Embark on an exciting cruise to explore the beautiful waters around Juneau. Breathtaking scenery surrounds you as you search for humpback and orca whales (guaranteed sighting). You may see other charming marine mammals such as Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and Dall's porpoises. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, bears, Sitka blacktail deer, and a variety of seabirds, too. After your scenic wildlife search, head to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, a famous Alaskan feast, to satisfy your appetite.
Begin your Juneau excursion whale-watching adventure with a narrated trip from your port to Auke Bay. A professional ship captain and naturalist welcomes you aboard the North Star, a state-of-the-art 48-passenger jet boat custom-designed for Juneau whale watching. Large windows, an outdoor viewing deck, and an amplified hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate under water provide a unique encounter with the lovable creatures. If the day is clear, you'll have a breathtaking view of the Mendenhall Glacier.
Juneau has a healthy humpback whale population, with some 65 whales returning each season to feed in the nutrient-rich waters, and your captain is well-versed in locating them. In fact, whale sightings are guaranteed! Throughout this Juneau tour, your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, but you'll more likely be notified by the "oohs" and "ahs" from fellow passengers.
Binoculars are available for your use on board. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings or to snap a photo. Settle into your warm and comfortable interior surroundings to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the oversized windows. In addition to Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles and a variety of sea birds, your naturalist will make sure to scan the shore and point out any bear or blacktail deer sightings and to describe many other aspects of the area's intriguing flora and fauna.
You'll probably be feeling hungry by now on this Juneau shore excursion. It's time for an all-you-can-eat Alaskan feast. Featured on Bravo Television's Top Chef, Gold Creek Salmon Bake is a delicious event grilled to perfection for over 38 years. Savor the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over a fragrant alder wood fire--the event's signature entree. The delectable food spread has options for everyone; choose from a variety of Alaskan entrees, sides, and blueberry cake for dessert.
Relax in the event's serene rainforest environment, listening to live Alaskan folk music. Take a short walk along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of Wagner Mine at the breathtaking Salmon Creek Falls, where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon. Roast marshmallows over a campfire and take photos at an interactive gold rush mural. You can return to the pier at your leisure. Shuttle services depart every 15-30 minutes.
Book this Juneau cruise excursion today for an incredible day on the waters paired with awesome local culture and flavors. This is an Alaska cruise tour you don't want to miss!
Reviewer: Dana Gromen
The Whale excursion was fantastic. The boat was small enough for everyone to see from all windows and you could go out on the back deck to get even better views. We saw a large number of whales! It was fantastic! The Captain and the biologist were very knowledgeable and entertaining. We even got to see a large family of Sea Lions up close. The Salmon Bake was delish! I especially enjoyed the Blueberry Cake! I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Jackie Poslusany
It was so cool to see the whales but seeing the salmon swimming up stream was even more amazing! The salmon bake was delicious!
We went on this trip in September. We didn't see as many whales as I'd hoped but perhaps that had more to do with the time of year as the guides worked very hard trying to find them.
Reviewer: Shirley Kehn
This was so worth the price we paid. The scenery was beautiful and there were many whale's to see. The captain and the guide was very informative of the area. The salmon and side dishes were the best.
Libby and Terry provided an excellent tour for watching whales, sea lions, lots of information on whales and life in Alaska. Worth doing! Libby knows her stuff and shows it! Salmon Bake was a good meal, and good guitar man to go with it!