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Juneau: Whale Watching Cruise and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

1. Juneau: Whale Watching Cruise and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Seamlessly combine two of Juneau's favorite activities on this whale watching and Mendenhall Glacier tour. Marvel at majestic humpback whales in the company of a naturalist guide, and select from a range of trails to discover Mendenhall Glacier, the world's only drive-up glacier. Upon check-in, you will either be escorted to one of the shuttles for a narrated 25-minute drive to the glacier, or to the boat harbor for whale watching.  On the glacier section of the tour, choose to hike to Nugget Falls, take the Photo Point Trail, look for wildlife along the Steep Creek trail, or stroll up the easy walk to the Visitor Center. Take your time at the glacier with flexible shuttles back to town every 30 minutes. During your time on the water whale watching, listen to your naturalist guide explain the feeding habits of these magnificent creatures and identify the many other kinds of wildlife that share these waters.  Enjoy an enhanced experience on a custom-built boat with a warm heated cabin with large viewing windows, and two decks to hurry to when the captain slows after spotting the whales. There is a bathroom onboard and snacks are also provided.

Juneau: Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruise with Local Guide

2. Juneau: Whale Watching and Wildlife Cruise with Local Guide

Head out on a wildlife adventure in Juneau on a whale watching cruise. Glide over the ocean in search of these marvellous creatures, taking in the impressive surrounding coastal landscape as you sip on drinks and tuck into snacks onboard. Begin your adventure in downtown Juneau at the central cruise ship terminal. Enjoy a narrated and scenic drive to the small boat harbor, where you meet your captain and crew. Board your state-of-the-art whale watching boat, built specifically for this purpose. After a short safety briefing, embark on a search for whales and other wildlife off the coast of Alaska. As your boat navigates protected ocean waterways and channels, ride in comfort with multiple viewing decks and restrooms onboard. As you search for whales, learn about the area's flora and fauna from your local guide. Once whales are spotted, view the animals from a safe distance with plenty of photo opportunities. Marvel at their majestic beauty as they glide smoothly through the water, hopefully seeing a whale breach out of the ocean or slap its tale on the surface. Keep a lookout for other water wildlife along the way, including seals, sea lions, eagles, and more. Once you've soaked up this natural landscape, return back to the boat harbor where your driver will bring you back to downtown Juneau.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

3. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board a stable, state-of-the-art catamaran and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from your captain. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. The captain will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy local beers and glacier cocktails. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

From Juneau: Whale Watching Cruise with Refreshments

4. From Juneau: Whale Watching Cruise with Refreshments

Go in search of whales with a naturalist guide on a day trip from Juneau. Hop onboard a boat and get binoculars to spot other wildlife such as sea lions, bald eagles, and black bears. Enjoy a light snack, water, coffee, and hot chocolate onboard. Depart from downtown Juneau on a bus driven by a local tour guide through a scenic route to Auke Bay, where you board a comfortable jet boat. Be led by a captain and naturalist on an unforgettable search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal, or Saginaw Channel. Binoculars are provided so you can see the humpbacks, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, bald eagles, black bears, and towering mountains better. With the growing abundance of whales in the area and their comfort with small boats, you are bound to see many. This tour includes transfers between downtown and Auke Bay and two hours on the water. Included in the price of the tour are onboard refreshments including bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, and a small snack of locally caught Alaskan salmon spread on a fresh bagel.

From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

5. From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

Embark on a guided sightseeing cruise from Seward along Resurrection Bay from Seward with guided commentary. Encounter native wildlife like whales, puffins, sea otters, and more before witnessing the natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Benefit from a shuttle from the railroad depot or the cruise ship port. Then, head off the beaten track in search of wildlife where they often appear through Resurrection Bay. With the help of binoculars, watch as sea otters carry their pups on their bellies. Marvel at the speed of the Dall's porpoise as they surf the vessel's wake. Be awed by the size and majesty of orcas, humpbacks, and other incredible whale species, and learn about their habitat from the onboard guide. Take in the wild natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

6. From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

Experience up-close views of the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this round-trip cruise from Seward. Sail past the majestic Holgate and Aialik Glaciers and enjoy a complimentary deli lunch. Listen as the captain explains the surrounding geology and wildlife. Step aboard a stable, high-speed catamaran for a full day of exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Start your cruise in Resurrection Bay and learn about the park, the surrounding area, and wildlife from your captain. Allow your captain to take you to the best wildlife viewing areas for the opportunity to see stunning marine life including whales, otters, seals, and thousands of seabirds. Head out into the Gulf of Alaska past Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take advantage of getting up close with 2 active tidewater glaciers, Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier as your cruise stops nearby. Watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacier ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced deckhands will secure a chunk of glacier ice to make the most amazing cocktails and glacier margaritas.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

7. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 8.5-Hour Extended Cruise

Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise on this stunning expedition. Explore remote and untouched areas of the Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park on this small vessel adventure cruise that is ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts. Experience this intimate cruise with a smaller group that provides the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, otters, and more. Spend 8.5 hours on the water as time flies by with the captain seeking out the best wildlife viewing in the area. Marvel at the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier, and visit the Anchor and Ogive Glaciers as well. This tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains, and the smaller group size gives you the best opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the experienced and knowledgeable crew.

Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

8. Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

Join this unforgettable guided cruise in Seward that takes you through the Resurrection Bay to the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Look out for grey whales and wildlife as you sail. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Seward to begin your epic adventure. Aboard the cruise, relax and enjoy the views of the Kenai Mountains and marvel at the wildlife you see along the way. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable guide who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Take photos of the stunning views of the landscapes and if you lucky hopefully you will see grey whales,  End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

Valdez: 6-Hour Columbia Glacier Cruise

9. Valdez: 6-Hour Columbia Glacier Cruise

Take a 6-hour journey through Prince William Sound, featuring a visit to the Columbia Glacier area. Jump on the chance to view history in the making and retreat back into the Chugach Mountains. Embark on a sightseeing cruise and explore first Port Valdez. Learn about early explorers, oil shipping, commercial fishing, and pass by cascading waterfalls down the coastal mountains. Travel through the Valdez Narrows and enjoy a hot soup lunch to prepare for the adventure ahead. Head through Prince William Sound and try to catch sight of seals, sea otters, sea lions, porpoise, Orca, Humpback Whales, puffing, bald eagles, and more. Enter into Columbia Bay and don your warm layers and winter gear. Discover a world surrounded by ice, largely untouched by people. Return in time to explore the Valdez community and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

10. Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable day at sea in Seward and search for orcas. Learn all about these fascinating marine creatures from your guide. Visit Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park and admire the orcas, sea lions, seals, and seabirds. Meet your guide and the crew at the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel Dock to board your cruise. Head on an adventure into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the area’s orca hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent sightings to maximize your chances of seeing orcas. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable captain and crew members, who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Hear the haunting calls of these animals for yourself through our onboard hydrophone if conditional allow. End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

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There be whales captain! and Beyond the end of Sept. Great crew - entertaining and informative. highly recommended (and 40% cheaper than cruise scheduled whale watching excursions)

Everyone on staff was very friendly. Our captain was very knowledgeable and good at finding the wildlife we wanted to see. We got to see orcas, which was a nice surprise!

This cruise was absolutely amazing. The scenery and wildlife are out of this world, and the boat/crew were fantastic. I would highly recommend this excursion!!

I had a really great time. I like the narration about the area. Staff was friendly and we saw a lot of animals plus the area is beautiful.

Fue una gran experiencia, vimos los Glaciares Y el recorrido fue muy bello Sin duda volvería a repetir la experiencia !!