Will I See Lots of Whales and Wildlife on the Ship?

The further inland you venture into the 49th state, the more likely you’ll encounter land animals like dall sheep or caribou.

Although there’s no guarantee you’ll see wildlife from your ship on your next Alaska cruise, after chatting with a few Alaska Cruise Specialists here in the office, they have assured me that chances of seeing marine life and bald eagles are very high on. Albeit, binoculars will help to see them better.

Each of the 12 times Cruise Expert Kirk Olson has sailed to Alaska, he has seen animals. He points out, “I’ve seen porpoises following the ship. I’ve seen whales in the distance breaching. You’ll also see marine life from the back of the ship – they like following the wake of the ship. You’re going to see eagles, sea lions or seals, depending on how good of an eye you have.”


So, if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see a lot from the ship. By the way, in case you’re wondering…

  • Breaching is when the whale, porpoise or dolphin leaps out of the water.
  • The wake of the ship refers to the waves made by the moving vessel.

Here’s what you could see from aboard your cruise ship!

  • Stellar Sea Lion
  • Habor Seal
  • Sea Otters
  • Harbor Porpoise
  • Dall’s Porpoise
  • Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
  • Minke Whale
  • Humpback Whale
  • Killer Whale (Orca)

Not to mention the many birds!

Have you been on an Alaska cruise? What kind of animals did you see while out at sea?

About Vanny

Vanny is Cruise Experts Travel’s Social Media Coordinator. She is a passionate world traveler and has been given an exciting opportunity to share experiences, tips and advice on everything cruising and travel in Alaska.
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