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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: 90-Minute Fjords National Monument Seaplane Tour

Ketchikan, Alaska

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An absolute 'must do' while in Ketchikan! The scenery is spectacular, even though the weather was cloudy and rainy on the day we took this tour in mid-May - living up to the name 'Misty Fjords'. I'm sure this would be a phenomenal experience on a sunny day.
We were collected right at the cruise ship dock and taken less than a 5-minute drive to meet the float plane - a classic de Havilland Beaver.
The flying experience consisted of meandering up and down the fjords, about 20-minutes out of Ketchikan, and a water landing at a dock where we were able to get out of the plane to take in the surroundings in the wilderness for about 10-minutes.
Totally worth it, and would do it again!



Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Juneau, Alaska

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great experience!
We were able to see humpback whales breaching (one dove right underneath our tour boat as well) and sea lions clustered on a buoy. Spectacular scenery. Our guide on the boat, Cinnamon, did a fantastic job narrating the experience and answering questions.
Mendenhall Glacier tour consisted of being dropped off at the Visitor's Center for just over an hour of self-guided wandering.
Downsides of this tour;
- Long ride by bus from downtown Juneau to Auke Bay, to board the tour boat.
- Many other tour boats circling around the whales.
- Mendenhall Glacier portion of the tour basically an extended photo op from the vantage point of the Visitor Center; there wasn't quite enough time to walk the trails to get as close to the glacier as possible.
- Long bus ride back to downtown Juneau.

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  • Humpback whale breaching near Auke Bay, AK

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