One thing Jason and I didn’t want to miss in Alaska was a chance to see whales in the wild. We purchased our excursion through Port Promotions for slightly less that other ones we saw available. We paid $128 per person for a three hour total round trip from port adventure.
It seated 36 people, was fully enclosed, and was heated thankfully, because it was cold out there! There was also a bathroom on board. Each seat came with binoculars which I thought was great since Jason and I only purchased one pair between the two of us, and I had a really hard time getting them away from him. They also provided hot chocolate and bagels with salmon spread for a light snack. This was perfect as we had a super packed day of excursions planned and wouldn’t be making it back to the ship for lunch.
It took about 30 minutes to get from the dock to the perfect spot to see whales as they were feeding. The view along the way was gorgeous. I even caught my first glimpse of a glacier! I’m not sure which one this was.
Our captain stopped the boat, and I climbed outside excited to see a whale. As I looked around, this little guy came up right below me! He seemed kind of curious, looked around, and then went on his way!
And then we began to see whales. They were pretty far at first, but then a couple came fairly close. Now, it’s not like seeing Shamu at Sea World. Mostly what we saw were the several blows of water before they would descend back into the water. We didn’t see any actually come up out of the water though some on a different tour said they did. Our tour guide said it’s rare to see them do that in the wild. She said photographers sit out there for days and days to get those photos.
We had a great time out on the water. I’m really glad we went. Now, would I do it again? For the price, I would say that’s a one time deal, but definitely worth doing.
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