Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
January 09, 2020
Excellent tour. Excellent Captain and Crew. Great Whale watching.
Reviewer: D. MacNeal
5 Stars
Whales
December 10, 2019
This was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Dan Campbell
4 Stars
Outstanding and Amazing!
October 26, 2019
My adult daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful excursion with the crew seeing whales and some sea otters. They made sure that we knew where to look and when to capture wonderful memories of our afternoon.
Reviewer: Sally Hanson
5 Stars
Great Excursion
October 14, 2019
We got to see lots of whales. I would have liked to be a little closer. Knowledgeable guides. Beautiful land!
Reviewer: Lori C
5 Stars
Whale and mendenhall glacier
October 14, 2019
Loved it. Saw whales. They even had personal names for them
Reviewer: Donna M Landrum
5 Stars
Whale watching and Mendall Glacier
October 09, 2019
Wow is all I can really say. Captain Brandon and Jesse were friendly and very knowledgeable. Almost from the time we left the dock there were things to see. The communication between the captain and other ships allowed us to view some pretty incredible sights, we may have otherwise missed. We saw several whales swimming very near the boat! Jesse told us it was uncommon to view so many whales at the same time. The boat itself was fantastic, we were able to view from both the front and back of the boat, during the outing. We enjoyed the trip a lot even it was raining we saw the changes colors of the sky, rainbows and seals it was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Rosie Wong
5 Stars
Nice day on the water
October 07, 2019
We liked this excursion. The ship's crew weren't overly friendly or informative, which was kind of a bummer. But we got to see a few whales, which was good. The driver of the bus was WONDERFUL! She was so personable and friendly, and she had some great stories to tell. Wish we had more time at the glacier.
Reviewer: Joanna Turpin
4 Stars
Excellent Guides
September 27, 2019
These were both excellent combined tours the guides on both were great and very information. They answered any questions one may have and the driver also was great at engaging with everyone and giving us some historical background. As we drove to and from our sites.
Reviewer: Santy DiSabatino
5 Stars
What Fun!
September 26, 2019
Even though is was very cold, raining, we had a wonderful time. The whales were not as cooperative as we would have liked, but we did see some. All persons involved were great. Love the jet boat!
Reviewer: Dennis Van Waes
4 Stars
Fantastic Time
September 23, 2019
Wow is all I can really say. The guys were friendly and very knowledgeable. Almost from the time we left the dock there were things to see. The communication between the captain and other ships allowed us to view some pretty incredible sights, we may have otherwise missed. We saw a pod of Orcas and then not too long after we had a hump back whale breach twice very near the boat! The guide told us that both events were uncommon. The boat itself was fantastic, we were able to view from both the front and back of the boat, during the outing. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Walt K
5 Stars
Wale watching
September 21, 2019
The only thing that messed up the Whale tour was the weather, but that wasn't thier fault. Otherwise it would have been great.
Reviewer: Gary G Mathna
4 Stars
Very easy to locate
September 20, 2019
This tour was easy to find and join. We saw plenty of whales, but they weren't as close as I'd imagined -- by law. For me personally, naming the whales made it seem like they were fed and encouraged to stay in the area. But it didn't hurt the experience for others.
Reviewer: Karen
4 Stars
Dolphin Jet Boat Tours
September 18, 2019
Excellent captain and crew. Smaller group on boat allowed for individualized question being answered by the naturalist. Smaller group also allowed for better viewing. Additionally, the tour cost less than those being operating by the cruise line.
Reviewer: Bernie Wharton
5 Stars
My favorite excursion!
September 17, 2019
This exceeded all my expectations! We were divided into small groups on each boat so we had an up close and personal whale watching adventure. There were plenty of whales and we were allowed to watch from the fore and aft decks whenever the boat was stopped at whale sightings. Lots of small wildlife sightings at Mendenhall Glacier afterwards.
Reviewer: Jane Ann Baker
5 Stars
Great Excursion
September 13, 2019
We only saw a few whales & some seals, but it was very scenic and we still had a great time. The glacier & the falls were amazing, but we did have to hurry due to the limited time at the glacier. Our bus driver was great & very knowledgeable. Pointed out several eagles & even a bear in a tree. Employees all very professional & would definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Tom
5 Stars
Worth the cost
September 11, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed both aspects of this excursion. Special since we saw a whale breech. Wonderful
Reviewer: Karen Hart
5 Stars
Whales far off
September 06, 2019
Though close up views are not guaranteed I was disappointed not to see anything more than a few tales. The crew was a lot of fun.
Reviewer: Mary Roduner
4 Stars
Great tour guides and overall package
September 06, 2019
The title says it all. The tour was a great opportunity to tour Juneau. The bus driver was very knowledgeable and got us to our destinations promptly. Our whale watching experience was exceptional as well. Both our driver and guide were very knowledgeable and made for a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this excursion if you're looking to look at what Juneau has to offer.
Reviewer: Johann Pacla
5 Stars
Incredible and Exciting
September 01, 2019
The crew was fun, very knowledgeable. Loved their passion and excitement! Wonderful that they take time to explain what to watch for and expect as we are heading out. Snack was delicious and the service impeccable. Excellent company. Highly recommend this smaller boat compared to the larger. Much more comfortable and room to see.
Reviewer: Linda and Don
5 Stars
Professional and Informative
August 29, 2019
Our family’s first time to Alaska and this was a beautifully organized experience. The group was small and the transportation (bus and boat) was clean and sizable. Upon disembarking, we easily found our tour guide and he was a character. He told us he is a history teacher and gave us wonderful loaded information about Alaska and Juneau during our 20 min ride to Mendenhall Glacier. From there to the whale watching dock, he continued our history lesson. Once we arrived on the dock and boarded the boat, the crew (Captain and mate, I cannot recall their names) were friendly, informative and professional. I loved how they respected the whales personal space and the comfort and safety of their passengers. The boat was very comfortable and with ample comfortable seats. All in all, our family enjoyed the tour guides and the experience.
Reviewer: Christina Y
5 Stars
Whales and glacier
August 29, 2019
Excellent excursion. Bus driver and boat crew were very informative.
Reviewer: Noni Branscum
5 Stars
Whale watching was fantastic!
August 29, 2019
The whale watching portion of this excursion was absolutely awesome. We had an all lady crew that did an excellent job of finding whales, providing informative information about the whales, and maintaining a safe ride for all. The Mendenhall Glacier was interesting but very crowded.
Reviewer: Terry Lampley
5 Stars
Glacier & Whale tour
August 27, 2019
We had super friendly guides. The walk to the Mendenhall Glacier was an easy hike with beautiful views. (If you didn't want to hike, there are still good views.) The whale part of this tour was fabulous. We saw many whales and one even breeched right beside us. Then we toured on to an island covered with sea lions. This is an absolute must!
Reviewer: Don Gibson
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 26, 2019
All staff were professional, courteous and very friendly. The whale watching excursion was great- Captain Nick was knowledgeable of where to best find whales and we did. He was respectful of the whales and regulations which I appreciated- not all the other boats were. Our naturalist, Matt was great- explained many interesting facts about whales.
Reviewer: C S
5 Stars
Just another day in Juneau!
August 26, 2019
We perfect had summer weather and really enjoyed the trip up to Mendenhall Glacier. Lots of pics. Then we headed down to the jetboat and with the three lady crew we had the best whale watching trip ever. Bri,our narrator/guide did a fabulous job of giving out all the whale facts, knew all the whales by name, and we saw at least 8 different whales. Thanks for that!
Reviewer: David Cox
5 Stars
Excellent tour...highly recommend!
August 25, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Mendenhall Glacier provided fantastic photo opportunities. We also hiked to the waterfall and took in that beautiful site, but couldn't stay long because of the time it took to get back to catch our bus. The only negative was that we didn't really have enough time there. We then went to catch our boat for the whale watching. Although it was quite some distance on the boat, we did see several humpbacks and then went to another spot to view Orca whales. It was definitely a fun excursion with great guides.
Reviewer: Linda Millard
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 20, 2019
I did see whales on this tour as guaranteed, but the sightings were very fleeting. I did get one picture of a tail & small shots of heads. I much preferred the visit to Mendenhall Glacier on this tour and would have like to have spent more time there. This tour only allowed about 1 hour which was insufficient for my liking to explore in more detail. I did not have enough time to go through the visitors center or to walk the trial to the waterfalls. In retrospect I think I would have just spent my time at Mendenhall Glacier taking in the beauty that was constantly there instead of some fleeting sights of whales which were not that close as the boats are not allowed to get close for the protection of the whales which I of curse totally understand. Sometimes there is better whale sightings if you take your time on deck with a pair of binoculars and it does not cost anything! the other aspect to consider is how much Mendenhall is receding each year and to see as much of it as you can.
Reviewer: Debra E
4 Stars
Beyond amazing!
August 19, 2019
This was such a fantastic excursion! The Captain did a great job but so did her first mate (forgot both of their names - they were both females). They shared so much information and have a wealth of knowledge regarding the whales. It was beyond our expectations!
Reviewer: Robyn MenMuir
5 Stars
2 in 1, lots to see and very convenient!
August 18, 2019
The instructions where to meet were clear. The meeting place was specific, guys with signs were clear and easy to find. We met at the tram area as requested, boarded our bus and headed out to Mendenhall Glacier with Nugget Falls. What a beautiful spot. We walked the mile path to the falls, it was a well walked and good path to follow, and not difficult at all. We met back in the parking lot and then traveled to the dock and boarded a both indoor and out boat to go see whales. We have a great boat driver who got us to an area with whales and then sea lions on a buoy. We saw what we came for with both spotter, and driver being very informative. The spotter and presenter was very professional and told us many interesting facts about the area and whales. They served hot chocolate and bagels with a salmon cream cheese as a snack. I don’t do seafood, but hubby said it was good. All in all, this was an awesome experience and I highly recommend it!
Reviewer: Angela Goodwin
5 Stars
Whale Watch in Juneau
August 16, 2019
Excellent staff running this event. The people operating this tour took great care to take us to watch the whales while not disturbing the whales. They showed a great respect for the environment and the habitat for female whales with babies. Terrific experience. Great to know the environment is being watched over by people who really care about it.
Reviewer: Roswell
5 Stars
Whale watching and visit to glacier
August 14, 2019
This was a great time. We saw several whales and one breach. Crew was informative and pleasant. View of the glacier was beautiful. Could not hike over as too little time off ship that day.
Reviewer: Tara Batson
5 Stars
Awesome experience!
August 06, 2019
Kristin our naturalist on the tour was great! We saw numerous whales and she was so informative and knew her stuff! I definitely recommend this excursion to anyone who is visiting!
Reviewer: Candace Moss
5 Stars
Whale Watch
August 06, 2019
Despite a rainy day, we had a great time whale watching. Good narration along the way in a covered boat. From the outside top deck, we saw numerous whales, including a humpback that breached, and some porpoises. Friendly, attentive staff.
Reviewer: Susan C.
5 Stars
Excellent
August 05, 2019
I loved this excursion! We saw a good amount of whales and all of the staff was so nice. We also went to see the glacier that was so beautiful, one of the trails we walked at the visitor center was very pretty. We also got so many amazing pictures!
Reviewer: Kaylie G
5 Stars
Whale watch very good
August 05, 2019
While whale watch was very good, I had expected a closer experience at the glacier.
Reviewer: Jerry
4 Stars
AMAZING!
August 03, 2019
The captain made sure we saw whales and Orca. I was thrilled. He also made sure that we understood the laws that kept these animals safe. I would do this again.
Reviewer: Janis RB
5 Stars
Two Amazing Experiences in One
August 02, 2019
The visit to the Mendenhall Glacier was great. The views were magnificent and our driver/guide was very helpful. The whale watching was a total thrill. We noticed right away that the boat we were on seemed to be nicer than others we saw. The interpreter and boat pilot were well informed and very nice. They found the whales! Everyone on the boat was excited. It brought tears to my eyes. This was amazing!
Reviewer: Karen Starks
5 Stars
Everything we expected and more
July 31, 2019
From the up close visit to the Mendenhall glacier and falls to a GANTASTIC show of the whales breaching, we couldnt have had more enjoyment!
Reviewer: Lisa A. Smiley
5 Stars
Unforgettable Experience
July 30, 2019
Shore excursion group helped make our experience whale watching and visiting Mendenhall Glacier wonderful. They were friendly, very knowledgeable, and made sure we had a great time. I highly recommend them!
Reviewer: Leslie Matthews
5 Stars
Many humpback whale sitings July 7!
July 29, 2019
Had a great experience whale watching near Juneau, Alaska! Saw numerous humpback whales. If I had to do it again, I would extend the length of the whale-watching excursion and skip the Mendenhall Glacier part of the excursion. Whale watching ended too fast.
Reviewer: Stephanie V
4 Stars
Fantastic experience
July 28, 2019
Great tour group. Meeting point was well marked. Workers coordinated a two groups and we left exactly on time. Staff was extremely friendly, especially the bus driver who gave us a wonderful play-by-play of the region & wildlife. Whale tour was well organized with a small boat that was well-paced and informative. Glacier portion was self-guided as we were just dropped off at the park. Would have liked another 15-20 minutes to walk around. All-in-all a wonderful trip.
Reviewer: Steven C
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall
July 27, 2019
This excursion was wonderful!! We were amazed at the glacier and enjoyed the whale watching so much. Our guide was really great!
Reviewer: Debbie
5 Stars
Ok
July 25, 2019
We did see 3 whales on this trip. 2 were a mom and baby. However, felt we spent a little too much time in those two spots. We had a friend say they saw 30 whales on their trip. The two guides were very nice. Mendenhall was great. It is spectacular and the visitor's center is very nice.
Reviewer: Janice Lewis
4 Stars
Amazing views and great staff
July 23, 2019
We saw so many humpbacks I lost count. A pod of Orcas, sea lions, just amazing scenery. The guides were great, too. Just wish we'd have had time to hike to the waterfall.
Reviewer: RANDY JAMES
5 Stars
WHAT A TREAT
July 22, 2019
We weren't sure what to expect on a whale watching excursion as this was our first one. Wow! What an experience - our crew were friendly, knowledgeable and wonderful we can't say enough. It was also a beautiful view of the glacier and the beautiful waterfall next to it. Highly recommend
Reviewer: Pattie
5 Stars
Wonderful time
July 22, 2019
We enjoyed the excursion and would use this service again
Reviewer: Jana b
5 Stars
Whale watching
July 21, 2019
the glacier was fantastic. the whale watching was AWESOME, saw a momma and her calf. It was also great to be able to support the local Alaskan business'.
Reviewer: Ann
5 Stars
Great tour!
July 18, 2019
The boat was very nice. The captain and crew were very helpful. They were able to get us in position to see a lot of whales. Very nice tour!
Reviewer: Mary
5 Stars
Whale Watch
July 18, 2019
Loved being on the fast moving boat looking for Humpback whales. We all kept a watch and were happy to see tail fins breaking out of the water. Beautiful area.
Reviewer: Kevin
5 Stars
Amazing
July 18, 2019
Fantastic experience and awesome guides! Taught us about the history of Juneau, about the whales that we saw and about the surrounding area. I wish I could have spent more time there.
Reviewer: Belinda
5 Stars
Mendenhall Glacier/whale watching
July 17, 2019
We had a wonderful excursion. The bus driver was funny. The boat driver was pleasant and the naturalist was terrific. We saw 4 whales.
Reviewer: Lynn Veit
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
July 16, 2019
We recommend this shore excursion. If you have never seen a glacier, go. You won't get close enough to appreciate its ability to shape the topography but you'll get an appreciation for its magnitude and good pictures to share. The glacier is just the warm-up act for the whale watch. Numerous sightings and good pictures even though the feeding season was just beginning at the end of June.
Reviewer: J,. Christman
4 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier Review
July 15, 2019
I had an enjoyable excursion, it was well organized and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend it.
Reviewer: T Casal
5 Stars
Whale of a Good Time!
July 15, 2019
This was our first time to Alaska and this excursion was fabulous! Our tour guide on the trip to the glacier was funny and informative and we had plenty of time to see what we wanted to. The guides on our Jet boat were also informative and worked tremendously hard to get us up close to lots of whales. We loved seeing the mama and her baby. We liked that the boat was smaller with less passengers so viewing was easier and more up close. Highly recommend!
Reviewer: K.Martin
5 Stars
Best whale watching i have been on ever
July 13, 2019
While it was a beautiful, majestic glacier. My favorite was the whale watching. I have been whale watching about 5 times before and i live in Oregon. This was the best. It was the first time i got to see Orca up close with their babies and learn all about what a close relationship they have to their matriarch. Now its a very special thing to see because it was a transient pod. Im so glad i went on this tour. If you want to learn what that is take their tour.
Reviewer: Marci Vaughn
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
July 12, 2019
Great
Reviewer: Reta Berte
5 Stars
Awesome Excursion!
July 11, 2019
This was a fantastic excursion. There were 10 of us, including children (8 and 10), teenagers, parents, and grandparents. We all felt the tour was informative and enjoyable; well worth the money. We did not have to deal with the large crowds that cruise ship excursions have. If you're going to Alaska, this is the excursion you want to take!
Reviewer: Hope Eisenberg
5 Stars
Beyond Excellent
July 11, 2019
This is a locally owned and run tour led by ecologically sensitive people who have an almost personal relationship with the over 100 whales that summer in this area, down to identifying them by nam3 by their markings. We saw lots of whales and even more, were given a wonderful education with lots of thrills.
Reviewer: Michele Pearson
5 Stars
Great ecursion
July 08, 2019
great excursion
Reviewer: KAREN ALBERTELLI
5 Stars
Tour Review
July 04, 2019
Went on Dolphin Jet Boat Tour with Dave, Alysha, and Bri on June 24th. They were all great and went out of their way to make sure we say several whales. They were knowledgable and great at their job.
Reviewer: Kathie from Milwaukee
5 Stars
Great Experience!
July 01, 2019
We booked our excursion in advance. They sent confirmation and directions right away. Tour meet up was near where ship disembarked. Our driver lives in Juneau and was very knowledgeable and gave some interesting information. Many of the store workers are seasonal. Mendenhall Glacier was great. Lots to see and explore. Only given an hour there and that is only negative about the whole excursion. Could spend a day there exploring and hiking. Whale watching was fantastic. Saw two whale right away. The crew was knowledgeable and discussed whales. While out we got to view a mother and calf. Boat had a small bathroom and crew provided bottled water and snack (bagel with delicious smoked salmon cream cheese spread). When stopped, we were allowed to move out of the cabin to the deck. Some people stayed inside and opened the windows for no obstructed views. Super excursion. We would recommend it and do it all over again.
Reviewer: Heather Howell
5 Stars
Great value great service great experienc
June 30, 2019
Well worth the money, Booked separately while on Disney Wonder June 2019. Pick up at the Port was easy, 1st part was the glacier and walked the trail to the waterfall. Weather was great and walk was pretty easy through the rain forest. View was amazing of the glacier and a 300 ft waterfall. Wish we had a little more time to do the visitor center but the experience was great. 2nd part was the whale tour - boat was perfect size and everyone could see on bottom or topside. About 30 people on the tour. Crew was very knowledgeable and taught you quite a bit about the humpbacks which were the prime focus. Saw close to 2 dozen humps - including at least 3 mother/child pairs. Lots of good pictures and the kids loved it. On the way back, was very impressed that the driver dropped us off at the pier since we were all on the same ship, saved us a walk! Must do experience and would definitely book again,
Reviewer: Hofcrew
5 Stars
Whale and glacier tour
June 25, 2019
Great tour! The tour guides on the boat were very well informed and friendly. You could tell they loved the whales and their job. The bus driver was also very friendly and gave us information on the drive about the area. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Molly Hoffman
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
June 25, 2019
Awesome views. We say about six whales. The crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. The Glacier as also awesome. I would have given five stars if more time to see the Glacier were allotted. If you wanted to get a closer view you had to hike one mile there and back. No problem but you only had an hour.
Reviewer: Michael Hamilton
4 Stars
Whale watching and Mendenhall glacier
June 24, 2019
Small group, very punctual and as advertised. Everyone was very friendly, pleasant and knowledgeable. The only thing I would suggest is that you allow more time at the Mendenhall glacier portion of the excursion since we went to see the Nugget Falls and didn’t have time to go over to the visitors center.
Reviewer: Sol
5 Stars
Whales Jumping
June 21, 2019
We got lucky to see a mother and daughter jumping out of the water. WIthout that event, would have been OK.
Reviewer: Roger
4 Stars
Excellent Tour and Guides
June 17, 2019
2nd tour with Shore excursions. Great team of guides.
Reviewer: John
5 Stars
Mendenhall glacier Tour and well watching excursi
June 16, 2019
Both excursions were excellent a must do
Reviewer: Milton D Harper
5 Stars
Exciting Shore Excursion
June 11, 2019
Enjoyed whale sightings, sea lions, Mendenhall Glaciers, Mountains and so much more! Breathtakingly Beautiful! PTL 👍😍😃
Reviewer: Emily Urbina
5 Stars
Awesome Tour!
April 12, 2019
My grandson and I took this tour during our Alaskan cruise! It was truly the highlight of our visit! My grandson was so excited when we spotted two humpbacks! I highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Che Andrews
5 Stars
Great Trip and Team
March 12, 2019
Had a great time. The team on the tour did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: John H
5 Stars
Excellent Tour
November 07, 2018
This tour was exciting. Along with my group of 10 friends, I and my wife enjoyed this excursion so much. We did see whales in a number of times. Though, they were not close. Tour staffs were very friendly and knowledgeable about locations and whales. They did a wonderful job in this memorable whale watching excursion.
Reviewer: Nicitha You
5 Stars
Whales and Glacier
October 24, 2018
An excellent excursion with very knowledgeable and friendly guides! From the bus driver to the boat captain, the adventure was great. There is time if you walk fast to walk to the waterfalls at the glacier and then walk around the pathway. The whales performed perfectly on the boat ride as well as the sea lions and seals!
Reviewer: Dennis and Ellen Patterson
5 Stars
Amazing!
October 11, 2018
This excursion was great! we saw lots of whales, and the guides are very knowledgeable. The boat is nice and not too small but not too big.
Reviewer: Rosie Salazar
5 Stars
Great Experience
October 04, 2018
Great tour guide driving the bus - shared interesting info about the area on way to Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier was amazing - plenty of time to see glacier, we even saw some salmon and a bear in park area near Glacier. The whale part of the excursion was fun - saw multiple whales, the boat was awesome and the guides enthusiastic. Great overall experience!
Reviewer: Mark Hilburn
5 Stars
Beautiful
September 28, 2018
Beautiful. The excursion was organized. Staff was friendly and informative.
Reviewer: Kim Yepez
4 Stars
Very fun tour
September 26, 2018
We were so blessed with great weather for our trip. The mendenhall glacier was really inspiring and there were many beautiful trails to walk. We saw salmon in the streams. Others saw black bears, we did not. The whale watching was cool and really just made my obsession worse. The guide really had a lot of info on them and what to look for. We saw Flash do a tail slap. She is one of the oldest residents.
Reviewer: Julie Swope
5 Stars
Great Experience
September 22, 2018
It was a great time, the staff was friendly and helpful, we saw six humpbacks. Would definitely recommend this trip.
Reviewer: Gail Blundell
5 Stars
Bus driver tour guide
September 18, 2018
The bus driver (believe he is a school bus driver in his normal day job) was outstanding. He did his driver and guide duties cheerfully, enthusiastically, knowledgeably, and with abundance of local color. Was quite impressed with his whole ambiance and demeanor.
Reviewer: Gregg Takamura
5 Stars
Juneau Excursion
September 17, 2018
Excellent excursion, with whale watching on a 40-person boat, an excellent tour director, and an amazing experience at the Glacier
Reviewer: Bob Shaff
5 Stars
Best excursion ever
September 17, 2018
We are used to taken excursions from the cruise line and on our own, but this was the best excursion we have ever been on. At Mendenhall, the glacier was nice but the black bears fishing and eating spawning salmon was a rare treat. Saw a porcupine and salmon spawning too. It got better when we went on the whale watch! We must have had 2 dozen sightings and one was within 40 yards of the boat. Spectacular excursion!
Reviewer: Ken DeHaven
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
September 10, 2018
The time for seeing the Mendenhall Glacier was too short....however the Whales boat ride and verbal talk about the Humpback Whales was excellent. Our boat captain was respectful to the whales and allowed some distance between the boat and them which was respectful. We were able to sight several whales, but only one humpback whale that breeched from a long distance away. Over all we would give the Whale Watching Tour a rating of excellent.
Reviewer: Tony Wobeter
5 Stars
Shore excursion
September 01, 2018
The trip to the glacier was too short The whales were great ,the team was experienced The bus driver was infirmative and funny
Reviewer: Susan dong
3 Stars
Whales & Ice
September 01, 2018
A jet boat "flew" us to whale watching locations and we did see whale spouts, then vertical whale flipper splashes and finally repeated full breaching with the big splash- just like seen in films. Visit to Mendenhall Glacier was great and time available to see trout, and get many views of the glacier.
Reviewer: Reid Heitkamp
5 Stars
Amazing tour
August 31, 2018
This excursion was excellent. The staff and the naturalist was very knowledgeable. It was a nice small boat and group so we had lots of room to move around and view the whales. The glacier tour was well done. The driver had lots of local knowledge. I would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Helen Berch Kenny
5 Stars
Fun Excursion
August 28, 2018
Excursions were fun. Bit disorganized at the beginning. Perhaps because it was raining. Got to see what we were supposed to see. The boat ride was the best part.
Reviewer: M. Tsuji
4 Stars
Great Trip
August 27, 2018
Very much worth the time and money. I highly recommend it
Reviewer: Eve MacQuarrie
4 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 27, 2018
Loved the trip seeing the whales.... Unfortunately the Mendenhall Glacier trip was too rainy and foggy to see. Our driver was fantastic!!!!!
Reviewer: Debbie Keller
4 Stars
Whale tour
August 20, 2018
On whale tour had a small craft around 20 people so because of the small craft size couldn't get as close to whales as with a larger boat. 2 hrs. was long enough. Glacier was worth the time but, needed more time there.
Reviewer: Michael Keen
4 Stars
Great trip
August 20, 2018
We enjoyed this excursion very much. Had enough time at the glacier to see it without being rushed. Had to wait a bit to board the boat due to previous trip running long. Whale watching was superb! Also great to have naturalist on board to answer questions.
Reviewer: Sue Rosner
5 Stars
Wonderful excursion
August 20, 2018
We were delighted with the tour. We were very well looked after and were lucky to see Orcas, a Humpback and Dahl’s Porpoises. We definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Laurel
5 Stars
Glaciers and Whales!
August 20, 2018
It was our first time in Alaska and this was a great tour! Glaciers are amazing and whales were spectacular. the crew was very informative and we saw so many whales that day. We also saw the whales bubble feeding, which was a rare site to see.
Reviewer: Cornelia Piersanti
5 Stars
tour guide and transportation
August 14, 2018
The bus that was used for our excursion was an "old" painted white school bus that was in need of work. However, our tour guide/driver was WONDERFUL!!. He had so many things to share and so much knowledge about our trip it made us enjoy everything so much more. Our whale watching was great - we saw Orcas and humpbacks while out. definitely a wonderful way to end our day.
Reviewer: Warren Riemer
3 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 13, 2018
Our driver for this tour was just wonderful! He was so informative and we learned so much about the area. Hiking the 3.5 mile round trip to Mendenhall was well worth it (even in the pouring rain!). The path was paved and it was an easy hike. To see the magnificent glacier from the beach was breath taking, as well as the waterfalls. I wish we could have had a bit more time here, because after the hike we did not have much time to walk around the Visitor Center. We loved the whale watching and our Captain and crew on the boat were excellent. (They even know the whales by name!) If we got to a spot and there was not much going on, we moved on. We saw several whales that day and it exciting to see them in action. We had a very enjoyable day!
Reviewer: Mary Pat Bischoff
5 Stars
Amazing Glacier and Whales
August 13, 2018
All was excellent. Our driver was funny and knowledgeable. We were fortunate to see Orcas on our whale watching excursion! The boat was large and very safe.
Reviewer: Ann Surch
5 Stars
Fantastic
August 13, 2018
This is definitely a highlight of our Alaskan cruise. The Mendenhall Glacier is amazing and the whale watch is the best part of the tour. The staff of the Dolphin Jet Boat Tours are amazing. They were expert at their job and quickly found whales for us. We saw orcas and humpbacks, multiple times, and they even recognize the names of some of the whales. A fantastic experience!
Reviewer: Sam T.
5 Stars
Well worth it! Awesome guides!
August 06, 2018
We saw a pack of orcas on our trip! It was so stunning. The guides were very knowledgeable and it was so fun to see a big humpback as well as a pack of orcas with a baby that was jumping up like a dolphin and playing - since, well, orcas are dolphins, we learned. Great excursion!!!
Reviewer: Erin McElroy
5 Stars
Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching
August 06, 2018
Highly recommend this tour! They were friendly, knowledgable and interactive guides. The boat was amazing- nice, new, clean and a perfect size (held about 40). Our guides served hot chocolate and the best fresh caught salmon and cream cheese bagel I've ever had! And...I've had many. We saw orcas, seals and humpbacks. Also, it was a nice touch offering us yummy candy upon leaving the boat. Great tour!!!
Reviewer: Jean
5 Stars
Saw lots of whales
August 06, 2018
The crew knew just where to take us; we saw a lot of whales. Too bad we couldn't get closer, but the boat was following laws to protect the whales. The crew also were surprised to see so many humpbacks in the same spot; quite knowledgeable about them. Mendenhall Glacier was nice to see; had ample time to walk around.
Reviewer: Shelley Ota
4 Stars
Great experience
July 30, 2018
We had a great time! Saw whales and seals - our guide was very knowledgeable. Our bus driver was Anatoly -he was fantastic! He is a retired history teacher - gave us so much information about the history of Alaska - he was a real treat.
Reviewer: Mary Roll
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall -- pretty good
July 30, 2018
Overall, I'd give the excursion a 3.5 stars. It was rushed. Mendenhall: Not enough time. 1 hour after dropping us off at the Glacier. Some pictures from the scenic areas and time at the visitor center. We would have liked to have done the trek over to get closer to the glacier, but there was no time. Even at the visitor center, didn't have the time to watch the entire movie and see all the exhibits. Whale watching: WOW, we got to see some humpbacks and a few orcas. I think in total we were out on the water for 2 hours. Time went by fast. This by far was the coolest part of the excursion. The people on the boat were very helpful and very reactive in trying to get us near whales. Very exciting... Big plus from the excursion was our Russian bus driver. Very entertaining and informative. Overall good, it would have just been better if the excursion was longer say 2 hours at the Glacier and 3 hours on the water. Now knowing this, we would have probably budgeted a longer excursion...
Reviewer: Frank V
4 Stars
beautiful area
July 30, 2018
The allotted time for this excursion is just right. The Mendenhall glacier was a nice place to visit, it pales in comparison to Glacier Bay, but still worth visiting. We saw many, many whales on the Whale portion of the excursion. My only disappointment was that we were chasing the whales with approximately 8 other boats from other whale excursions, that took away from it a bit.
Reviewer: Libby
4 Stars
Excursion
July 30, 2018
Fantastic tour-glacier was a sight to see; plenty of whales and seals to see as well!
Reviewer: Don K. Workman
5 Stars
Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
July 30, 2018
Jet Boat Tours was wonderful 2 whales sea lions and a lot of history. Glacier was beautiful and easy to walk around..... The substitute bus driver was so very knowledgeable and provided a great history of the area. Very charming person that added a lot to the trip. June 16th, 2018
Reviewer: Wynne McKenna
5 Stars
Whale watching and Mendenhall Glacier
July 30, 2018
Spectacular
Reviewer: Melody Melendez
5 Stars
Juneau Tour
July 30, 2018
We enjoyed the whale watching portion the best. According to the guides, we were lucky to see a lot of whale activity during our visit. As for the Glacier, it was interesting but the time allowed was not sufficient to reach the waterfall which would have added to the experience.
Reviewer: Greg Ryer
4 Stars
Awesome day!
July 23, 2018
This was a great tour! The naturalists and the captain on board were so knowlegable on all the wild life. They knew exactly where to look and provided tons of knowledge on what and why we were seeing certain animals. The time was also very flexible so we could navigated based on what we were viewing an the overall interest of the passengers.
Reviewer: Jeanine
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier excursion
July 23, 2018
I highly recommend this outing- the whale watching had a great crew that was very informative, very nice boat with outside and top deck and saw numerous whales on the outing. The glacier was also very interesting.
Reviewer: Steve Falkum
5 Stars
Excellent Whale Watching Trip!
July 23, 2018
We saw four whales, other wildlife and some glaciers! Definitely recommend!
Reviewer: Rob Bongiovi
5 Stars
Whales & Mendenhall Glacier
July 23, 2018
We, 5 adults, enjoyed the Whales & Mendenhall Glacier tour. The waterfall was beautiful and we enjoyed the hike to see it. The whale portion of the tour was fun. We saw numerous whales and the guides were great. Guides were knowledgeable, accommodating, and very pleasant to be with. Wish we could have seen the whales closer. We all had envisioned seeing the whales jump out of the water but only saw their backs and tails. Just know what you will be seeing. Enjoyed the boat ride aspect too!
Reviewer: Deanna Todd
4 Stars
Great time and friendly people.
July 16, 2018
Great time and friendly people.
Reviewer: Michael Molina
5 Stars
Wonderful Day
July 16, 2018
10 family members were on a cruise and we took this excursion together. It was a wonderful day We saw tons of whales and those running the boat were exceptionally well informed and helpful. Mendenhall Glacier was also beautiful We would definitely recommend this excursion. .
Reviewer: Janet Robinson
5 Stars
Whale watching
July 16, 2018
It was a great excursion.
Reviewer: maliha ahmad
5 Stars
Very good tour
July 09, 2018
We had really good luck on our tour and saw both whales and orca. The group was small, which made the tour all the better, and the guides were all great. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Reviewer: Ben Boatright
5 Stars
fantastic tour
July 09, 2018
Friendly and knowledgable. Highlight of the cruise.
Reviewer: MICHAEL COPENHAVER
5 Stars
whale watching great
July 09, 2018
The Whale watching portion of this tour was great. The guides provided informative and interesting tidbits throughout the tour including about the individual whales we observed. They boated to several area for great views of whales! The glacier portion of the tour wasn't a 'tour'...it was transportation to (and from) the glacier where we were dropped off to explore. The glacier was well worth the visit.
Reviewer: Shelley
4 Stars
Beauty and the Beast
July 09, 2018
Mendenhall Glacier was majestic especially with the raging waterfall beside it. About 1.5 mile hike to get to the waterfall but all paved so not bad. The Whale watching was a bit slow at first but picked up quickly! One surfaced right beside the boat and then as we were heading in we saw a whale "breach" 3 times! Huge treat and so glad we went!
Reviewer: Shelley Johnson
5 Stars
Awesome experience
July 02, 2018
We loved going to see Mendenhall Glacier! The views from the visitor center were awesome and we got great pictures. We stayed only a few minutes there so we could make it to the waterfall and the lake. This was AMAZING! I have always wanted to see glaciers and this was up close. We had to walk quickly back to make it to the bus, but it was doable, even for middle aged, not-so-athletic people. The whale watching tour was also great. We saw some humpback whales and also got great views of the area. Our naturalist taught us a lot about the area and the animals. The bus driver too was fantastic!
Reviewer: Megan Andersen
5 Stars
Eventful day trip
June 25, 2018
Had an eventful day at The Mendenhall Glacier, we actually saw 3 big bears on the way to the waterfall! The whale watching cruise was good too with a few good sightings.
Reviewer: Alice
4 Stars
Whales
June 20, 2018
We were guaranteed to see whales and we saw whales , had to stay much farther away than I realized so had to keep 10x zoom on camera for any pictures , sea otters were much closer .
Reviewer: Katyna Gainey
3 Stars
Awesome
June 04, 2018
A very patient crew took us out to chase down and see whales (success) and then we shuttled over to the Mendenhall Glacier Park. Very enjoyable outing.
Reviewer: Pam
5 Stars
great excursion
June 04, 2018
The trip was great. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you. I would highly recommend
Reviewer: Lynda W Rothman
5 Stars
Happy whale watcher
May 29, 2018
Wish I could post a picture We had quite the show Breached 3 times then slapped the water with pectoral fin all caught on camera
Reviewer: Colette Babel
5 Stars
Small groups are always better
May 25, 2018
Our tour started with a visit to Mendenhall glacier. It is a magnificent sight. We were within feet of it. Our next stop was aboard a small boat that was expertly managed and took us out into deep waters. We were guaranteed to see whales and we did. When one was spotted, the captain would rush over as close as possible. The free hot chocolate inside the boat was a plus.
Reviewer: James Garcia
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
October 07, 2017
The whale watching was great! Saw orca and whales. Didn't see any whites breach, but saw their tails. We saw the tail of "Flame" one of the oldest and most easily identifiable whales in the Juneau area. The Mendenhall Glacier tour was just ok. We didn't feel like we had enough time to hike all the way to the waterfall area near the glacier, but we were able to view it from another photo spot. Our cruise took us to the Tracey Arm Glacier. Having seen that large glacier from such a close up view made the Mendenhall Glacier a bit of a disappointment to me.
Reviewer: Ellen
5 Stars
Whales galore
October 05, 2017
Hoping to be lucky enough to see a couple of Humpbacks, we actually saw 4 of them, three times each. We were also were crazily fortunate to see an Orca in an area where they are almost never seen. To add a little spice, a harbor seal popped up a few times. The glacier was somewhat disappointing. Yes, it was huge, but it looked like so much dirty ice. The professional photographs are lots prettier.
Reviewer: Pat Kelly
5 Stars
Great day! Great crew!
September 29, 2017
We saw lots of whales that day. Even caught two on camera doing full breeches!!! The Captain was careful and knew how to make that amazingly well made boat perform. I'm an avid fisherman/boat owner and that boat was nothing but a well made craft with plenty, of muscle! The first mate was nothing but fun and full of knowledge that he imparted in a very entertaining manner. Only 2 minor downsides. One was the "lunch" which was pretty skimpy but tasty! Second was time managment. When we were taken to the Mendenhall Glacier, there was not enough time to make the hike to the falls. All that said, was it worth it??? YES Do it and you won't regret it ;)
Reviewer: Joe Pishioneri
5 Stars
great excursion
September 27, 2017
great time a whale flipped up right near our boat
Reviewer: Garry Leschyshyn
4 Stars
our excursion
September 26, 2017
Our day started out sunny and warm but very foggy. Thanks to the persistence of the crew we were able to see whales after the fog lifted. They were great at trying to get to where the whales were.Also very informative about the whales. Our bus driver John was fantastic and very funny. i would say he enhanced our experience by providing history combined with humour. Overall a great day
Reviewer: janet vanluttikhuizen
4 Stars
Excellant Trip
September 26, 2017
While it was extremely foggy, our guide was able to find some whales. One came up right next to the boat. It was fabulous. Also the glacier was beautiful. We had plenty of time to view everything and were back at the ship with time to spare.
Reviewer: Deb Tierney Morton
5 Stars
Glacer impressive, forest amazing
September 25, 2017
Take a walk in the Tongas forest preserve all the way down the trailhead (about a mile). Incredible sights around the glacier as well as a close view. The second part, whale watching, was fun but the boat ride is rough and how much whale you see is iffy. Beautiful coastline though!
Reviewer: Saul Singer
4 Stars
Exceeded all Expectations
September 18, 2017
Great time. Definitely worth the price. Guides were terrific. Easy and comfortable. Would recommend to anybody.
Reviewer: James Dunne
5 Stars
Great Fun
September 13, 2017
What a great tour. Our driver was very friendly and knowledgeable and shared many stories about Juneau. The glacier was breathtaking. For the whale watching portion of the trip, our boat captain and guides (Bree and Olivia) were great fun. We saw several whales and even found a large group of harbor seals sunning on the beach. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Laurie
5 Stars
Wonderous!
September 07, 2017
My sons and I had a wonderful time (despite the awful weather!) viewing the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier and lake with its cascading waterfall beside it! Also watching out for the Humpback whales and hoping for one - any one - that would breach! It was all very thrilling, exhilarating and humbling an experience and one that we will never forget!
Reviewer: Mayan Hancock
5 Stars
Wonderful whales ... even on a rainy day
September 05, 2017
It was cool and grey, with rain off and on. However, this tour was a highlight, from start to finish. Our bus driver was a local, who kept us informed and entertained en route to Mendenhall. The sun appeared just in time for us to see and experience the glacier. We spent some time in the visitors' center, and it was time well spent. Don't miss the movie! Our jet boat trip to see the whales was great. We zipped out to a spot where we were fortunate to see a humpback playing around. Lots of jumping and spinning, and we saw a full breech. Awe-inspiring. Good crew, god coffee, and I loved the salmon & bagel. All in all: excellent. Perfect way to brighten a grey day.
Reviewer: Bill McEwen
5 Stars
Whales
September 01, 2017
Staff friendly and approachable. Saw whales and glacier. Beautiful scenery.
Reviewer: Donald Lyons
5 Stars
Fun time
August 29, 2017
The captain on the boat and the 2 young women associates knew a lot. I guess I was expecting to see more whales and more of the whales that we did see (primarily saw tails) but whales are far different in Alaska than in Hawaii. But the boat trip itself was fun. Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful! And the time given there was enough.
Reviewer: Jane Suesskind
4 Stars
Whale watching
August 26, 2017
The whale watching was terrific. The guides and the pilot of the boat were knowledgeable. The shortchanged thike to the Glacier was not strenuous, I thought we would have gotten closer. but the waterfalls were fantastic
Reviewer: Janet and Sidney
5 Stars
Whales were awesome!!
August 24, 2017
We were somewhat disappointed in the Mendenhall Glacier-so far away. But the whale watch made up for it. Our guide was very informative and not only did we see many individual whales, one large gam (similiar to a pod) leaped straight out of the water and flopped not 100 yards from our boat! Sight of a lifetime!
Reviewer: Jane Holcombe
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier August 2017
August 22, 2017
We took this excursion in perfect weather so it was hard to find fault. The rendezvous point was easy to find and they got us back to our ship with a half hour to spare before all aboard, so there was no worries about the two things that make it a bit risky to take a non-ship excursion. The bus was comfortable and the driver friendly and informative. The glacier visit was good as they gave a clear description of our choices of how to spend our time. We did not see much wildlife, just salmon in the river and a porcupine in a tree. The glacier was spectacular but it is concerning how much it has receded since we last visited in 2000. Then we took the bus to the harbor. The jet boat was fast and the ride really smooth. The scenery from the water was beautiful. The naturalist was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We watched one humpback whale for quite a while but that was the only one we spotted. We did watch a group of three Orca's one of which was a youngster.
Reviewer: Michael G Burke
4 Stars
Right amount of time
August 16, 2017
The title states that we spent exactly the right time to view the Glacier, take pictures, walk around, then we were able to see two whales close up and get fabulous pictures!!!
Reviewer: Marty Moreno
5 Stars
Wonderful
August 16, 2017
Great experience and very friendly helpful crew. Enjoyed this excursion.
Reviewer: Kathy Ebener
5 Stars
Excellent
August 14, 2017
Take the trip.
Reviewer: Eileen Stanley
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier - Juneau
August 12, 2017
This excursion was excellent. We went to the Glacier first. The driver provided a lively commentary along the drive. Very well organized as to bus drop off and pick up times and location. We only had time - ~1hour - to do the shortest loop and take pictures. There is a visitor centre there with information and a gift shop. It was pouring rain so this area was well utilized. The weather cleared somewhat as we boarded the whale boat. It was very comfortable and heated with a back and observation deck available. Guides were young but very enthusiastic and did a great job of outlining both safety and describing what we could be seeing as far as whale activity. We saw lots of whales and there was no problem snapping shots from all areas of the boat. Also saw some sea lions posing on a buoy. A snack of coffee/hot chocolate and salmon on a bagel was served. Once again the knowledge and interest of the two young guides was most appreciated.
Reviewer: Pamela Budge
5 Stars
What a journey!
August 08, 2017
We loved the trip very much but the whole organization wasted quite a lot time at waiting...
Reviewer: honjovi
5 Stars
Whales & Mendenhall Glacier Tour
August 07, 2017
Fantastic tour. It made our entire trip. Loved being up close to watch Flame swim and dive.
Reviewer: Andrea Brandt
5 Stars
Cruising with Whales!
August 05, 2017
We had a great experience on this excursion! Got up close and friendly with a pod of Orca's and saw a gray whale. Enjoyed our time at the glacier as well. Did the short hike to the lake/falls and still had 10 minutes to to go through the visitor center. Bus driver and ship crew were informative and fun!
Reviewer: CK
5 Stars
Great adventure!
August 02, 2017
Very cool!!! Able to see the Orca and the humpback whales! Wow! Once in a life time experience. My grand daughter loved. It did take longer than expected and was nervous getting back to the ship on time but we made it. The crew was great.
Reviewer: Marti Felder
4 Stars
Outstanding whale and glacier excursion
August 01, 2017
My husband and I booked this excursion for our bucket-list Alaskan cruise and it actually took place on my birthday. Not only did we see humpback whales, we saw a group of them bubblejet feeding! We loved the smaller boat with room for us to stand on the bow or stern to take photos, and both the captain and naturalist on board were fantastic. The trip to the Mendenhall Glacier after the boat ride was quick and the glacier was stunning! We wished we would have had more time to do a long hike to the waterfall, but were glad we took a little time to hit the visitor center and use the telescope, because we saw kayakers near the glacier that you could not see with the naked eye. Amazing! Overall the best birthday excursion I could possibly have hoped for!
Reviewer: Clare Marlow
5 Stars
Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier
July 29, 2017
The excursion was terrific. The guides were very personable and knowledgeable. We saw numerous whales as well as a possibility of 8 who bubble fed. Priceless!
Reviewer: Carolyn Sior
5 Stars
Whale Excursion
July 29, 2017
Very knowledgeable. They Knew where to find numerous whale activity. They did a great job
Reviewer: A. Yarbrough
5 Stars
Whale Watching
July 17, 2017
Got some great whale pics. For some reason they split our group putting 5 people on another boat. Both boats didn't return at the same time resulting in having to wait for the 2'nd boat to return when everyone wanted to get back. Otherwise I would have rated this a 5 star.
Reviewer: Hank Werner
4 Stars
Perfect day!
July 17, 2017
This was my favorite excursion that we did while in Alaska! The whale watching part was so much fun and our guides made sure we saw as many whales as possible. After our boat ride we boarded a bus to visit the glacier. The guide was very informative as we were driving, pointing out various landmarks. Our hike to the waterfall at the glacier was beautiful!
Reviewer: Jennifer St John
5 Stars
Excellent Excursion!
July 13, 2017
Our family of 4 really enjoyed the trip to Mendenhall Glacier and the Whale Watching excursions! We were at Mendenhall Glacier for a little over an hour, but we were able to take a great hike out to Nuggett Falls for beautiful scenery! The guides on the whale watching trip were excellent! We saw several whales and were able to spot the whales on our own after a little instruction!
Reviewer: Jan Desmond
5 Stars
Excursion in Juneau Alaska
July 11, 2017
This excursion was excellent from start to finish! Our bus driver was the best. He was very knowledgeable and friendly,sharing much information as we traveled. The experience at Mendenhall Glacier was as we had hoped. There was plenty time to explore. The whale watching was beyond our expectations. The captain was experienced and very knowledgeable as was our naturalist. We were so fortunate to see humpbacks and orcas. So much information was given about the whales,glaciers and landscape. Many photo opportunities. An overall exceptional tour!
Reviewer: Ruff,V
5 Stars
Great fun
July 03, 2017
We enjoyed this very much. The glacier was great. If you are going to hike to the water fall do it right away upon your arrival. It will take all the time u have there. The whale watching was so great. We had a all girl crew who were great and knowledgeable. Saw lots of whales. They came up right next to our boat. We saw orcas too. Sea lions on the bouie floating so cool.
Reviewer: Cindy Morin
5 Stars
Great time
June 26, 2017
Very professional and knowledgeable.This tour was fun ,but safety conscious.The crew were very hospitable and friendly.They couldn't do enough for us, from getting us drinks to answering our questions, and yes we did see the whales.Not only did we see them but they actually have photos /charts of their tail which is how they I identify them by name.Highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Frank Del Rio
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacer
June 24, 2017
Awesome experience. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Glenn Wald
5 Stars
Whales
June 22, 2017
Great boat ride and whale hunting. Fun seeing these great animals.
Reviewer: Patricia Kimmel
5 Stars
Great fun!
June 21, 2017
We enjoyed our time viewing the whales and glacier. A baby whale even breached in front of us. My only negative comment is that there was another couple on the boat that paid $60 less than we had by booking the day of the tour rather than ahead of time. Didn't seem fair.
Reviewer: Charmaine Hogan
5 Stars
Alaska as advertised
June 20, 2017
This was a very nice excursion. The Mendenhall glacier was impressive and the glacier visitor center was informative. The highlight was of course the whale watching trip. The boat held about twenty-five people which was really nice. Some of the other whale watching boats we saw seemed rather large and crowded. Although we weren't real close to the whales, the blow hole spouts and whale tails were unforgettable. The drivers and guides were very friendly, helpful, and informative. We would certainly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Tom Sutherin
5 Stars
Wonderful experience
June 19, 2017
The trip to the glacier was first and we had 70 minutes to explore. I walked to the waterfall and glacier and that was awesome! I wish we had a little more time to explore, to see the visitors center and not feel so rushed. The whale watching tour was awesome. The small boat -seating for 24- had a bathroom, huge windows that opened, a deck at the bow and aft to go outside and snap photos. Since the boat was smaller than the cruise line excursion boats was able to get so much closer to the whales and was really quite fast. We saw SO many whales, a mama and calf, and tons of tails. A recommendation - bring a small snack, as the 1/2 bagel with cream cheese is served at the very end of the 4-5 hr excursion. I highly recommend this, and will do it again if I return to Alaska!
Reviewer: Karen Briggs
5 Stars
Whales watching and Mendenhall Glacier - Juneau
June 14, 2017
Even we had a rainy day, we enjoyed very much both parts of this excursion. The whales’ part of the excursion was amazing and the people were very helpful and spent as much time as possible to allow us to see many whales. The bus we used for transportation had only a small problem with the sound system that made difficult to understand the comments. Great excursion
Reviewer: Ehud Shani
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
June 14, 2017
Excellent excursion! Saw more than enough whales both humpback and orca! Trip to the glacier was beautiful
Reviewer: Joe Siegfried
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
June 14, 2017
This excursion was first class and we really enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Shirley Smart
5 Stars
Whale Watching & Mendenhalk Glacier
June 13, 2017
This excursion was really good seeing the Mendenhall Glacier and seeing whales on the whale watching boat.
Reviewer: Shirley Smart
5 Stars
Good Excursion
June 09, 2017
A little rushed and no time to walk over to the falls but was a nice tour. The whale watching was successful and they boat operator was very knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely recommend this tour
Reviewer: Teresa Messina Dornak
5 Stars
More than expected!
June 08, 2017
No whale watching experience can guarantee sightings, but the crew on this small boat was excellent as getting us near a group of humpbacks where we watched bubble net feeding. Then unexpectedly, one of the group swam under our boat and surfaced just a few yards away. Both scary and exciting and amazing. Then, we caught sight of several orcas on the way back in!!! Finally, Mendenhall Glacier was so very beautiful, although sad to see how it has been receding.
Reviewer: Jane Kurtz
5 Stars
Whale Tour was Amazing!!!!
June 06, 2017
I was very impressed with this tour. First our bus driver was very friendly and informative. She also made sure we kept on time so everyone made it back to their ship. The whale watching was great. The captain knew right where to go and we were able to watch a young male humpback play. The whale did about 5 jumps out of the water and constantly was splashing with his fins and tail. I got some amazing photos. Mendenhall Glacier was great to visit. The park there is very clean and everyone is friendly and very informative. This tour was the highlight of our cruise.
Reviewer: AnnMarie Pursel
5 Stars
Excellent team - beautiful ride
May 31, 2017
The tour was excellent, the guides did their best however the whales were not too accommodating. We saw 3, but also sea lions and and other sea life.
Reviewer: Arlene Wong
4 Stars
Whales @ Mendenhall Glacier
May 30, 2017
Excellent, Our boat had a mechanical issue, While waiting the owner of the whale tour was very quick to give us all options to meet all of our schedules. While waiting for our boat he gave us an excellent tour guide info session on Juneau, good info from a local, info that takes years to gather. Just as the second boat arrived our boat was fixed, allowing our 40 person group to split into two twenty person groups on two boats, Excellent, lots of elbow room. Of course we saw many whales. Excellent. The Mendenhall Glacier was impressive, We did not see the presentation at the centre due to the one hour boat mechanical delay. Still very impressive and the young rangers working at the Mendenhall Glacier centre were very good with any and all questions.
Reviewer: Ray Palmer
5 Stars
Review of Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
May 05, 2017
This tour and two other tours we took from ashore Excursions Group were just absolutely perfect and enjoyed it very much. We definitely rcommend these tors from Shore Excursions and we plan to take all future Shore Excursions on our cruises from this group. Thanks for a great service, Shor Excursions Group.
Reviewer: Raja K. Iyer
5 Stars
Great trip to see whales
December 14, 2016
Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable about o Orca & Humpback whales. The boat was comfortable & not too large. They made sure we saw several whales & got good pictures. The 1 hr. stop for Mendenhall Glacier was a bit rushed for those of us who did the mile hike to the falls near the glacier, but definitely worth it.
Reviewer: Lorna Hudson
5 Stars
Excellent value
December 08, 2016
It was a rainy day but there was a warm cabin with seats and hot drinks and snacks provided, We saw several whales. Very satisfying.
Reviewer: Chava
5 Stars
Worth the Wait
December 05, 2016
Our guide on the boat was fantastic! He was very informative but not too chatty. We saw a beautiful rainbow. We took turns sitting inside & standing on the lower & upper outside decks. We saw several barely break the water. A bald eagle flew right past the boat while we were cruisin'! We were nearing the end of the boat tour, & we finally saw one whale completely show its tail. It was beautiful! Wish we would've seen more, or even a breach, but you can't control the whales! Mendenhall Glacier was awe-inspiring. The water surrounding it was so serene, w/a beautiful fog over the water. There was a walking trail that they said was a good place to spot bears. Unfortunately, my husband & I were in the wrong place at the wrong time & didn't see any, but others in our group did see some! We did get to see a porcupine, which was a 1st for me! Fantastic trip! I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excursion that's 1/2 relaxing, 1/2 on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting!
Reviewer: Denise
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
December 05, 2016
Both of these adventures were off the charts cool! From the bus driver to the boat captain to the guide on the whale watching, each gave 200% to insure you had a great time. We saw about 10 whales+- and the glacier is beyond words.
Reviewer: Jeremy Nelson
5 Stars
Whale Watching
November 30, 2016
We were lucky that on the morning of our tour the captain of our boat knew of a location where Orcas could be seen that day. It was amazing to watch. We then headed back and were able to see Humpback whales also. The bus driver we had on our way to Mendenhall Glacier was very informative, with a great personality. Would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Joanne
5 Stars
Worth it
November 28, 2016
This excursion was amazing. Saw so many humpback whales and sea lions. We even witnessed a humpback breach! What a sight to remember! Mendenhall Glacier was a great stop as well. It's worth the time to hike to Nugget Falls. The only downside is with only having 1 hour at the glacier, you can either hike to the falls or check out the visitor's center. Not enough time to do both. I could have spent an additional 1-1.5 hours there.
Reviewer: hhkkg
5 Stars
Boat Captain Extraordinaire
November 28, 2016
Our whale watching experience was great!! While we never got extremely close to the whales, we were pleased to actually see them. The Captain and the skipper worked very hard to get us a close as possible to the whales and also educated us about what to look for to help spot them. The boat was very comfortable and the salmon snack was great. The weather was pretty cloudy and drizzly, but they took care of us and helped us get the most out of our trip. Mendenhall was spectacular. The tour company pretty much just dropped us off, but gave excellent instructions and information about how to make the best use of our time.
Reviewer: Donna Morris
5 Stars
Awesome
November 27, 2016
The guides were nice our boat wasn't overloaded. They really worked at getting us to see some whales. We saw 7 whales and sea lions.
Reviewer: April
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
November 24, 2016
Great crew. We saw a good amount of whales that day. We even saw some seals. We were a family of 8 and enjoyed this tremendously.
Reviewer: Loretta Reilly
5 Stars
Magnificent creatures!
November 23, 2016
The Whale watching was Awesome! We got to see Humpback whales, Orca's & Sea lions. The Orca's swam next to the boat, the captain put a microphone in the water so we could hear them talk. The glacier was really neat also. It was worth every penny.
Reviewer: Deanna Beatty
5 Stars
Awesome Experience
November 22, 2016
The whale watching vessel was just the right size. I believe that there were about 20 people on the boat. It was not crowded and there was enough room for folks to be out on the bow or rear of boat. We witnessed a large group of humpbacks ""bubble feeding"" several times. The crew had a microphone that was dropped overboard and we could hear the whales. It was truly a spectacular site to see in real life. Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful. Very nice visitor center.
Reviewer: Barbara
5 Stars
Whales and MENDENHALL glacier
November 22, 2016
The excursion was amazing, it would have been much better if we could see more whales.
Reviewer: Catherine refalo
4 Stars
Whale excursion and glacier tour
November 20, 2016
I would highly recommend this excursion. The crew of the boat had a great deal of knowledge about the whales. They positioned themselves just right so the whales swam in our direction and came within 20 yards of our boat.
Reviewer: Rich Wagner
5 Stars
Whales and Glacier
November 19, 2016
It was a great excursion, saw a lot of whales, we even saw one breach. The only thing is I which we could get closer like the other boats. The Glacier park was great also we were able to see a momma bear with her three cubs made my 13 year old daughter day. Over all worth the money. Weather was a little wet but over all it was great.
Reviewer: Presley Bryant
5 Stars
Whale watching review
November 18, 2016
Fabulous experience getting up close to group of humpback whales feeding. Crew was excellent and knowledgeable. Mendenhall Glacier o.k.....saw the bigger glacier closer up on the ship. Could do without this part of tour and cut cost slightly.
Reviewer: Karin Ruppel
5 Stars
Whales whales whales
November 18, 2016
Meet up was easy and as described. Saw lots of wildlife on our drive to the boat. The small boat was great. we got out to the whale feeding area fast and were agile moving around to see the whales. the high light was when a group of humpbacks came up surprisingly within a few feet of our boat while bubble net feeding. then on the way back in, we saw several orcas. great information from crew, smooth ride, and nice to have a snack provided. Glacier was beautiful, but I wished we'd had about a half an hour more. we got out to the waterfall and back, but had to move quickly to make our scheduled ride back. Bus dropped us off in Juneau to do sight seeing and grab some local food.
Reviewer: Jane Kurtz
5 Stars
The best excursion in Juneau
November 15, 2016
Unbelievably humpback whale watch! The best in my life. We stopped at a few spots & saw many whales. One spot had about 11 of them feeding & moving together it was awesome. The crew was terrific & knowledgeable. The Mendenhall Glacier was breathtaking, there was so much to do & see there unfortunately we were only given an hour - we wanted to stay longer otherwise this was a solid 5 stars. You can hike to a waterfall which takes 45 minutes that would've been fun. We did see Salmon swimming upstream - very cool.
Reviewer: Donna
4 Stars
Great trip
November 14, 2016
We really enjoyed the boat ride to find and enjoy the whales. The driver and tour guide worked well together and worked hard to make sure we saw whales.
Reviewer: Linda Bontrager
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
November 14, 2016
Our excursion to see the whales was amazing; our on-board guide was well-informed and handled questions well. And we were able to see whales close at hand without feeling endangered. The timing of the trip to the glacier left us with less time than would be ideal - we had to choose between taking advantage of the information in the visitor's center and walking the trails. Since I may never be in Alaska again, I took the trails, which were excellent, but it would have been a distinct advantage to be able to get a little better oriented.
Reviewer: Nora Beck
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
November 12, 2016
Excellent tour--knowledgeable and friendly and we actually saw the whales!
Reviewer: Teri Hubert
4 Stars
Wonderful Experience
November 07, 2016
We had a great time on this trip, the staff on the boat for the whale watching were wonderful. Taylor was our guide and she was very knowledgeable. We saw many whales, towards the end when we were getting ready to head back, we came upon 4 whales. The captain stopped the boat and turned it so that we could have time to see them. I would highly recommend this tour, the staff is great and if the whales cooperate you'll have great show.
Reviewer: Anonymous
5 Stars
Amazing trip
November 07, 2016
The crew of the boat was very knowledgeable and professional. They explained to us what they were doing and answered any question we had. When other boats in the area went one way to chase a whale that was leaving, we went the other direction because our crew insisted that's where the whales would be. A few minutes later, we had one surface less than 10 yards from our boat and dive underneath us. So amazing!!!
Reviewer: Anonymous
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
November 07, 2016
Great excursion! We saw several humpback whales, sea lions, and Eagles. The glacier was superb! The area around the glacier lookout center was covered in flowers and the whole area was beautiful wilderness.
Reviewer: Anonymous
5 Stars
whale watch and glacier
November 07, 2016
excellent and hilight of trip. whales were fantastic and to see them so close was awesome.glacier was impressive and enjoyed nature walk nearby. got chunk of ice from glacier waters and enjoyed sucking the pristine water from the ice.
Reviewer: j roberts
5 Stars
whale watch
November 03, 2016
Exciting whale watching
Reviewer: Don
5 Stars
Beautiful view
November 02, 2016
We enjoyed this tour very much. We were lucky to have a rare beautiful sunshine day, the view of the ocean surrounded by the glaciers were spectacular. Our captain and the guide were friendly and really tried to help us to get the best view of the whales (humpback). The bus driver/guide was also very helpful to provide us tips, so we were able to hike to the waterfall and see the glacier really close, althoughtthere was only one hour in the park.
Reviewer: Anonymous
5 Stars
Thrill of a Life Time
October 07, 2016
This was an amazing 2 hours of watching humpbacks. They cooperated nicely for us and we were able to get some great photos. The time at the glacier was a little too long for us but we managed to fill the time by walking around. The tour guides on this excursion were very knowledgeable and fun...
Reviewer: Connie
4 Stars
Top Notch
October 07, 2016
The boat used for the whale watching was very comfortable and had large windows for whale watching. The outside decks were nice and elevated to give us better views of the whales. Because of the smaller size of the boats it was not crowded and allowed everyone a chance for a front row view. Excellent crew and very friendly and willing to talk and visit. The second part of the tour was a trip to Mendhenhall Glacier. The tour bus took us to a drop off point and allowed us time to walk either a shorter or a longer trail. Because of time constraints most people did not take the longer trail down to the waterfall. Too bad because up close it was a magnificent waterfall with a great view of the glacier. This tour is worth the time and money.
Reviewer: James B Wacaster
5 Stars
Really enjoyed this
October 03, 2016
Nice and knowledgeable guides. Took us several places and we did spot whales. The glacier trip was beautiful. You are on your own, they just drop you off at the visitors center and pick you up later but the self tour is easy.
Reviewer: Bonnie Marcus
5 Stars
Whale watching waterfall hike
September 28, 2016
This was so amazing! The crew was knowledgeable and friendly. We consider this excursion one of the best parts of our whole trip.
Reviewer: Mr & Mrs Ransdell
5 Stars
Whales and Glaciers
August 31, 2016
This was an outstanding excursion!! I would recommend it to anyone who would prefer a small group so that you have excellent views of wildlife and information about the wildlife and surrounding area to book this excursion!
Reviewer: Margaret McCall
5 Stars
Juneau whales and glacier
August 31, 2016
Well organised and efficiently coordinated between the two aspects of the tour. The young lady who presented the whale watching was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm was most evident. We were very fortunate to watch the whales bubble feeding on a number of occasions as well as breaching. The boat manager obviously had a part to play in getting us into good position. It would have been good to have more time to walk further at the glacier but had to fit in with bus schedules etc.
Reviewer: William Lotter
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 30, 2016
Mendehall glacier and the nearby waterfall were beautiful. The walk to the glacier was easy. Whale watching was unreal. The whales were surfacing all around us for 20 to 30 minutes.
Reviewer: Patricia Plotke
5 Stars
August excursion.
August 27, 2016
This was a great excursion. I would do it again. Had a great time viewing the whales. Captain John was a great handler of the boat. The bus driver was great too giving us information on what sites to see first at Mendonhall glacier. Don't miss the beautiful waterfall. This was a real experience.
Reviewer: Diane
5 Stars
Well worth it
August 24, 2016
This was really fun. The whales were easy to spot and we saw a bunch - even saw the 'bubble-net feeding' thing - very cool! The boat was super-comfortable, too - not as damp or cold as I'd feared. Would've liked to get closer to the whales, though. Mendenhall is quite impressive and combining the whales with the bus ride to the glacier works really well.
Reviewer: Jeff Miner
4 Stars
""Bucket List"" Dream Come True!!!
August 20, 2016
Finally for our 50th wedding anniversary we witnessed many humpback whales (including ""bubble netting"") - what a privledge!!! Tour guide, Ali, was outstanding. Seriously we could not have wanted more. Now we've been around enough to understand weather conditions play into everything so you need to ""go with the flow"". Our day the weather was PERFECT but either way whales are wet and don't care - neither should we if we encounter less than ideal conditions. Mendenhall Glacier was outstanding and what a wonderful learning center. Our group was aged 9-76 and we were all ""on the same page""!! Thanks again Shore Excursions!!
Reviewer: Sandra and Gary Schwengel
5 Stars
Wonderful Execursion
August 19, 2016
We were able to see lot of whales and glacier. Bus crew was awesome. They were kind and answered all of our questions. We enjoyed.
Reviewer: RAJNI GUPTA
5 Stars
Mendanhall Shore excursion
August 18, 2016
This was probably the best shore excursion with Mendanhall as well as Whale watching. This is a must do a Jenau. The bus/ boat was simply great and we had some great guides.
Reviewer: Vikram
5 Stars
Fabulous trip
August 18, 2016
My husband and I booked the whales and Mendenhall Glacier trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything went smoothly. We met as arranged at 9:00am and were driven to the boat for our whale watching adventure and we weren't disappointed. we were lucky enough to see at least 10 humpback whales and they were ""bubblenet feeding/fishing, something that does not happen very often. We also got to hear them calling to one another as the captain put a special microphone into the water. Our guides were enthusiastic and explained everything very well. After that we drove to the Mendenhall Glacier which was beautiful. Our driver suggested going to the waterfall first which was good advice allowing us to make best use of our time. On the way back to Juneau he told us many details about life in Alaska which was very interesting. I would highly recommend this trip. I'm sorry I can't remember any names!
Reviewer: Lynda Mcmullin
5 Stars
Natural beauties- whales and glacier
August 16, 2016
We loved the trip to see the Whales and Mendenhall Glacier. I was disappointed that we did not have enough time at the Glacier/Nugget Falls. We walked to Nugget Falls and had to almost run back to not miss our bus. I think a little time could be taken from the whale watching and added to the Mendenhall Glacier portion of this tour. I think there could be better signage and information regarding the pickup. Everyone was a bit unsure of who our excursion was with.
Reviewer: debbie gottschalk
4 Stars
What a wonderful trip
August 11, 2016
What a wonderful trip! Extremely happy!
Reviewer: Juliana
5 Stars
whales and mendenhall glacier
August 10, 2016
excellent
Reviewer: mark rabin
5 Stars
Whales, Whales, and more Whales!!
August 08, 2016
Wow! We saw a total of 5 pods of Humpback whales feeding! It was beyond breathtaking! Our guides were courteous, knowledgable, and most importantly concerned for the health and well beings of those magnificent creatures! Mendenhall Glacier was gorgeous! I loved the opportunity to walk up close, see the glacier and a gorgeous waterfall were amazing!!
Reviewer: Kerrie
5 Stars
Juneau whales and glacier tour
August 08, 2016
This was excellent! We saw humpback whales right close to the boat and the guides were wonderful, explaining about the whale behaviour. They have an underwater microphone so you can listen to the whales communications. We even had the rare privilege of seeing bubble netting by the whales, an awesome experience. The glacier addition took you to the Visitor Centre and a great view of the glacier.
Reviewer: Carol Boyce
5 Stars
Awesome experience!
August 03, 2016
This was an amazing experience! Our tour guide Clare was amazing! He knew everything there was to know about Alaska! He had a great sense of humor and made the bus ride enjoyable. When you get to the Mendenhall glacier immediately start walking on the trail! Don't waste any time because it's a little bit of a hike. When you get the the glacier it is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see in nature. With a picture perfect waterfall. Next was the whale watching. I highly recommend this boat because it was small enough that we all had a place to see the whales. We saw both humpback and killer whales. Lots of other boats did not allow the passengers to be on the deck while this one allowed you the freedom to go out on the deck. It was awesome!!!
Reviewer: Katlyn Dunn
5 Stars
Don't Miss This Tour!
August 01, 2016
What a delightful experience. Our small group allowed an intimate and up close whale watching experience. Capt. Katt was an expert and she guided us to the most opportune spots. The best part was when a mother whale and her baby entertained us for almost 20 minutes. They were playing and practicing diving. The sea otter and sea lions on our return trip were an added bonus.
Reviewer: Amy Jo Saccomano
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
July 25, 2016
The whale watching was great. We saw eleven whales and we were fortunate to see the whales bubble netting. The smaller boat was an advantage..We would have enjoyed more time at the Mendenhall glacier. We barely had time to see the movie and walk to the glacier.
Reviewer: Barbara
4 Stars
Whale watching
June 10, 2016
It is a must see. Very informative guides. We really enjoyed ourselves. We definitely would go again.
Reviewer: Kate
5 Stars
Extra effort by guides to get near whales, eagles,
June 04, 2016
Excellent staff; terrific experience!
Reviewer: Bette
5 Stars
I would do this again.
September 11, 2015
Knowledgeable and helpful
Reviewer: Anonymous
5 Stars
Saw it all!!
September 06, 2015
Great excursion. Saw 5 whales from 30yards away bubble feeding. Amazing. Staff and captain were tremendous. Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Steph
4 Stars
Exciting Fun Trip
September 02, 2015
We loved the trip to see the Whales and Mendenhall Glacier. We had over 30 whale sightings and the boat ride itself was fun and exciting. It was well worth the money. The only thing I was disappointed about is that we did not have enough time at the Glacier/Nugget Falls. We walked to Nugget Falls and had to almost run back to not miss our bus. There needs to be more time added to the Mendenhall Glacier portion of this tour.
Reviewer: Penny
4 Stars
Whales and Glacier
August 31, 2015
Experienced guides! Whales put on a show for us, Excellent time!
Reviewer: Shirley
5 Stars
Family Vacation
August 04, 2015
Great tour for travelers of all ages. Our group ranged from age 8 to 67.
Reviewer: Laura
4 Stars
Alaska - whales, check; glacier, check.
August 01, 2015
We saw whales and a glacier. The captain of the whale watching boat and the naturalist were both very knowledgeable and friendly. As for the glacier, you go to a point where you can see the glacier, but you don't actually get to touch or get onto the glacier. Of course, glaciers are always changing, so I don't know how you could ever be guaranteed to step onto a glacier. That being said, there is a great waterfall you can hike too.
Reviewer: Matt
4 Stars
Great excursion
July 27, 2015
The guide on the whale excursion, tall, personable and very informed--think his name was Tony--on duty 7/5-- was excellent
Reviewer: AH
5 Stars
A repeater!
July 09, 2015
boat operator knew where to find the whales The biologist could have spoken more about the Humpbacks. The Guide to the RainFores was terrific, knew her stuff!
Reviewer: S the phoographer
5 Stars
Great views, nice people
July 07, 2015
The trip to mendenhall glacier and whale watching was well organised, comfortable and informative. The coaches and watercraft were in good order and felt reliable and safe. The whale watching was very successful and the glacier visit was excellent. If anything we could have done with an extra thirty minutes at the glacier to better complete the walks.
Reviewer: PobsRobs
5 Stars
Absolutely wonderful!!
June 10, 2015
We had a great experience with whales coming up right at the end of out boat. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Reviewer: joan
5 Stars
Would Do this tour again if the price was right!
June 01, 2015
We were able to see the whales as promised and we thought the glacier was nice. Spent about 45 minutes there including the visitor center. Our guide on the whale watching was very nice, thanks Amy and she answered any questions we had. We were delivered safely back to the ship when we finished tour!
Reviewer: Shadow8800
4 Stars
Spouting and Diving
October 13, 2014
An open boat a much better way to watch whales.
Reviewer: Corky
5 Stars
I would recommend and do again
September 28, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed
Reviewer: Alaska revisitor
5 Stars
The whales did not disappoint us!
September 24, 2014
Friendly guides and warm accommodations. We were very satisfied with our trip.
Reviewer: Teacher's Gear
5 Stars
Glacier was beautiful
September 03, 2014
The whale watching was the first part of the trip. The crew of the boat where very nice and friendly. We saw two whales which where far away from the boat. The snack on the boat was a half of a bagel and tablespoon of cream cheese. The Mendenhall part of the tour- the bus driver dropped us off at the visitor's center and left with arrangements to pickup in one hr. The visitor center was very pretty and even educational.
Reviewer: Corley family
4 Stars
great experience
August 21, 2014
This adventure was great as we were informed that we would see Humpback whales. did not realize we would experience Humpback whales bubble feeding on Crill. Then the guide announced we are going to see something special. We were able to experience a pod of Orcas swimming close. What a great experience. Guides were surprised as well to see so much activity with the Humpbacks and the Orcas.
Reviewer: LK
5 Stars
Dolphin Jet Boat Tours
August 18, 2014
This excursion was a highlight of our Alaska cruise. Naturalist Ashley Luck from Dolphin Jet Boat Tours led the trip, and answered all our questions well. We got some amazing photos of humpback whales, including a pack that was ""bubble net feeding"", which is apparently not very common. After the whale watching, we got to visit the Mendenhall Glacier as well, which was also very special.
Reviewer: Greg
5 Stars
great buy
August 16, 2014
Thrilling to see the ""bubble netting""!
Reviewer: jlt
5 Stars
You definitely will see whales!!
August 09, 2014
They stand by their guarantee and more. Wish we had more time to spend at Mendenhall Glacier as I would've liked to take pictures, look at visitor center and be able to take a leisurely walk to the falls and back in time to catch the bus
Reviewer: Linda worldwide
4 Stars
Awesome whale watching
August 07, 2014
Naturalist and captain of the boat informative
Reviewer: mary
5 Stars
Incredible whale sightings!
July 30, 2014
We were lucky enough to get multiple viewings of the humpback whales engaging in bubble net feeding. In most instances, the whales were only a few yards from the boat. Just incredible to watch! Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. The boat was just the right size ... It fit probably 30 people with plenty of room. Restroom on board was comfortable. Lunch was lacking ... Just a bagel with salmon flavored cream cheese. The glacier was also nice to see, but not enough time was allotted to explore.
Reviewer: NJ traveler
5 Stars
Excellent, w/several whale sightings
July 03, 2014
The boat captain was very experienced at finding whales and we had numerous good sightings during the two hour trip. This in itself made my trip to Alaska. It was a wonderful experience. While the guides weren't overly experienced they knew enough, were friendly and told great stories of growing up in Juneau. The organization was quite confusing. While the meeting place was as communicated the tour company was called something totally different and seemed unaware of the name on our paperwork. The extra charge applied to my booking because I was booking within 3 days was ridiculous given the number of tour companies available to choose from, all happy to take last minute passengers. For this reason I would not recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Jo
4 Stars
Great time in Juneau!
July 02, 2014
Although others on our cruise saw whales ship-side, this was the only time we saw them! The guides were very knowledgable and boat was perfect. They offered a drink and salmon and cream cheese bagel as the snack--a nice bit of hospitality! And finding an unusual group of feeding humpbacks was icing on the cake! Perhaps going out on the first boat enabled us to find hungry whales? We mistakenly thought we would be seeing whales constantly jumping out of the water, so don't be disappointed by expecting such dramatic activitiy, as they do this only to dive and then be underwater for 15+ minutes at a time! We saw a couple that dove, but didn't see them again! We were very happy with our whale-watching experience! As for the Mendenhall Glacier portion, this is where you choose your level of energy! We took a quick hike to see the falls and the glacier up close, and were so glad we did. But it took all our time and we were pushing it to get back to the bus. If you want a more relaxing visit here or can't walk briskly, you should skip the falls and stay at the visitation center and go only as far as the nearby viewing area to see the glacier.
Reviewer: Rammy
4 Stars
Great excursion!
June 30, 2014
Great staff for this excursion. Always informative and the driver of the jet boat seem to always be as close as possible to both the killer whale pod, and humpback whales. The killer whale pod was a rarity in these waters so mad excursion even better.
Reviewer: dan
5 Stars
I would buy this product again.
June 18, 2014
Saw 8 whales! Wow!
Reviewer: Robert
5 Stars
I would buy this excursion again.
June 18, 2014
Enjoyed seeing 8 humpback whales, including their tales.
Reviewer: Cindy
5 Stars
Good whale watching tour
June 13, 2014
Great whale watching tour
Reviewer: Rick
5 Stars
whales by the bucket full
October 11, 2013
saw plenty of whales and the guides aimed to get as near to the whales as possible. Unfortunately the tour is only as good as when the whales are around but on our trip you could not have asked for anything better
Reviewer: brummy
5 Stars
Whale watch delight
October 06, 2013
The whale watching was excellent. The bus driver was very entertaining. The boat crew equally entertaining and knowledgeable. The whales obliged by showing up on time and doing what whales do. The visit to the Mendenhall Glacier was too brief to fully enjoy and explore the location. An extra half hour to an hour would have been preferable.
Reviewer: Kiwi floater
5 Stars
Excellent combo excursion
September 18, 2013
Really like the jet boat and they seem to always produce on the whales. It's a much more intimate and fast trip than the cruise sponsored version. The glacier part is pretty much just the admission with bus drop-off and pickup. The glacier is certainly impressive and the visitor center does a nice program.
Reviewer: Steve S
5 Stars
Excursion was as advertised
September 03, 2013
You will see whales and more!
Reviewer: vzghj3
4 Stars
whale watching
August 12, 2013
went on a whale watch. Came upon a school of wha les. Had numerous sightings and they even came close to the boat right before we were about to leave. Fantastic!!
Reviewer: Mosy
5 Stars
Excellent service attitude
July 18, 2013
Due to strong winds we could not go out on sea as planned. Though we went as far as we could and we saw whales, we got full refund in a smooth way accoridng to their guarantee so VERY well handled and it left a postiive feeling!
Reviewer: Magnus
4 Stars
Gret trip, however with the suggestion.
July 16, 2013
We were allowed only an hour to walk closer to the falls/glacier, about 1.5 miles each way. Not enough time. 1.5 hours would be a better compromise with those who do not want to make the trip to the falls/glacier viewpoint.
Reviewer: Don
4 Stars
Fantastic Time
July 15, 2013
The driver of the jet boat and the naturalist were great. Very knowledgeable and helpfull
Reviewer: Jacon
5 Stars
Fantastic!
July 15, 2013
The guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. The boat was great and the captain was wonderful in taking us closer to the whales as we followed them.
Reviewer: Duane & Jan
5 Stars
Whale watching
July 09, 2013
The captain was informative.... funny and done his best to get us as close as possible
Reviewer: Bon
5 Stars
EXCITING WHALES
July 05, 2013
The whale excursion was very exciting and the whales were right there. They did bubble up feeding for about 30 minutes. The weather was perfect. Our guide and boat captain did everything to make sure we had great picture taking opportunities as well as were informed exactly what was happening. The glacier trip was informative and hey gave us enough time to get close to the glacier.
Reviewer: BILL
5 Stars
Fabulous Fun
July 02, 2013
Glad we researched and found this package. Was less expensive than the cruise line offers and fit well in to our time available. The boat was very nice and we enjoyed seeing the beautiful landscape and animals. We were treated to seeing a bear, whales, sea lions and eagles. My daughter said my husband was like a four year old at Disney, he thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.
Reviewer: cruise n susan
4 Stars
Fantastic
June 30, 2013
Very good crew. Exciting. Would recommend highly
Reviewer: Poppy
5 Stars
Well worth the cost.
June 30, 2013
Love the binoculars being on board so all could enjoy the experience. Bus driver from boat to the Glacier lacked the excitement and knowledge to enhance the trip. It was a job for him. But well worth the money.
Reviewer: Renee Burger
4 Stars
Enjoyed our time!
June 22, 2013
It was a bit disorganized getting us on the van & to the boat -- not very clear instructions. We definitely saw whales, and boat driver made an effort to get us to locations. The girls who discussed what we might see were well-briefed & communicated well. Time at Mendenhall was a bit rushed. Visitor Center was very interesting.
Reviewer: Lynn
4 Stars
Excellent Excursion-saw many whales!
June 18, 2013
The Mendenhall Glacier was breathtaking & this excursion provided excellent views. Our Naturalist on the whale watching tour was fabulous-very knowledgeable. We saw both Humpbacks and Orcas!
Reviewer: J Monday
5 Stars
Great tour
June 14, 2013
Over all tour was awesome we saw many whales, Glacier was beautiful only changes I would suggest is for some kind of snack stand at pier there was lite snacks on boat but I don't eat any seafood or fish so was hopeing and looking for food at dock. Tour was great
Reviewer: Ms Neba
5 Stars
Wow did we see whales!
October 27, 2012
Our family took a cruise to the Inward passage of Alaska. Juneau was our 2nd stop. We did the whale watching specifically because our 10 year old daughter wanted to. We were so glad we did. Being residents of Central Florida SeaWorld is a frequent stop to see unique animals. But getting to see these huge whales and a large sea lion in their habitate was remarkable. There were many salmon as well in a river near the Mendenhall Glacier. The whole day was a treat. We were rained on pretty much all day and were cold, but we were served delicious cocoa cocoa and coffee to our hearts content on the whale watching tour. Also Cinnamon our naturalist shared lots of information about the animals, glaciers, and weather patterns of Juneau. While we enjoyed the delicious snacks of local smoked salmon, and chocolates. The only thing we were sad about is not having the time to hike to the huge waterfall near the Mendenhall Glacier. It would have been a very rushed hike. We opted instead to peruse the visitors center and touch/exam the chunk of glacier ice. Giving ourselves a few minutes of gazing at the salmon in the stream near the parking lot just before we had to leave. It was a wonderful trip.
Reviewer: Nanette
5 Stars
We would book another excursions
October 14, 2012
We saw many Orcas, it was nice, but we missed not to be able to see the humpback whales, the weather was wonderful and Mendenhall glacier was very pretty.
Reviewer: Johnny
5 Stars
I would use them again and again
September 12, 2012
They did what they said they were going to do!
Reviewer: Birb
4 Stars
See whales & glacier
September 06, 2012
Enjoyable day!
Reviewer: Nanook
4 Stars
WOW - Memorable experience
August 29, 2012
The Captain was phenominal - he knew right where to go to show us Orcas and Humpbacks, Seals and Sealions. We saw the rare bubble netting of the humpbacks, which was quite a sight to see, as well as several Orcas which, I understand are a rarity. Exceptional and memorable day!
Reviewer: Nutsey
5 Stars
Excellent tour
August 26, 2012
Wonderful tour. Excellent Captain and Naturalist. Comfortable number of people on the tour. We saw eagles, sea lions, many Humpback whales and even 3 Orcas. The Mendenhall Glacier and the park surrounding where great. Nice for both walkers and people who have some limitations. Beautiful views and nice walking trails. Excellent viewing area to see the salmon swimming upstream.
Reviewer: Karen
4 Stars
Excellent Excursion
August 15, 2012
We had a very enjoyable tour. I took my entire family,with 6 children ages 25 to 9. Everyone enjoyed it.
Reviewer: Bill
5 Stars
Definitely a must see
August 13, 2012
The snack was one cracker with a small piece of smoked salmon. A couple of crackers would have been more appropriately considered a light snack.
Reviewer: cold in Alaska
5 Stars
Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
August 09, 2012
We really enjoyed this. We never thought we would get so close to the whales
Reviewer: mjl
4 Stars
A great adventure
July 05, 2012
Loved all of it. Unless you can control the weather, our day couldn't have been better. We saw an orca calf that flipped and romped and splashed his tail for a constant 6-7 minutes!!
Reviewer: Robin
5 Stars
Our eyes were wide open all the time
June 26, 2012
We were over whelmed with all the whales and additional wild life we seen on this trip.Loved it was a smaller group. Amazing experience for our retirement cruise vacation.When we returned to the cruise ship our friends on board were jealous and asked were did they go wrong as they took the cruise line tours and didn't get to have the same experience.They will book with Shore Excursions Group for their future tours.And so will we as this was our first time booking with an amazing patient shore excursion agent.
Reviewer: Marlene
5 Stars
Awesome excursion
June 18, 2012
This was a great excursion. The whale watching portion was especially exciting. I had never seen a whale before. We saw a baby whale and its mom. The baby ""waved"" at us, and it was super cute. The mom popped her head up out of the water to eat, and that was pretty spectacular. Then we saw 3-4 more whales, and their tails as they dove deep down into the water. The jetboat ride was nice, and we saw several glaciers as we toured around Auke Bay looking for the whales. We also happened upon some sea lions vying for a spot to rest on a buoy. Our captain pulled around so we could get a fantastic shot of the sea lions on the buoy with a glacier in the background. The snacks provided on the boat included smoked salmon and crackers, and some coffee or soda. I think this is fairly typical of excursion snacks in Alaska. When we returned to the dock, a bus was waiting to take us to Mendenhall Glacier. We had about 45 minutes to walk around and take pictures and/or go to the visitor's center to learn about glacier formation. There was also a short video that my family said was nice to watch. The glacier is big and impressive, and the area around it is pretty. The bus returned at the appointed time to take us back to our ship. Our bus drivers and boat captain and naturalist guy were all nice. My family and I really enjoyed this excursion and thought that it was worth the expense and would happily do it again.
Reviewer: Picky traveler
5 Stars
Once In A Lifetime Adventure
June 07, 2012
Captain Ben was a great guide and did a wonderful job showing us whales and other wildlife in the waters of Alaska. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone going to Juneau, Alaska. Dolphin Tours did a great job. Overall, the whole experience was fantastic!
Reviewer: S & B
5 Stars
God's handiwork at it's best!
May 11, 2012
Highly recommend the whale watch AND glacier tour. Guide and onboard naturalist were very knowledgable of the marine mammals - were able to see several whales at a distance (first cruise of the season, whales still making migration north). Spotted several stellar sealions ""sunning"" on a buoy and a couple of eagles. The Mendenhall Glacier is too much for words, a must see. Overall experience was excellent!
Reviewer: ThomBanK
5 Stars
Saw lots of Whales
October 06, 2011
The whale watch portion was very good the guides were very knowledgeable and helped us see lots of whales, the Mendenhall glacier wasn't as good.
Reviewer: anniversary couple
4 Stars
Excellent experience
August 06, 2011
The captain was very dilligent in trying to find whales which resulted in an amazing number of whalws. The time for viewing was just right.
Reviewer: Lee
4 Stars
very professionally done.
July 14, 2011
the directions were great to find the tour director. We were very concerned when the cruise ship staff did not know about this tour. But it turned out fine.
Reviewer: russell and stella
5 Stars
Fun and Adventure
June 27, 2011
Ken & Ben were great. They played off of each other in way to humorously provide knowledge of the costal mammals.
Reviewer: Jerry
4 Stars
Met my expectations and more!
June 26, 2011
Terrific experience with a great boat Captain and On Board Naturalist. The crew went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Saw lot's of whales, bald eagles and sea lions. All that I hoped for and more!
Reviewer: Legal Eagle
5 Stars
A fun couple of hours!
June 05, 2011
Enjoyed the boat trip to try to find whales. We were pretty successful at it! Then took a trip to the glacier. Dropped off and had about an hour to explore. A little confusion as to who was picking us up, but someone was there right on time! Everyone VERY friendly!
Reviewer: Anniversary treat
4 Stars
Glad we picked this trip
September 28, 2010
The staff was knowledgable & friendly. We were in a small group that made it like a personal tour.
Reviewer: Floridians in Alaska
4 Stars
Awesome and exciting!!
August 16, 2010
We loved the excursion. The captain of the boat went out of his way to make sure we saw alot of whales!!
Reviewer: Mary
5 Stars