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Old May 7th, 2002, 06:32 PM
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Default Whale watching times - 9:30 a.m, noon or 3:30???

We will be in Juneau from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Which is the best time to go on a 3+ hour whale watching excursion - 9:30, noon or 3:30 p.m.? What can we do before and after?
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Old May 8th, 2002, 09:11 AM
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Default Re: Whale watching times - 9:30 a.m, noon or 3:30???

As far as whale watching times no one time is better than another. When you see whales and how many will be totally up to the whales. We have gone whale watching many times and at different times of the day and can honestly say it is all luck when it comes to seeing whales.
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Old May 8th, 2002, 10:12 PM
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The only benefit may be a low tide to consider your whale watching time. But not considering that I would book the early one, which would then allow a big block of time for other touring. Plenty to do- with a glacier helicopter landing the best of the best in my opinion. Request the Juneau visitor guide- www.traveljuneau.com a walking tour is excellent, hiking at Mendenhall, or Mt Robert's??
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Old May 27th, 2002, 11:05 AM
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Default Re: Re: Whale watching times - 9:30 a.m, noon or 3:30???

Keep your departure time in mind. Last June, Princess left port at 4:00p so Orca Enterprises would not even allow us to book anything other than the 9:30a cruise -- even though it's touted as a 3-hour cruise, it took about 20-30 minutes to get out to the Bay. We were grateful for their insights when making the booking since they obviously had our best interest at heart.

Afterwards, you can take the Mt. Roberts Tram to view the scenery from a higher elevation (we did not because it was overcast), or go to Mendenhall Glacier. The Orca shuttle driver dropped us off about a mile from the entrance to the glacier visitor center - a good way to stretch our legs and we returned via the MGT (blue Bird) bus - $5pp last year. You can also return to Juneau and catch the bus back to the glacier, but the 1 mile walk saves time.

Enjoy - Juneau was one of our favorite days in port.
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