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Cross Sound Express Whale Watching

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Gustavus, Gustavus, AK
+1 888-698-2726
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Absolutely the best whale watch experience

During our recent stay (June/July 2017) at Glacier Bay Lodge, we went on the whale watch twice with... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Mark K
The best whale watching experience!

This is our second time on the Taz with Todd and Michaela. We stayed at the Bear Track Inn and the... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Ogden, Utah
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To begin with...I do not delete, hide or edit ANY reviews on this page. That being said...our vessel is 50’ long with seating for 28 passengers and an open back deck with a rain awning for viewing and photography of the whales and wildlife. We depart from the Gustavus City dock which is approximately 9 miles from Glacier Bay Lodge and Glacier Bay. From there we generally take the 7.2 mile crossing in Icy Strait to an area by Chichigof Island known as Point Adolphus. The crossing takes about 35 minutes and quite often we will check out Sea Otters on the way over. Once we get to PA (Point Adolphus) we position ourselves near the whales and shut off the engines so we can drift with them and we place our Hydrophone in the water to hear their sounds over our speaker system. Although we always see whales (up close) we usually also see many Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and sometimes the occasional Alaska Brown Bear strolling the shores of Chichigof Island. During the course of the tour we offer information about the area, the whales, and the other wildlife we encounter. On the average we see Orca (Killer Whales) about a dozen times a season.
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Gustavus, Gustavus, AK
+1 888-698-2726
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

During our recent stay (June/July 2017) at Glacier Bay Lodge, we went on the whale watch twice with Todd and Mick ... although we've been fortunate to be on many whale watches over the past years, the difference with Todd and Mick is the personalized...More

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This is our second time on the Taz with Todd and Michaela. We stayed at the Bear Track Inn and the owner Janie highly recommends Todd (Cross Sound Whale Watching). We have been on many whale watching excursions in other parts of Alaska, Hawaii and...More

Thank Laura56
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Todd and Michaela will make your four hour trip well worth it! Rainy, cold morning but the hot drinks were there to get you comfortable for the trip. both have vast experience with groups and what we are there for...to see the whales! They did...More

1  Thank andreac572015
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The staff on any cruise like this make or break the experience. In our case, it was the staff who MADE it. Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining and we would rate the experience as one of the top 3 in our month long ALASKA adventure. Do...More

1  Thank alison s
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We were in a whale watching cruise in New England in the past but our experience with TAZ in Icy Strait was totally different and thousand times better. We were only two couples with the captain and naturalist. So in a way it was almost...More

5  Thank Yair G
Reviewed 18 August 2016

An amazing amount of whales in this area. The captain was very experienced at finding the best place for viewing. Boat was well covered in case of rain and then easily to go outside too. Loved the trip and the energy from the staff to...More

Thank SacTraveler
Reviewed 12 August 2016

We went out with Tod and Mikalah (sp) with our family and had a wonderful time. Tod and Mikalah were both very informative giving us some good information and a few good stories. We were able to see many whales, including a few Orcas. The...More

Thank Dan R
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Went out with Captain Tod and his crew on a fogging morning. Tod knew where the whale's would be found and his knowledge of their movements allowed him to manoeuvre the Taz into positions where we had excellent views of the whale's. We saw the...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 18 July 2016

The first thing to remember is that whales are wild, and there are both state and federal laws that determine how close any boat can get to them. Having said that, we were in awe of how close Tod was able to get us to...More

1  Thank NavyMomCVN69
Reviewed 14 June 2016

We had a lot of fun with Captain Tod (Todd?) on this tour. Note: They have some good binoculars on board, as well as a few extra coats - very thoughtful! The ride didn't seem to be getting good results, until we headed off toward...More

Thank Indyblonde
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11 January 2017|
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Response from Yair G | Reviewed this property |
Consider to take a whale watching tour from Juneau instead.