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Whale watching shore excursion overview Juneau, Alaska – Wilderness adventure

Shore excursion overview 

This shore excursion is offered by Princess Cruises. It is perfect for people to see glaciers and marine life. 

Southeast Alaska by land and by sea on this exclusive eco-tour. Combine a unique marine exploration with an easy hike on a remote rainforest trail.


Begin your trip with a narrated drive to the Mendenhall Glacier. A naturalist guides you along a path once completely covered by the massive glacier. Spend an hour exploring the trail through forested moraines and track the glacier’s recession over the past 100 years. The newly developed forest is home to beavers, eagles, salmon, porcupines, black bears and more. Breathe in the fresh air that flows off this spectacular river of ice as you learn about the Tongass National Forest.


Climb aboard an exploration vessel designed for up-close wildlife viewing. The stable, covered watercraft sits low in the water, putting you eye-to-eye with the abundant wildlife that thrives in these protected waters. Guests receive at $100 refund from the tour operator if whales are not sighted on the trip. In addition to humpback whales, you may see sea lions, orcas, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, and seabirds. Keep a camera handy as you travel from place to place or drift quietly to capture the behaviors and antics of Alaska’s most notable marine residents.

The small group size ensures a comfortable and interactive atmosphere making the most of this world-class Alaska experience.

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