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Our boat and ship-based photo tours allow us to photograph wildlife—particularly marine mammals and seabirds— and landscapes in areas where access by land or air may not be practical. When considering a ship for one of our trips, our three primary concerns are 1) your safety, 2) your comfort, and 3) does the ship provide a good “platform” for photography—i.e., does it have plenty of deck space for tripods, can we get to and from shore easily, does the captain and crew understand our photography goals, etc. We always take exclusive ship charters for our trips so our group’s photographic goals directs every aspect of our daily activities—with no compromises for non-photographers. A sometimes overlooked benefit of ship-based photo tours—but one that is greatly appreciated once on board—is that participants can settle into their cabin for an extended stay, only having to unpack gear and clothing once during the tour!

We’re here to answer your questions about any of the trips that interest you, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Whales, Wildlife and Wilderness—Alaska

Experience the breathtaking excitement of humpback whale photography in the pristine waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage during the prime summer season. Whales breach, tail-slap, and bubble-net and lunge feed amidst snowcapped mountain backdrops on this luxurious photo cruise.

June 24 - July 3, 2024
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Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Glacier Bay is among the world’s most active tidewater glacial areas. The deep ice-jammed waters support a variety of photogenic wildlife, both in these frigid waters and onshore. Whales, bears and seabirds abound. Cruise the bay and its glaciers by luxurious private yacht with special park permit.

July 25 - August 2, 2024
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Gray Whales of Mexico's Baja Peninsula

Experience the thrill of photographing at one of Earth's prime locations for marine photography! Photograph Pacific gray whales within touching distance. Capture images of blue and humpback whales, dolphins, Baja's desert landscapes, unique Boojum “trees” and timeless Mexican colonial architecture.

February 23 - March 6, 2025
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Whales, Wildlife and Wilderness, Alaska

Experience the breathtaking excitement of humpback whale photography in the pristine waters of the Alaska’s Inside Passage during the prime summer season. Whales breach, tail-slap, and bubble-net and lunge feed amidst snowcapped mountain backdrops on this luxurious photo cruise.

June 24 - July 3, 2025
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