A few weeks home now and going through our photos it's hard to believe just how much we managed to do in just 11 days! The wildlife viewing opportunities on this trip were astonishing and whenever there was something to be seen, the captain and crew made sure the passengers got to experience it as best as they possibly could. We spent hours slowly cruising behind whales, circling icebergs with seals on them, drifting past sea lion colonies, and nudging up to cliff faces for a closer look at mountain goats. On the excursions in the DIB, we would position the boat to get the best shots of eagles, bears, seals and other Birdlife as well as the amazing scenery around us that we almost seemed to take for granted on a daily basis. It is only looking back on our photos we appreciate how magnificent it all was at the time.
We were on the same cruise as previous reviewer CTGranny with our 8yo son and she has pretty much covered it all with her comprehensive review. Just a couple of extra points though .......
From Skagway we took a Trolley Car tour of the town followed by a bus trip to Fraser BC where we boarded the Yukon White Pass Railroad for our return to Skagway.
We also spent the day in Juneau before our Orca Point Lodge dinner. Whilst in port we went on a trip to Mendenhall Glacier and had tickets to ride the Mt Roberts Tramway. We also had plenty of time to explore ourselves a bit and enjoy the city.
In Wrangell we were treated to a jetboat ride up the wild Stikine River to glacial headwaters. We encountered magnificent scenery and moose along the way.
All of these activities were inclusive in the cost of our cruise which we saw as amazingly good value.
We were very worried that 11 days on a small boat would be too much but every single day brought a new adventure and fellow travellers closer together. The owners, captain and crew of this ship are to be highly commended for the way in which they are so enthusiastic about sharing this beautiful part of the world with their guests and how they really care about making this once in a lifetime experience truly something to remember. We certainly won't forget it and hopefully neither will our son for quite some time to come.
Compact but comfortable. This is small ship so you really only use your cabin for sleeping. The rest of the time you spend in viewing areas or engaged in activities. We had twin beds with a top bunk for our son and had enough room for the 3 of us. Sometimes we had to be creative about moving around but it was never a problem.