The cruise ship terminal is close to downtown Vancouver so is very easy to reach. We had already checked at our hotel so the boarding process was very easy and quick. Our bags were collected from our hotel room and a shuttle bus took us straight to the port. Other than a 20 minute wait to clear US immigration - there was a computer glitch and a large Chinese group in front - we quickly boarded and were one of the first on board. After exploring the ship we had a leisurely lunch in the Atrium.
The rainforest "hike" is really a gentle stroll on boardwalks through the rainforest. A small group and an excellent guide. The highlight was seeing a black bear with cubs just below us. Take the first trip of the day the chance of seeing bears is better.
On returning we sat on our balcony watching the busy activity around the dock - a constant flow of small boats and sea planes.
Fourth part of the trip. A flight over the Mendenhall glacier. This was awesome with on 5 of us in the small plane - I even sat next to the pilot. On criticism is that it would have been better if we had been supplied with headphones so the people in the back could have heard the pilot.
Nature Tour Rating:
Third part of the trip a bear hunt. This was disappointing since 20 of use where cramped in a uncomfortable school bus style coach - better transport is needed.
Whale Watching Rating:
A full on day.
First a coach trip up the valley to the small boat harbour - fascinating guide explaining life in Juneau.
Second a 3 hour whale watching trip on a small boat with in a total party of 6. You really get up close to whales. They are so confident of whale sighting that you get a refund if you do not see any.