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    Glacier Bay

    If you are interested in viewing wildlife, you'll want to be out on deck at least a half hour before entering Glacier Bay and remain on deck for at least an hour or two. You may see whales (more than one type), sea lions, sea otters, puffins and other birds. As you get further into the Bay, where the passage narrows and the land is closer, you could see mountain goats on the hillsides, brown bears walking along the shore or browsing the hillsides for blueberries, or even an occasional moose walking along the shoreline. In our 14 Alaska cruises, Glacier Bay has never disappointed us! In our opinion, the breathtaking glaciers are just a few of the many treasures it holds. The more you know about Glacier Bay National Park, the more you will enjoy the few hours you'll be spending there. I'd suggest visiting the National Park Service link as a starter...https://www.nps.gov/glba/index.htm The waters of Icy Strait, through which you'll be cruising outside Glacier Bay, are also known for the wildlife that inhabit them. Humpback whales are often seen near Point Adolphus, across Icy Strait from the mouth of Glacier Bay, to the southeast. If you're interested in seeing wildlife from the ship, be sure to have binoculars with you at all times because the wildlife is usually quite a distance away! Hope you have a fantastic and memorable cruise!
  2. Nice to hear! Captain Steve is great with kids--he and his wife still have two school age daughters at home. Know your trip will be an educational and memorable one for the whole family!
  3. Just back from the 14-day Voyage of the Glaciers on the Island Princess. Went out with Captain Steve (Harv & Marv's #1 captain for years but has started his own Alaska Humpback Adventures--see previous posts and TripAdvisor for reviews) on the northbound and southbound Juneau port days. We thought our first trip was great, as we watched a humpback cow and calf feeding together as well as another 4 or 5 humpbacks. But the next week Captain Steve followed a hunch and found a large group of bubblenet feeding humpbacks that hadn't been seen in the waters of Auke Bay (Juneau) yet this summer. We watched them net about every 5 minutes for as long as the regulations allow and got amazing video footage and stills. Captain Steve's boat has a hydrophone, which enabled us to hear the whales signaling so we knew when they are about to surface! Steve seems to have a sixth sense about finding the whales, as he's proven many times over the years. Of course, all the captains radio each other when they find the whales (his first call was to Jaylee, who happens to be his niece!) because they want everyone to have a great experience, so within a short time many boats were gathered to enjoy the most uncommon spectacle of bubblenet feeding. It was an amazing whale watching experience that was one of the major highlights of our cruise!
  4. If you'd prefer to let someone else do the driving so you can just enjoy the experience, we'd highly recommend contacting Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours. They use minivans so they can accommodate a small group. Dave and Kat are great. I believe you can engage them for a specific number of hours and they'll be happy to help you create a tour that includes anything you'd like to see. We happened to see a black bear sow and her two cubs at Herring Cove when we were there one July. And we saw scores of bald eagles in the same area. Dave also dropped us off at one end of an easy trail (can't remember now just where it was!) and picked us up at the other end. I recommend contacting Dave directly at 907.254.7286 and telling him what you have in mind. He is very easy to work with and knowledgeable about the area. They stay very busy so you may want to touch base soon!
  5. Hello! The Comfort Inn Ship Creek provides courtesy transportation to/from the airport and the train depot. Even though the depot is very close to the hotel, it would be much more convenient to use the shuttle!
  6. Harv and Marv and Jayleen are very good. But over our 12 cruises and numerous whale watch operators, Captain Steve of Alaska Humpback Adventures is unparalleled for small boat whale watching! Check out reviews on TripAdvisor. Connect with him at 907.209.7005.
  7. The first excursion we book the minute we confirm our Alaska cruise dates each year is whale watching. After going out with numerous captains during our dozen Alaska cruises, we can say that Captain Steve of Alaska Humpback Adventures is unparalleled in the waters around Juneau. Cannot recommend them enough for an intimate whale watching experience (6-passenger boat). A longtime Juneau resident, Captain Steve was the #1 captain for Harv & Marv's whale watching operation for years (which is where we "discovered" him) before he started his own company. The waters around Juneau are teeming with life so even if you don't luck out with a sighting of bubble-net feeding humpbacks, Captain Steve will make sure you've had a wildlife adventure by the time you return to the dock! We usually see humpbacks, orcas, Stellar sea lions, bald eagles, various water fowl, and often Dall's porpoises. This year, there are at least two humpback calves in the area so there should be plenty of breaching and frolicking to be observed! With the wildlife and the gorgeous scenery (including glaciers), this excursion is always memorable. Check out the fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g31020-d14070218-Reviews-Alaska_Humpback_Adventures-Juneau_Alaska.html\). The four-hour excursion still leaves time to check out Mendenhall Glacier, Mt. Roberts Tram or any number of other Juneau attractions. They can be reached at 907.209.7005 and www.alaskahumpbackadventures.com.
  8. So enjoying your detailed posts! Hope you're having a fabulous day in Glacier Bay. Love watching for marine mammals around the mouth of the Bay--the waters always seem to be teeming with life! Quick question re: laundry. A few cruises ago the ship's laundry service shrunk a couple of our shirts (polo-type) so we've been hesitant to use them again. We'd take fewer clothes if we could rely on the laundry service to not shrink any items. Are there special instructions you can suggest that may help prevent that problem?
  9. We're boarding the Island soon and are wondering if anyone who has recently cruised on her has had a power strip confiscated. We've read conflicting posts so would greatly appreciate some reliable information. Many thanks!
  10. If anyone else finds themselves without a confirmed whale watching reservation, whether because the operator had to cancel or they're still in the planning phase, we highly recommend Captain Steve. See previous post for details: Captain Steve, of Alaska Humpback Adventures (https://www.alaskahumpbackadventures.com/), in our opinion, is unparalleled! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g31020-d14070218-Reviews-Alaska_Humpback_Adventures-Juneau_Alaska.html. We've booked them for both days in Juneau--always the first excursion we book as soon as we confirm our annual Alaska cruise dates (this will be our 13th!). Cannot recommend them enough for an intimate whale watching experience (6-passenger boat). A longtime Juneau resident, Captain Steve was the #1 captain for Harv & Marv's whale watching operation for years (which is where we "discovered" him) before he started his own company. He's the brother-in-law of one of the founders (and Jayleen's uncle!). The waters around Juneau are teeming with life so even if you don't luck out with a sighting of bubble-net feeding humpbacks, Captain Steve will make sure you've had a wildlife adventure by the time you return to the dock! This year there are two calves in the area so there should be plenty of breaching and frolicking to observe!
  11. We, too, have sailed on the Island both before and after the aft reconfiguration and have noticed no appreciable difference, except for having to walk through inside the ship to complete the aft circuit of the Promenade deck (or simply turn around and walk the other direction!). Have encountered no longer lines or wait times for the MDR or Horizon Court since the reconfiguration. Thank you to HaveDogWillTravel for posting those pics of the Promenade deck! Just looking at the pics was an instant stress relief! Hubby and I enjoy the Promenade so much, we've not been able to bring ourselves to sail on a ship without one, even though it limits our options. geoherb--kudos for your persistence in getting your flight conundrum resolved so beautifully! May that be the only hiccup you experience in your solo adventure!
  12. Thank you for taking time to report on your cruise! We'll be watching for the updates, as we board the Island for the 14-day cruise the day you disembark. We did the same cruise last year and loved it! Going to Glacier Bay twice was a dream and whale watching in Juneau twice with our favorite captain was such a treat! If you're considering whale watching in Juneau, it's hard to beat Captain Steve (www.alaskahumpbackadventures.com)! In our opinion (after over a dozen whale watching trips with various operators over the years), he provides the most rewarding wildlife experience in the waters around Juneau! His 6-person boat offers the perfect intimate whale watching experience and the open decks are fantastic vantage points for shooting videos. Last year we had orcas swimming along so close to us we could have touched them. If you're fortunate to observe bubble-net feeding behavior, Captain Steve will turn on the hydrophone so you can hear the whales signaling before they explode to the surface with their huge mouths open--an unforgettable experience! Congratulations on your cabin upgrade and great location! If you enjoy spending time on the open decks, check out the forward "secret" decks on 10 and 11. Even when we have a balcony room, that's where we spend most of our time, spotting whales, birds and other wildlife. If you think about it, we'd love to know what nights they serve king crab legs in the MDR. Looking forward to reading more as you have time to report along the way!
  13. Never stayed at the Pan Pacific but recently saw they have an Alaska Cruise Package that includes breakfast for two and complimentary luggage transfer to Canada Place Pier. Might be worth a look!
  14. We've used Comfort Inn Ship Creek several times. They have airport shuttle and you can see the train depot from the hotel! (Of course, that also means you may hear a late night or early morning train!) Being a Comfort Inn, it's nothing fancy, but it's clean and comfortable and backs up to Ship Creek where you can watch people fish and walk a nice paved trail. Certainly more laid back and quiet than hotels downtown. It's also next door to the Ulu Factory, which is a great place to pick up some Alaska gifts. Have a great trip!
  15. Captain Steve, of Alaska Humpback Adventures (https://www.alaskahumpbackadventures.com/), in our opinion, is unparalleled! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g31020-d14070218-Reviews-Alaska_Humpback_Adventures-Juneau_Alaska.html. We've booked them for both days in Juneau--always the first excursion we book as soon as we confirm our annual Alaska cruise dates (this will be our 13th!). Cannot recommend them enough for an intimate whale watching experience (6-passenger boat). A longtime Juneau resident, Captain Steve was the #1 captain for Harv & Marv's whale watching operation for years (which is where we "discovered" him) before he started his own company. He's the brother-in-law of one of the founders (and Jayleen's uncle!). The waters around Juneau are teeming with life so even if you don't luck out with a sighting of bubble-net feeding humpbacks, Captain Steve will make sure you've had a wildlife adventure by the time you return to the dock! This year there are two calves in the area so there should be plenty of breaching and frolicking to observe!
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