We are first time cruisers going on Island Princess to Alaska in August. There seems to be loads of information about dressing for dinner etc but not so much on the scenery and wildlife we may see. Can anyone tell me what wildlife there is to see from the ship or will we need to go on excursions for that? Also what is the weather likely to be and is the sea likely to be rough in Inside Passage? Any recommendations for excursions? Thanks
For any significant wildlife you need excursions. You can possibly get brief looks at marine wildlife from the deck, but it can require a significant amount of time invested. You need to dress warm, knit hat/gloves, need to be on a front open deck, side viewing cuts sightings by over 50% and most important a good pair of wide angle binoculars. I have been an avid "deck viewer" for years and have always been greatly rewarded. But extremely few passengers do this. August is prime for bear viewing- again tours necessary. Weather can be anything - dress in layer, have rain gear and 2 pair of walking shoes. Yes you can also encounter rough sailing, if prone to seasickness, TAKE PRECAUTIONS. I am well traveled in Alaska, if any further info is desired just email.