First, a narrated motorcoach tour takes you to view and photograph Alaska's most famous glacier – the Mendenhall. At the Visitor Center you'll have the opportunity to visit with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, appreciate the landscape-carving force of glacial ice. Next, continue to Auke Bay to board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephen’s Passage, a pristine marine wilderness that is world renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. As whales are sighted, your skilled Captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing opportunities. You’ll be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air.
Bring a warm jacket to wear on the observation deck - the whales are often close enough to hear them breathe. If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone will be deployed so that you may even get to hear their incredible 'singing'. An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale, and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more. Throughout the voyage you’ll be treated to a delicious variety of appetizers including a baron of beef, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon, cheese and vegetable trays, hot shrimp dip and dessert bars. Tea, coffee and cocoa will be served. Beer, wine and sodas are available for an additional charge. The operators of this tour guarantee you'll see a whale. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the tour vessel. In the past 10+ years, whales have been sighted on every tour.
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Note: This tour is offered on Norwegian Pearl only. Wheelchair access may be limited, please call 1.866.625.1167 for assistance.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.