Originally Posted by ferrangi
Is it whale season all year in Alaska?
I was just wondering if I were going to try and find a cruise to Alaska it would have to be during whale season.
Alaskan whales winter (makin whoopee) in Hawaii (pretty smart!!) and summer (havin babies and eating tons of fresh seafood) in Alaska.
While you will see humpies from a cruise ship, booking a whale watching excursion in Juneau or Icy Strait Point will get you much, much closer.
There are independent operators in both ports in relatively small boats and there are excursion operators that the cruise lines use. These have boats that hold approx 100 with snack bar, clean rest rooms, inside and heated viewing or on deck if you prefer.
If you do a one way, north or southbound, in August, you also have a good chance of seeing Belugas in Turnagain Arm on your trip to/from Anchorage to either Seward or Whittier where the ships dock.