The whale watching tours out of Seattle, Vancouver or Victoria are the best bets for orca sightings. Juneau is the port of choice (of those you mentioned) for humpback watching. I'll let BudgetQueen give her usual spiel about whale sightings from the ships, but for the original question: orca sightings in SE Alaska are always a bonus, and not to be counted on. I think Orca Enterprises claims something like 5 or 10% of their summer tours see orcas. Alaskan Marine Adventures claims 50% or better for orcas if you're coming early in the season (May and June), but chances are slim (but not "none") later in the summer.
Many people confuse Dahl Porpoise for Orca when viewed from a distance. The markings are the same, but the size is the major distinguishing factor.
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Thank you both so much for the helpful advice. I will just consider any Orcas that we see a major bonus. I am so excited about this cruise. This is something I have always wanted to do and now my 20 yr. old daughter is taking me as a gift. I am such a lucky Mom and am so glad to be able to experience such a beautiful place with such a wonderful daughter. I will definitely be on this message board afterwards with my review of the NCL Sun. Again, thank you so much for all the help.
I guess my daughter and i will go on the Whale Watching Tour and if we happen to see Killer Whales we will consider ourselves extremely lucky, and if we see none....well, time spent with my daughter looking for whales is priceless. So, killer whales or not, I am going to enjoy myself and the time with my daughter.
Just returned on Saturday. I had a tour out of Juneau and we saw 8 Orcas. Also, in the seven days we were on our cruise we counted 22 whales between our tours and seeing them from the ship. Were we lucky or what
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