Not enough time there!
NCL was docked south of the main streets in town, but provided a shuttle to downtown. We took the shuttle bus to Mendenhall Glacier. You buy a ticket from anyone of the venders along the docks in the center of things. You board the white bus from the third lane where the tour busses stop. We had tickets for 9:30 a.m. & there were two busses to take people.
Once there we walked to the waterfall. Beautiful!
By the time we took the bus back, there was little time to do anything else. We had to be on board by 1.
We took the silver bus in front of the museum to Totem Bight Park - $1. (scrapbooking supplies across the street) Busses go every half hour and can get crowded. You may need to stand. Many tours stop at the park and you can ease-drop on their guide's talks. There are plaques to read and a map with info at the visitors center. There is a pretty big gift shop just a short walk up the road.
Creek Street is good for souvenirs (totem poles can range from $30 to $250) and buying salmon to ship back home. We had a bite to eat & a beer there.
It is a rain forest and did rain, so be prepared. NCL sells rain ponchos just as you get off the ship for $3, but you can get them cheeper just off the ship in shops.
We had thought about using public transportation to get to Butchard Gardens, but it seemed too complicated and would take too long. Us oldsters treated the younger ones to a limo we booked right outside the ship that took us there, waited and drove us back for $210 for all 7 of us. The limo dropped off the young adults in town to walk back to the ship and dropped off the 3 older adults at the ship.
Butchard Gardens was fabulous & lush.