Cruising with Alaskans: Tips for your Alaska Boat Hunt

Having the best time during your Alaska Boat Hunts doesn’t take much work, but a few tips will ensure you have the best trip possible. Parker Guide Service has many years of experience conducting boat hunts and cruises around Southeast Alaska. We have compiled a collection of tips to help you know what to expect on your Alaska boat hunt and cruise. Come aboard our 80′ luxury yacht, the Alaskan Harvest for the experience of a lifetime.

Having the best Alaska boat hunt is just a few tips away.


    At times we have an RN onboard, however all of our crew are certified in First Aid, CPR, and the use of an onboard defibrillator. We can arrange a medical evacuation with the United States Coast Guard, as well as satellite communication with a physician. Please carry your regular meds in your carry on luggage so you don’t run into any problems while flying to Alaska. If you have any special medical or accessibility requests please let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate you. Please review your health insurance before traveling. We personally use and recommend Medi-Jet, Apollo and Life jet in case of a medical emergency transport


    Life happens. We strongly recommend all of our clients secure travel protection. You might want to think about buying trip insurance just in case of a medical emergency.

    Global Rescue Insurance

  • FOOD

    We do our best to provide the freshest produce, seafood and meats available to us. We would love to know your dislikes and likes. If there are any allergies and dietary restrictions we would like to know this well ahead of time to ensure we have everything that you will need onboard. Although we cannot supply alcohol onboard, you are more than welcome to get your sprits in town prior to your trip. We always have a variety of non-alcoholic refreshments on board. 


    Payment of your trip: A personal check or wire deposit is preferred.  Tips are at the discretion of the guest. Typically 10% of the overall trip cost, shared among the crew is considered nice, standard tip. Let your satisfaction with our service be your guide.


    Now that Marijuana is legal in Alaska-can I bring it on the cruise? All vessels in Alaska are under federal jurisdiction. No illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or marijuana will be allowed onboard. 


    There are certain areas on the yacht where smoking is permitted outside and away from fuel fumes. Please be considerate of others while smoking and close the doors to the yacht so the smoke doesn’t travel inside the yacht. 


    Glacier viewing is only included on the itinerary for cruises and if you are not on one of our fishing trips. You will be visiting Tracy Arm and possibly Endicott Arm on your journey with us. These are vast Glacial Fjords with amazing geological sights. Along with calving glaciers, there is an abundance of wildlife to spot along the way to the end of the fjords.  Be on the look out for majestic Mountain Goats, a sporadic Black bear, Sitka deer, and a variety of Sea Mammals. We get up close and personal with the glaciers in kayaks and 18ft. skiffs for amazing photographic opportunities. We stay in the Arm at night to ensure some solitude. You will be so happy that you checked this excursion off your bucket list. It truly is an amazing place to see. 


    Since our black bear, brown bear and mountain goat hunts don’t allow much flexibility for wildlife viewing, we will do our best to show you all the wildlife we can along the way to hunting ground destinations.  You are bound to see plenty of gorgeous scenery and wildlife on your journey! There are an abundance of Bald Eagles and other birds. We are also bound to see some Humpback and Orca (Killer) whales, along with sea lions, seals, Dahl porpoise and sea otters. It is common to see Sitka Deer, Black Bear, Wolf, Mountain Goat, Moose and those majestic Brown Bears on our various boat hunt trips.  All wildlife can be viewed from the luxury yacht, the Alaskan Harvest, and may be visible up close when we are in the 18ft. skiffs, or ashore.


    Round trip Airfare to Alaska from either Sitka or Juneau, travel insurance, Fishing Licenses for fishermen on fishing trips, as well as air charters to/from the yacht are not included in your trip. Please plan on purchasing your wine, your beer, and spirits in town before you board. 

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    In most areas we will be within cell range.  AT & T works best. Verizon and Sprint not so much or hardly ever. We do have a satellite phone onboard the Alaskan Harvest in case of emergencies or if a necessary call needs to be made. The satellite phone number is 1-480-768-2500 and then punch in when prompted: 8816-3163-3350. Do not leave a message on this phone, as we will never receive it. Just keep trying to call until someone picks up. You can always call (907) 747-6026 or email us as well . Usually, someone is in town and can relay a message to the yacht.


    Sorry, it’s time to unplug or download prior to boarding the yacht. We enjoy playing cards, cribbage, and other board games onboard. It’s also time to unwind, tell hunting stories or just enjoy getting some extra downtime watching an amazing sunset or sunrise off the back deck. We also have an entertainment system onboard with a DVD/VCR player and television in the main salon. Sorry we do not have cable or direct TV. 


    All linens and towels are provided for your stay. If you would like fresh linens just let the staff know. You have access to 110-volt outlets (US style plug ins), fans, heaters, hairdryers, as well as a full or shared bath, depending on your group’s size. Feel free to bring your CPAP if you have one.


    The ship’s dryer locker may be used to dry wet clothes. 


    The tap water is fresh from local towns and is safe to drink. 


    You will be cruising through a temperate rainforest. Plan on mid 60’s during the day and mid 40’s at night with rain showers in between.  Plan on shedding layers throughout the day for comfort so a small daypack would come in handy.

Please let us know if you have any more questions. We want you to have the best memories of Alaska while onboard with us. We look forward to having you aboard soon!

Captains Bruce & Ann-Marie Parker
Parker Guide Service

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