Juneau, Alaska, US
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A narrated motorcoach tour takes you to view and photograph Alaska's most famous river of ice -- Mendenhall Glacier. At the Visitor Center, you'll have the opportunity to visit with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, appreciate the landscape-carving force of glacial ice.
Continue to Auke Bay to board a deluxe expedition vessel designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage -- a pristine marine wilderness that is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales.
As whales are sighted, your skilled captain gently maneuvers 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.
An onboard 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, bald eagles and more.
Throughout the voyage, you'll be treated to a delicious variety of appetizers, including white fish Olympia, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon dip, vegetable crudité and various delicious desserts. Tea, coffee and cocoa will be served. Beverages are available at an additional charge.
Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. The operator of this tour guarantees that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator after 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 selection of food includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. Hot meal items will be available during the first 1.5 hours of the cruise. Cold food items and desserts will be available for the duration or as supplies last. The vessel is restroom-equipped.