Posted January 20th, 2014, 06:49 PM
Tracy Arm Fjord -- Thought this was a place to splurge and do one of the boat tours to get up close -- about $180 pp
Is this through your vessel or out of Juneau? There's an independent tour of Juneau which is about that price and will usually see whales on the way, if not in Tracy Arm.
I disagree with the other poster who said to stay on your ship and not spring for the smaller boat. You will not get as close and it's truly worth it. The ice floes at the face of the glacier are covered with harbor seals and it's not the same to look at them through binoculars.
Skagway -- to save dollars, thought here I'd rent a car, get Murray's guide and do a scenic driving trip with stops, My parents will probably come on the cruise too, so there might be five of us (so we'd split the rental car cost too.)
This will be cheaper than a tour and very much worthwhile.
uneau -- Looking at doing whale watching here, mostly because DS really enjoys whale watching and we haven't done any of this in the last four years or so (about $200 a pop here, so another splurge). In reality, for me and DH we've been on five different whale watching trips over the years, so I'd be more than happy to skip, but I think this is a must for DS with his love of marine mammals and desire to do whale watching.
If your parents are along, may I suggest they go with your son and you and your husband do something less expensive like go to the glacier and hike? I realize it's the mentality to have everyone move together as one closely knit herd, but why waste the money if you're not going to utterly enjoy it? I just love going out on the water, and do so every chance I get, so that's something to consider. There's shoreline and islands everywhere. It's not like in CA or Mexico, where there's nothing but ocean and whales.
And I agree with others. $200 is much too high, wherever you're getting that price. If it's the ship's, go independent.
Alaska's one of the most beautiful places on earth. And that's free.