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Mendenhall and Whale Watching

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Mendenhall and Whale Watching

My wife and I want to go whale watching in Juneau this May on a Princess Cruise (Diamond). Are any of the tours better than others? Also, would you recommend combining whale watching with a trip to Mendenhall Glacier? Is it worth a special trip? Thanks.

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Check the Juneau "Inside Pages" right here at Trip Advisor. There's a complete run-down on whale watching operations here in town, including info on the major differences between the tours.

You'll get MANY people here that recommend Orca Enterprises or Harv & Marv... both give excellent tours, but so do all of the operators in town. (Remember, the tours that do the most volume of passengers will always have the highest number of recommendations AND complaints written about them!)

Once you've read the "Inside Pages," post here with any questions about a specific tour.

Oh, you asked about Mendenhall also... it's worth a stop just because you won't be able to drive that close to any other glacier. The visitor center is wonderful for a quick walk-through. I usually spend about an hour out there when I'm showing friends around. Since it's literally right on the way to or from your whale watching tour, I wouldn't spend much extra money on a "combination" tour, and I don't think I'd want to do business with any of the companies that charge extra for a drop-off that really is on the way... (but then, that's just my opinion.)

Happy Alaska Travels!


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What are the "inside pages"? I've tried to search this on TA, with no luck.

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