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Had an excellent time looking for whales. Got to see quite few surface, spout and then dive again. We had 5 whales around the boat. The last whale we saw surfaced and was headed directly toward the boat before he dove under. Captain Jordan did a fantastic job. Christy and the other naturalist did a great job explaining about what the whales were doing and how to identify them by their tails.
Mendenhall Glacier wasn't nearly as impressive as Hubbard, plus it was raining. Did however get to see a cinnamon colored black bear with her 2 cubs.
Mendenhall was very impressive, and the visitors center was educational.
But most amazing was the whale watching. The very enthusiastic tour guides were able to recognize the individual whales by the markings on their tales. They had a book of photographs of each of the regulars, with their histories and stories. It was so peaceful watching the whales, enjoying the mountains and the water - definite must-do!
We had a great trip on a beautiful warm day. We saw humpbacks, Dall's porpoises and many eagles. We learned a lot from the naturalist and the driver. They were great, the boat was comfortable and we had a good time. Much cheaper than the Princess tours offered.
Really a great trip and I highly recommend Juneau Tours. We did the combo whale watch and Glacier tour which worked out great through Juneau. The whale watching part was great, we saw lots of whales and the guides were entertaining. There were a lot of boats out in the same general area, so how many whales you see is more about luck of the day...then which boat you are on. Guides on Juneau were great, but I heard good things from other cruise passengers about guides elsewhere. The difference we saw with Juneau was a less structured approach at the Mendenhall Glacier Park. They had buses arriving/departing every half hour which allowed you to stay for as long or short a time as you wanted. The glacier park has a lot of trails to explore, so we wanted a little more time there. People on other tours complained that they were only allowed an hour total at the park, which is not enough time for anything more than the gift shop and observatory, display area. With Juneau Tours we made our own timetable allowing for time to take the trail to the waterfall an a few other easy trails as well. One word of warning, you may want to pack some extra snacks - Juneau Tours gave out granola bars and water on the boat, but no food is available at the Mendenhall Glacier National Park at all.
I wish I could post the video... too large... this tour guaranteed whale sightings and it could not have been any better! Must see.
My appreciation once again to VIATOR for their incredible offerings. We booked all 3 land excursions during our Holland America Alaska Cruise with VIATOR instead of the cruiseline, which is always risky. Everything went without a hitch and we saved a lot of money in the process.
We had a great day with Juneau tours whale watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo Tour. Everything was organised and timed perfectly. Our boat captain was Jason, with Olivia and Ty assisting. we saw lots of whales from a nice new boat. The Glacier was amazing and we had plenty of time without feeling rushed to get back to port. There were regular buses to get back into town from the Glacier and good information to make sure we knew what to do and where to go. Would definitely recommend
Very organized, nice boat, great trip! We saw bald eagles and about 8 whales on our recent trip. The staff was VERY knowledgeable about the area and their whales. They recognize each whale by the colors/design on its tale, and call them by name. Our bus driver's name was DL, captain of the boat was Steve, and the staff on the boat were Mark and Olivia. All were helpful, courteous, and made the trip well worth it. After the whale watching, the bus dropped us off at Mendenhall Glacier, where we could spend as much as time as we wanted to, and took another shuttle back to our cruise ship whenever we were ready to return. The glacier and waterfall were stunning!
We greatly enjoyed our trip. Weather turned out clear, saw numerous whales and even sea lions. Our tour guides were fun, engaged, and very knowledgeable. We recommend this tour to others.
We had a wonderful whale watch. The weather held off--it was cold but not raining. We saw numerous whales, including a few that took a dive for us and showed their beautiful tails. We did not see any whales breach, however. Some whales swam right up to the boat.
The tour guides were wonderful. They could recognize the whales by their tails--apparently, that isn't uncommon, since whale tails are like their fingerprints. I highly recommend this tour.
It was amazing!!!
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