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Yikes with the calving at Hubbard. We had zero but the sunlight was magnificent and at the right angle the full time we were there. Thanks again.

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Monday May 27 - Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

 

Today was our first actual port, a stop in Icy Strait Point, an Alaska Native owned-and-operated community, with all profits directly supporting the community of Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Native Tlingit village. 

 

You can learn more about Icy Strait Point here:  https://icystraitpoint.com/

 

We were racing with the Celebrity Millenium to get into ISP.   They ended up docking and we were tendering today.

 

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We typically plan our own port excursions however today we actually booked through Azamara to do a combined whale and bear tour.   We knew going in the likelihood of seeing bears was minimal given how early in the season we were visiting (i.e. before the salmon were running).  But we were here so we thought we would try.....

 

We met on the dock:

 

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Our tour boat....

 

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And we were off...

 

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Our first wildlife sighting.....

 

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The boat we were on was quite unique....it moved at speed to get us out to the whales but once it slowed down, they opened the windows along both sides so every had great views.   You can see here the window is swung in and hooked to the ceiling.

 

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There was a second group of folks from Azamara doing just the whale watch portion of the tour.   There were alot fewer folks on our boat.....

 

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And back to the whales....

 

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We got a look at the "Three Wolves" on the 28th when we were out with Glacier Winds Charters. Your whale watch boat sure had some big Dobermans' sitting on the stern. And 3 of them, at that!

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