Reviewer: Candie Hoven
Outstanding. Very knowledgeable captain and crew. Recommend this tour to everyone. Saw tons of whales.
Small group on board. It was very nice talking to the guide and captain. This excursion was very good, especially as we saw the whales!
Reviewer: Barbara K Colin
We only had one other couple with us on the whaling boat so we really got to see and experience the whales and other animals. It was a great trip. He was very informed and so friendly.
Reviewer: Ray Rumsey
Great trip for whale watching in Juneau harbor. Small boat so you could get great photos without fighting for a spot at the rail. Nice captain/guide.
Reviewer: Bruce Dunn
Great boat with two wonderfull knowledgable young men. We were able to see humpbacks numerous times as well as eagles, sea lions, and dolphins. Short bus ride that we were able to see some of Juneau. Loved it!
Reviewer: Gail Saukas
Great time on this excursion! We saw lots of Humpback whales & sea lions. The 'guide' was well informed and we learned quite a bit. Well worth going.
Reviewer: Margaret (Peggy) White
The crew was terrific and I thoroughly enjoyed the smaller boat. Even though the weather was very wet, the boat was dry and we saw whales. I would go again.
Reviewer: Alyson Goermar
This exclusive whale watching excursion was fun and exciting! We learned how to spot the whales when they breath through the blow holes. Then the captain zooms over in that direction to get us closer. The exclusive part is that the boat only has 18 passengers and everyone can see and get photos and videos without obstruction. Our naturalist, Sam, answered all of our questions and shared her experiences and insights. We saw at least 8 whales with 2 of them diving and showing their flutes (tails). We saw a pile of sea lions sunning themselves with 2 trying to get on the buoy-nice video opportunity. Great excursion and worth it on the smaller boat!
We chose this as our excursion in Juneau and it was amazing. It was a 16 person boat with large windows on either side and a small outdoor area in the front and back of the boat. The crew was made up of our captain and his assistant who were extremely knowledgeable about the whales, Juneau, and the seals we would see. But here's the good stuff, WHALES..we actually saw whales!! We saw so many Humpback whales, about 8 or 9. We also saw seals playing around in the water. It was such an amazing experience to be so close to them. I highly recommend this excursion.
Best part of this is the boat being small. Holds about 14. Whale watching is always fun and doing it with fewer people is just more enjoyable.
Reviewer: Diana Hernandez
The tour delivered what was promised. The weather started out very bad and we really didn't have many expectations. However, they handled it like pros and got us to the right spots to see many whales and then an entire colony of stellar seals. In that location, the weather improved and we had a memorable experience.
Reviewer: Robert P.
Captain Brent and Guide Sami were both very informative and fun. Boat was very comfortable and not crowded. We got some amazing hump back whales and sea lions video and pictures it was a super fun day
Ok - seriously - this is the best whale watching cruise out there. There are many options, and we commented multiple times that we were so glad we chose this one. The small group makes viewing great! Skip the huge catamaran and pick this tour.
I would recommend this tour. They are well organized, have clean vehicles and boats. We saw some whales and is a highlight for us on the whole cruise. It was nice they provided a drink and snack. They provide a speaker during the boat ride which is nice. There was only 8 of us on the boat and that allowed us to each have a viewing spot outside. On the ride back we stopped for a picture in front of the glacier.
Reviewer: Vicki Burns
We has the most incredible experience. Captain Ray and Guide Sammi were informative and experienced. We saw Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, and much more. This was one of the highlights of our cruise.
This was a fabulous experience. We were on a smaller boat with 8-10 total people, and everyone had a great view. We saw several humpback whales up close, and our captain positioned the boat exactly where we would get the best view (there were several other boats out there that day that were watching the same whales from much further out). Definitely recommend!!!
Reviewer: Robert W. Lee
A wonderful trip. From the pick up at the ship until we were returned there, everyone was exceedingly polite and informative. The Captain and the on board two naturalists were very educated and well versed about what was happening around us. I highly recommend this trip. OH YES! We saw a bunch of whales too!!
Reviewer: Barb Ashley
We loved the small group on our boat. Some of the boats in the area had as many as 100 people. We were just a small group of less than 20. Our boat captain and naturalist were awesome with their knowledge of the area. The weather was spectacular even though it was raining at the port, when we got out on the water, it was really nice. We saw many whales and really enjoyed our day! Well worth your time! Highly recommend!!!
Reviewer: April McIlroy
The whale watching excursion was fantastic. The captain Anais was great and the naturalist was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw orca, humpbacks and they bubble net fed three times....amazing day.
Reviewer: Julie Passage
Captain Ray was awesome! We saw a group of humpbacks bubble net feeding, and a bunch of Stellar Sea Lions hanging out on a buoy. I highly recommend this excursion!
We chose this particular whale watching trip because we thought the experience of having less than 20 people aboard the boat would provide better views and overall experience and that was definitely the case. Our guides were great - knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.
Reviewer: Rita Leicester
This was our first time booking with shore excursions group. The boat was small about 18 people, good access to outside. Our captain got us in to see 9 humpback whales doing the bubble net feeding. It was amazing. Of course after 30 minutes with just us and one other boat, the whole whale watching fleet arrived, but we were there first. Got the best videos.
Technically I've seen whales in the wild before...where people point in the distance and say "see the ripple and little black spot"...well this was nothing like that. I saw a whale up close and personal. The classic tale picture but even coming up and getting krill. I enjoyed this cruise as it was much smaller than other boats that were going out...but still very stable. I often get sea sick on small boats but didn't have any issues.
Reviewer: Jennifer Yacio
The day was really cold and raining, but the boat was covered and heated. We all got to see whales! Kaitlin and Gabe were wornderful hosts and very knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Mary Linda
Wonderful time, only had 6 people total on this very exclusive excursion.
This was my favorite part of my cruise. I loved that it was a very small group and that there was no crowding to see the whales. We saw a group of 4 humpback whales and the hard to find orca. We also had sea lions ""racing"" us. Our captain Russel was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of information. He also took every minute of our excursion to make sure we got to see as many whales and other wildlife as we could. This was the coolest thing I have ever done or seen by far. Highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Kathy Kaup
We ejoyed the trip tremendously. The guide and the captain of the boat were hilarious and kept us entertained the whole trip. We saw many whales AND one even came up right behind the boat - it was awesome!
Reviewer: Virginia Ann Wallace
This was a GREAT TRIP! We saw lots of whales and harbor seals! Our ship captain made sure we saw all the wildlife there was to enjoy!!! Gavecisxample time for photos also!
Reviewer: Mary Ann Ruggeri
This was Fantastic!!! Would do it again and again. We were a group of 4 and one other couple. The Captain was phenomenal and VERY patient. We saw many humpback whales and their tails as they dove, an Orca and seals playing in the water all around us. We got so many pictures of whales and seals. Our Captain was Russel and I wouldn't want anyone else. If we ever go again, we would definitely ask for him. Can't recommend this excursion enough!!!!!! We talked about it for days...
Reviewer: Barbara Leigh
Both the captain and his assistant made sure that our small group of 15 people saw as many whales as possible. And we did! Both were very knowledgeable and environmentally respectfull of marine wildlife The boat was very clean with comfortable seats and very large ""picture windows"" that opened.
Reviewer: Martha McCauley
Perfect size boat, only about 12-15 people which allowed plenty of room to move about and observe the whales. The guides were very informative and knew exactly where to go for the most exciting, up close sighting of the whales. I highly recommend this excursion!!
this was great fun. I appreciated the respect the whale watching tour boats had for the safety and comfort of the whales.
We had watched whales in Australia a few weeks earlier, but they just swam leisurely by. Here we were able to watch them work as a team to herd prey. Even the birds joined in. The guides were as impressed as we were.
Reviewer: Nigel & Liane
This trip gets you away from those large, crowded vessels. In a small boat, with no more than 16 passengers, it did feel more exclusive. Gabe and Laura were great company, being entertaining and informative in equal measure. We had a most enjoyable trip, seeing several Humpbacks, seals, sea lions and a bald eagle. The use of the sonar gizmo to check on what was happening underwater was a bonus.
Reviewer: April Chambers
This whale watching excursion was magnificent!!! The driver and the guide (Laura?) were a great team and were very upbeat and knowledgable! The boat seemed new and the motor quiet which added to the amazing experience! The day was beautiful and we saw sooooo many whales- both orcas and humbacks!!! The guide seemed to know right where to go to find them. This excursion was the pinnacle point of our whole ten day trip!!! Thank you!
Reviewer: Richard Neill
Chilkoot Charters offered a 16 passenger boat, clean and well equipped with a great caption and a young women who explained the area and habits of the whales. Safety was a top priority and gave you the feeling you were in good hands. We saw Orcas and Humpbacks, and we were very close, the pod of 5 or 6 Orcas swam right under thee boat. We saw humpbacks bubble-net feeding and they also swam by and under the boat. I highly recommend this outfit, this was an experience of a lifetime.
Reviewer: Virginia Ellis
Our captain and first mate were extremely knowledgeable and had great personalities. Having only 16 people in the boat made sure that all had a great view. The boat was able to get up close and personal to the whales while still protecting them. I would highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Clara M.
Fabulous whale watching tour. Since the particular boat we were on only held a maximum of 16 people, there was always a great view. From the passenger pick up to the tour itself, everyone was hospitable and clearly wanted guests to have an excellent time. We saw whales, sea lions, and bald eagles. What a sight to be had! Special shout out to tour guide Brandon and van driver Jackie (Unfortunately can't remember the other young gal who was also a tour guide). They were all awesome!
The small sized boat let you get a good view anywhere the whales were. The microphones let you hear the whale sounds underwater and alerted us to when the bubble feeding was going to happen. Amazing!
Reviewer: Anna Zimmerman
Truly enjoyed this excursion. We weren't 10 minutes from the dock when we spotted humpbacks bubble feeding. In all there were 14 whales. The captain and the crew were very friendly and informative. The snacks were delicious.
Reviewer: John Hoffman
Beyond AWESOME. Very small boat, about a dozen people. Easy viewing. Great captain and naturalist. We saw almost too many orca to count. Lots of humpbacks too. At one point 3 flipped their tails at once - looked like synchronized swimming. We were too stunned to take pictures :) This is the way to do it; avoid the bigger boats where you have to ""fight"" for rail views to get decent pictures.
We saw orcas at the beginning of the trip and tons of humpbacks. The boat was comfortable and not too crowded. Overall, one of the highlights of our Alaska trip!
Reviewer: Mike King
This tour was fantastic! We only had 10 people on our boat with the captain and a naturalist. It was so this tour was fantastic! We only had 10 people on our boat with the captain and a naturalist. It was so nice to be able to move around see the whales from both sides front and back something I've never been able to do before on other whale watching trips. Captain Ray was fantastic about moving us around could not of asked for better trip
Our whale watching cruise was exactly as promised. They were at the pier and easy to find. It was a small boat, the naturalist on board told us about all the marine life we saw, and we saw lots and lots of whales! We even had one whale come up right beside the boat; close enough to touch! I would definitely book this excursion again.
The guide was on top of where the whales were at that day and we saw plenty where expected. The boat was placed to enhance photos and movies as well. On the way back our guide spotted splashes just off of our course and took us over. There we found a young whale breaching and I recorded 10 minutes of it. Thanks to the sharp eye of our guide
Our guide was prepared and took us to where whales had been reported. We saw many whales and the boat was place to enhance picture and movie taking. On the way back the guide spotted splashes off our course and took us over. There we saw a young whale breaching over and over for nearly 10 minutes. Our excursion was made even better by the sharp eye of the guide.
Reviewer: Nancy Cook
Great crew. Comfortable boat with friendly Capt. Timeliness was great. Communication over the phone before initial pick up was easy.
We were able to see lots of whales. It was a small boat and very personalized tour. We would love to go again!
Reviewer: Serena Nyikes
What a trip! We got to see a adult humpback breach 100 ft. from our boat! According to our guide it was only the second one all season. I totally recommend this excursion. the boat was clean the captain and the guide were knowledgeable and friendly I give them an A+.
Reviewer: Jeanne Lenaers
The captain and helper were awesome. Was more than we expected. Would definitely do again and recommend to all.
Reviewer: Lynne Michelle Pedri
Great whales were beautiful...our captain she was the greatest. Very Very worth the money...
Reviewer: Treena Nordmark
Our weather started with drizzling rain and fog, how disappointed!!! But our wonderful crew was persistent and as the hour passed, with great delight the fog lifted enough that we were able to see a whale Blow and dive 3 times. It was amazing. Thank you for the awesome experience.
Reviewer: Ann McCarthy
I was looking forward to see whales. It was reason I went on this trip, however whales are wild animals and had other plans. We saw couple a whales blow and dive. I hopd for more.
Reviewer: Peter Adamaitis
We had looked forward to this excursion but the weather gods were not in our favour. However, this is no fault of the exclusion provider or the crew as they proven to be knowledgeable , helpful and only too ready to do everything in their power to make the excursions a success. While the whales were too distant and uncooperative, this was made up by the sea lions whose antics gave us a lot of pleasure.
Reviewer: Gene Mollenhauer
This was a fabulous excursion. Very knowle dgable captain and naturalist. Had us among the whales bubble feeding and told us whenever they would surface. Gave all sides chances for pictures.
Reviewer: Linda murphy
The boat was very clean with comfy seating. The driver was fantastic and the naturalist was great. We learned so much and saw loads of whales. Really a great afternoon.
It was a terrific trip. The driver of the bus to the dock was fun and knowledgeable on area and what to look out for while driving. The 2 ""naturalists"" were interesting and loved the whales. The captain of the boat knew where to go and what to lookout for. We saw 9 whales bubble netting for most of the time we were on the water. We were lucky enough to be fairly close and see then breaching nearby and lots of whale tails. We then went to another area and saw 2 or 3 more whales just fishing on their own. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see whales and learn about them.
Reviewer: Lorrie Pepin
This was a great excursion and I highly recommend it!
Reviewer: Sur Robertson
It was wonderful! Enjoyed it so much. We learned a lot about whales from our guides. We would recommend this tour to anyone!
It was wonderful! Enjoyed it so much. We learned a lot about whales from our guides. We would recommend this tour to anyone!
Reviewer: Sue Robertson
It was wonderful! Enjoyed it so much. We learned a lot about whales from our guides. We would recommend this tour to anyone!
Reviewer: Vivian Painter
This was very worthwhile! We were so pleased to view whale behavior that is considered quite rare. The providers were very attentive,knowledgeable and most anxious to provide the very best experience.
Great tour. We even saw about 15 whales bubble feeding.
This was the most amazing experience we were fortunate to have a very experienced crew and we saw a once in a lifetime experience nine whales feeding, blowing the bubble net to ensnare the fish, they had a sonar device we could hear the underwater sounds and know when to get the cameras ready. I cannot recommend this highly enough
Reviewer: Susan Mortenson
This was our 5th whale watch connected with Alaska cruises. It was by far the best, not just because we saw both orca and humpbacks. The boat was small enough that we all could get photos without elbowing others, and the captain and the woman who served as the guide were both personable and informative. It was a great experience.
Our boat held about 10 people, so it didn't feel crowded. It was a easy to get up and go in and out of the boat to view the whales. Our captain was friendly and accommodating. We even had a naturalist on board that answered many questions.
Reviewer: Melanie F Streeter
We had an amazing time on this whale watching cruise. The driver was awesome, he even gave us a small tour of Juneau because weer were ready early. The boat was tidy and well kept and the driver and guide were very knowledgeable. They brought us out and we not only saw one group of whales but two as well as some sea lions. Would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Con McDonald
My wife and I took our granddaughter on this excursion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We loved the small size of the boat and the chance to get to know the 2 person crew. We had taken the same excursion the previous year with another granddaughter. This year was better than last year thanks to the sighting of orca whales. Then it got even better when we saw the humpback whales using bubble netting to feed. It was definitely a fantastic journey and one that will be a ""must do"" excursion on our next Alaska cruise with any future grandchildren.
Reviewer: Lisa Bentley
We chose to do the whale watching tour without the glacier tour because of the time restraints at the glacier. Very happy with the decision and felt that the time on the boat was just right. There was a marine biologist on board along with the captain. Both were very pleasant and informative. We saw both orca and humpback whales, as well as sea lions, beautiful scenery and a glacier from afar. We were also happy with the smaller boat, feeling that it was easier to move around and interact with the biologist. We had plenty of room to move outside and take pictures. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Captain Gabe on the Riptide was the best. He found the best location. We were in the middle of a pod of whales that were so close we didn't need to use zoom on our cameras to get great pictures. There were only 6 passengers on the excursion. You can't get much more exclusive than that!
Reviewer: Gary Allenbaugh
Our excursion was very good. We got to see allot of whales and the captain was very personable. Also got to see seals and Eagles. The ride was quite nice and the scenery was amazing! It was nice as there were only 9 people on board vs the cruise lines that had hundreds! We really liked the intimate setting of the excursion. After we returned to the dock we talked to someone who took another tour and they were at the exact same spot that we were at where the eagles were and their captain had brought some fish carcasses and he was able to get the eagles right up next to the boat. They got some of he most amazing pictures. I thought that was a nice touch! Hopefully that is something that is legal!. If so it would be nice for the captain to do this in order to get some great pictures and see the eagles up close!
The Captain and Naturalist were outstanding! It was a great experience.
Small boat with less than 15 of us plus captain and naturalist. Tons of opportunities to take pictures -- lots of whales. Much better than being on a large boat as we had the opportunity to move around more. Very knowledgeable crew too.
Reviewer: E. Fleming
Outstanding! We had Capt. Ray and Naturalist Laura and they were as excited as the 7 of us were about the humpback moms and babies we saw. It was a nice added touch that Laura went to the UW-Madison (WI). We also saw eagles and seals. Great fun, small boat, would do it again in a heartbeat.
Reviewer: Mary Lehman
Had a great time. Loved that it was a smaller group. Got to see hump back whales and one Orca. The crew was great. Would go back and do this one again.
Loved having space to move around and get shots without a big crowd of people. Saw about 4 whales and one circled out boat coming up within 10 feet of our boat. No orcas this round as in years pass but great overall.
Reviewer: Mike and Bonnie
The captain was very friendly and engaging, as was the naturalist. The ship was very small, which we saw as a definite plus. We saw some larger, crowded boats on which people were craning to see over each other. We had only nine passengers, so everyone had a front-row view. We saw only a few whales, and just one breach, but that's the luck of the draw.
smaller boat, ride was a bit bumpy at times but worth it to get a smaller group. hoping to see more whales. the pilot and owner were very nice and pointed out quite a few things
Small boat with open front and back areas allows great viewing and enough space for everyone to see. Guides great fun and informative. Saw humpbacks, orcas and sea lion. An amazing trip, easy to book and I would recommend
Reviewer: cruising grammy
Weather was a bit choppy and most of the ships tours cancelled, but this one still went and it was great! Saw tons of whales and despite the rain we got great photo's and were very happy with the tour!
we thoroughly enjoyed the whale watching experience
Boat was very comfortable. Pilot and guide were very knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Dave From Denver
This excursion was without doubt the best ever!! The guides were great!! They were very curtious, they were educational regarding the whales and their behavior!!
A small, highly maneuverable, comfortable craft with no more than 16 guests was a great way to view the whales. Our guide and captain were both knowledgeable and congenial. The breeches were exciting, especially seeing a mother and her youngster surfacing together. The rest of the trip was a relaxing tour through beautiful parts of Juneau, and included being able to view three glaciers and several eagles.
Fantastic adventure. We loved that it was a smaller boat and had less than 15 people on it. Much better for pictures and up close looks at the whales etc. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to whale watch. Great crew.
Small personal boat, not crowded, could see more and have conversation with the crew.
the guides were good. the boat was a good size. we were allowed to move around. educational. nice snack. need more bathrooms at the dock
Reviewer: Family Four
Is aw whales up close in their naturalenvironment
Saw numerous whales!
Reviewer: Newaygo travelers
A really fun excursion with very knowledgeable guides. Both the boat's captain and our guide made this excursion exciting. Don't expect to see entire whales, but even spotting spouts and tails gets your heart pumping!I liked the small boat (11 max on the one I was on). I also liked the fact that the boat captains cooperated in sharing information about where they spotted activity. It was a lot of fun!
Reviewer: traveling teacher
The guides were well informed and entertaining. The captain was skilled at placing the boat in just the right position so that everyone was able to view the whales. The day was exciting and my photos were better than expected.
Reviewer: teacher on adventures
The crew worked hard to locate the whales and place the boat in the best position for the best view. My photos were outstanding.
Reviewer: Shore Tripper
We had a great time whale watching and the pilot was very knowledgeable about where the whales were and the sea currents. We had lots of time to view the whales from the required distance and enjoyed it immensely
Reviewer: Bill and Terri
Sarah, Lewis and Captain Shell gave an excellent tour! They took us to several whale watching sites. Sarah gave great info and they were very nice. Everyone could see the whales since. We highly recommend this tour!
Promised our money back if we didn't see a whale, earned it something like fifteen times over.
Reviewer: Ron and Kris
we were so thrilled with this excursion. we would tell everybody to take this. they worked so hard to full fill the search and the experience.
Great adventure on the water. Comfortable boat with plenty of indoor seating in case of rain. Knowledgeable and entertaining captain & assistants. Saw lots of whales and seals, bald eagles. Great afternoon on the water. Highly recommended and taking a smaller boat is the way to go!
Guides were great but the whales wouldn't cooperate so we went on to another location but still only saw a few tails come out of the water. It was no ones fault but I expected to actually see more than the tail and from closer than we did. Usually the smaller boat is better for this but in our case the larger boat that held 50 or so crowded people saw the whales jump out of the water after we had gone to look elsewhere...Oh well.
Reviewer: Cathy S
Really enjoyed the small group experience. Our guides were very friendly and personable. They took time to talk and really focused on making sure we had a great experience. The smaller boat allowed us to get much closer to the whales than other boats that were in the area. I would definitely do this tour again.
The driver was not aware that he had to pick up 3 people at our boat. I flagged him down which was difficult d/t unmarked cars.
Reviewer: Amie, Cruiseaholic
We had the most amazing time Whale Watching! We were able to learn so much about the whales as well as getting to see a lot of them in full action. It was breathtaking and beautiful! Something my family and I will never ever forget!
Our captain and tour guide were excellent and made sure we had a great outing. It was fun for all ages from 4-65. We appreciated we had the boat to our family. We were met at the ship and driven to to the boat. Our driver told us a little about the city. The only thing that would have made it better was sunshine.
We had a great time and a good crew
The small sized whale tour is the way to go. Our captain and assistant were awesome. They definitely knew where to go and were just as excited as we were to see these amazing animals. We saw whales almost the entire time on the boat. Definitely worth the money. Our entire group was thrilled with this excursion.
Reviewer: Whale Watching in Juneau
Great customer service from the person that met us at our ship, to the bus driver and the captain of the boat!! Everyone was extremely helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable. I will continue to book my shore excursions through this website!
Just got back from our cruise and had the pleasure to go out with Captain Monroe. We saw so many whales and watched them ""net"" and breach as our jaws hit the floor. I know an excursion like this can be hit or miss based on many factors beyond the organizers control but I am VERY pleased with the one we were on. I truly was a once in a lifetime experience!
Driver met us as we got off the ship and drove us to the dock while giving us an orientation to Juneau as we drove. The boat was comfortable for our group of six on a rainy day when we wanted to spend a good bit of the travel time in the cabin. The boat captain was friendly, knowledgeable and found us lots of whales. Snacks for the kids was a nice touch. On our return to dock the driver picked us up. Rather than return to the ship we asked for a recommendation for a seafood restaurant and he dropped at us at one where we had great fresh local seafood for lunch. Wonderful day.
If you like sight seeing and getting up close and personal to whales, this is the excursion for you! Nothing fancy on this excursion, it is what it is and it is pretty awesome! On my particular trip, we had a rare close encounter with a whale right off the bow. It swam right at us and took a dive ~25 feet away! It was close enough to where we could see nose hair!
Nice smooth boat trip, very comfortable,not crowded.. Our crew was great and very helpful.
A great, young and passionate guide.
Captain Monroe was great, very accommodating, got to see several whales. Only 4 on the trip. John and Jamie provided great transportation.
Superb crew, particularly Capt Shawn and the Naturalist, who both made it a memorable trip.
This was an amazing whale watch because of its small group setting. Although expensive, it was worth being on a comfortable boat with 12 people rather than a huge boat with 30-40 people. The captain was patient with old and young alike. Amazing trip.
Reviewer: BIG B
THE TWO GUIDES WERE GREAT. I HAVE BEEN WHALE WATCHING BEFORE BUT THIS WAS BY FAR THE BEST. I WOULD TELL A FRIEND TO GO FOR SURE.
Captain Bryan and naturalist Jennifer were friendly, informative and very accomodating. Their enthusiasm and eagerness for us to get our photos pics made the difference between a nice trip and a great trip.
Captain Jim's boat was small and only held a few passengers which made the experience of whale watching more fun. We got as close as possible to the whales. It was a very enjoyable excursion.
Reviewer: Suz in the country
The boat guide's wife picked us up at the ship. Her knowledge and love of Alaska was contagious, as we her husband's. The tour was small, which made a huge difference in our seeing the whales clearly and not having someone step in front of us. This was a highlight excursion. We have been on this cruise 4 times and this was one of the best excursions ever!
This was a great trip. There were whales everywhere and I got some great pics. the guides were informative and fun. Loved it!
Reviewer: Runner Honeymooners
Great driver and guides. We got a feel of the local area both on water and land.
Reviewer: Lots of whales
Nothing more to say
I was a little apprehensive to book an excursion outside of the cruise lines, but this one was great! We were lucky enough to have an exclusive tour with just our family of five. The guide was experienced, made sure we knew when to watch for whales, and was obviously concerned for the whales' well-being.
Captain Brian was Awesome!!! He gave use lots of information about the whales and surrounding areas. Fun to talk to, great boat, lots of whales. Saw eagles and seals too! Take this trip! Small group (max of 12). Saw cruise ship group with about 100 on it.
This excursion is a must!!! We got to see so much wildlife including eagles, seals, and several humpback whales. Captain T and his sidekick Eduardo were funny, entertaining, and definitely tried giving us the best bang for our buck! This excursion did not over pack our boat, which was nice. There were 15 people on our boat, including my husband and I. Other boats had two decks with what seemed as 60-80 people, which seemed incredibly cramped and left minimal room to comfortably see the whales. Captain T also got us pretty close to the whales, but was sure to keep a good distance as well to ensure their protection. The boat ride out to the whale sighting was awesome, it was my husband's favorite part. Amazing excursion...no regrets from our part! Would do it again!
TAKE THIS EXCURSION - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Captain Brian was the best. He kept us entertained with information about the area. Pointed out lots of sights along the way. Very knowledgeable about whales. The boat was the perfect size. Our group had only 4 people plus Captain Brian!!! We saw several whales, one even breeched. I Highly recommend this excurion. Beats out the cruise ship's one.
Reviewer: CA Mom
Small boat. Awesome Captain!! I cannot remember her name but it was a woman and she was fabulous! Whales!! Whales!! Whales!!
Brilliant would recommend to anyone wanting to see Whales only 6 on our Boat which meant plenty of room to see.
The guides did a great job getting us to the area that the whales were.
Reviewer: Alaska vacationers
We had a great time on the whale watching trip. We had a small group on the boat so everyone had a good view throughout the trip. We saw sea lions, whales & eagles.
The captain and first mate was knowledgeable and made a whole hearted effort to find us some good viewings we view humpbacks, seals and eagles feeding very enjoyable even though it rained and seas were rough still had a good time
Our whale watching cruise was very enjoyable, and we saw quite a few humpback whales. Overall I felt that the staff and crew did a great job making us feel welcome and explaining what we were experiencing. We had eight guests (plus captain and naturalist/guide), so the boat was not crowded, but there wouldn't have been room for more than maybe four more people at the very most. If you take this tour, you will have an enjoyable time as long as it is not the full sixteen people...then you would be extremely crowded (unless there is a larger boat, which is entirely possible.) I would recommend this to anyone visiting the Juneau area.
Skipper and first mate really great. They were just as excited to see the whales as we were!
Comfortable heated cabin if you want to watch from indoors--but who wants to watch from indoors? The captain was excellent at telling us how to spot the whales and when a good photo might happen. Friendly and knowledgeable - amazing experience!!!
Reviewer: Joe the cruiser
Captain John and Sunny were just the best hosts ever. We've taken many whale watching tours in many locations but this was by far the most exciting, informative and comfortable. And, best of all, the most whales we've ever seen. The seals were just icing on the cake. We've already told everyone who will listen how great this tour was.
Reviewer: Dwain and Ari
Amazing fun being on Captain John and Sunny's boat cruising Alaskan waters. They knew just where to go and, not ten to fifteen feet from the back of their boat, we got to see the biggest, most beautiful whale ever !!! Woweee !
Reviewer: The Bigguy
My Wife and I had a fantastic time. We saw 10 - 15 instances of whales coming to the surface to ""blow-air"" and then dive back down for more feeding. We got great pictures of Whales, Sea Lions, dolphons and eagles. The captain was extremely accomodating and knowledgeable. One of the best excursions we had during our entire Alaska trip.
Reviewer: Rick and Lynne
The guide was experienced and informative. Knew lots about the whales, the area, and interesting antidotes. His enthusiasm and love for all things alaskan was a big plus. I highly recommend this outfit for a whalewatching experience that you will never forget.
This exsursion lived up to it promises. Our captain made us feel very comfortable on rough seas. He and our guide were very informative and they knew where to go to find the whales and sea lions. We got some incredible pictures of the whales. Thank you!
Reviewer: Debbie N Tom
Captain Annette Smith was very informative and experienced. We had a great excursion!
We were on a small boat (16 people). The captain and tour guide were very knowledgeable and witty. We were able to stand on the deck and watch orcas and humpback whales. A male orca jumped completely out of the water about a hundred feet from our boat. What a sight! Well worth the money!
Only 12 of us who went out with Captain Jon and Sunny. Their enthusiasm was contagious and made it all the more fun. The weather was perfect and the sights amazing. Definitely the best tour of our cruise.
Reviewer: Cruisin' Judy
Our whale watching trip was so exciting! Their guarantee of seeing whales (or your money back!) far exceeded our expectations! Thank you Captain Jon and Sunny for the most memorable part of our Alaskan Cruise!
Was a great addition to our trip
The Captain and mate were knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a large pod of whales feeding. It was an amazing experience. Our shuttle bus driver was fun and stopped to let us took at a fish ladder. All in all it was worth every penny.
Reviewer: The traveling duo
A great guide/captain is needed for this adventure and we had one.
Reviewer: Tracey K
A little disorganized, mostly because we were trying to get the 7 people of our group on one boat and I think they had technical issues. So, things were a little late, we were one 2 boats, but a good time was had by all. Our guide was excellent.
Reviewer: Charlie B
We were expecting to see some animals but not to this extent. We saw whales, orcas, seals, and plenty of eagles. Experienced local guides took us up close and personal with all sea life even though we had rough seas and drizzle all day. That didn't stop us. We were limited to 12 on the boat with guides that knew the territory. HIGHLY Reccommended!
the boat captain and guide did a very good job on this trip
Reviewer: Tina the Traveler
We had a wonderful time! The guides were very knowledgeable and funny. The boat was very nice and we were guaranteed to see whales and we did, a lot of them! It was defininitely a once in a lifetime experience!
I can't rate this excursion high enough. The crew was wonderful and knew exactly how to find the whales. They were very friendly and informative and allowed us to get as close as possible to the whales. The greeting staff was on time and very courteous as well.
Reviewer: J and Family
This was a small group of just 6 people. The bus picking us up right at the dock, was well marked, and the staff pleasant. The bus drivers both ways provided some interesting information on the Juneau area. The captain of the boat was friendly and made us welcome. She provided a selection of sodas, chips, and granola bars during the excursion. She explained about the whales and answered questions. Although it was early in the season we did get to ""stalk"" a particular whale for about an hour. At one point it surfaced 100 feet or so from the boat which was pretty cool. We could hear it breathing. The captain was helpful in moving the boat to get pictures. The bonus wildlife included an eagle and harbor seals. Overall, very nice. Someday I would like to do it again later in the summer when there would be more whale activity.
It was great seeing the humpback whales, seals and sea lions.
Reviewer: John Silver
This was my first cruise ever so I don't have anything to compare it with, but I can't see it getting much better. The service was great, and the view absolutely breathtaking. The staff were polite and welcoming, and you never felt forgotten or ignored. But most importantly the experience was beyond anything imaginable. Places like Alaska you just can't get to so easily, so why not go the most comfortable way?
Reviewer: Glenn & Teresa
Captain Joe was informative, professional and full of entertaining anecdotes. Though the weather was working against us and the water was extremely choppy, we experienced excellent whale sightings in a small group environment (one other couple). We thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and would definitely recommend over a larger group outing. Captain Joe was the greatest!
The crew was awesome. They were very informative and humorous.
Reviewer: Mike & Valecia
The Eagle and Hubert glaciers were stunning, and the many Humpbacks were so exciting! Wish I could've been quicker with the camera but got some decent videos showing the tails. Special thanks to Wyatt and Ruth Ann, they were so friendly and informative.
We really enjoyed this whale watch cruise. It was in a small boat with only six people plus the boat driver. He was knowledgable and fun. We saw much more than we could have on a larger boat. We saw whales, sea lions, bald eagle, dolls porpoise. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Great Trip, saw lots of whales.
This whale watching excurision was on a smaller boat and with a smaller group, which was very nice as we were not tripping over other guests.
Reviewer: teacher jenny
Telephoto lens were a asset. Our tour guide was very respectful of the whales.
Reviewer: Guy from Boston
I didn't really want to take this excursion as we live near the water in Boston and there are plenty of whale watching opportunities around us (although we never get around to taking them), but my wife wanted to so... It was a great trip. It was just the four of us on a new and comfortable boat and a captain that knows the waters and where the whales are. We must have seen more than twenty, as well as porpoises and seals. What made is special is a calf (only about ten tons) breached five consecutive times within 100 yards of us in a 4 minute span. Very unusual we are told. It made the trip worth while. Without the breaching, I am not sure it would have been worth the expense just to see the whales and their tails.
Reviewer: Grandma Traveler
I liked the personal enviroment. we were on a small boat and were the only passengers.
I loved the fact that is was a small boat with only 6 of us aboard. The captain was knowledable and friendly.
Reviewer: Don & Judie
We were so lucky to have the boat and crew entirely to ourselves -- virtually a private whale watching tour. The captain and guide were very helpful in taking us to see humpbacks bubble net feeding and orcas circling a sea lion. We saw more whales in one ride than most people ever see at one time. Even if our boat had been full, it was small enough to give a really worthwhile experience.
Exciting ! Once in a life time experience ! On my bucket list !
The boat was very comfortable and the guides were informative. We saw lots of whales and had a great time.
very good...pickups were on time..no problems
Reviewer: Lansing Christian Cruiser
The boat was just the right size for the party to be comfortable and quick enough to get to the location of the whales that were spotted. The two guides were very friendly and knowledgable making the experience enjoyable. This was one excursion that lived up to expectations.
Reviewer: Ken the Aussie
Reviewer: Travel Junkie
The operator went out of his way to ensure we all had a great experience.
Reviewer: pup jt
everything was great the captain was great we saw whales, sea lions we had a realy good time
The scenery was beautiful. The guide and the boat captain were friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. They put us close to whales and told us a lot about the area. i would recommend this excursion highly
Reviewer: Scotty Kilmer
we were so happy with the whale watching. I guess out main boat was broken so we went in this dude's fishing boat. 10 times the fun on that boat than on a bigger one. Hope the big one breaks for other people too so they get to go on a little fishing boat instead like we did. Scotty Kilmer
Captain Greg was extremely knowledgeable of the area where we watched the whales. Saw some sea lions, bald eagles. Beautiful day, exciting excursion! Highly recommend!
We had our own boat while the cruise ship tour was very crowded- I have a picture of their tour with the boat tilting because everyone is on one side trying to see the whale. Great tour and we had a great time!!
Saw whales as promised, but weren't able to get as close as hoped (safety rules). Boat crew were very considerate.
The crew were great and the experience was fabulous. Just Fabulous.
The crew were great and the memory of it all: Fabulous, just Fabulous.
Reviewer: Joe and Sandra
this was very personal, since we only had two other guest and the owner of the boat and his wife. we saw lots of whales it was very good.