Our family of four (myself, my wife, and two daughters age 18 and 20) booked this tour through the Disney Cruise line website.
Our tour guide Mike was amazing. His knowledge of glaciers and the area is unparalleled. Mike has worked as a university Geography professor in Juneau with a specialty in Glaciers, so you can imagine just how knowledgeable he is.
Our tour started off with Mike pointing out about 20 bald eagles roosting on the side of the road in a park. Wow! We continued on to a nature reserve area where we took a sample of water and recorded all the living creatures in the water sample. This was very interesting.
We then walked through a nature reserve where Bears have been known to hang out as was evidenced by what we found along the trail. Unfortunate we didn’t see any bears on our walk. Maybe the others kids in our group scared them off, this was one thing we didn’t enjoy about this tour. Our tour included two other families and the other two families had very busy boys age 8-14 that were everywhere and made some of the tour pretty busy.
After our walk we visited Mendall Glacier which was super interesting and beautiful. Mike’s knowledge of Glaciers also made this part of the trip.
We then boarded the custom made whale watching boat to go find some whales. Our captain (Dan I believe his name was) was excellent, and extremely safe. The boat this company has for whale watching is super innovative and safe! All the windows can open up when you get to the whales and getting to the whales the windows stay closed so you can basically fly on the water. 3-250hp Yamaha outboard motors power their boats so you can imagine how fast they go.
First thing we did before our whale watching tour was to check a lobster trap to see what is crawling on the bottom of the ocean and see if there are any invasive species. Once this was done and recorded we headed out whale watching.
On our trip we saw both humpback whales and orcas. We actually saw a pod of about 15 orcas. We also were able to identify the two jump back whales we saw as whales that have been previously identified in the area, so that was very cool.
On the way back we quickly took a look at some sea lions sitting on a buoy and then headed back as we were out of time.
Definitely recommend this tour!
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