Juneau Boat Tour Excursion Reviews

Meander along the Juneau coastline as local captains and crew take you through areas known for their abundance of harbor seals, bald eagles and occasionally even bears.
You get off the ship at the glacier and get on a tender boat.
Sail Date: May 2019
You get off the ship at the glacier and get on a tender boat. The boat take you within a 1/4 mile of the glacier. The icebergs are unbelievable, in size and color. On the ride back to Juneau we saw lots of wildlife. Sea lions, eagles ... Read More
You get off the ship at the glacier and get on a tender boat. The boat take you within a 1/4 mile of the glacier. The icebergs are unbelievable, in size and color. On the ride back to Juneau we saw lots of wildlife. Sea lions, eagles and whales, yes whales 3 of them.. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Took a boat (I don't think it was a catamaran, but I could be wrong) to Tracy Arm Fjord to see ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Took a boat (I don't think it was a catamaran, but I could be wrong) to Tracy Arm Fjord to see glaciers and harbor seals, gorgeous!
Took a boat (I don't think it was a catamaran, but I could be wrong) to Tracy Arm Fjord to see glaciers and harbor seals, gorgeous! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was a Whale watching tour, and too much time was used viewing seals!
Sail Date: August 2016
It was a Whale watching tour, and too much time was used viewing seals! Captain was not to bright, leaving as whales were surfacing!
It was a Whale watching tour, and too much time was used viewing seals! Captain was not to bright, leaving as whales were surfacing! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour.
Sail Date: July 2016
Great tour. We saw Humpbacks and Orcas.
Great tour. We saw Humpbacks and Orcas. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
The Taku Glacier hovercraft adventure is fairly new and cost a bit more than other excursions, it ...
Sail Date: July 2016
The Taku Glacier hovercraft adventure is fairly new and cost a bit more than other excursions, it was professionally run and a lot of fun. We were picked up and taken on a short van ride through Juneau, then dropped off to meet the ... Read More
The Taku Glacier hovercraft adventure is fairly new and cost a bit more than other excursions, it was professionally run and a lot of fun. We were picked up and taken on a short van ride through Juneau, then dropped off to meet the catamaran that would take us to the hovercraft meetup spot (we realized afterwards that this was extremely close to the ship for a 5 minute walk back). The ride out on the catamaran took just over 20 minutes and was very picturesque. Binoculars were provided for use while on board. There was a restroom, some drinks, donut holes, and plenty of interesting info. We saw several eagles on the way. We met up with a WWII era boat that served as the launching area for the hovercrafts. We had 6 people from our ship who participated and the small group made it feel more special. I thought the hovercraft itself would be more of a thrill ride, but it was still pretty interesting. Our driver was very informative. The Taku glacier is an advancing glacier and that means the surface was a lot of mud. We had to climb up piles of dirt to get much of a view then dig down a bit to touch any ice. It was a bit more physical than I expected, definitely not for the mobility impaired if you want a true experience. The tide was very low (rises 16 to 18 feet at high tide) but there was water flowing everywhere from the melting ice. There were several interesting stones and you could see petrified trees that the glacier had been pushing along for thousands of years. It wasn't a pristine white and blue sculpture, but impressive nonetheless. Next to it you could see a prettier retreating glacier, I believe Norris glacier to view the contrast. The driver took us to see some beautiful falls on the way back where we saw bear tracks, but no bears. There was smoked salmon on crackers with some kind of kelp relish to eat on the catamaran back. My only regret is that the pilot of the hovercraft left so quickly that I didn't get a chance to thank and give him a tip. This wasn't the most visually stunning or adventurous experience, but it was unique and I'll always remember it Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
whale watching tried to take photo but not very good enjoyed the rxperience
Sail Date: June 2016
whale watching tried to take photo but not very good enjoyed the rxperience
whale watching tried to take photo but not very good enjoyed the rxperience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Trip to an island for whale watching.
Sail Date: May 2016
Trip to an island for whale watching. Saw a couple of far off humpback humps and that was it. Saw a couple of far off eagles.
Trip to an island for whale watching. Saw a couple of far off humpback humps and that was it. Saw a couple of far off eagles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We took the River Wilderness tour and it was wonderful.
Sail Date: May 2016
We took the River Wilderness tour and it was wonderful. We would recommend this.
We took the River Wilderness tour and it was wonderful. We would recommend this. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very good
Sail Date: October 2015
Very good
Very good Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Outstanding staff
Sail Date: June 2015
Outstanding staff
Outstanding staff Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The best that Juneau has to offer!!!!
Sail Date: May 2015
The best that Juneau has to offer!!!! We have toured with them twice and they are the only Whale Watching company we would book with. They have small boats so you get to see a lot more. Awesome captains too!!!
The best that Juneau has to offer!!!! We have toured with them twice and they are the only Whale Watching company we would book with. They have small boats so you get to see a lot more. Awesome captains too!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Juneau.
Sail Date: June 2014
Juneau. We booked Harv & Marv's Whale Watching Tour. 4 hours round trip $145 +tax per person. We hooked up with 3 other Cruise Critic Members for a private tour. Super awesome to not have 15-50 people fighting for a good shot ... Read More
Juneau. We booked Harv & Marv's Whale Watching Tour. 4 hours round trip $145 +tax per person. We hooked up with 3 other Cruise Critic Members for a private tour. Super awesome to not have 15-50 people fighting for a good shot (photo) of the whales. Harv & Marv's captains all talk to each other so when a whale is spotted we can find them quickly. This allowed us an amazing chance for a rare sighting of 7 Orca whales as close to our boat as the law allows. Joleene (daughter of "Harv") was our captain. And while she is only 19/20, she is extremely knowledgeable. On the way back, our bus driver stopped at the Mendenhall Glacier visitors center. Just enough time for a few pictures, but it was beautiful.Back in town, we stopped at the Red Dog Saloon for dinner. A very cool bar with good food and beer and and endless display of alaskan memoribillia to feast on. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Juneau – like Ketchikan it is a tourist shopping mall.
Sail Date: May 2014
Juneau – like Ketchikan it is a tourist shopping mall. Native Alaskan moccasins made in Canada, overpriced 12-14” high totem poles, 3 for $9.99 T-shirts and the Caribbean jewelry stores. There are some treasures to be had and it all ... Read More
Juneau – like Ketchikan it is a tourist shopping mall. Native Alaskan moccasins made in Canada, overpriced 12-14” high totem poles, 3 for $9.99 T-shirts and the Caribbean jewelry stores. There are some treasures to be had and it all depends on your tastes and expectations. The tram to the top of the hill is $32 USD tax in and debatable for what you paid for. Yes it is a nice view and yes there are a few trails and a gift shop. I would not have felt I have missed anything if I did not go up. Then again I live on the west coast in Vancouver BC so it’s sort of my back yard. For those from other non-mountainous, non-rainforest areas…get out in nature. It really is just a cool thing to be in it even if you have to pay a bit.Tracey Arm Fjord excursionWe did do the ship excursion to Tracy Arm Fjord with Allen Marine Tours. Yes ship excursions are pricier but we chose this excursion because the boat has a two level top viewing platform area. Plenty of room for the 40 passengers to get happy snaps. The other non-cruise line company has aft and bow viewing areas which looked a bit crowded. We got to both Sawyer and South Sawyer glacier, saw a bear and stared and the seals lazily sunning themselves on the ice flows. Tracy Arm Fjord is magnificent scenery when the weather is good. I don’t have the experience to say if a ship or an excursion can always or does always make it all the way to the glacier. I’ve read a lot in these forums and am still debating if it is a time sensitive decision or ice sensitive decision for ships to stop short. Was it worth it even at the higher shipboard excursion cost? We had a beautiful sunny day so yes and more yes. It’s different viewing from a smaller vessel 2 foot off the water than 14 decks above. Read Less
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We did a triple combo through Shore Trips that was Whale Watching, Mendenhal Glacier, and Salmon ...
Sail Date: May 2014
We did a triple combo through Shore Trips that was Whale Watching, Mendenhal Glacier, and Salmon Bake. What a wonderful day. The people on the whale watching trip were very informative and entertaining. We got to see about 10-12 different ... Read More
We did a triple combo through Shore Trips that was Whale Watching, Mendenhal Glacier, and Salmon Bake. What a wonderful day. The people on the whale watching trip were very informative and entertaining. We got to see about 10-12 different humpback whales and I was very happy about that since we went so early in the season. The glaciers are so beautiful, and there is a visitors center at Mendenhal Glacier that has all kinds of interesting things to learn. The Salmon Bake was great. Who knew Salmon could be that good? It was a beautiful location also with lots of great photo ops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Everything was perfect!!
Sail Date: April 2014
Everything was perfect!! Private tour and highly recommend...if you can find them!!
Everything was perfect!! Private tour and highly recommend...if you can find them!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
A superb whale watchinbg tour with Dolphin Tours.
Sail Date: September 2013
A superb whale watchinbg tour with Dolphin Tours. We booked it in Juneau
A superb whale watchinbg tour with Dolphin Tours. We booked it in Juneau Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We took the catamaran trip to Tracey Arm from the Volendam.
Sail Date: August 2013
We took the catamaran trip to Tracey Arm from the Volendam. We transferred to the smaller boat at sea and went up into Tracey Arm while the Volendam continued into Juneau. The catamaran took us to the Volendam at the end of the ercursion, ... Read More
We took the catamaran trip to Tracey Arm from the Volendam. We transferred to the smaller boat at sea and went up into Tracey Arm while the Volendam continued into Juneau. The catamaran took us to the Volendam at the end of the ercursion, so we only missed about 2 hours of time in this port. This excursions was an amazing experience. The small boat brought us through miles of incredible landscape filled with high peaks and waterfalls. We went right up next to a couple of the falls, so close you could almost touch them. Then we went over to the Sawyer glacier, saw it calving and saw seals on the ice. This was a beautiful trip. The Volendam also cruises into Glacier Bay, which was really wonderful, but the Tracey Arm trip is different and we were glad we had both opportunities. Very worth it. We needed several layers as it was cold and windy. They had some food (burgers) available to buy on the boat. This was a really fabulous experience. We got into Juneau with plenty of time to shop and eat. We ate crab at Tracey's which is right near the ship. A picnic table and paper plate establishment with good crab. We had chowder, crab cakes (spicy) and crab legs, all really good. Then we went to the Red Dog Saloon for a drink and ended up staying the rest of the evening to listen to Brian sing old country (Johnny Cash) we had a great time there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Allen Marine did a fabulous job on this Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier excursion.
Sail Date: July 2013
Allen Marine did a fabulous job on this Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier excursion. We saw killer whales, eagles, seals, beautiful waterfalls, etc. Sawyer Glacier was beautiful. They have a naturalist onboard and even scoop up a piece of glacier ... Read More
Allen Marine did a fabulous job on this Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier excursion. We saw killer whales, eagles, seals, beautiful waterfalls, etc. Sawyer Glacier was beautiful. They have a naturalist onboard and even scoop up a piece of glacier for you to feel/see up close. My only complaint is the cost is pretty hefty for a family of four. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We got in late into Juneau so part of our excursion was cancelled.
Sail Date: May 2013
We got in late into Juneau so part of our excursion was cancelled. We were meant to go Mendahall glacier and whale watching. So we just had a quick glance of the glacier and went to the whale watching boats. We saw humpback and killer ... Read More
We got in late into Juneau so part of our excursion was cancelled. We were meant to go Mendahall glacier and whale watching. So we just had a quick glance of the glacier and went to the whale watching boats. We saw humpback and killer whales and witnessed a beautiful sunset. The boat and staff were great. Read Less
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The next day was in Juneau.
Sail Date: September 2012
The next day was in Juneau. We took the HAL tour "Best of Juneau Whale Watching/Mendenhal Glacier and Orca Point Lodge." This was a boat tour in the sound and we saw many whales. Lunch at the Orca Point lodge was quite good.
The next day was in Juneau. We took the HAL tour "Best of Juneau Whale Watching/Mendenhal Glacier and Orca Point Lodge." This was a boat tour in the sound and we saw many whales. Lunch at the Orca Point lodge was quite good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Boat tour up to the Sawyer Glaciers where we saw the glacier calve which was amazing.
Sail Date: June 2012
Boat tour up to the Sawyer Glaciers where we saw the glacier calve which was amazing. Best part of trip.
Boat tour up to the Sawyer Glaciers where we saw the glacier calve which was amazing. Best part of trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Hubby enjoyed the experience, but thought it was different from his expectations.
Sail Date: June 2012
Hubby enjoyed the experience, but thought it was different from his expectations. He mentioned limited time for salmon fishing.
Hubby enjoyed the experience, but thought it was different from his expectations. He mentioned limited time for salmon fishing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We didn't leave the ship in Juneau but we did buy the excursion to Tracy Arm and it was amazing, ...
Sail Date: May 2012
We didn't leave the ship in Juneau but we did buy the excursion to Tracy Arm and it was amazing, saw bears whales, a calving glacier and it was remarkable even if it had to go to Endicott instead of Tracy arm (still too much ice) My ... Read More
We didn't leave the ship in Juneau but we did buy the excursion to Tracy Arm and it was amazing, saw bears whales, a calving glacier and it was remarkable even if it had to go to Endicott instead of Tracy arm (still too much ice) My husband said he didn't know if we should have went on this because glacier bay was so much more amazing than we thought it would be. I would take it again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line