles up in trees, which ...
We enjoyed the rafting on the river and were able to see about five eagles up in trees, which according to the guide wasn't too bad. The water wasn't rough and our guide was experienced and informative. Tom Lang was our guide ... Read More
We enjoyed the rafting on the river and were able to see about five eagles up in trees, which according to the guide wasn't too bad. The water wasn't rough and our guide was experienced and informative. Tom Lang was our guide on the bus ride to where we got in the rafts, and he was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was very entertaining to listen to as he shared story after story. He was a highlight of the trip. The lunch on the riverbank after the ride was nice. Overall, we enjoyed the trip and would likely to do it again, although again, it was pretty pricey, $209 per person. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Saw very little wild life.
Saw very little wild life. Can't blame the guide as they don't control the animals.
Saw very little wild life. Can't blame the guide as they don't control the animals. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Well run tour with a raft ride through the Eagle Preserve.
Well run tour with a raft ride through the Eagle Preserve. Saw many eagles and also our first Moose of the trip!!!
Well run tour with a raft ride through the Eagle Preserve. Saw many eagles and also our first Moose of the trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Phenomenal experience!
Phenomenal experience! Taken on ferry thru splendid fijord to tiny, amazing town of Haines, then bus ride on scenic by-way route to Chilkat Eagle Preserve & rowed by 4-passenger raft on awesome river amid nesting & fishing eagles. ... Read More
Phenomenal experience! Taken on ferry thru splendid fijord to tiny, amazing town of Haines, then bus ride on scenic by-way route to Chilkat Eagle Preserve & rowed by 4-passenger raft on awesome river amid nesting & fishing eagles. Excellent, informative guides, good equipment, & tasty lunch spread. Rubber boots for rafting provided. Wear clothing layers for wind & weather changes. Felt like THIS is the real Alaska! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
If I could give it 10 stars, I would.
If I could give it 10 stars, I would. We took a ferry from Skagway to Haines, and then took a float trip through the Eagle Preserve. It was wonderful -- we were the only two people on the trip, and we had two hours of floating through ... Read More
If I could give it 10 stars, I would. We took a ferry from Skagway to Haines, and then took a float trip through the Eagle Preserve. It was wonderful -- we were the only two people on the trip, and we had two hours of floating through the quiet preserve, seeing many eagles and other birds. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw moose, bear, Eagles and trumpeter swans.
Saw moose, bear, Eagles and trumpeter swans. Even though it was cold and rainy it was wonderful. Tour company supplied all wet and warm weather gear and warm lunch.
Saw moose, bear, Eagles and trumpeter swans. Even though it was cold and rainy it was wonderful. Tour company supplied all wet and warm weather gear and warm lunch. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Oh what an experience.
Oh what an experience. The shallow waters provide an excellent area for the eagles. While eagles can be seen on other excursion, I don't know of any that can experience so many eagles, especially junvenilles. The rafting was so ... Read More
Oh what an experience. The shallow waters provide an excellent area for the eagles. While eagles can be seen on other excursion, I don't know of any that can experience so many eagles, especially junvenilles. The rafting was so relaxing. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Lunch was also provided. Steve was a great guide. He is a local resident and was able to educate us not only on the eagle preserve but on the way of life in Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
River rafting and eagle cruise was very fun!
River rafting and eagle cruise was very fun! Loved seeing all the eagles. This is in a very remote area
River rafting and eagle cruise was very fun! Loved seeing all the eagles. This is in a very remote area Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises