Boat Rides & Cruises in Juneau

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Boat Rides & Cruises in Juneau

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  • Joshua D
    1 contribution
    Excellent experience with very knowledgeable guides. James, Taylor and Monica were very friendly. Got to see and learn about several whales. Highly recommended
    Review of: Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Docsports
    Hammond, LA155 contributions
    We had an incredible experience on our whale watching tour. The crew was friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the wildlife and environment. They took the time to answer all of our questions and make sure we had a great time.
    We saw about 15 whales, many with calves. We were even able to see a whale breach right next to the boat! It was an unforgettable experience.
    In addition to the whales, we also saw sea lions. The crew was very good at spotting the wildlife and bringing us up close for a better look.
    The boat was comfortable and clean, and there was plenty of space to move around. There were also snacks and drinks available.
    Overall, we had an amazing time on our whale watching tour with Juneau's Premier Whale Watching. It was an experience we will never forget!
    Here are some specific things that I loved about the tour:
    The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife and environment.
    We saw a variety of different whales, as well as other marine life.
    The boat was comfortable and clean, and there was plenty of space to move around.
    The tour was well-organized and ran smoothly.
    I would highly recommend Juneau's Premier Whale Watching to anyone visiting Alaska! It is a truly unforgettable experience.
    We did this tour as an excursion, but booked direct. The meeting was easy and they made sure we had adequate time to make it back to the ship on time. I would recommend this tour over anything that the cruise ships offer.
    Review of: Juneau's Premier Whale Watching! - More time on the water!
    Written September 17, 2023
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  • Rainer Arnold
    Cardiff, UK200 contributions
    Seeing whales in the wild was simply amazing.
    Our jet boat pilot was funny and helpful.
    The native expert was knowledgeable.
    Would recommend.
    Review of: Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • ncpcdj
    2 contributions
    Captian terry and Libby were great! Saw lots of whales! Went to Juneau on 8-31-23 while on a NCL cruise. Hope to return one day.
    Review of: Juneau Whale Watching Adventure
    Written September 1, 2023
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  • TravelTheWorld303242
    Denver, CO88 contributions
    We did a whale watching tour with Alex and Sergio and had an amazing time! The driver who picked us up from our cruise ship was knowledgeable and helpful. We got to the boat and were greeted by Alex and Sergio. They were friendly, helpful and made sure we saw many whales!!! We even saw a mom and baby whale.
    Alex played with one of our toddlers and showed him the different parts of the boat. He still talks about how much fun he had.
    An excellent tour. I am so glad we booked directly with Alaska Luxury Tours instead of through the cruise ship. I would highly recommend.
    Review of: Private Luxury Whale Watch
    Written September 23, 2023
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  • Jess D
    1 contribution
    What an incredible experience. Anne Marie picked us up from the cruise port. The van was clean and spacious. She was very knowledgeable and great with our kids (ages 4, 6, 9). We first went on our whale watching tour with Shannon and Jen. I cannot say enough about this part of the trip. Obviously, the whale watching was a highlight, but Shannon and Jen made the entire trip one we will never forget. Shannon was extremely knowledgeable (she recognized the name of the whale we saw within a few seconds of seeing the fins) and was incredible with our kids (including having activity books and kid-friendly snacks/drinks - as well as adult-friendly snacks/drinks). Jen was the boat captain and whale spotter, but she still made time to let my 4 year old daughter sit by her and talk with her for a good chunk of time. After whale watching, Anne Marie picked us back up and took us to the Mendenhall Glacier and then to a salmon hatchery. All in all, this tour was worth it and would 100% recommend to others.
    Review of: Juneau by Land & Sea
    Written July 20, 2023
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  • CaptainChris
    Gout-Rossignol, France11 contributions
    I took advantage for a late booking on the 3.5 hour Whale Tour at Juneau. There was only about 17 of us on the catamaran. Boat was well equipped with opening side windows.It was well organised. Preliminary safety briefing by the organising young woman was informative. The young local skipper clearly new the waters and where to find the whales and other water creatures. We were sightng whales very soon after leaving the dock and kept them in sight for most of the cruise. The area the Skipper took us to was manly cruised by smaller craft the larger vessels were much further offshore. We stopped to recover crab pots for a local research project.
    Overall an excellent experience which clearly met the intent of Whale Watching.
    Review of: 3.5 Hour Whale Tour in Juneau Alaska...skip the crowds with us!
    Written September 26, 2023
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  • Ellen B
    1 contribution
    I wasn’t expecting too much, but the excursion description said we were guaranteed to see a whale. I thought we might see one or two in the distance, but we actually got to see about 15 of them all together! They were bubble feeding and we got to see them do it multiple times. When they had eaten all the fish in one area, they all started swimming toward our boat. One of them even swam so close that our boat captain, James, had to back up slowly to get out of the way. Some other whales got some passengers a little bit wet when they sprayed out of their blow holes. We were that close! After they swam past us, they started doing the bubble feeding again. Our tour guides, Steph and Kristen, were amazing at telling us about what we were seeing. They even got super excited because this was the best tour they had ever led in which the whales were so active! I would highly recommend this tour. It was the best part of our vacation!
    Review of: Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • John P
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    We had a great time. Ben and Miller were our tour guides and very knowledgeable of the area. The canoe trip over to the glacier was a bit of a workout but well worth it. It was amazing to see Mendenhall Glacier up close like that. I highly recommend liquid Alaska. They were on time, friendly, knowledgeable, and provided all the gear needed to keep us warm and dry.
    Review of: Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Michelle P
    1 contribution
    Excellent experience, our tour guide Boots was amazing. We get very close to the Glacier, and also the Nugget falls. We were blessed with an Excellent weather, no rain.
    Review of: Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Tour
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Michael L
    1 contribution
    Kimball was the greatest guide, our kids now want to raft in California. Dave is a horrible guide, scared the children and threw rocks at a bald Eagle, just appalling.
    Review of: Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Canoe, Paddle, and Trek
    Written July 3, 2023
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  • mjswansona
    Greenville, SC726 contributions
    I will start this review by stating that I am a very experienced kayaker. If you view this trip from a kayaking standpoint you will be sorely disappointed. If you want to see seals, bald eagles a beautiful view of mendenhal glacier and experience a great opportunity to paddle in glacial waters with great photo opportunities then you will enjoy the trip.

    The staff were very helpful and the bus driver was particularly entertaining and provided a great overview of the area.

    My biggest disappointment was that they put all of us in one group including those who had no paddling experience at all.
    Review of: Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour
    Written July 22, 2018
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  • Mandy R
    22 contributions
    Chris & Matt were wonderful! We did the whale watching/kayaking combo which was perfect for our teenage boys because it was more adventurous than just whale watching. They provided all the gear we needed and a wonderful snack! Highly recommend.
    Review of: Juneau Shore Excursion: Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
    Written August 1, 2023
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  • Grumbly
    Tampa55 contributions
    Unsure what to write as it is possible our adventure simply had the luck of the Irish, as it was amazing.

    Above and Beyond Alaska is an excellent, organized, high-quality company with skilled guides. Extremely responsive and friendly to my many questions. Had done two tours with them this trip, the other a bear excursion to Admiralty Island (which was fine, though not nearly as memorable).

    This specific tour (5 guests) was guided by Kris, a personable and knowledgeable gal. Bused to a boat, there is then a fairly lengthy trip to where booted off. The ride offered gorgeous views, manned by a cordial captain. Saw plenty of humpback whales, and a couple of sea lions.

    The whales did not breach. Also, boats not allowed to get within 100 yards, though the whales could come closer (I tried to entice one with peanut butter). Doubt any got within 300 yards. I believe Kris mentioned guests get closer to whales while in the boat as opposed to kayaking, which was a bit of a bummer.

    Then we were dropped off for kayaking. Good thing Kris knew where we were as pretty secluded. (Swear I saw Bigfoot.)

    We get in two person kayaks (suited and layered). Not for the feint of heart as when away from land the currents/wakes had some size.

    As we are trolling along we see whales in the distance. Far, but still cool.

    Then...dun Dun DUN!!!

    Our kayaks a good distance from lan, at one point we were seeing a lot of whales, and they were coming closer and closer. Kris (fear in her voice???) ordered us to bunch our kayaks for safety and stability, a humpback headed our way, apparently in search of peanut butter. It easily got within 60’ .(Got one of those memorable trip videos, the whale fluking after it passed.

    After a fair amount of time gathering ourselves, Kris said to head in.

    Then...DUN DUN DUN...

    Two massive whales appeared right in front of us, easily within 10-20’, from my view appearing to almost knock one kayak over.

    Unknown how much Kris tipped the whales for this performance, but it was well worth it.

    After this adrenaline rush, we paddled a looooong distance to land.

    I don’t want to attempt to convey all will have this experience, as I sense this was very unique.

    For our tiny lil group, what a memory.

    If book this trip, I suggest bring some peanut butter as b
    Review of: Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
    Written September 19, 2021
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