This had to be my favorite excursion of our recent Princess cruise. The trip started with a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier and I thought the day couldn't get any better. I was wrong. After a motor coach trip to the dock, we boarded the boat for our whale watching experience. Since it was drizzly and cool, I was glad to see the large, roomy indoor seating on two levels with large windows all around. They provided us with binoculars and offered us free hot chocolate or coffee. After a short ride, we were advised that there was a pod of humpbacks ahead and everyone rushed outside to view. There was a lot of room on the 2nd level, but for the best views, there was even a third open level. The whales "performed for us" for quite some time and everyone had a chance to get to the rail for pictures or just to see them up close.
Then an orca was spotted and the captain repositioned the boat. It was interesting to listen to the crew members as they were as excited to spot the orcas as the passengers. It had been awhile since any had been spotted.
Finally, the captain said we needed to head to the lodge for our salmon bake, so everyone headed back inside the boat to share pictures and listen to the naturalists on board discuss what we had witnessed. The meal at the beautiful Orca Point Lodge was prepared and waiting for us. You had a choice of either salmon or chicken and sides. Tea or lemonade was included, but there was also a cash bar with wine and beer available. There was a nice gift shop and very clean restrooms. Outside there was a viewing room where you could touch some of the small wildlife from the area waters with a naturalist to explain what you were viewing/touching.
The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. The whole experience was just wonderful.
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