Experience Alaska's unique glaciers and wildlife from two distinctly different vantage points during this glacier and whale-watching expedition by land and sea.
This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.
Depart the pier for the narrated drive to the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska's most renowned glacier. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to take in spectacular views and photo opportunities of the glacier and its surroundings. Afterward, a visit will be made to the newly-renovated Glacier Visitor Center to view interactive exhibits depicting the landscape-carving force of glacial ice. Time permitting, you can stroll the glacier-view path or take a short walk to view salmon in a nearby stream.
Next, you will take a scenic drive through the Mendenhall Valley, then past Auke Lake to Auke Bay. Here, you will board a waterjet-powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing, then set out to explore Stephen's Passage. You will relax in the warm, comfortable and spacious main cabin as you pass by pristine marine wilderness surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoise, seals, bald eagles, and more.
Upon sighting the whales, your captain will gently maneuver the vessel for optimal viewing and photographic opportunities. You will be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. Since the whales are often close enough to hear them breathe, be sure to bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside Observation Deck.
Throughout the cruise, your onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale. Your crew will also point out wildlife, and provide assistance throughout the tour. While soaking in the peaceful ambiance of Alaska's long evening glow, you will be served a selection of appetizers, desserts and complimentary beverages.
At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Auke Bay, then be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: The operators of this excursion guarantee that you will be able to view at least one whale, or receive $100 cash ($50 refund per child) as you disembark the vessel. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the Observation Deck.