Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Enjoy a magical evening cruise that features great food, a relaxing ambience and guaranteed whale viewing.
A short motor coach ride brings you to scenic Auke Bay, where you'll board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage, a pristine marine wilderness surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. As whales are sighted, your skilled captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing opportunities. You'll be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone will be deployed so that you can experience their incredible 'singing'.
An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale, and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals and bald eagles.
Throughout the voyage the culinary experience highlights locally sourced cuisine. The menu includes dishes such as halibut Olympia, reindeer sausage cassoulet, snow crab cocktail, smoked meats and cheese trays and locally grown vegetables. A dessert bar features Alaska wild berry brownies, Alaska barley chocolate chip cookies and s’mores!
Please note: Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past 15 years, whales have been sighted on every tour. This tour is only available on ships staying in Juneau for the evening. The vessel is restroom equipped.