Harv & Marv's scary whale watch adventure?
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I wouldn't be concerned.
We saw lots of whales in 2008. No sea sickness. No fear!! In fact we were in total awe of the magnificent whales and the sound!! Something you will never forget!!
None of the whale watch tour boats intentionally get closer than 100 yards to the whales. Occasionally the whales come closer to the boats without the captains being aware of it, but it is very rare.And they dont becuase of the big fines they would get
I wouldn't be concerned.
but even that close it was not at all "scary". We didn't feel scared- we felt lucky!!!
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Can.not.wait for Harv & Marv's excursion in June!!Ours is in May and all these posts are gettine me so hyped!!!
Especially since we were sooo dissappointed when we missed whale season in Hawaii last year!!!
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As have many before me, it is hard to say enough about Harv and Marv. They are great, great to work with (we had to work out a glacier trek right afterwards), and do a great job. One nice thing about a small boat is that you get to really interact with your guide. You're not just hearing stuff on a PA system, you are hearing it right from them, and can have a great time asking all sorts of questions about wildlife and living in Alaska in general.
Whales don't use measuring tapes, and can suddenly get closer than the boats are allowed to intentionally get. Whales have great hearing, and know more about where you are than you know about where they are.
As for the steps/ramp down to the boat dock, that will depend on the tide at the time you are using it. If the tide is in, the ramp angle will be less, if the tide is out, the ramp angle will be greater. They have the steps built in for those times and for those people who have trouble walking on the ramp portion. Not a big deal.
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Were you nervous about booking with a private company and getting back to the ship in plenty of time for departure??? This is my only concern.
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I've never been worried on any of the off ship excursions I've booked. Harv & Marv least of all. Just don't select a tour that returns you 30-60 minutes before you're due back to the ship for departure. They have never missed a tour - ever. That said, they will refund you all the money for the tour, an extra $100pp, get you to your ship or next port of call at no cost, and if needs be feed you and put you up for the night. Best guarantee ever imo. The other thing is that there are so many boats in the area that they know and share information with that I'm sure if they had a mechanical issue that could quickly get you transferred and on your way back.
As for the whales and distance and size, my wife was by herself in the back of the boat while three of us were up front viewing a pod of orcas, when a female orca and her calf surfaced within 10-15 feet of the back of the boat and exhaled. Scared my wife to death - and put a smile on her face for the next two hours and has gone down as one of the best experiences of her life. We also had one humpback come within 75 feet or so while the boat was just drifting, and bugled as she exhaled - one of the coolest moments of our life, because it was so close and not as far off as some of the other sightings. Here are a couple of shots from the trip:
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OMGosh! Am I there yet? Thanks for posting these fabulous photos!
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