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everbody looking good today!! I'm headed to alaska in sept, on serenade of the seas, one of our stops is icy strait point, and i was wondering, has anyone done the icy strait point whale watching with f.i.s.h.e.s. com, and how was the tour. Been thinking of doing the whale and mammal tour excursion through the cruise ship, or go on captain floyd's tour, and also what is the town like, could anybody please let me know?

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We love Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), and had a fabulous trip with Floyd (F.I.S.H.E.S.) 2 years ago. You can see or photos and review of it at YourAlaskaCruise.com

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We took an Alaskan cruise in mid May 2006 that included Icy Strait Point. It is a very small town. I have seen the Humpbacks in Mexico and Alaskan. I didn't see them breech in Alaska. I wonder if breeching is a mate thing.
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We took an Alaskan cruise in mid May 2006 that included Icy Strait Point. It is a very small town. Since you have talking about Whale Watching in Sept I would be careful. Check the migration patterns of Humpback whales. In May they were just finishing their migration to Alaska so we saw quite a few. You may be able to catch them before the head back to Hawaii and/or Mexico to mate. I have seen the Humpbacks in Mexico and Alaskan. They didn't breech in Alaska. I wonder if breeching is a mate thing.
There are humpbacks here year-round, and the main migration doesn't begin until October and November. A cruise in September should be a great time to watch whales.

I saw a cow humpback and her calf breaching and playing just yesterday here near Juneau, so no... it's not a mating thing... just "play" that they must not have been in the mood for when you were here.

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thanks guys, i'm sure the trip will be nice. Havent been to alaska in 5 years, been wanting to go.
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Wow Yukon,
I loved viewing your Alaska pictures, awesome!
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We have been to ISP 3 times and have gone whalewatching all 3 times, twice with FISHES. The best whalewatching we have ever had and we have worked at it on about 15 trips.

The advantage of Floyd over the ship tour is that he has a much faster boat and can move from spot to spot quicker. We were near the ship tour for a while. In fact, on one of our days last July, the whales could be seen right from the ship anchored in the harbor. There was also a bear on the shoreline visible from the ship. They just aren't as close.

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We took an Alaskan cruise in mid May 2006 that included Icy Strait Point. It is a very small town. Since you have talking about Whale Watching in Sept I would be careful. Check the migration patterns of Humpback whales. In May they were just finishing their migration to Alaska so we saw quite a few. You may be able to catch them before the head back to Hawaii and/or Mexico to mate. I have seen the Humpbacks in Mexico and Alaskan. They didn't breech in Alaska. I wonder if breeching is a mate thing.


As already noted, this post is not accurate. Humpbacks are in Icy Strait ALL cruise season. Point Adolphus is a very common humpback area, which many cruiseships- when going to Skagway, will stop at from Glacier Bay. IF you have left Skagway and heading to Glacier Bay, it pays to be out 1/2 hour prior to the posted dawn time. I have frequently seen humpbacks here.

They also most certainly breech in Alaska. However, it is unlikely to see it, since it is chance, and the prime reason for Alaska is food 24/7. There is, overall, more breeching in Hawaii. They do not mate in Alaska, that's in Hawaii along with giving birth.
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We took an Alaskan cruise in mid May 2006 that included Icy Strait Point. It is a very small town. Since you have talking about Whale Watching in Sept I would be careful. Check the migration patterns of Humpback whales. In May they were just finishing their migration to Alaska so we saw quite a few. You may be able to catch them before the head back to Hawaii and/or Mexico to mate. I have seen the Humpbacks in Mexico and Alaskan. They didn't breech in Alaska. I wonder if breeching is a mate thing.


As already noted, this post is not accurate. Humpbacks are in Icy Strait ALL cruise season. Point Adolphus is a very common humpback area, which many cruiseships- when going to Skagway, will stop at from Glacier Bay. IF you have left Skagway and heading to Glacier Bay, it pays to be out 1/2 hour prior to the posted dawn time. I have frequently seen humpbacks here.

They also most certainly breech in Alaska. However, it is unlikely to see it, since it is chance, and the prime reason for Alaska is food 24/7. There is, overall, more breeching in Hawaii. They do not mate in Alaska, that's in Hawaii along with giving birth.
The breeching was my personal experience, that is why I put the question mark. I didn't know if they breeched in Alaska. However, I had seen it in Mexico where they breed.

My post was to check to make certain the humpback whale were there year around. And now that TWO PEOPLE have stated that I was wrong. We now know I was wrong and humpbacked whales are there year around. I will go back and delete it from the original post so it's not brothersome any longer. I was only trying to help.

Whale watching is a wonderful experience and one I won't forget. Alaska is very pretty place and I would love to return.
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Hi guys,
A big thanks to all who helped me to go with fishes.com, in icy strait point.
Yukon, you got to think about taking capt floyd's tour, with your pictures,
jg, you also helped me with your pictures, and now know what to expect, your pictures are WOW!! Now, my last question, i was planning to get up at 7 a.m., the morning when the serenade of the seas gets into icy strait, be about 10 a.m. when we get there, be out on deck, armed with camera and binoculars, ready to take aim and shoot at whales, eagles or whatever, hope there will something to take pictures of?

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Hi guys,
A big thanks to all who helped me to go with fishes.com, in icy strait point.
Yukon, you got to think about taking capt floyd's tour, with your pictures,
jg, you also helped me with your pictures, and now know what to expect, your pictures are WOW!! Now, my last question, i was planning to get up at 7 a.m., the morning when the serenade of the seas gets into icy strait, be about 10 a.m. when we get there, be out on deck, armed with camera and binoculars, ready to take aim and shoot at whales, eagles or whatever, hope there will something to take pictures of?

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Hi guys,
A big thanks to all who helped me to go with fishes.com, in icy strait point.
Yukon, you got to think about taking capt floyd's tour, with your pictures,
jg, you also helped me with your pictures, and now know what to expect, your pictures are WOW!! Now, my last question, i was planning to get up at 7 a.m., the morning when the serenade of the seas gets into icy strait, be about 10 a.m. when we get there, be out on deck, armed with camera and binoculars, ready to take aim and shoot at whales, eagles or whatever, hope there will something to take pictures of?

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It is difficult to take photos of whales from a cruiseship. You may be better off just viewing them with your binoculars. To pass Point Adolphus in your timeframe, you have to be heading east with your ship, which appears so, due to your timing. Where are you coming from?

You are best to spend all this time out at a front open deck.
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Hi Karen16,
from the looks of the brochure, we leave vancouver on sat, inside passage on sun, icy strait on mon, hubbard glacier, skagway, juneau, inside passage, then vancouver. Is that any help?

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