We’re in day two—or is it day three—of our Alaska Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, and today we spent a few hours whale watching.
This tour is one of the Royal Caribbean approved and sponsored tours with a local company in Juneau. The name of the tour company is Allen Marine. They sail from Auke Bay just north of Juneau. We were particularly pleased with the boat they used since it was big; bigger than most whale watching boats we saw on the water. You might think that the experience would be less “intimate” using a big boat, but the real result was that we were afforded a better view, perched atop the tallest thing on the water to observe the wildlife.
Our trip took us north from Juneau, past the Eagle Glacier and into Favorite Channel and Lynn Channel where the naturalist aboard knew that whales were likely to be feeding.
We only saw three Humpback whales up close and personal, but we stayed with each of the animals for a reasonable bit of time and saw quite a lot with just the three whales. And of course, on our way to and from looking for whales, we took in more wildlife. We saw a Bald Eagle, a Bob of Harbor Seals, and a Pod of Sea Lions.
We would love to show you the ship we’re on, and we’ll do just that in an upcoming post, but first, take a look at some of the images from our day on the water whale watching.