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“Exhilarating Tour”

Cross Sound Express Whale Watching
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Gustavus
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 July 2012

Cross Sound Express Whale Watching aka (The TAZ) as it is locally known is the best whales watching experience we’ve had yet. We enjoyed it so much we went twice.

Being from the East Coast we were skeptical, we weren’t accustomed to seeing Humpback whales in such numbers. We didn’t have to wait long before we heard and saw pods of Humpbacks swimming and diving along. Captain Tod and Biologist Amy were friendly and very knowledgeable; they kept us well informed about the nature and interactions of Humpbacks, Orcas and Minkes as we toured. The boat was just the right size – not too big and not too small and the cabin is comfortable, warm with cocoa, tea and snacks.

The “Taz” cruises the Icy Straits off of Gustavus where Humpbacks routinely migrate to and from Hawaii. The whales were plentiful and we easily took video and photographs of them. Although the prized breaching whale had escaped us during our stay, we will continue the search and we won’t hesitate to tour with The TAZ again.

Here is a clip of our trip with scenes from our tour of the TAZ on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2lIuPOM5H0

Or search YouTube for: Alaska Gustavus and Glacier Bay - by renfoto

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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We had a great trip. Even though we were the only two passengers who signed up for the trip, the captain worked hard to give us excellent whale watching opportunities. I took wonderful photos of both whales and spectacular scenery.

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Reviewed 27 August 2011

We've toured with TAZ twice and will do it again when we return to Gustavus. Small, intimate group and given the number of humpbacks in the vicinity, great sightings are almost certain. We saw some breaching and also spotted some Orcas. Tour operators were knowledgeable and friendly. A terrific outing.

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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We saw over twenty-five humpbacks during an afternoon trip. I highly advise the afternoon trip which ends about 4- 4:30. The whales were feeding almost the entire time including next to and under our boat. We got wet from the whale blow a couple of times. The Taz's captain predicted that about 4:00 the whales start to breach almost every day. They did and did and did. Every person on the boat was screaming with the appreciation of seeing these magnificent animals jumping with the pure pleasure of life. We are whale lovers so take these comments with a touch of salt water but this was almost a spiritual experience. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 10 August 2010

We took an evening trip on the 'Taz" in July 2010 as a transfer from the larger Glacier Bay boat which had broken down. We think whale-watching from a smaller vessel like the 'Taz' gives a better experience (8 people on our trip). We enjoyed meeting the crew, we liked the way they chose a good spot, stopped the boat, hung a microphone over the side so we could all listen in and then let the whales find us - which they duly did!

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