Points of Interest
- Whale Watching
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
Following a short motorcoach ride to beautiful Auke Bay, board a water jet-powered catamaran specially designed for Alaskan waters and wildlife viewing. The warm, comfortable and spacious main cabin welcomes you and the panoramic windows offer breathtaking views of the spectacular scenery. Admire the majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers as your experienced captain guides you through the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage, a pristine marine environment world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales.
As you cruise, an onboard naturalist will explain the habits and habitats of the wildlife you may encounter. You'll want to have your binoculars and your camera ready to capture the moment when you spot Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka blacktail deer and, occasionally, bears.
While enjoying the peaceful ambience of Alaska's long evening glow, you are treated to a culinary experience including dishes such as halibut Olympia, reindeer sausage cassoulet, snow crab cocktail, smoked meats and cheese trays and locally grown vegetables. A dessert bar features Alaska wild berry brownies, Alaska barley chocolate chip cookies and s'mores!
Of course, no whale-watching tour would be complete without seeing whales, and we are so confident in the abundance of wildlife in the waters, that if you don't see one of these magnificent creatures, you will receive a $100.00 cash refund when you disembark the tour vessel. But don't expect money back as whales have been spotted on every tour for the past 15 years!
The Inside Passage waters near Juneau support a very healthy humpback whale population. These magnificent mammals spend the summer months in the nutrient-rich waters before heading to Hawaii to breed and give birth. The whales have a breathing cycle that typically last four to six minutes; surfacing several times in quick succession to recharge their oxygen supply, then showing their massive tail flukes before disappearing into the depths to feed on krill and small schooling fish.
Once whales are sighted, your captain will maneuver the boat to allow for exceptional viewing and photo opportunities. These graceful giants amaze you as they arc their massive tails into the air. Be sure to bring a warm jacket and take advantage of the topside observation deck. If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone is deployed for a chance to hear the humpbacks' incredible "singing."
At the conclusion of your evening, a motorcoach transport will be waiting to return you to your ship.
Special Notes:The content of this tour is identical to JNU-620. Only guests using a wheelchair can book this tour, as it ensures accessible transportation. Due to the specialized nature of some lift-equipped vehicles, priority is given to guests using a wheelchair and one companion only; additional companions may be required to travel on the transportation provided for tour JNU-620. Bookings not marked with an accessibility requirement will be removed from the tour's inventory.
This tour can accommodate mobility devices with minimum ground clearance of 3.5 inches. The lift on the vehicle can accommodate a maximum weight of 600 lbs., maximum length of 48 inches and maximum width of 32 inches. Passengers with disabilities must contact the onboard Tour Office at least 48 hours prior to the excursion to ensure arrangements can be made to meet their particular needs. Please be sure to read the "Accessible Cruising" information on the home page of Princess.com.
Due to timing in port, this tour may not be available on all sailings.
Provided: Binoculars, souvenir route map
Meal: Buffet including halibut Olympia, reindeer sausage cassoulet, snow crab cocktail, smoked meats and cheese trays and locally grown vegetables. A dessert bar features Alaska wild berry brownies, Alaska barley chocolate chip cookies and s'mores. Complimentary coffee, tea, cocoa. Beer, wine and soda available for additional charge.
Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.
Tour to Auke Bay
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Evening Whale Quest
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Tour back to cruise ship pier
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