We did the Whales, Bears, and Glaciers Tour on August 2, 2013. We booked online (not via cruise ship), months before, and all went smoothly. Our guide Jacqueline, a delightful Alaskan college student, met us on the dock; we were the first off the Disney Wonder and she was there already. We waited a few minutes for our shuttle driver who took us to the airport. We boarded a small Cessna to Chicagoff Island, for a 45 minute flight. It was a gorgeous morning, hardly any clouds, bright blue skies. Gorgeous flight! Our pilot even circled when we pointed out some humpbacks. After landing at Hoonah International Airport (a landing strip and single building!) we met our local guide, Johnny, who took us to look for bears. We stopped first at a bridge over a salmon stream. We saw hundreds, if not thousands, of salmon, and a bald eagle, but no bears. He took us to another stream where there were 2 juvenile coastal brown bears. We also saw a deer. We then boarded another Wings over Alaska plane with Jamie, our awesome pilot. She gave us headphones to hear her and took us over 3 glaciers on the way back to Juneau. The views were just beautiful in the perfect weather. She landed in the wind diagonally but made it feel like landing on cotton balls. Wow. We were then shuttled to the boat dock to meet our boat captain. We were supposed to get lunch, but there was a mix up, so sandwiches were apologetically provided after the tour. We were on the boat with 2 other families, about 12 people total. It was a bit crowded but not bad--still better than the large tour boats. The tour went well, we saw humpbacks 3 times, and some Dall's porpoises. We were then shuttled back to the ship, but were given the option of being dropped off in the shopping area of the pier if we wished. It was our favorite day of the entire trip. Many thanks to the several people who all coordinated our day.
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