Welcome to Juneau
Juneau is a capital of contrasts and conflicts. It borders a waterway that never freezes but lies beneath an ice field that never melts. It was the first community in the Southeast to slap a head tax on cruise-ship passengers but draws more of them (almost a million) than any other town. It’s the state capital but since the 1980s Alaskans have been trying to move it. It doesn’t have any roads that go anywhere, but... Read More
Top experiences in Juneau
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, you’ll be picked up from the cruise terminal and you’ll kick off your Alaskan experience with an informative and entertaining van ride from your Juneau hotel to the heliport to begin your amazing helicopter tour. Enjoy stellar aerial views as you soar over rock formations and icefalls while learning about the spectacular sights from your knowledgeable pilot, who’ll act as your guide for your entire experience, including your landing and walkabout on the glacier. Make your way by helicopter to either the Herbert Glacier descending to the glacier below for the second part of your tour.When you land, you’ll be taken on a serene walk along the glacier surface, nestled among mountain peaks blanketed in ice and snow – a beautiful sight! You'll learn about your surroundings and be free to ask your pilot-guide any questions you have about Alaska’s natural history, geology, meteorology and more. Be sure to dress warmly, as it can be quite cold on the glacier. After your time on the icefield, savor more aerial views on your helicopter flight back to Juneau. Upon landing, you’ll have the oppurtunity for final photos and time to warm up before enjoying a return van trip back to your cruise port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of- call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour
When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, walk an easy 10 minutes to Mt Roberts Tramway, where you'll hop on a comfortable coach for a Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of stunning mountains and winding waterways as you travel from the colorful port and see sites such as the Red Dog Saloon, the busy Juneau Capitol Building, the Governor's Mansion and beautiful Douglas Island. This unique modern capital city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.After your city tour, you’ll be driven to Auke Bay to board a boat for your 2-hour whale-watching cruise. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Watch for humpback whales and playful orcas – when you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and drinks will be provided on board. When you return to the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier to explore independently at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel treasure, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the giant 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field. Capture vistas of the glacier from several perspectives such as Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and offers an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, you can learn about glacier formation through a series of interactive geological exhibits.When you’re ready to leave, hop on the shuttle and head back to the Juneau port.The shuttle departs every 30 minutes, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Juneau. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy your time at Mendenhall Glacier and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy. Please note: This tour provided 30 minutes to 45 minutes at the glacier. if you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour portion to accommodate that.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience
When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, you’ll be picked up from the cruise terminal and you’ll kick off your Alaskan experience with an informative and entertaining van ride from your Juneau hotel to the heliport to begin your amazing helicopter tour. Board a state-of-the-art helicopter and admire aerial views as you soar over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield.Landing at a secluded camp on Herbert Glacier, you'll be surrounded by mountain peaks and a vast, ancient snowfield, making you feel like you’re the only group of people in the world. You’ll be greeted by a team of Alaskan huskies for your dogsled ride and have the choice to ride the dogsled runners or stay comfortably seated as your dog team pulls you along the endless fields of snow.Back at camp, hear stories about the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from expert mushers. In fact, the owner of the tour company won the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race, and finished the Iditarod in 2nd place -- all in the same year! You’ll have opportunities to ask questions, snap photos and even dress up in original Iditarod Trail dogsled gear and finishing bibs.When your time on the glacier is over, hop back in the helicopter and savor the views again as you rise up and over the icefield back to Juneau. Upon landing you’ll have the opportunity for final photos and time to warm up before enjoying a return van trip back to your cruise port.The total tour time is approximately 1.5 hours, from liftoff at the heliport to return to the helicopter base. When you land, you’ll be taken back to the Juneau port to board your ship.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of- call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt Roberts
After your cruise ship has pulled into Juneau, head to the aerial gondola station at the base of Mt Roberts to begin your Juneau shore excursion, which starts with a 45-minute tour of the city and Douglas Island. Take a seat on your comfortable coach for a ride through Juneau’s downtown historic district, nestled between the mountains and the Gastineau Channel. See sights such as St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, which was built in 1893 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the capital building, which dates back to 1929.Next, cross Gastineau Channel onto Douglas Island, a tidal island that's home to a ski resort and the small town of Douglas. While you circumnavigate the island in your coach, enjoy views of Juneau’s harbor and surrounding forests and mountains.Back on the mainland, make your way to Mendenhall Glacier, about 12 miles (20 km) northwest of Juneau in Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, which is part of Tongass National Forest. Reaching from the enormous Juneau Ice Field to Mendenhall Lake, the glacier is 12 miles (20 km) long. You have 45 minutes here to explore on your own; follow the Photo Point Trail along the edge of the lake to reach a viewpoint where you can see the face of the glacier. Then enjoy another great photo opportunity at Nugget Creek Falls, and visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for more views and to peruse geological displays about the glacier’s formation. Park rangers are available to provide information and answer any questions during your free time. When it's time to leave, hop back on the coach for the return drive to downtown Juneau, where you'll be let off at the aerial gondola station for the ride up to Timberline Bar & Grill on Mt Roberts. Sit down to a satisfying meal of coho salmon grilled to perfection and served with seasonal vegetables accompanied by views of the mountains and Gastineau Channel from 1,800 feet (550 meters). Your tour ends here, where you can stay on Mt Roberts to explore the hiking trails at your leisure, browse through the gift shop or just soak up more of the views. Take the gondola back down on your own when you’re ready to head back to the port and re-board your ship.The end point of this excursion (the aerial gondola station) is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine when you return to your ship in Juneau. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure
While docked in Juneau, head to Auke Bay, where more than 65 humpback whales migrate every year. These beautiful creatures will be the highlight of your 3.5-hour shore excursion as you float around the bay. Additionally, you may also be joined by Auke Bay’s other residents: bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and more!The 48-passenger jet boat is built for sightseeing, featuring extra-large windows and an exterior observation deck – perfect for whale watching! As you cruise around the bay, your captain will announce when whales have been spotted! For an even closer look, you’re welcome to use the complimentary binoculars on board. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale
As Alaska’s capital city, Juneau has so much to offer. On this half-day shore excursion, your guide will lead you through three activities that will give you the best feel for Juneau: a Mendenhall Glacier viewing, humpback whale-watching experience and a traditional salmon bake buffet.After pickup from your cruise ship port, take a narrated journey to the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier with your informative guide. You’re sure to capture many stunning photos of the approximately 12-mile (19-km) long glacier.Next, head to Auke Bay for your whale-watching tour aboard a 48-passenger sightseeing boat. Auke Bay is known for the dozens of whales that migrate there each year. The boat's extra-large windows, complimentary binoculars and exterior observation deck provide for an excellent whale-watching experience.Finish your Juneau experience with an all-you-can-eat salmon bake, where you’ll enjoy a delicious meal including grilled salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages and a selection of side dishes. Top it off with delicious blueberry cake for dessert. Beer and wine are available for purchase. You’ll also have the chance to watch Doug Chilton, a Tlingit Master Carver, and his son, work on two 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) cedar totem poles and silver jewelry. Hear about the legends and culture behind their ancestral traditions, and purchase unique works of art from the gift shop.Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to your cruise ship.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.