Alaskan Cruise: Harv & Marv’s Whale Watching

After getting stuffed at Tracy’s King Crab Shack, it was time for our shore excursion: whale watching! We had independently booked Harv & Marv’s whale watching a few months before the cruise, based off of excellent reviews on the CruiseCritic forums.  We chose Harv & Marv’s “Outback Special #1” — a small boat experience holding 14 or less passengers.

We were not disappointed! From the reservation request to payment, everything was handled promptly and seamlessly. At our pier in Juneau, the friendly driver picked us up to take some 15-20 minutes out to Auke Bay where we would get on our boat. Along the way, the driver shared with us local history and current goings-on in Juneau.

At Auke Bay, we met our captain, Jeff, who was friendly and knowledgeable and had a real passion for what he does! And we had a bonus: There were no other people besides our group of 4 on the boat. So we had our own private tour without having to “private tour” prices!

Auke Bay harbor

Auke Bay harbor

The whales weren’t being too cooperative that day…it’s important to remember, that they’re not there for your entertainment. We did see some humpback whales come to the surface, many sea lions, and a lot of eagles. Plus, the scenery was just gorgeous.

humpback whale

humpback whale

So glad we chose Harv & Marv. We saw some some other whale watching boats just crammed with people. We had plenty of room to sit or stand. Captain Jeff encouraged us to get up and move to open areas of the boat when we spotted wildlife. The total tour time from pick-up to drop-off lasted around 4.5 hours. Well worth the money!

scenery while whale watching

scenery while whale watching

Below are some more photos. For the full set, check out my Flickr album.

3 Comments on “Alaskan Cruise: Harv & Marv’s Whale Watching

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