Icy Strait Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

Spend your day in Icy Strait skimming over the cool, blue waters of the North Pacific. See magnificent humpback whales as they emerge to the surface from the comfort of a boat.
The Naturalist on board the St.
Sail Date: July 2019
The Naturalist on board the St. Gregory was really good at describing local whale behavior, etc... there was also a native lady (forgot her name) that did an excellent job describing the native culture and a bit of the history of Hoonah.
The Naturalist on board the St. Gregory was really good at describing local whale behavior, etc... there was also a native lady (forgot her name) that did an excellent job describing the native culture and a bit of the history of Hoonah. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
whale siting was very marginal.
Sail Date: July 2019
whale siting was very marginal. couldn't even take a photo we were so far away.
whale siting was very marginal. couldn't even take a photo we were so far away. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We saw the whales very closely.
Sail Date: July 2019
We saw the whales very closely. They traveled around our boat. Captain was so experienced and we had a great time.
We saw the whales very closely. They traveled around our boat. Captain was so experienced and we had a great time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The staff are excellent and very informative.
Sail Date: July 2019
The staff are excellent and very informative. They even provide a pair of binoculars per seating area. We did get to see a pod of Orca's and a humpback whale. We were one of the first to board, and was able to secure a spot on ... Read More
The staff are excellent and very informative. They even provide a pair of binoculars per seating area. We did get to see a pod of Orca's and a humpback whale. We were one of the first to board, and was able to secure a spot on the top level which made it so much nicer for seeing the Orca's and whale. They sell drinks and snacks at a very reasonable cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared ...
Sail Date: July 2019
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared to what looked like a hundred on the other boat. Highly recommend
Terrific excursion - saw humpbacks, orcas, otters and a bear - 6 people total on the boat compared to what looked like a hundred on the other boat. Highly recommend Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears.
Sail Date: June 2019
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears. Also saw eagles. After that we boarded a boat for whale watching. We saw whales and sea lions. Great excursion!
We went by bus to a wilderness area and got to see a couple of bears. Also saw eagles. After that we boarded a boat for whale watching. We saw whales and sea lions. Great excursion! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nightmare boarding of ship.
Sail Date: June 2019
Nightmare boarding of ship. Multiple tours with different times all trying to get down pier at same time and nobody controlling it. They just stood around. Many of us discussed we thought we were getting on a small whale watching tour (not ... Read More
Nightmare boarding of ship. Multiple tours with different times all trying to get down pier at same time and nobody controlling it. They just stood around. Many of us discussed we thought we were getting on a small whale watching tour (not private) but we over 100 people on it. Saw minimum baby or small female whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I enjoyed it.
Sail Date: June 2019
I enjoyed it. I had taken a sea sickness pill before I set out but the boat was fairly large. I found it easy to see out the windows and the captain opened the forward deck once we reached the main viewing area. I wore my winter jacket and ... Read More
I enjoyed it. I had taken a sea sickness pill before I set out but the boat was fairly large. I found it easy to see out the windows and the captain opened the forward deck once we reached the main viewing area. I wore my winter jacket and hat on this trip and it was the right choice. My husband stayed on shore and noticed a bunch of whales breaching behind us that we never saw. After the tour we explored Icy strait on our own. We had the Halibut fish and chips here (at the Cannery or cookhouse I think) and I preferred them to the ones we had in Juno. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Sail Date: June 2019
Lots of whales & long cruise.
Lots of whales & long cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles.
Sail Date: May 2019
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles. It was a great day for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Teresa and Shawn were great and this was a wonderful family owned business. There was only 6 on our boat, so ... Read More
We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and eagles. It was a great day for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Teresa and Shawn were great and this was a wonderful family owned business. There was only 6 on our boat, so we didn't have to fight the crowds of larger tour groups. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St.
Sail Date: May 2019
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St. Michael, provided binoculars, and outstanding experience viewing multiple animals.
This was by far the best excursion with informative staff on the St. Michael, provided binoculars, and outstanding experience viewing multiple animals. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic!
Sail Date: May 2019
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions.
Fantastic! Saw many whales, otter & sea lions. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Small group of around 17 people.
Sail Date: May 2019
Small group of around 17 people. Saw many whales including a mother and calf and got to see a whale breach. Walked around the shops but everything was overpriced. I saw the same handcrafted item I got in Juneau for $40 more. Very ... Read More
Small group of around 17 people. Saw many whales including a mother and calf and got to see a whale breach. Walked around the shops but everything was overpriced. I saw the same handcrafted item I got in Juneau for $40 more. Very crowded so we just went back to the ship for lunch and didn't go back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw 1 whale.
Sail Date: May 2019
We saw 1 whale. The bus left before 2pm, we told the staff that we had someone missing, and thankfully they put her on a different excursion so not all was lost for her. But I've seen more whales and sea lions from the Oregon coast.
We saw 1 whale. The bus left before 2pm, we told the staff that we had someone missing, and thankfully they put her on a different excursion so not all was lost for her. But I've seen more whales and sea lions from the Oregon coast. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat.
Sail Date: May 2019
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat. We saw numerous breaching and bubble net feeding. Our boat stayed after all others left and that was when the magic happened! Almost forgot, we saw two big brown bears ... Read More
Great third generation, family-owned business.Small six person boat. We saw numerous breaching and bubble net feeding. Our boat stayed after all others left and that was when the magic happened! Almost forgot, we saw two big brown bears at the beginning of our tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour!
Sail Date: May 2019
Great tour! Whale watching where we saw humpbacks and orcas. The boat was roomy and had both viewing available from inside (with drop down windows) and outside. Experienced and friendly crew.
Great tour! Whale watching where we saw humpbacks and orcas. The boat was roomy and had both viewing available from inside (with drop down windows) and outside. Experienced and friendly crew. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was not my thing.
Sail Date: May 2019
Was not my thing. You do see whales but mostly the top of their backs. No jumping like seen in photos. This one you just take your chances with I guess.
Was not my thing. You do see whales but mostly the top of their backs. No jumping like seen in photos. This one you just take your chances with I guess. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc ...
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc rollcall. Had a fantastic time and saw plenty of wildlife.
We booked this small, 22 passenger whale watch independently with a group of people from the cc rollcall. Had a fantastic time and saw plenty of wildlife. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful!
Sail Date: September 2018
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful! Would definitely recommend.
Not enough seats for everyone, but it was wonderful! Would definitely recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up.
Sail Date: September 2018
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up. Very hard to take pictures and we didn't get close enough to any of the whales to get any good photographs without a really good camera.
It was raining and cool so the windows in the boat fogged up. Very hard to take pictures and we didn't get close enough to any of the whales to get any good photographs without a really good camera. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5.
Sail Date: September 2018
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5. The didn't jump out of the water but seeing them up close and hearing them were such an awesome experience.
We saw quite a bit of whales including a group of 5. The didn't jump out of the water but seeing them up close and hearing them were such an awesome experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales.
Sail Date: September 2018
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales.
Saw a bear close up and all kind of Whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent.
Sail Date: August 2018
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent. Nice boat, free binoculars, nice guide and fantastic sights of whales!
The Icy Strait tour with the cruise line was excellent. Nice boat, free binoculars, nice guide and fantastic sights of whales! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our whale watching tour was great.
Sail Date: August 2018
Our whale watching tour was great. We saw numerous whales and the boat was comfortable and heated. It would have been nice to get a little closer to the whales so we could get some better pictures, but regulations prevented us from doing ... Read More
Our whale watching tour was great. We saw numerous whales and the boat was comfortable and heated. It would have been nice to get a little closer to the whales so we could get some better pictures, but regulations prevented us from doing so. Overall, this we recommend this excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Disappointing.
Sail Date: August 2018
Disappointing. Big boat. Didn't see much. Not worth $165.
Disappointing. Big boat. Didn't see much. Not worth $165. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises