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WahooCruiser March 23rd, 2009 02:48 PM

Juneau whale watching options
We are cruising on the Golden Princess in July. In Juneau, we want to go whale watching but are trying to decide between the Princess shore excursion or going out on our own with Harv & Marv? Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

wpanic April 6th, 2009 12:52 AM

can't say enough about harv and should definitely book with them. They are great, please support them. well worthwhile.

Donna April 6th, 2009 10:50 AM

I've gone with Capt. Larry, Orca Enterprises. Their office is right in town and then they bus you to their pier. He has a few boats and some great crew with lots of info.

huebie April 6th, 2009 11:10 AM

We loved Princess's tour--Whale Watching and Orca Point Lodge. The boat was large and comfortable with good narration, and we saw lots of wildlife including many whales. The salmon bake lunch at the lodge was very good, and it was cooked outdoors and served indoors which was important to us. It was a cold rainy day and eating outside as many of the salmon bakes do, would have been miserable. It was the best tour of our cruise.

bonvoyaged April 14th, 2009 11:34 PM

Has anyone gone with Capt. Greg of Weatherpermitting in Juneau? I like the looks of his 6 pass. boat but haven't heard anyone refer him. Price is better than Harv and Marv for same amount of time.

bonvoyaged August 9th, 2009 11:04 PM

We went with Harv and Marv...fantastic! We saw Captain Larry on Orca and there is no way it could have been as personal as our viewing. We had 6 in our group and had the boat all to ourselves. Captain Steve was awesome...would go with them again in a heart beat. More than worth it!

Chuck Palm August 17th, 2009 07:30 PM

We wnt with Captain Larry. It was great. All of the skippers communicate with each other on their CBs. Thus every tour goes to the very same locations, as they follow the whales around.

The pricing is pretty similar too, given you have four or more people for a private tour.

We have also done the cruise ship tour through Holland America. Both experiences were quite fine. It all depends if you want lots of people ar just a few.

Paul Motter August 20th, 2009 12:21 PM

I am pretty sure Dolphin Adventures is right off the pier as well. The same place where you catch the bus to Mendenhall Glacier. They bus you to Auke Bay and put you on a boat to take you to the whales.

I honestly don't know who is best (I think it is up to the whales to decide on any given day) but they all pretty much will go to the wherever the whales are - that's their job ;-)

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