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Juneau Mendenhall Glacier Excursion Reviews

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Mendenhall Glacier is easy accessible from Juneau and one fo the most popular attractions among cruise travelers. This magnificent glacier measures 12 miles long!

swghayes

1 review

After the garden we went to the glacier. We didn't even have enough time to walk to the waterfall by the glacier. It was a mile out to the waterfall/glacier. You do not get to walk on the glacier and it is still off at a distance even after the mile walk out to it. You only get 1 hour at this stop. We almost missed the bus and we were almost running on the way back. Don't bother with this one.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

goingfunplaces1

1 review

At the Glacier, we did not go into the information center, instead we wanted to hike to where we could get close to the glacier and waterfall. Very pretty scenery.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

North/South

1 review

You must go to the Mendenhall Glacier. No need to book through the ship unless you want some other attractions added on. Just get off the ship and pay $10 each pay per person for the Glacier Express bus. Runs every 20 minutes. The Visitors Center is great and just walking around and seeing the glacier is amazing. Take the trail near the drop off point as well to see a wonderful creek and maybe some wildlife. Salmon are in the creek spawing in August but not now. Of course you can spend big bucks and do the helicopter thing and it is probably amazing. Your money you choose. Again the town is overrun with jewlery stores. Red Dog saloon is fun and Tram to the top of Mt Roberts could be nice with hiking trails at the top if you are inclined.


Provider: Independent Operator

Cooley Consumers

6 reviews

This was our least impressive tour of the 3 that we took. Basically, you are driven up to Mendenhall National Park and dropped off for 2 or 3 hours. You're on your own! We saw the glacier and the National Park Service lectures were fantastic. We had HOPED to see the glacier up close or to hear/see the calving of ice bergs from the glacier, but this is not part of this tour!

What was a saving asset of this tour was "Big John" Rock, our tour guide/driver. He made the drive fun, and he dropped us off in Juneau for a shopping tour. Following a dinner at the Red Dog Saloon, we waited at the tour bus stop for a 2nd bus to take us to the ship. Wouldn't you know it?? John was the driver of the second bus AND he remembered us. He made this tour fun.


Provider: Princess Cruises

racer72

1 review

Would have like to have spent more time there.


Provider: Holland America Line

LadyValkyrie

1 review

Great price.


Provider: Independent Operator

DonSolo96

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier & Hatchery Tour. It also included a salmon bake. Food was fabulous, the glacier was amazing. Take the time to make the 20 minute walk down to the glacier and Nugget Falls.

The salmon were running, which made the hatchery surprisingly entertaining. More salmon than you will ever see in your life.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Zach's Mom

1 review

Juneau: Loved this stop. We chose to NOT pay $70 per person (So, $350 for the 5 of us) for the on ship excursion to Mendenhall Glacier, and instead the 5 of us hopped into a taxi (right off the boat) for $40, and spent most of the day exploring this amazing place. We also opted to pay an additional $3 per person for the museum tour. Return cab was $35. Total cost $90 instead of $350, and we were able to take our time.


Provider: Independent Operator

marthabro

1 review

Too long for the experience. We should have booked off the ship and added a city tour.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

erdrwife

1 review

At the Kiosk outside the trip, you can buy a shuttle/tram ticket. From $45-$50, depending on how well you bargain. The Shuttle ($10 if you do not want the tram ride, takes 20 minutes) will take you to Mendenhall Glacier. You can pay $3 and look out the Observatory, but that is kind of silly since it is not exactly as close as you can get by walking. We took the 3-mile East Glacier Trail. It takes 2 or more hours. There are signs posted on how to follow it. We then walked up to the Glacier. There is another 45-minute walk to a falls closer to the Glacier. You may see bald eagles there, we did. The shuttle runs every 20-minutes, and while you are waiting there is a small pavilion in the back of the parking lot where you can see salmon.



Provider: Independent Operator

cryan

2 reviews

We took a bus tour of the city and later were taken over to Mendenhall Glacier. The overall trip was interesting and the glacier was incredible. The visitor center is amazing, and the surrounding streams are beautiful. Definitely a must!


Provider: Independent Operator

danni_in_pdx

1 review

Salmon were spawning, bummed not to see bears.... glacier was pretty.


Provider: Princess Cruises

furnrep

1 review

very interesting but crowded.


Provider: Holland America Line

furnrep

1 review

We took this same tour three years ago. Mendenhall glacier is very beautiful and the paths are well marked and easily accessible, but it is always crowded with other tours. The salmon hatchery is disgusting and could be skipped. Containers of dead salmon, blood and all, are quite visible. They remove the eggs and sperm an, d dispose of the rest. The hatchery guide talked so fast no one could understand her! The salmon bake is good and a nice surrounding, but once was enough. The town is fun to shop and visit the Red Dog Saloon.


Provider: Holland America Line

Ski Crazy!

1 review

Amazing place. The falls were fantastic. Go on the early trip and walk to fall first, then do the visitor centre. Much quieter at the falls then.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

cruzin4

4 reviews

We went to Mendallhal Glacier/and Gardens. It was fine but very similar to what you already see when the ship gets near the Sawyer Glacier. I would have preferred to go on the helicopter and actually step on the glacier.


Provider: Princess Cruises

ebert52

1 review

Took tour with Gastineau Guiding. Our guide Richard was very knowledgeable about the area and our captain Scotty found several whales for us to observe. Tour was a lot of fun!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

debkaysmith

5 reviews

We actually took the Rainforest Trails and Whales expedition with a hike through the rainforest, a veiw of Mendenhall Glacier, and then a whale-watching adventure. Our guides were so professional and knowledgeable about the area. We were able to see quite a bit including a small iceberg flip out at the glacier, and several families of humpback whales and orcas. There were eagles, seals, and gorgeous scenery. They cannot guarantee whale sightings, but mid-June seemed the right time to see it all.


Provider: Holland America Line

Floydmb

1 review

The Mendenhall glacier tour was good also. We went to the fish hatchery and gardens first, then to the glacier. The hatchery was of marginal interest to me. The gardens were fascinating. The glacier was beautiful. It was amazing to see how much it has retreated in the last 50 years!

I wish I had taken the glacer/whale watch tour, however. Those who did that saw quite the show put on by Orcas and hump-backs.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

castles117

1 review

Ben was our guide. He did a great job. The glacier was magnificent!


Provider: Independent Operator

tasdiwine

1 review

loved it


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

debk68

5 reviews

We booked with the Blue Bus. They only run every 30 minutes. We did not have a problem getting back on the bus to return to ship. It was nice to not have to be rushed at the glacier. There is a small fee for the visitors center, pay it, and watch the movie.

Splurge at Tracy's King Crab Shack. Some of the best king crab I have ever had!


Provider: Independent Operator

Deck Chair Dave

1 review

We went to Mendenhall glacier in Juneau, book a bus ride there on the cheap. It was amazing, saw a porcupine climbing the tree. This is a must see.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Jplum

1 review

Very informative and worthwhile 1-2 hours. Enjoyed the visitors center and video. The glacier was majestic - see it while you can as it is receding significantly each year. The short hike down to the waterfall was good, but dress warmly as it is 15-20 degrees cooler near the glacier.


Provider: Independent Operator

NWLACruiser

1 review


Mendenhall Glacier is breathtaking. There are trails you can take to get closer to the glacier rather than staying at the main observation area but time is very limited and it would not be a leisurely hike.
Bathrooms tend to stay busy and there was always a line for both of the ladies restrooms. With the exception of water, food and drink are not allowed in the park area due to bears so you will need to leave them on the bus.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Trave1er

1 review

Our bus driver was great with a wealth of information about the area and Alaska. We saw the Rainforest Garden Adventure first. They had some flowers and flowering trees. We were put in a shuttle bus for a steep climb to the top of the hill through the forest, where we had a view. Then we took a golf cart ride down to the gift shop. Not really much to see, except a pretty much normal forest. The bus driver then took us to Mendenhall Glacier for a 90 minute visit. This gave us enough time to walk to Nugget Falls. It was spectacular as it lies in front of the glacier. Finally the driver took us to a viewpoint overlooking the Juneau area and airport. Next time I would just do the glacier.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

56suzy

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier was fantastic and it is worth the walk to Nugget Falls. We had only 1 hour at this location so it was somewhat rushed. It was very crowded when we went. The young man at the Robert's Tram location for Dolphin, was totally inept. We ended up walking to their bus ourselves after waiting close to 30 minutes for it to arrive. He didn't even look at us after we checked in with him. Come to find out, we needed yellow wrist bands for the glacier but he didn't provide that either.


Provider: Independent Operator

tsstuff

1 review

Not enough time at the glacier park. The stop at the hatchery should be bypassed to allow more time a the glacier park. Make the trek to the waterfall if you have time.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

ricklepickle

1 review

Beautiful glacier!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Travelgoer

1 review

Harv & Marv took us there very nice. Could stay at our leisure or return to town with Harv & Marv Shuttle


Provider: Independent Operator

TexasDavid7

1 review

Juneau was cold [high 40's] and raining. We stood around waiting for our tour a long time out in this mess. When we finally boarded a bus and got warmed up, we enjoyed the trip up to the glacier. If you have any idea that you might like to see the Mendenhall Glacier, better not wait as it is receding rapidly. Especially enjoyed the falls at the base of the glacier, but be warned that it is a long walk. Don't be on that walk when the bus comes for you.


Provider: Holland America Line

plattwear

2 reviews

An hour delay getting off the boat and over 2 hour delay for our excursion made for a long day in Juneau. The bus took us to the Juneau Rain forest Garden which I had mistakenly confused with the Glacier Garden. (where my mom wanted to go) for a short 30 minute visit. The muffins and tea served here were really delicious. The rainf orest was pretty as well but too early for blooming flowers. Mendenhall Glacier was amazing and beautiful. We walked down by the lake and got as close as we were allowed. I wish we would have had more time here to walk part of the trail. We are slow walkers and did not want to walk over a mile. We did go in the visitors center and viewed mountain goats on the mountain through the telescope. We touched a piece of ice from the glacier as well. The gift shop here is nice but pricey. We shopped in town before boarding the tramway. We were exhausted by this time and did not walk around at the top to see anything other than the gift shop. The view from the tram of Juneau is really amazing and beautiful however. The weather was unseasonably warm that day. I ended up taking off the coat and jacket.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Guera

1 review

It was rushed but great! Would have liked to have more time. Guide was excellent.


Provider: Princess Cruises

frawnsay

1 review

Our favorite part of the trip! We saw kayaks and helicopters providing unique views of the glacier, but we tackled the trails for our first visit. I hope to return and try one of those previously mentioned alternatives. We were told we didn't have enough time to view the falls via the trail, so we trekked some shorter 1/3 mile trails and visited the information center, which was basic yet educational.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

jbar434

1 review

Juneau – We did the Costal Helicopter tour and had Jamie as our pilot. We went to and landed on the Herbert Glacier. Well worth it and our favorite excursion. (more info on Tripadvisor) The port itself was nice.


Provider: Independent Operator

wuppis

5 reviews

We bought the tickets in the harbour for $ 50 less than on the ship.
$ 125 each for Glacier and Whalewatching combination. We first went around for about one hour in the City, than took the bus to the Mendenhall Glacier with some very good informations from the driver. We had 1 1/2 hour to stay at the glacier. I was sorry, that the glacier was so far away.
My hope was, to make some footsteps on the glacier ice.
But it was nice, but not very special.


Provider: Independent Operator

DCCruiserX1

1 review

The 5+ rating goes to the Glacier. We only had 45 minutes there not nearly enough time, an absolute must see. We did not have time to hike to the water fall - we will next time. If you have an annual pass to national parks, brink it with you, otherwise the visitor's center will cost you $3, unless booked through the cruise line - where it is built in.


Provider: Independent Operator

tja9674

1 review

The boat captain was very informative and we saw several Humpback whales. We also saw sea lions on a small island. Once we returned to the pier we were taken to Mendenhall Glacier by a bus.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

mbjbride06

1 review

amazing...did this in combination with hatchery and gardens, but did glacier last. It would have been better to see earlier in the day when the sun was shining on it.


Provider: Princess Cruises

culvercitycruiser

1 review

Juneau was chilly, rainy and windy. It took the ship about an hour to push up to the dock. They even had a tug boat pushing trying to get it close enough to throw the lines out to help. Needless to say, we were late docking so there was a huge line to get off of the ship. I think that almost every passenger on the ship was in line to get off. We booked the Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery & Salmon Bake. We boarded a bus for a 20 minute ride to the Glacier. Just as we got to the park, a bear walked across the road in front of the bus. Did not see it but heard it was there. It was raining, not hard but enough to be cold and wet. Walked around the park. Saw many icebergs, an eagle just sitting in a tree like he was posing for photos. Saw many salmon in the stream. Also saw a porcupine and her baby. Back on the bus to see the salmon hatchery. Very educational. Back on bus to Salmon Bake. Pretty good food. All you can eat salmon, chicken, baked beans, cold slaw, corn bread, and blueberry cake. The bus will take you back to the ship or you can have it drop you off in Juneau. We got off in Juneau to visit the Red Dog Saloon. Walked around and did a bit of shopping and got another shuttle back to the ship. We wanted to do the Roberts Tram but ran out of time plus it was rainy.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Danbee46

8 reviews

This is a must for any visitor to Juneau. Most of us in the lower 48 have never seen anything like this gigantic frozen river. We did a self-guided tour and it was great.


Provider: Princess Cruises

cruz'n bug

1 review

A must!


Provider: Holland America Line

Blingz

1 review

Low rating was due to the fact that our tour company only allowed us 1 hour here. Not enough time to walk out to the waterfall and back. If we missed the bus, he said it was a $32. each person for cab fare back to town. So we opted to be sure to catch the bus back and spent the cab fare at the Red Dog instead. ((:
,Low rating was due to the fact that our tour company only allowed us 1 hour here. Not enough time to walk out to the waterfall and back. If we missed the bus, he said it was a $32. each person for cab fare back to town. So we opted to be sure to catch the bus back and spent the cab fare at the Red Dog instead. ((:


Provider: Independent Operator

Cruising Young Senior

1 review

There are kiosks when you get off ship and they bargain. We had a narrated tour to Mendenhall Glacier for $25 each round trip. Plus it's $3 for the Visitors Center


Provider: Independent Operator

sphere49

1 review

The compact port area is picturesque, though dominated by the big cruise lines and tourist-oriented shops, restaurants, etc., some quite good. The surrounding mountains come down to within yards of the main drag. It was fun to stroll.

The nearby Alaska State Museum is a highlight, well worth a couple of hours at least. It capably features regional native American artifacts and culture, exhibits on natural history, and a few interesting quirks. There are other interesting attractions we didn't have time to visit.

A short bus ride out of town, Mendenhall Glacier is a great introduction to the natural forces that formed the region, with an excellent visitors' center and easy walking paths to spectacular views. We saw spawning salmon running upstream, a napping porcupine in a tree, and a perching bald eagle, virtually in the suburbs of Juneau.


Provider: Independent Operator

smollie20

1 review

Rode the local express bus and the driver was Thomas. Great fun


Provider: Independent Operator

jfslcruise

3 reviews

Go late in the day for a better chance to see wildlife. Saw a bear feeding in the river!!!


Provider: Independent Operator

Tara Graham

1 review

Don't book a Mendenhall Glacier tour through the ship! Instead, when you arrive at the port you will see many kiosks offering the same tour for $8 per person each way to go to the glacier. We paid $49 each through the ship when we could have paid $16 each for the exact same thing right at the port.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

BlueEyesMI

1 review

Our packaged included ziplining first, then we went to Mendenhall. We loved it, but wish we had more time and weren't so rushed.


Provider: Princess Cruises

John C of SC

1 review

Interesting tour that included the Mendenhall Glacer and the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery - great samples of salmon were available at the hatchery - really enjoyed our time there. The tour ended with a salmon bake, which was nice, but I would have rather had some time to look around Juneau, the State Capital.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Whenisdinner

1 review

Fantastic weather. Embarked directly from the side of the cruise ship, which was efficient. Long trip, and temperature drops as you approach glaciers so bring layers. Friendly crew and informative guide. Bring polarized sunglasses for a trippy return, as the boat has polarized window film and "crossed polarizers" results in mountainsides turning colors!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

WEGL81

4 reviews

Got to see several bears and walk on the glacier.


Provider: Princess Cruises

HappyTravelFan

1 review

This tour also included Glacier Gardens, a small but pretty garden which offers a sweeping view of the area. The visit to the glacier was enhanced by an excellent explanation of the formation of glaciers and of glacial action by a park ranger.
I think this tour is worth what it costs.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

crescent lady

1 review

Bus driver, Kyle, was funny, bright and entertaining as well as a excellent driver. The walkways allowed for safe viewing of bears in their habitat, just feet from you. The Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

MaiCruise

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier is a bit overprice but since there wasn't a lot of time at this port, we had to book it with the cruise line. Overall, it's an enjoyable excursion as we hiked to Nuggets Fall. On a scale of 1 to 5 in term of difficulty, this hike is a 1.5. Definitely need comfortable shoes and water. The fall is beautiful with extremely clear water.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Stephen4361

1 review

This was a great excursion. 25 or so people on a fast boat, plenty of room inside and out, very informative, clean bathroom. This excursion allows you to see one of the most impressive channels ever created by the cosmos. The scenery is spectacular. The two glaciers are incredible and the boat goes as close as you can safely get. We had good weather and the glaciers on top of the mountains were also visible. There were many icebergs. Parts of the glacier calved and it was thunderous. There were mountain goats, whales, seals, sea otters, and several bird species.
Go on this trip, its worth every dollar. Inspect the Alaska salmonberry jelly they have for sale before buying. I bought two, one was no good when I opened it at home.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

jblynx82

1 review

Awesome price! Much lower than the cruise lines identical excursion.


Provider: Independent Operator

dischic89

1 review

Took a glacier hike out to Mendenhall and the ice cave. One of the best things I have ever done. It was a challenging hike but not too bad for someone in decent shape with some hiking experience.


Provider: Independent Operator

Grammieof7

1 review

It was beautiful to see, but after seeing Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord just not quite the same.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

rubyredvette

1 review

Great bus ride and then some walking to the falls.


Provider: Princess Cruises

ski2pla

1 review

The Mendenhall Glacier is too far away to see very well and the cruise ship does two days getting us really close to the glaciers and bringing aboard a park ranger to explain many interesting facts about the glaciers. This excursion was largely a waste of time and money.


Provider: Princess Cruises

SnowBird Cruzer

3 reviews

The bus driver was very informative about the Juneau area and kept us informed as to what we could do, should do, and shouldn't do at each stop. The glacier was wonderful and we saw many bald eagles. How cool was that?
The salmon hatchery was informative, and we got to see some seals. It isn't anything super special though. The tour took about 3-3:30 hours, as we left at 11:30 and didn't get done until after 3pm. Then we had lunch, and a late dinner onboard the ship


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Normsie

1 review

Very nice got some beautiful pictures.


Provider: Princess Cruises

merrie1108

4 reviews

Do NOT go to the Glacier Garden if you are afraid of heights!! Beautiful, but scary!!


Provider: Princess Cruises

Chicagogal33

1 review

Amazing trip. I suspect I took over 300 pictures here alone.


Provider: Holland America Line

Peaker4k

1 review

The bus took us from the tramway to the USDA Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The driver was informative and entertaining. We hiked the 0.8 mi Nugget Falls Trail for some excellent views of the glacier and falls before we had to board the bus for return to the tramway (very close to the dock). The cost was about $13 when purchased with an all day Tramway pass. The bus schedule resulted in a late lunch, but at least the restaurant wasn't crowded. One could easily spend the day at the glacier. To do so, the city bus (Capital Transit blue route, $2 each way, exact fare required) adds a 1.5 mi. walk. Taxi or rental car are also options.


Provider: Independent Operator

seminolegal

1 review

It was good - Sarah was a wonderful guide.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

aautomo884

2 reviews

Magnificent


Provider: Princess Cruises

NancyBarn

1 review

the glacial tour was informative


Provider: Princess Cruises

pizza4749

1 review

One of the most beautiful sights on the trip!


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

rdgrah2

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier is breathtaking but our trip was too short. 45 min only. I wished there was more time to hike closer to the glacier.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Romatalia

1 review

Great experience. Those of us who went on the Glacier walk and helicopter ride just loved it, while those who chose the dog sled adventure were equally happy.


Provider: Princess Cruises

cathycaz

1 review

In Juneau, we walked off the ship and bought tickets on one of the many buses that run every  hour to (and from) Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor Center. Bus tickets are $16 per person round trip and admission to the visitor center was $3 per person (total $19 p/p and we were free to go and to return when we wanted  compare that to ship pricing and schedules!). We spent a couple of relaxing hours exploring the glacier park grounds and then learning a lot about glaciers in the visitor center. Again, we opted to be dropped off in the downtown area to do a little shopping, exploring on our own, and of course, to visit The Red Dog Saloon, enjoy an adult beverage and buy the hubs a souvenir t-shirt, before walking back to the ship.


Provider: Independent Operator

SoCal Cruise Critic User

1 review

Combined Rainforest gardens, Mendenhall Glacier and State Museum tour. The tour included two of the highest rated sites (glacier and museum), only took a few hours and was relatively inexpensive. You could do these 2 on your own with the shuttle to the glacier and a moderate walk to museum and save a few bucks. Mendenhall is impressive and there is a lovely waterfall (via a moderate walk) as well as a nice visitors center. The State Museum is also recommended as it gives a very good overview of the native cultures, gold mining history and information on wildlife, geography, etc. We also walked around town and visited the unimpressive Capitol Building (with a self guided tour) and the outside of the Governor's Mansion and, of course in town shopping.


Provider: Princess Cruises

cat2610

1 review

There are 2 bus services in Juneau that provide a shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier. The cost is $16 round trip. You can buy tickets from the representative selling tickets at the various booths as you get off the ship. We purchased our tickets and had a nice narrated drive in an old school bus to the national park. There is no admission fee for the glacier itself, but it costs $3/pp to enter the visitor's center. The visitor's center has a video and some displays. As with all national parks, seniors get in free with their Golden Pass. We walked down to the lake and the waterfall. It was a nice, flat trail and an easy walk. We took the shuttle back to downtown Juneau and did some shopping. I wish we had waited until Ketchikan or Sitka to buy souvenirs for the kids. There was more variety and the prices were a little better. I had wanted to go to the Alaska State Museum and the Capitol Building which has a free tour, but there was very little time before they closed.


Provider: Independent Operator

JMS18

1 review

Outstanding to fly in a helicopter over the mountains to land on the glacier. We used the same company that Celebrity uses.


Provider: Independent Operator

deBeer

1 review

Wonderful time. Weather was beautiful, salmon were spawning, Mendenhall Glacier was majestic.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Spot649

1 review

Got a real eyeopener at the Hatchery, never have I seen so many Salmon in one place, could have walked across them in the mouth of the hatchery there were so many, then off to the Glacier, beautiful area and fascinating presentation by the Rangers,didn't make the walk to the waterfall for health reasons but wish I could have.


Then off the the Salmon BBQ, the highlight of the day, the food was amazing, the music was great, and then the stroll up the spawning creek to the waterfall was a nice finish to a beautiful day, highly recommend this one.


Provider: Princess Cruises

CruiseGuy95

3 reviews

Breathtaking but excursion far too short. If we returned we'd likely take one of the longer excursions to spend more time at the glacier. This isn't anyone's fault, just a matter of logisitcs when planning out a day.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

Minideb

1 review

This was the best deal of the cruise. Get off the ship and pay the $16.00 return fee for the Blue Bus to the Glacier.The visitors centre fee is $3 per person. Walk the trail to Nugget Falls and get up close and personal with the Glacier. Allow 4 hours to really enjoy all the points of interest and walk the gated boardwalks. We came face to face with a three year old male black bear. We also saw two baby bear cubs in the trees. The bus driver gave commentary on the way to the Glacier. Including the fact that the stores on the waterfront belong to the cruise lines. Even thought they have signs in the window that say that they are locally owned.


Provider: Independent Operator

Cop Chef

1 review

Mendenhall Glaciers/Nugget Falls. We took the Blue Bus, round trip ticket costing $18.00 ($36.00 for the both of us), at the booths just outside on the pier from where the Century docked. The bus ride took about 35 to 40 minutes to arrive at the Visitors Center. We walked the dirt foot path to the Glacier, about a mile there and back, total roughly around 2 miles of walking. This was not a strenuous walk, rather an easy non-rushed, at your own pace kind of walk. A little rocky at some points, a few inclines/declines, but still not tough at all (I have a bad knees). There are no rest rooms or water fountains between the Visitors Center and the Glacier, so if you have go, utilize the Visitor Center before heading out to the Glacier/Falls. What an AWESOME SITE to see, as huge and the amount of water that comes charging from Nugget Falls; it's amazing how calm the water flows at the very base of the falls to a calm and tranquil river with Mendenhall Glacier in the background. A must see if in Juneau. Lots of souvenir stores all around the city and numerous banks with ATM machines in case you need the cash.


Provider: Independent Operator

Travelgrandma10

5 reviews

Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful and we had a beautiful day to see it. Would had liked more time at the glacier.


Provider: Independent Operator

Chris555

1 review

The boat arrived early. We rented a car from Juneau Rental Car and drove to Mendenhall Glacier. The visitor center had a really nice movie with great photos. Nice presentations and displays of wildlife, glacier facts and you were allowed to touch a 200 year old piece of ice. They 'harvest' it about every other day and display it to touch. There is an admission fee and you are given a wristband. I did notice some people did not pay and were not wearing a band to walk on the paths. Really people?? Shame on you! The paths were well maintained. The path to Nugget Falls turned into sand and seemed to be the more popular hike. The end opens up into a large sandy beach right next to the falls. Some people climbed on the rocks next to the falls, or just lounged in the sand. Great view of the glacier from across the water. The buses started to arrive as we were leaving and it was getting more crowded. Go early because it is a very popular place.




Provider: Independent Operator

lifesabeachum

2 reviews

There is NO NEED to book a tour of Mendenhall Glacier - it is EASY and CHEAP to take the shuttle and walk around by yourself without be "herded" with the masses and have limited time to see what interests you specifically. We loved walking around on our own and if we had booked a tour, we would have missed a totally chance encounter with a mama bear and her cub at the Steep trail.


Provider: Independent Operator

dredly

4 reviews

We took a bus $16 round trip to Mendenhall Glacier then hiked the East Glacier trail on our own. Saw fresh bear scat on the trail so we made lot's of noise.

Would have like to spend more time in Juneau. Didn't have time to go up Mt Roberts Tramway.

Saw bald eagles right on dock.


Provider: Independent Operator

RetiredTravelerTN

1 review

Spent the entire morning at Mendenhall Glacier where we hiked two trails -- Nugget Falls and Trail of Time. For $16 each, we rode a bus from the tour kiosks area at the dock out to the park, spent as much time as we wanted there, and rode back to town where the driver dropped us near our next activity.


Provider: Independent Operator

Myloan6

2 reviews

Beautiful place. Make sue to walk to the glacier, the Nugget fall, and the bear walk trail/salmon stream (the opposite site of the way going to the park)


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Determined34

3 reviews

Was great value and enjoyed the Glacier and the surrounding environment. The tour guide was funny and made for an interesting excursion.


Provider: Holland America Line

Ggmck

1 review

Trip to hatchery, gardens and glacier


Provider: Princess Cruises

BackslashAZ

1 review

Beautiful, blue and huge, the glacier is a must see. There is also an incredible, powerful waterfall from snowmelt runoff. We only had an hour at the site so we skipped the visitors center and took the two mile, easy hike to the base of the waterfall and got a much closer look at the grandeur of the glacier. We took a ton of photos of both attractions along with plants, insects and eagles on ice flows.

Be aware that you don't get right up to the glacier unless you do one of the expensive helicopter tours. And you can take public transportation up to the glacier if you'd rather do this on your own rather than as part of a shore excursion and you'll save quite a bit.


Provider: Holland America Line

joew44

3 reviews

Comfortable bus to glacier. Tour guide was from Utah and just working Juneau for the Summer. His commentary wasn't that interesting.

The glacier was amazing. Definitely a must see for an Alaskan cruise.


Provider: Princess Cruises

99stingray

1 review

float plane tour of glaciers.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

PattiRA

1 review

It was an expensive tour of $200. per person!! It was whale watching & Mendenhall Glacier--we watched humpback whales doing "bubble feeding" and it was awesome. Many bald eagles too.


Provider: Princess Cruises

bkghosh

1 review

The glacier tour on a boat was an excellent experience to see the glaciers from a close distance.


Provider: Holland America Line

jimagray@flash.net

1 review

Beautiful!!!


Provider: Independent Operator

Gilly allen

1 review

Knowledgeable local guide


Provider: Independent Operator

Tommi Lee

1 review

Beautiful but quiet. No calving the day we were there. Great visitor center.


Provider: Holland America Line

CanWeGoYet?

3 reviews

Another warm, sunny & beautiful day! I took the Glacier Express out to mendenhall, just $16 round trip. I was a little short on time at Mendenhall, as I didn't get as early a start as I should have and then wanted to be back in time to stop at Tracy's crab shack. Mendenhall glacier was stunning. A short walk from where the bus dropped us off to the visitor center. Only $3 to get in, worth triple I would say. There were many telescopes up to look out at the glacier, some good exhibits that encouraged hands on, and a park ranger gave me my own personal talk on glacier development & mendenhall glacier in particular! This is interesting for adults & would be great for kids too. I had to choose between the film and the walk on nugget falls trail. I chose the walk, it took me an hour, a little over the estimated 45 minutes round trip. I did stop for pictures. I saw many elderly folks just heading out on the walk about an hour before the last shuttle pick up as I was returning to the visitor center- I hope they made it back in time if they needed a ride. I was walking a bit slower than usual due to a recent surgery - and did take me longer to walk than estimated. If you are mobility challenged I would say to at least double the amount of time allotted so you aren't short on time or need to push yourself unduly. The walk was lovely, with stunning views of mountains, the glacier, and many wildflowers as well as the plaque dedicated to a wolf that must have lived in the area.

Provider: Independent Operator

mhays

1 review

We thought the Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens tour was an excellent excursion. It wasn't too long and we had enough time to see all of the sights.


Provider: Holland America Line

Dragonesque

3 reviews

Absolutely beautiful.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

S_S

2 reviews

As we got off the boat, there were many booths offering tours and the same bus ride to Mendenhall Glacier http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/about-forest/offices/?cid=stelprdb5400800. We randomly picked one of them and after a 20 min wait boarded the bus and had a funny driver who told us stories all the way to the park. There we went on the 45 min hike to the waterfall close to the glacier and a short visit to the Visitors Center. It was very cool seeing the glacier up close (relatively) and the scenery and natural surroundings were just great. Definitely worth the visit.


Provider: Independent Operator

atlcruizr

4 reviews

We did the Mendehall glacier excursion as a combination with a whale watching excursion. We didn't get to spend much time there as our ship was an 1 1/2 late arriving in port. I can comment on the visitor's center or any of the hiking trails as we didn't have time to do them. Seems like a nice place if you really had time to explore it. Gorgeous scenery. Definitely a must-see.

Provider: Independent Operator

paminoregon

1 review

In Juneau we were an hour early for our tour, so decided to take the shuttle into town, we walked around and did a bit of shopping, then decided to walk back to the ship via the portside boardwalk. On arriving back to the pier, we boarded our tour bus. Our tour guide was Hilary from Bellingham, Wa. She was a great girl, very informative and entertaining. We toured the Glacier Gardens first. taking a golf like cart up the steep hillside, the guides did a great talk and then we got out at the top and had a great opportunity to take some photos overlooking the Juneau Airport and surrounding areas. We enjoyed this very much. Afterwards, we boarded the bus again and headed up to the Mendenhall Glacier. It is a 45 minute walk RT, to the glacier and Nugget Falls. It is about 2 miles roundtrip. The day was very warm 64 deg. and we ended up taking our coats off. Got some awesome photos of the Glacier and Falls. There is a visitor center at the start of the walk, but we opted not to go in. The play a 15 min. video about the glacier, we heard.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

LuvGod

1 review

20 minute shuttle to Mendenhall Glacier with narration. The bus was old and they pack you in it.


Provider: Independent Operator

kwogni

2 reviews

It was a $16 round trip bus ride but it was worth it!


Provider: Independent Operator

KittyMeowit

6 reviews

We walked through town a bit and then stopped by one of the many local tour operator booths and paid $16 round trip per person to be taken to Mendenhall Glacier. Just beautiful and worth every penny. We did do the 1.3 mile hike to the waterfall which is totally worth it. If I was to offer one piece of advice, it would be to go early; right after your cruise ship arrives in port. As we were leaving there were tons of tour buses pulling up, dropping off hundred of passengers. It is much more serene, and easy to enjoy without as many people. Once we got back, we had to try the seafood at Tracy's Crab House. Although it was spendy, it was really delicious. The crab bisque was incredible, as were the crab cakes and king crab legs.


Provider: Independent Operator

dforge715

1 review

Breathtaking view of glacier, nice walking opportunity, photo shots


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

dave n

1 review

Nice excursion but instead of paying $44 each through the cruise line we could have spent $19 at the pier for the exact same thing.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Luci Curly Girl

1 review

Enjoyable


Provider: Holland America Line

karen of PA

2 reviews

Fascinating and educational.


Provider: Independent Operator

msfrolic

1 review

We had booked this in advance from the online descriptions. We were very happy with this choice and highly recommend! Our trip began with a bus ride to the airfield - a pleasant driver, easy ride and upon arrival, we viewed a safety video and then on with the life vest, glacier boots and bundled up for the ride as it was drizzling and would be cold up on the glacier. We had a great ride in the helicopter complete with head sets. It would have been helpful to know that you could only bring what you could wear - no bags or purses - they were locked up at the airfield in lockers.
It would also been helpful to know that glacier boots were provided and they just slip over your shoes, so it really doesn't matter what shoes you have on underneath as long as they are comfortable and you have warm socks. The glacier guide was fun, informative and kept us moving around viewing the various spouts, crevasses to be seen in the 20 minutes before we were picked up. All in all, a wonderful excursion and awesome to see the glacier from above.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Cruise Xpert

1 review

A beautiful and must-see scenary!


Provider: Princess Cruises

HeinBloed

13 reviews

Part of combo - too short. We should stayed much longer.


Provider: Independent Operator

deeis50

1 review

We did this on our own. Great way to spend 2 hours

Provider: Independent Operator

dbr123

1 review

Was really beautiful. We walked back to the waterfall. It was quite a long walk but well worth it.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Parasols

1 review

City Tour and Mendenhall Glacier. Just about every tour company waiting for you charges $8 each way for the shuttle to and from the glacier. $30 for a tour guide who takes you to the glacier and in and around Juneau. The guide really was interesting (a Tlingilt sp? tribe member). You might see bears around the glacier- its pretty safe.

Provider: Independent Operator

DesertWindTX

1 review

Great tour, good tour guide, and beautiful beyond my expectations! We even saw bears in September!

Provider: Princess Cruises

travelbutterfly

1 review

Another awesome sight, for this Florida Girl and her hubby. We got about 20 minutes to roam around the visitors center, plus walk out near the "beach" part of the lake, took pictures, etc. Again, tour guide was well informed of the area. Enjoyed!

Provider: Holland America Line

Colleen.Pilgrim@gmail.com

1 review

We took a bus to Mendenhall Glacier, we had about an hour to walk around on our own. We saw salmon and BEARS!! It was very cold but fun! Was a lot of walking and hard for my parents to walk on the steep trails.

Provider: Independent Operator

Miss Clooney

1 review

After lunch we went to the glacier, which is spectacular.

Provider: Holland America Line

JudyA_TX

1 review

Our glacier tour was combined with a whale-watching excursion and it was focused on photography. Our guide was an experienced photographer and she helped us each set our cameras so we could get the best possible images of the glacier. But the highlight of this stop was getting to see a black bear sow fishing in the creek along with her two cubs!

Provider: Princess Cruises

orilliaguys

1 review

Due to a storm we couldnt do glacier bay. (the one day we had rain in two weeks!)so we really liked seeing this smaller glacier up close.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Gibson08

1 review

What a wonderful view, this was my first glacier. The blue ice is something to see.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

NoobCruise

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier was really beautiful, but we didn't have enough time there. The tour gave us one hour from the time we got off the bus til we had to be back on. That was not enough time. If you take a tour bus there and want plenty of time to hike around, be aware you don't have to get back on the bus. The rangers inside the visitor center can call a taxi for you so you can stay later. I wish we had known that. We would have walked all the way out to Nugget Falls instead.

Provider: Holland America Line

Kodiaktexas

1 review

It was basically just a ride to the glaciar but for what it was at the price it was fine.

Provider: Independent Operator

NWHairGal

2 reviews

Combined City/Glacier Tour offered right as you get off the ship. Skip the "City Tour" part and just go to the Glacier for less money. Glacier was EXCELLENT, city tour not so much.

Provider: Independent Operator

Begavalley

2 reviews

After brief drive through city, arrived at Mendenhall Glacier where we had around 1 hour to check out the glacier, which was amazing! Saw mother black bear & 2 cubs as a bonus. The Information centre there had very good displays and also gave good view of the glacier from higher up. Also went to the Salmon Hatchery and had the Alaskan Salmon bake which were interesting & yummy!

Provider: Holland America Line

coloradoute70

1 review

In Juneau: It rained alot, which we were told, if you go to Juneau, expect rain. We took a whale watching boat (holds about 120 people). We did see some hump back whales, but no breaches, but that is the luck of the draw. Sometimes they breach and mostly they don't. We had a good red salmon lunch at Orca Point which is an island restuarant. We also took a bus over to the Mendenhall Glacier and adjacent water fall. This was a beautiful area, and there is a gift shop and you can walk over to a creek and see 18 inch or more salmon swimming in the clear water.

Provider: Holland America Line

kickboxrca

1 review

The glacier tour was part of a combo whale watching/glacier tour. After whale watching, we were driven to the glacier and given an hour there - we had plenty of time, and saw salmon, and bears along with time to see the glacier and tour the visitor centre. The bus was back on time, and brought us either downtown, or right back to the cruise ship.

Provider: Independent Operator

7Kitty31

1 review

Fantastic!

Provider: Princess Cruises

Chryssie

1 review

Absolutely breathtaking. A bit of walking around involved. A very 'structured' access to the glacier. Nice photo ops here. An educational film and a museum like atmosphere and gift shop. Cold wet and raining while we were there in mid August.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

crazyforfun

2 reviews

Great views from helicopter.Landing on glacier was awesome Kids did dog sledding and enjoyed a lot.

Provider: Independent Operator

california bob

1 review

Vessel docked in Juneau, most stores near harbor are owned by cruise lines. Got on a bus and headed to magnificent Medenhall Glacier National Park. Well worth the visit.

Provider: Holland America Line

FunGranny

4 reviews

Since we had already helicoptered to glacier, we went independently and had a very enjoyable time at the visitors' center and hiking the trails. The shuttle service was fine. The only problem I observed was at the glacier bus stop, some people who were there ten minutes before us and way before others arrived (they had just missed the last bus) almost didn't get a seat on the bus because late comers crowded in front of them. Maybe there should be some kind of "get a ticket" system there.

Provider: Independent Operator

SjGoebel

1 review

it was fun excursion we were suppose to go on whales, bears and glacier but our bear part of the tour got cancelled due to weather which sucked didnt understand why we seen tons of helicopters and planes flying around but they still seemed to cancel ours which sucked! the glacier park was cool the glacier was breath taking we ended up taking a small hike and came across a mother black bear and her cubs eating salmon in the creek that was really neat

Provider: Princess Cruises

baruchgershom

4 reviews

Beautiful sight. I wish we had more time to see it. The whale watching combo left us with little time

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ShamrockFL

1 review

This was not a separate excursion but rather part of our cruise. We only had half a day in Juneau and this took up the second half. It was a very enjoyable part as the scenery was spectacular. The surrounding mountains are huge and you are so close to them. The gouges in the surfaces from prior passages of glaciers were amazing. We couldn't get as close to the Sawyer glacier as the captain wanted because of ice in the water just ahead of the ship, but we still got a good view. I wanted to mention here an interesting incident that happened on the way as it also makes a point. On the way we came across an excursion boat which had broken down. As it turned out, it was actually an excursion of about 100 passengers from the Jewel, and the arrangement had been that they would tour the glacier separately ahead of us and we would pick them up when we got there. Well they all transferred back safely as their boat, although largely out of action, was at least able to make its way over to the Jewel. However, this definitely gave me pause regarding booking excursions from private vendors, of which I have always been a strong proponent. What would have happened if these had been passengers from another vessel? Or if they had broken down in an area where we weren't going! Hmmm!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ShamrockFL

1 review

The city tour included the trip to Mendenhall where our guide dropped us at the visitor's center parking lot which is as close as traffic can get to the glacier. On the way he also stopped for us to take photos at an area where the glacier was in the background and the area in front was full of wild flowers, which was nice of him. He gave us the option of returning to town with him in about 45 minutes or taking any MGT bus back into town either before or after his return (the tour operator had told us that our tour ticket gave us the option of using the MGT bus for travel back from the glacier if we preferred). We were able to walk forward to view the glacier which was quite impressive even from a distance. We then began to walk one of the trails that would bring us even closer to Mendenhall and got some good views. We didn't go quite as close as we could as we figured that we needed to return with our Regrettably when we got back to town we only had about 45 minutes left before we had to be back on board the ship and that seemed a little too short in which to attempt the tram ride, so we had to pass which was a pity since it was such a beautiful day.driver if we were to have any chance of going up on the Mt. Robert's Tramway. In retrospect I think I should have chosen an excursion which accessed the glacier by canoe.

Provider: Independent Operator

shadfish

1 review

Great view of this glacier from the well equipped visitor centre. There is also a pretty water-fall to walk to or just view.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

RVD

2 reviews

City tour was ok and took us to Douglas Island. We also went past the governor's mansion, capitol, etc. It was ok but not really too exciting. The mendenhall glacier was nice. Next time I will just book a bus to go to the glacier. We didn't have enough time to walk over to the Nugget Falls because of the time taken for the city tour. Cost was $30 but bargained the guy down to $25. For just the glacier RT bus ticket, it would have been $16 so I figured an additional $9 for the city tour part wouldn't be too bad but oh well.

Provider: Independent Operator

ISLABONITA

2 reviews

Great quick trip to Mendenhall without having to return to town to get to the whale watch.

Provider: Independent Operator

unculturedswine

1 review

Glacier was gorgeous, my only complaint is our visit was an add on from the Whale Watching company and we only had 30 minutes there. There is a huge, beautiful waterfall about a 45 minute walk away that I would have loved to visit.

Provider: Independent Operator

sunshine221

6 reviews

I did the Nature Trail and Whale Watch and it was great -- we saw a bear and lots of whales including bubble feeding. It was a little pricy. This was a last minute decision and my alternative was to take the shuttle bus from the boat to the glacier, hike around and then go to the museums in town. If you do the glacier on your own make sure you find the boardwalks away from the visitor center on the far side of the parking lot - that's where we saw the bear.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

ROZANDRU

1 review

At $19 this was a great value. It was 2 hours in total- and it was beautiful. Our tour took us to the Mendall Glacier.

Provider: Independent Operator

usermom

3 reviews

The tour allowed for 1 1/4 hrs here. We walked to Nugget Falls we're we enjoyed the glacier and falls. This glacier was larger, but not as beautiful as the Sawyer glaciers we had seen earlier in the day. The Visitors' Center was interesting. We spotted black bears on the viewing area near the parking lot.

Provider: Holland America Line

Thumpers01

1 review

A long hike, not for the weak of heart or out of shape. They said it was 3/4 of a miles but it was 2-3 miles at least. But it was so gorgeous, i tool over 100 photos on this hike to the glacier. We would definitely do it again

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

maganini

6 reviews

We took a brief city tour which ended at the Mendenhall Glacier. That was a spectacular sight and again, Alaskan scenery is just amazing and almost too beautiful for words. Our best cruise ever in terms of natural, rugged beauty.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

aglow

1 review

Knowledgeable guides, pleasant, well organized

Provider: Holland America Line

Lazywaste

1 review

I loved the Mendenhall Glacier, it's an absolutely beautiful area. While we were there, there were bear, eagle and salmon sightiings. We spent about 2 hours at the park, taking the hike to the waterfall as well as the salmon runs.

Provider: Independent Operator

Vietri Sul Mare

2 reviews

We loved visiting Mendenhall Glacier, but felt a bit rushed with only having an hour to spend there.

Provider: Princess Cruises

aspenohio

1 review

This was a real plus. The Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful. We saw a bear and her two cubs walking the creek.

Provider: Independent Operator

behoppy2

1 review

We just bought tickets to ride the hourly shuttle up to the glacier and back. We weren't rushed and wandered around on our own. It was great!

Provider: Independent Operator

416christina

1 review

Fun! The tour guide was very funny and engaging. Loved this part of the trip.

Provider: Independent Operator

mlmalone3

1 review

We bought shuttle tickets at the dock and enjoyed our visit to Mendenhall Glacier. The shuttle makes it easy to visit the glacier and spend whatever amount of time you choose exploring.

Provider: Independent Operator

orangetaxi

1 review

Took a local shuttle to the glacier. Hiked to the glacier and spent time in the visitors center. Took a taxi to a local garden, and then took the local bus back to the harbor. There was road construction, so the guidance that we were given about the bus routes was out of date.

Provider: Independent Operator

Peng You

1 review

The trip to the Mendenhall Glacier was nice, but the mosquitoes were numerous and huge. I did not experience any bites, but they were a bit bothersome.

Provider: Independent Operator

LovesTeachingHistory

2 reviews

After reading a lot of other cruise reviews, we decided to forgo any "paid" tours to the glacier and just jumped on a $16 round trip shuttle. These are lined up after the short walk into town and run every half hour. We walked the trail to Nugget Falls as well as a couple other trails and spent the better part of our afternoon here. Despite the rain it was absolutely incredible. I cannot stress how beautiful this location is. Don't let the word "hike" discourage you either - the main trails were flat and easily navigated. Those with limited mobility may struggle, but most can handle the main trails with ease. We had the whole place to ourselves for about the first hour before the tour buses arrived - yet another reason to skip the paid excursion. Even with the constant rain and coldish temperatures this was a high light of the trip.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruiseman616

3 reviews

I'd give 5 stars for the great view. But once you've seen the views for a half hour or so, you are left with either walking trails (it was rainy, windy and cold so I did not) or just sitting around and waiting for your bus to take you back. I ended up taking a taxi back to the town because there was no way I could find anything enjoyable to do at the site for an additional two hours. Juneau has some fun shops and restaurants. Beware: this site is packed. Photos are hard to come by given the number of persons congregating around photogenic areas. The indoor center is even more packed when rainy and cold. If you don't like crowds, I'd see how many ships are in port that day and decide whether or not this site is for you. There were three ships in port on this day and this site could barely handle the crowds.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

skelco11

1 review

We loved Mendenhall Glacier! We booked it ourselves and took a tour bus there and back for $16 roundtrip per person. Hiked to the waterfall, got some great pics. Loved it! In port, try Tracy's Crab Legs, a food truck right next to the ship. Best we've ever had, and all the locals agree!

Provider: Independent Operator

Kirby420

1 review

Awesome. Helicopter to glacier then walked for hour. Guide beyond excellent. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This is not to e missed.

Provider: Holland America Line

trophy_23

2 reviews

Juneau continued with the trend of overcast conditions, and once again, we had no big plans other than to take the MGT bus out to Mendenhall Glacier for a hike. We enjoyed a nice hike out to the waterfall and then hiked one of the shorter loop trails, just missed a close encounter with a bear, but did see a porcupine in a tree. After a couple hours we made our way back to walk around town and do some quick souvenir shopping. Before we boarded the ship, we headed over to Tracy's Crab Shack for an ice cold Alaskan beer and some very tasty crab cakes! As we sailed out of Juneau (10pm), some of the locals who live along the waterfront put on a display of fireworks as each shipped passed in front of their houses, which was neat to watch.

Provider: Independent Operator

TrnrMom

5 reviews

If you're just doing a cruise, this is the most accessible glacier to see. It was easy catching the bus, and the hike to the foot of the falls was fairly easy. The Visitor Center has an informative film, and exhibits, as well as telescopes trained on the Dall Sheep on the mountain slopes.

Provider: Independent Operator

LoungeFly

1 review

Mendenhall glacier was phenomenal. Just went to the visitor center, and then walked up to the falls by the glacier and took some spectacular pictures. It was surreal to be so close to a glacier. And almost made up for missed Helicopter Glacier landing tour.

Provider: Independent Operator

Gcjcruisers

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier was very impressive. Especially the waterfall coming from Mendehall Lake. You will probably have only 45 min. at Mendenhall, I recommend taking the trail to the waterfall as soon as you get off the bus.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

pmjnh

1 review

great experience on a small boat tour, followed by a stop at Mendenhall

Provider: Independent Operator

QuilterGirl

4 reviews

DH and I chose the Tracy Arm excursion (JNU-660), wherein a catamaran picks you up from the ship while it is Tracy Arm and takes you closer to Sawyer Glacier, then meets up with the ship in Juneau. We got closer to the glacier (within a half-mile) than the ship did, and also got a close-up of a bear on the shore, a waterfall, and an eagle on an iceberg. Many harbor seals were laid out on floating icebergs. This was a great tour, but the ride back to the ship seemed long if you had nothing in particular to do.

Provider: Princess Cruises

AlwaysThankfulLady

1 review

This was about a half hour visit on the way back from whale watching. It's a very pretty spot with an awesome glacier and a beautiful waterfall.

Provider: Independent Operator

vanman1010

1 review

Gorgeous area. Great trails that take you to salmon breeding areas. We saw lots of salmon. The Glacier is magnificent.

Provider: Independent Operator

Maxroadster

2 reviews

Our first stop was Juneau on July 30th2012, with an excursion via "Blue Bus" to Mendenhall Glacier. The only way into Alaska's capital is by sea or air as no roads leave or come into Juneau! The weather along Alaskan coasts is typically overcast often including rain or snow in various volumes depending on the season. Weather in Alaska is changeable in a moment so one must be prepared. A bus driver ventured it had snowed on July 17th but the weather calendar did not reflect such an occurrence. I was not in Juneau on July 17th so I can't validate the driver's claim. Having noted the notorious weather- Alaska provides majestic sights regardless of the weather! So it was this date- misting rain fell as we stepped off of the bus at the park. The driver advised the walking routes in and around the glacier are considered mild to strenuous, my wife & I opted for the milder walk in light of the wet walking surfaces. We decided to include the glacier museum to momentarily get out of the rain. The temporary respite from the rain and the museum displays made the $3 per person price of admission well worth it. A few hours later and while returning to the bus stop we visited a stream side observation point in the park to see Sockeye Salmon spawning. A nearby Park Ranger explained the Salmon would complete their spawning run and die but would be replaced by Silver & King Salmon later in the season. Additionally, he pointed out an adjacent stream side trail used by hungry bears to snare the spawning Salmon. This excursion was the least expensive of the cruise yet thoroughly enjoyable!

Provider: Independent Operator

dutchboy2

1 review

Good experience but needed to ferret-out information

Provider: Holland America Line

johnlfromdevon

1 review

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.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Turtle0246

1 review

Booked online with Mendenhall Glacier Transport LTD. Excellent tour of Juneau and of the glacier with special visit to the Presbyterian Chapel by the Lake at Auke Bay Alaska. The window view of the glacier from inside the chapel is worth the trip. Plus you can stay and visit at the glacier as long as you would like and then return on the Blue Glacier Express that departs from Mendenhall Glacier every 1/2 hour.

Provider: Independent Operator

jwally99

1 review

The trip to the Mendenhall Glacier was a bit rushed. I did walk out to the Glacier, but our group was getting ready to depart when I got back from my hike. Our whale watching, lunch, and trip to the Glacier were all part of one package trip.

Provider: Princess Cruises

MirandaM in CA

1 review

My husband has been watching too much HD National Geographic channel and so he found the Mendenhall Glacier tame. It does just lie there... melting. This is not the walls of ice calving into a dark ocean type of glacier. The visitor's center is well appointed and the trails are pretty.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

alaskajames

1 review

A great experience and photo expedition. We had an excellent guide and photographer that was friendly and very knowlegeable.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Bramcruiser

1 review

I enjoyed Mendehall Glacier more than Hubbard. The whole day went off smoothly and I felt I got my money's worth.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

allig565

1 review

Fabulous and watch the video in the visitors lounge

Provider: Princess Cruises

GoKingBee

1 review

Standard cruise ship port town, jewellery and souvenir stores with jacked up prices and hyenas waiting to sell you a trinket. People we met on the ship looked at a necklace that started at $16,000 who then haggled it down to $3,000. They didn't buy it. We went to the Mendehall Glacier by taxi - which was awesome.

Provider: Independent Operator

daisybertie

2 reviews

Rained all day!! Glacier and walk to Nugget Falls were worth getting wet for. Mt Robert's Tramway shrouded in mist so no point in going up. Got so wet had to go back to the ship and change.

Provider: Independent Operator

RNCAROL

1 review

Great staff on tours, enjoyable photo safari on combo whale watch/ Mendenhall Glacier tour, but too pricey for the actual excursion. Princess price gouging!

Provider: Princess Cruises

teriwinkle

3 reviews

Do not miss seeing the Mendenhall Glacier!

Provider: Independent Operator

osuwarman

1 review

Because of the excursion we took we were only here for an hour. Very disappointing. I wish we could have stayed longer. It was beautiful and there were trails that lead to the glacier and waterfall that I wanted to take but did not have time.

Provider: Disney Cruise Line

jt1120

9 reviews

An absolute must! The glacier was beautiful, and for someone like me who is from Florida, it's truly something spectacular to see.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

12rudy0169

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier is well worth seeing. We walked the trail to the glacier and waterfall.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

tanda3

2 reviews

Our bus driver was a woman and did a great job telling us about area as she drove us to sites. We enjoyed seeing the Glacier but wished we had had more time. There was a trail we could have walked to get closer to Glacier but did not have the time. There was also movie in visitor center and again we did not have time to see. Beautiful site, 'tho

Provider: Princess Cruises

kaiachris

2 reviews

The trip to Mendenhall glacier was great. Our driver/guide was so much fun and everyone had a good time on the way there and back to the ship. He made up for the lack of a guide for 45 minutes in the morning. On the way to the glacier we saw lots of bald eagles. We only had 45 minutes at the glacier so there wasn't enough time to even view the film, much less walk to see the waterfall or glacier. We did walk on a short trail but hurried back due to time constraints.

Provider: Disney Cruise Line

busyone

3 reviews

The float plane landed at Taku Lodge where we were treated to a delicious meal of smoked salmon while the history of the lodge was shared. A walking tour near the glacier gave closer views of one of the amazing ice rivers.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

vered4

1 review

We enjoyed being driven to the glacier and getting to see it. We didn't get much time but it was beautiful. Our guide was very nice and told us lots of interesting things about the area so that was nice! There is nothing to do in Juneau itself other than tourist-trap shopping so we were glad we took this tour.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

bonvoyagie

1 review

we took the Tracy Arm & Glacier Explorer. Got to see the fjord up close including getting within 1/4 mi of both north and south Sawyer Glaciers as well as seeing many harbor seals on the icebergs in front of the glacier. The naturalist onboard was excellent.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

neptune14

1 review

We enjoyed hiking to the waterfall & glacier base (45min round trip), but at $39pp you may want to just buy tickets for the express bus when you get off the ship-$16pp round trip. Our driver did provide good commentary; not sure if you get that on the bus.

Provider: Princess Cruises

elaine3Southport

1 review

Self tour, we went a couple of days earlier, rented a car and independently travelled.

Provider: Independent Operator

USAFSS20290

1 review

Outstanding!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Swissie

1 review

The trip to Mendenhall glacier was nice and the bus trip was on one of their regular buses. The glacier is spectacular!

Provider: Independent Operator

debk68

5 reviews

got off the ship and bought a ticket for $30 for the glacier tour. Our guide was from Juneau and gave us a city tour as well. Fascinating landlocked city, and the glacier is not to be missed

Provider: Independent Operator

azpokey

1 review

Best tour we have ever taken.

Provider: Independent Operator

cabarr

2 reviews

Great river rafting tour...Mendenhall Glacier and River Got up close and personal with an iceberg Rapids class (3-4) Fun paddling!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

pnay

1 review

Rode the blue bus to the Glacier. Very nicely marked trails to the glacier and for salmon and bear watching. Informative sessions at the pavilion and at the visitor center.

Provider: Independent Operator

supergrandmother

1 review

There are no words to express the awesome beauty and magnitude of the Mendenhall Glacier. I came home with more pictures of this than anything else I saw. It was just spectacular. I recommend this for anyone visiting Alaska. I definitely would go back just to stand there and look at it.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Watson's aunt

2 reviews

Last year I walked the Nugget trail to water fall. I was snapping away with my two Canon camera's. When I got to the falls we lost the beautiful sunshine and clouds and rain began to fall. I wanted to change my batteries so I opened camer and to my horror I did not have a flash card. Bith of my camera's were missing thier flash cards. I remember emoving them the night before. I have a lot of flash cards. so a lot of my photo on way back has rain drops on the lens or they are dark and glommy. You must come here. I walked about half way again but it started to pour so I turned around and headed back

Provider: Holland America Line

21mel

1 review

There is a waterfall at the base of Mendenhall Glacier. It's an easy walk and about 45 minutes round trip. It's awe inspiring. Please go if you can. To see the force and volume of water is amazing. There were trails, but we only had an hour so we didn't get to explore any of them. You can leave all your stuff on the bus while you treck around if you want. There were so many things we wanted to do in Juneau, but the tour we took was all day. I don't regret choosing that one at all!

Provider: Princess Cruises

yodasensei

1 review

The whale watching was incredible. You get really close to them and get some spectacular view. You also get to see seals and sea lions. We missed the orcas but the group that went in the afternoon got to see them.

Provider: Princess Cruises

aliceinparis

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier is a beautiful, and easy to reach park. It's a short drive outside of Juneau. There are many enjoyable hikes, and the viewing areas are numerous and wheelchair accessible. We enjoyed the Nugget Falls trail, taking us right to the huge waterfall beside the glacier.

Provider: Independent Operator

travelingchef21

1 review

The visitor's center was interesting with great views of the glacier. We also enjoyed the movie inside.

Provider: Independent Operator

Grumpy100

7 reviews

WE did the Mendenall Glacier with the Salmon bake. It would have been nice if it had not been 40 degrees and raining. The food at the Salmon bake was very good but we ate quickly because it was raining and cold. We took some pictures at the glacier but my camera got wet.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

bill_the_traffic_guy

1 review

We booked an excursion with M and M Tours in Juneau prior to the cruise. The sister-in-law went to Jr. High with one of the drivers, and she arranged for him to take us. There were a total of 8 people on the tour and it was perfect. A tour of the city, Mendenhall Glacier, and the shrine outside of town. The 2 hour tour was very reasonable, intimate and Kenny the driver was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this AND Kenny. If you have the opportunity, look at the photo's that he has taken and his music CD's. We took the Mt. Roberts Arial Tram and had lunch at the top of the mountain. The weather was not cooperating, but the ride up through the clouds was breathtaking. The clouds parted several times and we were able to get some great photo's.

Provider: Independent Operator

Jengo

1 review

The Mendenhall glacier was great. We took a lot of pics and video. The are several easy hiking trails and the scenery is beautiful.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

jeannes1

1 review

Wonderful nature hike with well informed guide who obviously loved what she was doing. We had plenty of time for pictures and questions. The walk was the right amount of variety for a nice workout without feeling overdone. The glacier view across the lake was awesome. Not enough time for the visitor's center but it left us wanting more anyway! :o) Kudos!

Provider: Princess Cruises

raqoon

1 review

Juneau was my favorite stop on this cruise, having close by access to shopping, the tram and numerous tour choices on the pier. If you wish to see the glacier, you do not need to book the excursion on the trip. For $16 return trip, you can take a bus to the glacier and waterfalls, that runs every 30 minutes. The visitor center has an admission charge, but you do not need to enter if you are only interested in photo ops, or hiking. It is a spectacular place to visit, and the short hike to the waterfall is well worth it. Other things to see is the governors house and the Alaska State museum, all which are within walking distance and easy to find by following the signage in town. I did not get to see the museum, as it was time to go back to the ship for dinner.

Provider: Independent Operator

jaf24

1 review

They take you to a glacier viewing area by bus, however they do not allow enough time to walk down to a waterfall which is the closest you can get to the glacier. If you attempt this you definitely cannot go into the visitor's center. Our tour included a visit to a garden center with an overlook which was a waste of time except for the blueberry hot chocolate which was excellent.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

peacey

1 review

It was a good tour but as I said in my review, the tour bout was only about 200 yards closer to the glacier than the Jewel was. I would have been warm and richer if I had just stayed on the Jewel.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

isjaaddejo

1 review

Again, a great experience. My first up-close encounter with a glacier. Magnificent!

Provider: Holland America Line

deschoolie

2 reviews

We enjoyed the Glacier and hiked down to the waterfall. This is at least a 45 minute hike, depending on how long you spend taking pictures and sightseeing. Visitor center is informative. After the Glacier, we did the MT Roberts tram. The views are spectacular. Besides for the tram/visitor center on the top, there is a restaurant, nature center and 3.1 miles of trails. There was still considerable snow on top so we only ventured maybe 200 yards past the nature center to see the scenery from the wooden overlook platforms.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

TNCruiser2011

2 reviews

Northstar Trekking Level 1 tour - worth every penny (as I had read others say before I went). The young folks who work here were very delightful, accommodating, and friendly adn know their stuff! Helicopter flight was amazing! GO!

Provider: Princess Cruises

Smileaday

1 review

Rain Forest and Mendenhall Glacier - it was a GREAT Tour, I would highly recommend it! Great fun!

Provider: Holland America Line

refswife

1 review

We did this on our own after being dropped off there by the Harv and Marv whale watching tour. Fabulous! Walk down to the waterfall and the lake to get closer to the glacier. An easy 20 minute walk one way.

Provider: Independent Operator

nwcruzertoo

1 review

Unfortunately, we got off the ship late which pushed everything back. We only had little time at the glacier (it was after 7 pm when we arrived and had to be back on board the bus at 8). We had less than an hour at the site and did not have any time to go into the town without the risk of being late for the ship.

Provider: Princess Cruises

aew516

1 review

We did the Helicopter/Glacier Trekking Tour. This was our FAVORITE!! Great guides, amazing scenery, good information provided, and professional pilots.

Provider: Princess Cruises

flexurmind

1 review

first time near a glacier on foot. I recommend this adventure.

Provider: Princess Cruises

TheValkyrie

1 review

Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls was amazingly beautiful.

Provider: Independent Operator

Sarah Ball

1 review

Juneau was a great town - we explored a little before our Glacier helicopter tour with North Star Trekking. It was amazing on the glacier, brilliant experience and well-worth the hefty price tag for the excursion. Afterwardsm, we took the tram to the top of Mount Roberts, and took in the views. The restaurant up there has a great balcony, where we drank a pitcher of Alaska's finest beer, and enjoyed the peace and quiet, with eagles soaring above.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

mas360

1 review

It was ok. Glacier was not impressive. Weather was terrible.

Provider: Holland America Line

AZDee

1 review

Time at the Glacier was way too short not enough time to take a short hike and visit the center. Tram ride was also part of the package and that was great!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

ChillKat

1 review

The glacier was impressive and one of the rare chances to see one up so close. I wish we had more time to go to the visitor center as those that did said that it was very nice with a great video about the glacier. It was at the end of our whale watching tour, but so glad we got the opportunity to see it!

Provider: Independent Operator

fishinginshorts

1 review

Beautiful Glacier and Waterfall ect. Take the walk out to the glacier. Allow a little time for this. Scenary is just awesome. Eagles.

Provider: Independent Operator

critics0001

10 reviews

This was a great scenic attraction, but the visit to Glacier Bay was so much better.

Provider: Independent Operator

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