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Juneau Float Plane Excursion Reviews

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A float plane will provide you with some of the most exquisite views that Juneau has to offer. Some tours include a salmon feast at a quaint lodge.

JessTX1207

1 review

Took a seaplane to Taku Lodge. AMAZING! Planes took off from very close to the dock. Getting on was quick and easy. The sites were nothing like I've ever seen before. The lodge was adorable, food was second to none including salmon, there was a bear. Could not have asked for a better experience.


Provider: Holland America Line

Tarheelmama

1 review

Fabulous! Flew over 5 glaciers on the way to a lodge built in the 1920s. Staff prepared a delicious meal with grilled salmon. Hiked the area with a geologist. Encountered (from 50+ feet) a couple of black bears.


Provider: Independent Operator

bandrich

2 reviews

My husband and I agreed this was our favorite tour. Flying over the glaciers was a once in a lifetime experience. Our guides at the Lodge were graduate students, which were full of knowledge about the area and much unexpected understanding of the history and ecological significance of the area. The lunch was the best salmon (cedar planked) and fresh. Coming from Florida fresh fish or none is my rule and the lunch was all fresh down to the glacier ice that cooled the drinks. Only downside is that we could have spent more time exploring the area, but it is a business and the bottom line of money flow keeps this place open and the students studies possible.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Sheyshey

1 review

Spectacular views of glaciers and Juneau.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

KSpen

1 review

My husband did the float plane to an island to look for bears. The whole trip was not very well planned, the other guests on the tour were very loud the whole time (if there was bear in the area, it would have left from all the noise) One of the guests could not walk, kept falling, out of breath. The tour guides took us to several places-we only stayed at each place a few minutes, not long enough to have a chance to see any bears. One of the guides was a 17 year old high school student- much to young to be leading this type of tour. Neither of the guides told us to talk quietly, walk quietly, etc. The only good part was the airplane flight. For $430- this was a complete waste of money!!!!! I would give this tour a negative number.


Provider: Princess Cruises

gometros

1 review

We took the Taku Lodge Feast & 5-Glacier Seaplane Discovery tour and this was one of the highlights of our trip. My wife is a very nervous flyer, only getting back into it three years ago, so obviously there was some trepidation about taking a flight in a small plane. Our pilot was the Director of Operations and invited her to sit in the copilot seat, which helped ease any fears she might have. The plane itself was a 10-seater de Haviland and it handled like driving in a car. Every passenger got a window seat and the views were spectacular. You don't really appreciate the expanse of a glacier until you fly over it. We flew twenty minutes to the Taku Lodge, a quaint hunting lodge opposite the Taku Glacier. We were served a feast of wild salmon and other Alaskan delicacies that were just scrumptious. We spent an hour and a half at the lodge, allowing enough time to eat and explore the grounds. The return flight was equally spectacular.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Wozzie29

2 reviews

The Five Glaciers flight is my personal highlight and the pilot was excellent.


Provider: Holland America Line

kathleenwalsh

1 review

this was the best trip ever! the float plane was awesome and Taku Lodge was a wilderness delight....the staff there was as good as the scenery and the food was great...even bought the cookbook.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

bec_bec2012

1 review

Our flight to the Taku lodge near Juneau was the ost amazing trip. The lodge was beautiful, we had a fantastic lunch and even saw some bears. Thoroughly recommend.

Provider: Independent Operator

Bradmajors

1 review

Great excursion! Highly recommend even though it is not cheap. Awesome does not do this justice. This is where to spend your money if you can afford this. The tour operator ran a tight ship; and had safety awards in the office.

Provider: Holland America Line

MRANDMRSSKGORDON

1 review

Taku Lodge. Absolutely incredible. Another smooth ride. Flying over the glacier from a few different angles made great ops. The meal here was very good. Salmon caught just down from the lodge and cooked over alder wood. Baked beans, reindeer sausage, fruit compote of apples, blueberries and cranberries, a streusel type dessert. The Russian tea was good and warmed us up. The story of the owners was captivating. A bear was under the gift shop but never came completely out. Just his nose and face peeked out from time to time.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

alwayscruise123

1 review

It is great and not to be missed. However, they fly; rain or shine. See our ship review. You might prefer to wait to book it until you are in port.

Provider: Holland America Line

golfer4798

1 review

We took float plane to Taku Lodge. Excellent views of glaciers, fabulous salmon cookout. This trip had a $219pp surcharge; you can book it yourself for $290pp. This was a wonderful experience. Secondly, cruising to Juneau we cruised Tracy Arm. Not to be missed scenery and wildlife. Regent offered one excursion that picked up at the ship early in AM. Small excursion boat took passengers rest of way up narrows to Juneau where they re-boarded. We regrettably were not aware of details of this excursion. It had a $149pp surcharge. But if we were better informed upfront, we would have taken it. Everyone who did take it raved about the wildlife sightings and scenery.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

xmasteach

3 reviews

Float plane to a delicious lunch at the Taku Lodge. Cruise passengers on out trip, but they paid more.

Provider: Independent Operator

ellbelle

2 reviews

Taku Lodge- The BEST salmon ever and the five glaciers not so bad too!

Provider: Princess Cruises

candidcio

1 review

The Taku Lodge excursion is expensive, but we all agreed that it was worth it. The view of the glaciers were incredible. Dinner was also surprisingly good. You will almost certainly see black bears up close.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

busyone

3 reviews

We were picked up by the plane operators at the dock and taken to our float planes. In a few minutes were were cruising above the glaciers with taped narration. Looking down on the various glaciers was an amazing experience. The weather was poor so it wasn't as pretty as it would be on a sunny day, but seeing the rivers of ice is something that can't be described with words. It was a wonderful hour of flying that seemed like just a few minutes.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Waxer

1 review

Taku Lodge - 5 Glacier Discovery - Salmon Bake Fantastic flight; wonderful views; beautiful lodge; great food.

Provider: Holland America Line

RJY

1 review

We booked the Taku Lodge Float Plane tour through HAL and it certainly lived up to previous reviews. Expensive, but once in a lifetime and worth it. The views are spectacular, the lodge is remote and the salmon bake was excellent. Found out afterwards that you can walk down the pier and book the exact same tour with the exact same provider that HAL uses for $30 p.p. less. Something to consider. Before the tour we walked the town. Just OK. Would recommend an excursion.

Provider: Holland America Line

travellover3868

1 review

Cancelled due to weather.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

way2cheap

2 reviews

The float plane or seaplane took us over beautiful glaciers on our way to Taku Lodge. Once at the lodge we had a great meal and learned the history of the lodge. It had a great gift shop, far better than what one sees in port and very reasonably priced items. Scenery was beautiful and the black bears joined us for picture taking. Best thing about our cruise.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

atlasali

4 reviews

In Juneau, we splurged on the floatplane to Taku Lodge for a salmon dinner. Well worth the money!!! This was our favorite experience. The flight over the glaciers was breathtaking. I held my camera by my face in the window of the plane and snapped photos like crazy with the digital camera. I figured that some would turn out and I did not want to spend the flight looking thru a viewfinder. Husband was on the other side of the plane taking video. The pictures help remind us how gorgeous it truly was. Once we landed we walked up to the historical lodge where the alder fire was started and slabs of King salmon were grilled. There was a small gift shop, a modern restroom building, some friendly dogs, and hiking trails. When the lunch bell rang we went through a buffet line and sat at large tables. They provided Russian tea and coffee; hot or over glacier ice. Alaskan beer was available. Our meal consisted of salmon or chicken, beans, coleslaw, fruit compote, herb biscuits, and ginger cookies. It was delicious. While we ate, the staff told the story about the Taku Lodge. The most impressive part was how quiet it was, especially in comparison to the crowded stores in town. Although we did not see any of the resident bears, I feel that we experienced the true Alaska. We also ate crab at Tracy's crab shack--excellent.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

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