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Glacier Wind Charters

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Hoonah, AK, USA
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About Glacier Wind Charters
Glacier Wind Charters provides personalized, small-group whale watching tours departing from Hoonah, Alaska near Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait affords our guests a unique whale and wildlife watching experience which will be enjoyed aboard our specially designed catamarans, Apogee and Catabatic. With a lifetime of experience on the local waters, captain's Shawn and Casey have been providing our guests with memories that will last a lifetime since 1995.
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Michele M wrote a review Yesterday
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This was such an incredible tour! After having bad experiences on large, overcrowded boat tours, we decided to book this smaller tour. It was nothing short of amazing. From the moment Teresa picked us up-everything was just perfect. She gave us highlights of the area as she drove us to the harbor. She even pulled into where they lived to show us an eagles nest nearby! We were the greeted at the harbor by Captain Shawn. He was so kind and so knowledgeable. We loved listening to him talk about his hometown and how things worked in the area. You could hear the pride in his voice!! He worked hard to get us up close and personal with the whales. We tracked several groups and Captain Shawn worked hard maneuvering the boat to try to get us the best tail pics! We will be back and do another tour with them the next time we are in Alaska! We will recommend them to everyone! Thanks for everything Teresa and Captain Shawn! Enjoy your winter! From Tom and Michele in Iowa!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Mike Y wrote a review Sep 22
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We booked our whale watching with Glacier Wind Charters due to their 5 star reviews, exceptional customer service and smaller boats. Due to unfortunate circumstances (Covid), we had to cancel our cruise 4 days prior to to departure and therefore had to cancel our reservation knowing fully the terms of the cancellation policy. We notified Shawn and Teresa at Glacier Wind Charters of the circumstances. Teresa responded almost immediately and indicated they would make attempts to fill the vacant spots (which would result in a refund of the excursion) by contacting former customers on the ships, advertising, etc. She even suggested that we post on the cruise forum if we happened to be on one of these forum's for our ship. Teresa followed up again the day after the excursion to let us know whether they had been successful in filling the spots, but to also see how we were. Both Shawn and Teresa's attention and follow up with their customers is fantastic. We are hopeful that in the future we will be able to book the Whale Watching Excursion again with Glacier Wind Charters and will not hesitate in a moment to to so.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded 3 days ago
We sure hope you’ll be able to come to Alaska, maybe next summer!? We appreciate that you have taken the time to write a fabulous review for us. Thank you!
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Roy N wrote a review Sep 20
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Shawn and Teresa were both wonderful hosts. Great day on the water in very nice boat! Saw pods of Orcas and multiple Humpback whales. A real treat to watch them feeding. Also found dolphins and sealions! And you will love Teresa's hot chocolate! Thanks for a great day. Roy and Linda
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded 3 days ago
Taking the time to post a great review on Trip Advisor is really appreciated. That was a lucky day to see both humpbacks and orcas! I’m glad you liked the hot chocolate :) Thank you!
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Robi wrote a review Sep 18
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Glacier Wind Charters is an outstanding company that goes that extra mile for their customers. Teresa is an absolute sweetheart of a gem and provided the several extra touches and lots of knowledge. Our Captain was Casey, who did a fantastic job both finding the whales, and sharing so much information about the Icy Strait Point/Hoonah area. This family definitely enjoys what they do and that shines through in the experience they provide their customers.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you very much for your outstanding review for us! It means a lot. We truly do enjoy our “jobs” and are so glad that everything was fantastic.
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Danny V wrote a review Sep 17
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We are a group of 6 (including 2 small children). Shawn took us on whale watching excursions. He was really good with kids and very patience as well. We got to see so many orcas and got to see a few humpbacks. He also took us to see sea lions and sea otters. The kids love seeing all the whales. Overall great experience and will definitely recommend doing this.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to share about your great experience with us! We’re glad your family finally got to come to Alaska - and got to see so much! We really appreciate your recommendations!
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