Juneau Kayaking Excursion Reviews

Explore Juneau's coastline while kayaking through Alaska's icy waterways, viewing unique landscapes and wildlife along the way. You may even catch a glimpse of a bear!
This was advertised as a Sea Kayak Adventure near Mendenhall Glacier--kayaking was high on our ...
This was advertised as a Sea Kayak Adventure near Mendenhall Glacier--kayaking was high on our bucket list for this trip. However, we spent more time on the short bus ride there and back than in the water. This was advertised as a 90 ... Read More
This was advertised as a Sea Kayak Adventure near Mendenhall Glacier--kayaking was high on our bucket list for this trip. However, we spent more time on the short bus ride there and back than in the water. This was advertised as a 90 minute kayaking experience, but we were out of the water in barely an hour. Even that hour was less than expected...we paddled and sat, paddled a bit and sat. Others in our group were also disappointed and expected a bit more in terms of exploring the lake and islands. It could have been a great experience, but perhaps this was more about our guide who seemed more interested in getting back to take his next group out. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
If we knew it was a 5 mile kayak trip we probably wouldn't have done it with an 11 year old.
If we knew it was a 5 mile kayak trip we probably wouldn't have done it with an 11 year old. The experience itself was excellent and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Unfortunately at the salmon bake there were over 40 people in the ... Read More
If we knew it was a 5 mile kayak trip we probably wouldn't have done it with an 11 year old. The experience itself was excellent and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Unfortunately at the salmon bake there were over 40 people in the line and we were told there was only 30 minutes til we had to go back. There was no way we could have gotten our food in time especially since it was raining hard and people weren't moving from the tent for us to get our lunch. Just too many people. We ended up taking the van back to the ship...hungry and wet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great kayaking, beautiful water, great guide.
Great kayaking, beautiful water, great guide. We saw bald eagles and seals. Kayaking was advertised as glacier kayaking but you are quite far from the glacier.
Great kayaking, beautiful water, great guide. We saw bald eagles and seals. Kayaking was advertised as glacier kayaking but you are quite far from the glacier. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Got to see many eagles and guide pointed out harbor seals in the distance.
Got to see many eagles and guide pointed out harbor seals in the distance. Did not get anywhere close to glazier.
Got to see many eagles and guide pointed out harbor seals in the distance. Did not get anywhere close to glazier. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We were told it was cancelled after standing there waiting for an hour!
We were told it was cancelled after standing there waiting for an hour! Would’ve been nice to tell us as soon as we walked up so we had more time to explore Juneau.
We were told it was cancelled after standing there waiting for an hour! Would’ve been nice to tell us as soon as we walked up so we had more time to explore Juneau. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not the best experience.
Not the best experience. This excursion is for beginners who want to socialize. We were bummed!!
Not the best experience. This excursion is for beginners who want to socialize. We were bummed!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This excursion was cancelled for us.
This excursion was cancelled for us. We only got some of our money back. They had us canoe instead. The people on the canoe didn't know how to row which resulted in me getting completely soaked with 34°F water. On top of that, our ... Read More
This excursion was cancelled for us. We only got some of our money back. They had us canoe instead. The people on the canoe didn't know how to row which resulted in me getting completely soaked with 34°F water. On top of that, our shuttle driver forgot us and we didn't get picked up. We had to hitch a ride back to town with another shuttle. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our original excursion of Kayaking was cancelled last minute despite the fact the roads had been ...
Our original excursion of Kayaking was cancelled last minute despite the fact the roads had been closed for weeks. The website said the tour operated rain or shine and that refunds would be given if the tour had to be cancelled. They ... Read More
Our original excursion of Kayaking was cancelled last minute despite the fact the roads had been closed for weeks. The website said the tour operated rain or shine and that refunds would be given if the tour had to be cancelled. They made this process VERY difficult and time consuming. I was very disappointed they didn't let us know BEFORE the cruise that the roads were closed so would have time to pick a different excursion and also give us our money back without a fight so we could pay for a different excursion. I would NOT recommend the kayaking as their customer service is non-existent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Ok but spent a lot of time getting ready and not so long on the water.
Ok but spent a lot of time getting ready and not so long on the water. I was solo and put in a boat with 2 women who wouldn't paddle in unison. Too much time spent drifting around.
Ok but spent a lot of time getting ready and not so long on the water. I was solo and put in a boat with 2 women who wouldn't paddle in unison. Too much time spent drifting around. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We enjoyed this excursions.
We enjoyed this excursions. Got to see a lot of wildlife.
We enjoyed this excursions. Got to see a lot of wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
kayaking to the Mendehall glacier past floating icebergs was fantastic.
kayaking to the Mendehall glacier past floating icebergs was fantastic. The town itself is very cute with interesting shopping but did seem to be some unsavoury character about (watch for pickpockets).
kayaking to the Mendehall glacier past floating icebergs was fantastic. The town itself is very cute with interesting shopping but did seem to be some unsavoury character about (watch for pickpockets). Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We wanted to do something active, so took the sea kayaking excursion with a view of the Mendenhall ...
We wanted to do something active, so took the sea kayaking excursion with a view of the Mendenhall Glacier. It was pretty tiring padding against the tides. We did see several eagles perched on a buoy up close, and lots of sea birds flying ... Read More
We wanted to do something active, so took the sea kayaking excursion with a view of the Mendenhall Glacier. It was pretty tiring padding against the tides. We did see several eagles perched on a buoy up close, and lots of sea birds flying around the marshy area at a distance. The guides were very good at identifying the bird species. We also saw several humpback whales in the distance, they said that was pretty unusual. But on the whole, the kayaking was disappointing, we just cruised around in a big circle for several hours; the bay was really too large for us to get into the wetlands area, which I think would have been much more interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Kayaking Mendenhal Lake to the glacier wall was one of the highlights of the trip.
Kayaking Mendenhal Lake to the glacier wall was one of the highlights of the trip. Beautiful, invigorating and a terrific experience.
Kayaking Mendenhal Lake to the glacier wall was one of the highlights of the trip. Beautiful, invigorating and a terrific experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Really enjoyed the experience, though we didn't get as close to the glacier as I wanted.
Really enjoyed the experience, though we didn't get as close to the glacier as I wanted. The guide said it was too far and we had to watch the time, but we had plenty of time and could have gone much closer. If you do the glacier ... Read More
Really enjoyed the experience, though we didn't get as close to the glacier as I wanted. The guide said it was too far and we had to watch the time, but we had plenty of time and could have gone much closer. If you do the glacier lake kayaking, I recommend travelling straight to the glacier for a good close up view. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did kayaking instead of the helicopter/dog sled.
We did kayaking instead of the helicopter/dog sled. We had fun navigating the cove and did see several eagles and seals. By the end we had a great view of the glacier once the fog and mist burned off. This was a good excursion for ... Read More
We did kayaking instead of the helicopter/dog sled. We had fun navigating the cove and did see several eagles and seals. By the end we had a great view of the glacier once the fog and mist burned off. This was a good excursion for families and not to strenuous. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A terrific group of young people lacking leadership.
A terrific group of young people lacking leadership. Unorganized.
A terrific group of young people lacking leadership. Unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Awesome kayaking excursion out to Mendenhall glacier.
Awesome kayaking excursion out to Mendenhall glacier. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!
Awesome kayaking excursion out to Mendenhall glacier. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess worked with Alaskan Adventures on this one and we had an amazing time.
Princess worked with Alaskan Adventures on this one and we had an amazing time. There were 3 young (early 20s) guides who got us into our kayaks, relayed basic safety info, and provided a ton of knowledge about the Mendenhall Glacier area ... Read More
Princess worked with Alaskan Adventures on this one and we had an amazing time. There were 3 young (early 20s) guides who got us into our kayaks, relayed basic safety info, and provided a ton of knowledge about the Mendenhall Glacier area where we were kayaking. We saw a harbor seal, a number of bald eagles, and had a blast working off some of the energy we'd been storing on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was very beautiful.
It was very beautiful. However, it was raining. We had to wear heavy rain gear. So it was difficult. Also, we were under the impression that we would be near the glacier. It was far away. Also, shortly after we arrived it was ... Read More
It was very beautiful. However, it was raining. We had to wear heavy rain gear. So it was difficult. Also, we were under the impression that we would be near the glacier. It was far away. Also, shortly after we arrived it was obscured by clouds. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The kayaking with glacier view is not what is advertised.
The kayaking with glacier view is not what is advertised. it was a good experience with closeup eagles but you are no where near a glacier! it is like 20miles away in the distance If there are no clouds.
The kayaking with glacier view is not what is advertised. it was a good experience with closeup eagles but you are no where near a glacier! it is like 20miles away in the distance If there are no clouds. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We didn't get very close to the Mendenhall Glaicer but we had great views of it.
We didn't get very close to the Mendenhall Glaicer but we had great views of it. It was a little taxing to kayak the lake as a couple people weren't sure if they'd make it back to land, but we had sea lions popping up around ... Read More
We didn't get very close to the Mendenhall Glaicer but we had great views of it. It was a little taxing to kayak the lake as a couple people weren't sure if they'd make it back to land, but we had sea lions popping up around us and bald eagles flying around. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
In Juneau, we did the Glacier View Sea Kayaking Adventure.
In Juneau, we did the Glacier View Sea Kayaking Adventure. We had an absolute blast! The tour began with a half hour bus ride from the ship all the way to Douglas Island across from the heart of Juneau. Once we arrived at the Kayaking ... Read More
In Juneau, we did the Glacier View Sea Kayaking Adventure. We had an absolute blast! The tour began with a half hour bus ride from the ship all the way to Douglas Island across from the heart of Juneau. Once we arrived at the Kayaking spot, we were fitted with boots, lightweight water skirts, and paddles, and then we were off and running. There was an odd number of people taking the excursion, and there were only tandem kayaks available for all of us, so I kayaked with the new tour guide in training, Marika. She did such an excellent job, and was a great joy to talk to. She is originally from Ketchikan, the port which the Miracle is supposed to go to but has recently removed from it’s itinerary, so it was great learning about both Ketchikan and Juneau. And Alex, the main tour guide, was just terrific. He was very knowledgeable on so much of the area, and was both very funny and so so passionate about his job. You could really tell he cared a lot about what we saw and that we had a great time. And we saw some amazing things. There are many Bald Eagles in the area, and TWICE Alex guided us right next to a Bald Eagle perched on a rock and just sat in silence as we watched it’s stunning beauty. We had such a mesmerizing time. Beginner and experienced kayakers should totally take this tour, but just fair warning, make sure that you are able to stay out in the water for a long time and work with a partner in paddling. You may also be just a tad sore the next morning. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
My son and I were supposed to go kayaking.
My son and I were supposed to go kayaking. The kayaking was canceled due to bad weather...we didn't find out until we roamed the dock for 15 minutes looking for the tour, couldn't find it, then found the NCL shore manager who ... Read More
My son and I were supposed to go kayaking. The kayaking was canceled due to bad weather...we didn't find out until we roamed the dock for 15 minutes looking for the tour, couldn't find it, then found the NCL shore manager who informed us that it was canceled. They knew ahead of time and did not bother to inform us, so we didn't really have time to book an alternate tour. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
once we got suited up, it was enjoyable.
once we got suited up, it was enjoyable. guide, even though a transplant from new england, was informative, and managed boat well.
once we got suited up, it was enjoyable. guide, even though a transplant from new england, was informative, and managed boat well. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line