This was such a great tour! My sister and I took our first cruise to Alaska the last week of September, 2013. We were on a Princess cruise, and booked online before we embarked. I picked it based on the description of a small group and the boat designed for taking photos. I did not know that when I booked us on a "photo safari" that we would be getting such professional and welcome advice on how to actually take some great pictures.
Our guide, Hugh, was so great with everyone, no matter what kind of camera they were using. He was also very knowledgeable about the area, the flora and the fauna, and tried to share as much as he could in such a short time. I got some really great advice and took quite a few pictures that I'm really proud of, as well as getting information from someone who clearly loves where he lives and what he does.
The rain forest hike and the glacier were fun,and I got a couple of great shots thanks to Hugh. After the hike, there were even snacks and water waiting for us on the bus - a welcome surprise, but the best part of my day was getting out on that boat with Captain Jim and seeing the whales. We spotted plenty of other creatures as well - porpoises, Stellar sea lions, and a few bald eagles. The special boat makes a huge difference - I felt like I was right in the water and it was a blast shooting pictures - I shot over 300 that day!
I learned a great deal about my camera and even more about Alaska - Hugh and Jim are very passionate about what they do and that came through loud and clear. My sister and I had one of our two best days of the cruise on this excursion. Book it - you won't be disappointed!
Mary Lange and Sandra Taylor from Calgary
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