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“Naturalist Drea & Captain Ray: the Whale Whisperers”

Alaska Galore Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Alaska Galore Tours is a locally owned and operated tour business based in Juneau. Owners, Louis Juergens and Jamie Letterman, have over 17 years of combined experience in the tourism industry. We have experience and expertise in all aspects of fishing and whale watching for groups, families, individuals, and corporate needs.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an amazing whale watching cruise with Drea & Ray on June 10, 2018. We have a large family (8 of us) with kids ranging in age from 8 to 18. The whales came SO close to our boat and we saw about 5 or 6 different whales during our time on the ship. We've been on a whale watching tour before but this boat was more comfortable and you could stay inside where it was warm and still have great views of the wildlife. Ray was a great captain and none of us got seasick at all. We LOVED Drea and her passion for her job. She got just as excited as we did even though she does it every day. We booked this cruise as a shore excursion during an Alaskan cruise that we were on. The price was MUCH fairer than the one offered through the cruise line. We booked through Costco Travel but if I were you I'd just contact them directly. We will definitely recommend them to any of our friends who are headed that way.

Thank Brooke L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a great time on this excursion, got to see several humpbacks, including thrilling pectoral slapping just off our boat. Saw lots of sea lions and eagles ad well. Captian Ray and Naturalist Andrea were both quite knowledgeable and professional. The boat is comfortable and provides views from outside both on the front and back and from inside as well. Captain Ray used his network of other captains to get us on the whales quickly, while still obeying all the regulations designed to protect them.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a beautiful sunny afternoon for our very successful whale watching excursion. Tour included pier pickup and return to our cruise ship.

We went out on an 18 passenger boat (which would have been comfortable in rain or sun) with Captain Ray and naturalist Andrea. They were friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw several whales “lunge-feeding”, which was fascinating to see. On the way back we saw hundreds of sea lions and at the dock, eagles were circling above our heads. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Hoodpoint
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whale watching with humor and great information. These two were so amazing. Gabe is a hoot....very gregarious, full of great information, and an excellent skipper. I absolutely LOVED Drew, he's a complete sweetheart, but with the most amazing information and knowledge....what a gem. Take this ship, they're great.

1  Thank Jacqueline C
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We came to Alaska on a cruise, and decided to take a whale watching trip in Juneau. After some research we choose Alaska Galore, and we made the right choice! They were prompt in picking us up at the cruise dock, and we got some nice commentary on the bus ride through town to the harbor.

Once aboard, the captain gave a quick safety talk, then off we went. Even though it was relatively early in the season, we saw a fair amount of whales, along with some seals. The captain and mate were both very knowledgeable and quick to answer all our many questions.

On the trip back to the cruise port, we stopped at the lookout for the Mendenhall Glacier, which was an unexpected surprise.

The entire process of booking the trip, being picked up, the trip itself, and the return trip was wonderful, and I can't recommend this company enough.

Thank julie3fan
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