After our Glacier Flightseeing was cancelled (due to the very low ceiling; Icy Strait is just 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park), we booked the Whale & Marine Mammals Cruise excursion in its place. Saw lots of whales – even a baby! – and had a lovely time.
Icy Strait Point is located near Hoonah, the largest Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska. The Cannery was converted by a collaboration between local communities and the cruise corporations to be a base for various local excursions. The port hosts only a single cruise ship at a time. The Cannery has a museum, lots of little shops selling Alaskan made goods (some fantastic stuff), and the longest zipline in Alaska.
Since we had a couple hours before the whale watching tour, we decided to grab a bite at the Cookhouse. Not a lot of options – we choose the fish (halibut) and chips (right), and the shrimp and chips (top). (About $16 apiece.) Oh. My. God. Fresh, sweet, delicious – just amazing! It was SO good, we had to do it again! We ended up spending nearly $80 on lunch!! And it was worth it!