One of the primary reasons many cruise ship travelers book Alaskan journeys is to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitats. And while gorgeous views from cruise ship decks are breath-taking, to really get an up-close, once-in-a-lifetime view, excursions like those from A Whale’s Song Expeditions are the way to go.
The Best of Alaskan Wildlife Tours
Travelers who book with A Whale’s Song Expeditions can join dedicated wildlife sightseeing and photography tours that last several hours to several days. Experienced and knowledgeable naturalists and photographers lead group and private tours on small, comfortable boats. Space is extremely limited, usually to no more than six guests, so that tours can explore without disrupting animals’ natural behaviors. Guides enthusiastically share information about animal behavior and the area’s natural history, as well as answer questions and provide artistic and technical guidance and mentoring on photography tours.
* Go birdwatching at Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge and see auklets, puffins, and many more species where they breed and care for their young.
* Hear what whales actually sound like when they communicate via the boat’s hydrophone during a wildlife tour.
* Experience natural beauty unlike anywhere else in the U.S., from majestic Mount Edgecumbe to Tongass National Forest, the largest in the country.
* Participate in photography workshops as part of a photography tour to gain a better understanding of photo composition, hands-on camera work, and equipment care in outdoor settings.
Anyone who’s traveled extensively has likely heard how tourism can actually leave a place worse off, especially in natural areas where human intervention can affect wildlife populations. This is especially true for destinations where animal life is the big draw for tourists and travelers. The owners of Sitka-based A Whale’s Song Expeditions understand those concerns – even share those concerns – and take them seriously. That’s why the company has demonstrated a commitment to responsible tourism and conservation of their local environment in word and deed. Company memberships include Whale SENSE and the World Cetacean Alliance, and 5% of the company’s profits are donated to local environmental and cultural conservation organizations.
An Alaskan cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that deserves a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. From otters busy caring for young in their nurseries to bald eagles on the hunt, humpback whales breaching the surface to brown bears and cubs frolicking near the shore, these are the things that make an Alaskan vacation stand out. And with A Whale’s Song Expedition tours, they’re all within reach in a way that’s engaging while still mindful of animals’ inherent dignity.