Sail Date: September 2008
The actual town of Juneau was pretty boring. The dock is removed from the town, but we were able to walk it without much issue. There just isn't much to do once you get there! We did two excursions through Carnival that were both ... Read More
The actual town of Juneau was pretty boring. The dock is removed from the town, but we were able to walk it without much issue. There just isn't much to do once you get there! We did two excursions through Carnival that were both fantastic! Our first was a helicopter ride up onto a glacier, with great views. Once on the glacier, we had a short dogsledding adventure on the glacier. We had a fantastic time. Our sled guide was a young man that raises and trains his dogs with his dad who runs the Yukon Trail dog race every year. It was very interesting to hear about their way of life and how important their dogs are to them. It was great to see the dogs work and to get to interact with them after. Our second excursion was an evening whale watching cruise, which did not disappoint. They had great food and we got to see a lot of whales really close up. We also saw other wildlife too. If we had not done this tour, our whale sightings for the trip would have been pretty underwhelming. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Home of the Mendenhall Glacier. One of the few glaciers situated in an accessible place. Part of the National Forest Service lans, it has a beautiful modern parking lot, restrooms and visitor center. Do not pass this up. Take a taxi when ... Read More
Home of the Mendenhall Glacier. One of the few glaciers situated in an accessible place. Part of the National Forest Service lans, it has a beautiful modern parking lot, restrooms and visitor center. Do not pass this up. Take a taxi when you get off the ship. Share with others and the price is incredibly cheap. Don't bother with the ship's excursion. It's 1/2 hour by car to the glacier. Then it's all right there in front of you. A paved walk takes you down to the waterfall created by the glacier and the lake which is decorated by mini ice bergs as they calve from the icy behemoth. If you only do one thing in Juneau do this. Glaciers are incredible parts of nature, and they are not endangered! My hubby Geowhiz, is an expert Geologist and he will tell you that glaciers are here to stay, but since the beginning of time they have grown and retreated, grown and retreated. Some disappear only to be replaced by a new one elsewhere. Man is not a part of this equation, no matter how much we like to think we are that important. We're just not. After you get back to Juneau [yes just grab a cab or call one] warm yourself with an Irish coffee or Alaskan beer in the Red Dog Saloon. Then walk over to the Tender landing for a quick ride back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We took a bus for $7 pp r/t to Mendenhall Glacier. This bus was not advertised by the ship, but it comes every 30 minutes so we could stay at the glacier as long as we wanted. We enjoyed the glacier and walking around the park. The ... Read More
We took a bus for $7 pp r/t to Mendenhall Glacier. This bus was not advertised by the ship, but it comes every 30 minutes so we could stay at the glacier as long as we wanted. We enjoyed the glacier and walking around the park. The visitor's center has a nice video. Basically, you cannot stand on the glacier from the park. You look at it from across a lake. I did the helicopter landing before and think that's well worth the cost. We took the bus back and did a walking tour of Juneau to the state capitol. We went into the Juneau Museum (free admission) and browsed through the shops. There's a lot of junk to buy. I liked the jade shop, which sold jade mined nearby in Canada. We went to Taku, which smokes salmon. This gave us a good overview of the type of salmon we should be looking to buy. It was very expensive but nicely packaged for gifts. Unfortunately, restaurants such as Tracy's Crab Shack were closed. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
We only sailed half way up Tracy Arm before turning around. I think there were too many icy bits to navigate through, so we ended up having a couple more hours to tour Juneau. It was raining in Juneau so we decided not to go up the ... Read More
We only sailed half way up Tracy Arm before turning around. I think there were too many icy bits to navigate through, so we ended up having a couple more hours to tour Juneau. It was raining in Juneau so we decided not to go up the Roberts Tram and walked around the town. There were too many jewellery stores! We avoided those and went in the souvenir shops instead and bought some early gifts for Christmas. Apparently most shops in Alaska are only open during cruise season. There are only a few locally owned stores. If you want "Made in Alaska" souvenirs make sure they have the 'made in alaska' sticker on them. There are 3 different ones. One has a polar bear on it, another has a hand on it. The Alaska Ulu (knife) is a great local gift that I found in all the ports. If you wait until Ketchikan some of the craft shops on creek street have some really beautiful ulus with beautiful wood handles. The Alaskan made Ulus start at $20. Some souvenir shops have ones for $5 but beware, they are 'made in china'. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Juneau was wonderful. Took a shuttle out to Mendenhall Glacier for $7.00 each, which seemed like a real deal. Unfortunately, we lost track of time and had to take a taxi back at around $40, so it got expensive. The last shuttle back is ... Read More
Juneau was wonderful. Took a shuttle out to Mendenhall Glacier for $7.00 each, which seemed like a real deal. Unfortunately, we lost track of time and had to take a taxi back at around $40, so it got expensive. The last shuttle back is at 6:00, so DON'T MISS IT. The waterfall at Mendenhall was great. It was a sunny day and we could pick up pieces of glacial ice floating in the water. The visitor's center looked wonderful, but by the time we realized we had missed the shuttle, we didn't get much time to look around in it. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2009
Lots of places to buy T-Shirts. The tours offered by Royal Caribbean were very good and I would recommend any of the Whale Watching trips. The natural beauty of Alaska is very evident once you get out of the town area.
Lots of places to buy T-Shirts. The tours offered by Royal Caribbean were very good and I would recommend any of the Whale Watching trips. The natural beauty of Alaska is very evident once you get out of the town area. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
we did not book any Excursions, and picked up a map on the way off ship,  I wish we would have been informed of where the Governors house was, we were two blocks away.  Would have liked to get a picture anyway.  maybe I wanted to be ... Read More
we did not book any Excursions, and picked up a map on the way off ship,  I wish we would have been informed of where the Governors house was, we were two blocks away.  Would have liked to get a picture anyway.  maybe I wanted to be informed to much?  But I was a tourist.  The towns people and merchants were very helpful in Juneau. they get a 10 star rating too. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
 We took a taxi into town from the pier. After some shopping we checked the internet at the library (about a block past the tram).  We then went to Glacier Gardens where they had trees planted upside down and used as planters for ... Read More
 We took a taxi into town from the pier. After some shopping we checked the internet at the library (about a block past the tram).  We then went to Glacier Gardens where they had trees planted upside down and used as planters for their flowers and a narrated golf cart tour of their rain forest.  Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Mendenhall glacier is nice. The salmon bake was not as good as it was two years ago when we went. Skip it and do something else. The ship has its own salmon bake that was better.
Mendenhall glacier is nice. The salmon bake was not as good as it was two years ago when we went. Skip it and do something else. The ship has its own salmon bake that was better. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Too touristy.  Lots of shops with cheap souvenirs.  Took the tram to Mt. Roberts.  It is worth it.  Great view and LOTS of snow so we could not walk the trails.
Too touristy.  Lots of shops with cheap souvenirs.  Took the tram to Mt. Roberts.  It is worth it.  Great view and LOTS of snow so we could not walk the trails. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
I found Juneau TOO commercialized, and since my husband has mobility issues we were restricted to what on shore excursions we could enjoy.  However, 50 jewellry stores in one town seems a bit of overkill. 
I found Juneau TOO commercialized, and since my husband has mobility issues we were restricted to what on shore excursions we could enjoy.  However, 50 jewellry stores in one town seems a bit of overkill.  Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Most of the ports in Alaska are jumping off points for varied excursions. In Juneau we docked right next to  downtown.  My wife and I did not take any excursions. We walked around and did some shopping. The shops had a sameness to them ... Read More
Most of the ports in Alaska are jumping off points for varied excursions. In Juneau we docked right next to  downtown.  My wife and I did not take any excursions. We walked around and did some shopping. The shops had a sameness to them with jewelry seeming to predominate.  Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
I did the Mushing Camp and it was wonderful and the puppies were so cute especially Swiss!  The shopping in Juneau is fair, but fellow cruisers that went on whalewatching saw lots of Orcas and Hunchbacks.
I did the Mushing Camp and it was wonderful and the puppies were so cute especially Swiss!  The shopping in Juneau is fair, but fellow cruisers that went on whalewatching saw lots of Orcas and Hunchbacks. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
nice town   we got to stay there 2 hours I think .Would have liked alot longer there to explore.
nice town   we got to stay there 2 hours I think .Would have liked alot longer there to explore. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Clear skies, temps in low 60s. We were to dock at the AJ Dock but had to wait for the Star to leave. This dock is a long walk from the tram station, but free shuttles were continuously bussing people into town. Outside the tram station ... Read More
Clear skies, temps in low 60s. We were to dock at the AJ Dock but had to wait for the Star to leave. This dock is a long walk from the tram station, but free shuttles were continuously bussing people into town. Outside the tram station there were many booths lined up for tour sales. We purchased tickets on the $14 blue bus roundtrip to Mendenhall Glacier. It was very windy at the glacier, but very pretty. No bear sightings, but we did see a porcupine munching leaves at the top of a tree. Once back in town, we used our Toursaver coupon for 2-for-1 on the Mt. Roberts Tramway. Back in town we visited a couple shops then hopped a shuttle back to the ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2009
We rented a car from Rent-a-Wreck.  For a compact car, we paid $52 total including taxes.  They send someone from the company to pick you up at the pier and you return the car to a garage about a 10 -15 minute walk from the pier.  We ... Read More
We rented a car from Rent-a-Wreck.  For a compact car, we paid $52 total including taxes.  They send someone from the company to pick you up at the pier and you return the car to a garage about a 10 -15 minute walk from the pier.  We then drove to the Chapel by the Lake, Shrine of St. Therese, Campers' Cabin, Mendenhall Glacier, and around town.  For less than the cost of what it would have cost for 1 person to take NCL's cheapest excursion to the Glacier, we managed to see all of the sights and more at our own pace.  FYI - you do not have to pay to go to Mendenhall Glacier.  You only have to pay if you go into the Visitor's Center to see the exhibits. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Wow, Juneau another lovely place. The weather was lovely very warm and sunny. We went to mendenhall glacier and were all absolutely blown away by it's beauty. The views were amazing. We had another terrific guide who gave great ... Read More
Wow, Juneau another lovely place. The weather was lovely very warm and sunny. We went to mendenhall glacier and were all absolutely blown away by it's beauty. The views were amazing. We had another terrific guide who gave great commentary about Juneau the glacier and the general area and history. The information centre was very interesting. The waterfall was flowing and we have some wonderful photos. After the glacier we went to the Salmon Hatchery which was also interesting especially given our son is a Agriculturist. Had a walk around the town after the tour. Later we did the gold tour, we were a bit tired after the morning excursion but it was very enjoyable and another lovely young man as guide. Panning for gold in warm water was fun. I come from a gold mining town and found it all very interesting. the mine tour was also very good albeit a bit long. Very interesting commentary. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Prior to getting to the local merchants the visitor must walk through block after block of cruise-owned shops. Because of this we failed to visit the downtown area. We did take a cruise-ship excursion at this port that included a visit to ... Read More
Prior to getting to the local merchants the visitor must walk through block after block of cruise-owned shops. Because of this we failed to visit the downtown area. We did take a cruise-ship excursion at this port that included a visit to a very beautiful, privately owned, garden and a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier visitor's area. The Mendenhall Glacier was very disappointing. The glacier has receded 100-150 feet since we saw it in 1989! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
Juneau was beautiful.  We went on a hike to the Mendenhall Glacier and then on a whale watch, wherre we saw several whales and other wildlife.  It was awesome.Unfortunately, our excursion took up the whole day since we left at 3:30 in ... Read More
Juneau was beautiful.  We went on a hike to the Mendenhall Glacier and then on a whale watch, wherre we saw several whales and other wildlife.  It was awesome.Unfortunately, our excursion took up the whole day since we left at 3:30 in the afternoon.  We never actually got to go into the town.  They should stay here longer and Skagway less time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
This is the port where you see the "big ones"-the whales !  We did Mt. Roberts Tramway and the views were breath-taking. Then we walked around and did our own tour of the town before leaving for the Whale Quest and Mendenhall ... Read More
This is the port where you see the "big ones"-the whales !  We did Mt. Roberts Tramway and the views were breath-taking. Then we walked around and did our own tour of the town before leaving for the Whale Quest and Mendenhall Glacier tour. We were really excited about this and were not disappointed-we saw lots of whales and sea lions and couldn't have asked for a better boat guide-he really took the time to maneuver the boat so we could see everything. Everyone came away so pleased.  We were rushed,however, at the Mendenhall Glacier as our driver was so adamant in returning at one certain time and gave us very strict instructions to be at the bus on time. So we could not walk down to the glacier and see the center both.  This was the only negative part of the trip though. Before boarding the ship we had dinner at the Twisted Fish Restaurant and it was superba nice end to a fantastic day in Juneau. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
I rate Juneau lower simply because we felt the amount of time spent here was inordinate.  Upon arrival we spontaneously booked a $110 pp whale-watching trip through the first tour outfit we came to which happened to be Princess Cruises.  ... Read More
I rate Juneau lower simply because we felt the amount of time spent here was inordinate.  Upon arrival we spontaneously booked a $110 pp whale-watching trip through the first tour outfit we came to which happened to be Princess Cruises.  Although the tour, like most others, was pricey, we did see 10 humpback whales and on the way back to Juneau the driver, who was dropping off some people at a glacier tour, said we could get off the bus if we wanted to and get back on a later on to return to town.  We had time to see the glacier from a distance and go to the visitor's center ($3 charge).  Juneau itself did not have a lot of charm for me, but my wife took the Roberts Peak tram ($27!!) and said the views were excellent.  We were back on the ship for dinner, well before disembarkation time.  Juneau itself was nice enough but we would have preferred more time in Ketchikan or, later, in College Fjord (I realize such adjustments are not necessarily feasible). Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
We cruised Tracy Arm in the morning before Juneau, beautiful scenery and lots of ice. Unfortunatly we were unable to go all the way in to see the glaciers, but still incredible to see.In Juneau, we booked a whale watching tour with ... Read More
We cruised Tracy Arm in the morning before Juneau, beautiful scenery and lots of ice. Unfortunatly we were unable to go all the way in to see the glaciers, but still incredible to see.In Juneau, we booked a whale watching tour with Adventures In Alaska with Captain Jack aboard The Scania they picked us up at the pier and took us to the harbor. We were the only 2 people on the boat, talk about personalized !!  We were on the water 15 minutes, saw a cow and calf humpback not far from the boat as they came towards us as we sat still. we then went back and were able to see bubble netting, a large pod of orcas, and a baby humback jumping out of the water for a long period of time, he was just having a good time and so did all the people on many boats who were watching. Capt. Jack's price was right about what the ship tours cost and they had 100-150 people on them fighting for position. We highly recommend Adventures in Alaska and Capt. Jack, he took the extra time to be sure we saw rhe complete show while with him.After whale watching for 3 1/2 wonderful  hrs. we went to Mendenhall Glacier for a short time, and then to downtown for some quick shopping.  Read Less

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