Alaska Whale Watching

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017

Last year I went on an Alaska cruise, and although most of family was able to see wildlife throughout the trip, I always seemed to just miss the whale jumping out of the water or the bear eating on the side of the road. Very disappointing to go all that way and not see wildlife.

The ship usually has a naturalist throughout the cruise spotting wildlife, so make sure and listen out for this, and go on deck - don't try to see everything from inside the ship. It is warm, but you tend to miss all of the action. 

Here's a list of list of popular whale watching tips to keep in mind to improve your odds of seeing whale while in Alaska.

  • Take a good pair of binoculars.
  • Choose clear, calm days.
  • Look for the blow of a whale, which is the cloud of spray or mist that appears as the air is exhaled through the blowhole. This is usually how whales are first seen.
  • If you are a first time whale watcher, you may want to consider motion sickness medications. A good breakfast is key! Very often people will go on their first whale watch fearing they may get sick. They will skip breakfast thinking that no food in their stomach means they won't get sick. In fact, the opposite is true. An empty stomach produces acids and, in turn, can actually make you sick. Eat a good carbohydrate breakfast.
  • Keep Warm! It is always colder on the ocean than on land.
  • Don't forget the sunblock! Water reflects and magnifies the sun rays.
  • Bring extra batteries and film, or a picture card, for your camera.

Alaska Adventure Travel

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

InnerSea Discoveries will focus on the Alaskan Wilderness, eschewing traditional port calls. Slated to debut in 2011, the new brand will target the adventure travelers.

InnerSea will take passengers on wild-life and wilderness-focused itineraries through Alaska's Inside Passage on the 80 passenger Wilderness Discoverer and 60 passenger Wilderness Adventurer. The ships will offer two, seven day itineraries between Ketchikan and Juneau, but they won't stop in any ports along the way. Instead, they will spend the cruise sailing through fjords, around glaciers and through the Islands and Coastal cruising areas of Southeast Alaska.

The itineraries will take passengers on Zodiacs to explore glaciers and wildlife up close and will make landings to take guided hikes through remote areas, speluking trips and kayak excursions. The ships will also carry their own fully equipped fishing boats. They're reaching into areas that other small ships don't even go into.

Written by C Kennedy
kennedy@atlastravelweb.com

Glaciers in Alaska

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ever wonder why glacier ice looks blue?

This is because of how the sunlight passes through the ice and what happens to the sunlight.  Sunlight looks white; however, the light is really made up of all the colors of the rainbow.  You may recall seeing this when using a prism in middle school science classes.  Each of the sun's colors have different wavelengths, or amounts of energy in them.  When the sunlight tries to go through the solid glacier ice crystals the sun gets broken up into lots of colors.  Red and yellow have very little energy and the thick ice soaks up the red light more than it soaks up the blue light. The blue light has enough extra energy to get away from the solid ice crystals without getting absorbed or soaked up.  This is why the only color people see is the blue color that escaped.

Best Glaciers of Alaska:

  • Grand Pacific Glacier (Glacier Bay National Park): Three intimidating walls of ice surround boats that pull close to the glaciers.
  • Exit Glacier (Seward):  It towers above like a huge blue sculpture, the spires of broken ice are close enough to breathe a freezer-door chill down on watchers.
  • Western Prince William Sound: On a boat from Whittier, you can see a couple dozen glaciers in a day. Some of these are the amazing tidewater glaciers that dump huge, office-building-size spires of ice into the ocean, each setting off a terrific splash and outward-radiating sea wave.

Alaska Travel Blog

Posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009

              

You never forget them — the vivid impressions from your first visit to Alaska. A 10-story crystal-blue river of ice in Glacier Bay National Park, icebergs calving into the tidewater with a thunderous crack. The spectacular and untamed wildlife, from a nesting eagle high in a Sitka spruce to a family of brown bears foraging along a rocky beach. Your first glimpse of the soaring, silent magnificence of Mt. McKinley. It’s everything you ever imagined — and all you traveled so far to see. This is one of life’s greatest adventures. One you’ll want to plan carefully so you don’t miss a thing.

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