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Old November 7th, 2006, 08:51 PM
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Hi- we are planning on going on the Pearl in June 2007. The itinerary shows about a day and a half cruising the Inside Passage. We will get a balcony room-which side of the ship would we see the most wildlife? I know we go back the other way and will see both sides, but which side has more whale possibilities??

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I don't think it really matters which side as long as you do take advantage of your balcony and the upper decks. Spend as much time possible outdoors and enjoy the views. There are some and many areas of the inside passage where its very narrow and you can see land on both sides fairly close.
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Thank you Donna-would we be more likely to see whales in Glacier Bay then?? This is our first Alaska trip!
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We only saw orca whales while cruising the inside passage, also dolphins. We did an excursion in Juneau with Capt. Larry and saw lots of the humpback whales. I'd recommend booking with him prior to your cruise. He has much smaller boats and guarantees that you see whales, he was great.
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Frankly, most people see NO wildlife from the ship. If you are thinking like the cruise brochures- they are greatly enhanced. Whales also do not only pass one side of the ship.

For whales- if a priority, you need a tour and if you are intent on watching from a cruise ship- you need FRONT viewing, not side, plenty of time, a good pair of wide angle binoculars and the knowledge of areas. Negative of NCL is no ship naturalist. I utilize my platinum status and get my information from the bridge.

Whales are usually not in Glacier Bay- it is Point Adolphus where humpbacks usually are. For a chance of spotting them, again, you need to be out front, at dawn, before you get to Glacier Bay.

Another factor you have to decide upon, is, IF you plan on only viewing Glacier Bay from your cabin, you NEED a port side balcony. But understand, best views are on outside front decks.

I am also on the Pearl in May.
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We only saw orca whales while cruising the inside passage, also dolphins. We did an excursion in Juneau with Capt. Larry and saw lots of the humpback whales. I'd recommend booking with him prior to your cruise. He has much smaller boats and guarantees that you see whales, he was great.
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Karen-thatnks for the great info. We are Platnium also-do you go through the concierge to get to the bridge??


Donna, is Capt Larry an independent or through the ship??


Thank you all so much for the info!

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I call the bridge though the purser's first. Some cpts have been better than others. I got a good "in" introducing myself at the coctail parties.

For bridge information to be useful you need to know the areas to ask about, and your timing on your itinerary. You can't just call up and ask - where are the whales. The bridge information is for location timing only, which is my request- are we going through that particular area. So do your homework. I plan on a GPS my next trip in May.

Cpt. Larry is Orca Enterprises. I highly recommend them, a top vender that I have been a customer of for years. www.orcaenterprises.com
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Thanks for the great info!

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