Going to be on the Carnival Spirit in July. Did anyone use an independent company (not arranged by the ship)? Which syop would you recommend? I will also be in Vancouver for a few days and could whale watch there. Thanks in advance.
I am an avid whale watcher. I have gone with both Orca and Dolphin out of Juneau - both good companies. you need to book ahead, expect to pay in the $100 range. I also really like going out of Victoria or Friday harbor Wa. for orca watching. If you are willing to invest the time out on the front decks with a good pair of binoculars you can see them from the cruise ship. Bring knit hat and gloves and dress in layers. I have always been greatly rewarded. If you would like the likely areas email me you route. The best whale watching is the last sailing day back along Vancouver Island (northbound one way trips are out of luck) I have always seen humpbacks and orcas. BUT it requires a large investment of time that few cruisers are willing to do.
I was wondering if I were to email our route if you would also tell us where the likely areas to watch for the whales and wildlife? We are on the NCL SKY 5-20-01, out of Seattle. Avid cruisers but this is our first Alaska, cruise.
Yes just email my your route. Overall best whale watching several hours before and after Juneau - Icy Strait- in and out of Glacier Bay and probably the best is the last sailing day back into Vancouver- be out on deck from afternoon on with likely orcas 5-8 pm hopefully.
Would appreciate any info on whale watching out of Ketchikan.. Don't see many independent companies. We are planning on Helicopter (Coastal) in Juneau, the train in Scagway and would like info on whale watching in Ketchikan, HELP!!!