We had a wonderful day for the boat trip, the water was smooth and so was the ride. It might have been more adventurous with some wave action but we take what we can get.
The staff and crew were great. Tessa picked us up at the ship and drove us to the "ThunderDome" fast, efficient and thorough. The Tongass Explorer is a heck of a vessel sporting 750 hp to catapult you across the water. You straddle the individual seats like a saddle and hold onto the pommel bar in front. They do have back rests to help keep you in place when they decide to do a U-turn but Captain Christian kept us upright and off the rocks, always a plus and Alyssa kept us informed about the flora and fauna. Unfortunately the wildlife was somewhat limited, perhaps the time of year. We did briefly see a harbor seal and some unidentified (by me anyway) head bobbing up and going back under out by the island at the end of the Lynn Canal across from Haines. We did see a multitude of bald eagles, including a brown immature specimen. The scenery is absolutely fantastic and you can get up close to the falls along the fjord.
Oh, and they do provide survival suits, balaclavas and goggles to keep you warm and dry on the trip. We had brought waterproof gear but it was unnecessary and we left it in the Dome.
A fun ride that should be on your bucket list.
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