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Orca Point Lodge and Marine Tour

We did the marine tour and visit to Orca Point Lodge as part of a tour booked via Princess Cruises... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2018
tigerlilyoz
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Augusta, Australia
Top notch - one of the best tour experiences we've ever had

We booked our whale watching tour through our cruise line along with a quick trip to Mendenhall... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2018
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

We sailed with Allen Marine Tours as part of the Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Watch Tour that we booked as an excursion on our Celebrity cruise.
We were driven to the dock at Auke Bay and boarded the boat which had a large deck space on top and indoor seating with plenty of window views. There was a snack bar, and the crew provided us with free coffee, cocoa, and donut holes. Binoculars were available on the seats inside.
During our tour, our naturalist guide was Keegan, who was very informative and helped us spot four humpback whales, harbor seals, sea lions, and bald eagles.
We were out on the water for three hours on a beautiful sunny day in August. Be sure to dress in layers, as it gets very chilly out on the water when the boat gets going.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MarathonMom12
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

We did the "Best of Juneau" tour through our Princess Cruise, which included whale watching and a salmon bake at Orca Point Lodge. When we boarded our boat, I jokingly told our naturalist, Marina, that I wanted to see a fluke and some bubble net feeding. She laughed, and I thought it was because these were tall asks, but maybe she already knew what was in store and just wanted it to be a surprise. First we saw a mother and baby orca, which was exciting enough, but then the captain said he wanted to move on to some interesting behavior reported further out. OMG.When we arrived we were treated to the most amazing display of bubble net feeding by a pod of about 6 or 7 humpbacks. We sat and watched for nearly 45 minutes as they came up again and again, sometimes not 20 yards from the boat. It was just the most incredible experience. Marina was very informative and friendly, even helping my daughter skip rocks at the beach at the lovely Orca Point Lodge where we had our salmon bake. What a memorable trip, both for the adults and the 4 children in our party, ages 5-11.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We were on the American Eagle boat. Justin was our wildlife naturalist & narrator. He was very knowledgeable about whales & respectful of getting us around to see a variety of wildlife. Initially we saw 2 orcas which was a thrill, but then Justin received a message about some interesting whale activity that isn't always easy to find, so we headed toward it. We were able to see the bubble net feeding of humpbacks! The boat stopped so we could venture onto the front & try to see/capture them in action. Toward the end of our cruise, we saw some seals, but the bubble net feeding was fascinating and definitely a highlight of our Alaska trip.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We took an evening cruise with Allen Marine that was on offer with our Regent Seven Seas cruise and whilst we had cold wet weather it was a pleasant night and we did manage a few glimpses of a couple of whales. We have been on a couple of tours with these people now and they do offer a professional and enjoyable tour. The buffet dinner was bountiful and if the weather had been kinder it would have meant more time on deck and probably more sightings.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 680brucec
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We took this as part of a 6 hour excursion through Holland America from Sitka. We rode their catamaran around the bay and saw all sorts of marine wildlife. We say about a half dozen ways, a couple of sea lions, dozens of sea otters and a few more. We cruised the shoreline and saw a bear scavenging for salmon. And we saw some gorgeous scenery.

I often get bored on this type of trip. I don't know if it was because this was the perfect day or because the crew and naturalists were so perfect. But we had a great day.

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Date of experience: August 2017
Thank tonycpa
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