The entire day felt like we were being cared for personally, and not being dished standard corporate fare.
Captain George and Anna were our hosts on this daytrip down the Lynn Canal to Juneau. The Fjord Express is a beautiful catamaran that covered a very long distance in a reasonable time (about 80 miles (150 kms) within 2 1/4 hours from Haines!). The crew was very personable and went way out of their way to ensure that we maximized our wildlife viewing opportunities on the way to Juneau and back.
I have been on whale and wildlife watching tours elsewhere, and learned to not set my hopes too high. Alaska Fjordlines easily beat any other experience I have ever had.
We had a great lunch at the Flight Deck in Juneau with 3 other couples we met on the Fjord Express, and enjoyed visiting Mendenhall Glacier, but the highlight of the day was the journey to/from Juneau, not Juneau itself.
It is a long day, so prepare yourself mentally accordingly.
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