Juneau Tracy Arm Fjord Catamaran Excursion Reviews

Join the opportunity to see the very best of the Tracy Arm Wilderness Area, including exciting close-up views of the majestic Sawyer Glaciers. From the observation deck you will be able to enjoy this unforgettable experience!
Since this excursion left when we boarded we were ahead of the ship and got to see the glacier up ...
Sail Date: September 2018
Since this excursion left when we boarded we were ahead of the ship and got to see the glacier up close going through icebergs. It was a lot of fun and beautiful site.
Since this excursion left when we boarded we were ahead of the ship and got to see the glacier up close going through icebergs. It was a lot of fun and beautiful site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were up early on a lovely clear morning to have a full breakfast delivered to our room at 6:00am.
Sail Date: August 2018
We were up early on a lovely clear morning to have a full breakfast delivered to our room at 6:00am. Each day you can fill out your choices and hang the form on your door the night before. We ate on the balcony as we approached Tracy Arm ... Read More
We were up early on a lovely clear morning to have a full breakfast delivered to our room at 6:00am. Each day you can fill out your choices and hang the form on your door the night before. We ate on the balcony as we approached Tracy Arm Fjord. The ship television was broadcasting commentary by the ship naturalist as we entered. Unfortunately, we missed some of the scenery going in as we were assembled and waiting in the Grand Epernay for the catamaran from 7:15 to around 7:45. Once the couple of hundred of us were on board the smaller ship, the Solstice left us behind and proceeded to Juneau. We were able to navigate through the icebergs to within ¼ mile of the Dawes Glacier. The majority of the glacier was a brilliant blue in the sunlight. We saw three calving portions of the glacier hit the water as well as some otters and porpoise in the calm waters. After 45 minutes or so, the catamaran left the glacier area and sailed for two hours back to the Solstice docked in Juneau. During that two hours, we got up close looks at a bus sized iceberg, a couple of glacier in the distance and several waterfalls. There were free hot chocolate, coffee and donut holes available throughout the trip. You could also purchase hamburgers, reindeer dogs ($6) and drinks. I’d also give this excursion a 5-star rating. We don’t know how far the Captain was able to take the Solstice into Tracy Arm Fjord but seeing the glacier up close was worth the extra money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This might be the be-all, end-all experience for us.
Sail Date: August 2018
This might be the be-all, end-all experience for us. Best excursion in Alaska ever!!! On a rainy/misty day, cozy in our catamaran cabin, with an excellent captain and crew we visited Tracy Arm Fjord. Along the way we saw so many waterfalls ... Read More
This might be the be-all, end-all experience for us. Best excursion in Alaska ever!!! On a rainy/misty day, cozy in our catamaran cabin, with an excellent captain and crew we visited Tracy Arm Fjord. Along the way we saw so many waterfalls and cascades and a few humpback whales as well. Really wonderful day!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Absolutely the best excursion I've ever done.
Sail Date: July 2018
Absolutely the best excursion I've ever done. Well worth the money and one of a kind.
Absolutely the best excursion I've ever done. Well worth the money and one of a kind. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Seeing the glaciers so close and the waterfalls was amazing.
Sail Date: July 2018
Seeing the glaciers so close and the waterfalls was amazing. It was a long cruise but definitely worth the trip. We also saw quite a few whales on that journey.
Seeing the glaciers so close and the waterfalls was amazing. It was a long cruise but definitely worth the trip. We also saw quite a few whales on that journey. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We loved seeing the glacier and some of the wildlife.
Sail Date: July 2018
We loved seeing the glacier and some of the wildlife. But otherwise the boat trip was too long and boring. Juneau itself is not much to see.
We loved seeing the glacier and some of the wildlife. But otherwise the boat trip was too long and boring. Juneau itself is not much to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A must do tour.....just a great experience.
Sail Date: June 2018
A must do tour.....just a great experience. Lots of whales, seals, seal pups, sea lions, ice bergs and very close up to a glacier.
A must do tour.....just a great experience. Lots of whales, seals, seal pups, sea lions, ice bergs and very close up to a glacier. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
this tour you can only book via the cruise lines as you depart and arrive back at the ship ...
Sail Date: June 2018
this tour you can only book via the cruise lines as you depart and arrive back at the ship directly, after the ship lefts Juenau. We got to sail deep into the glaciers, and we saw two whales enroute blowing air, lots of seals sleeping or ... Read More
this tour you can only book via the cruise lines as you depart and arrive back at the ship directly, after the ship lefts Juenau. We got to sail deep into the glaciers, and we saw two whales enroute blowing air, lots of seals sleeping or relaxing on ice and a direct close-up views of the Tracy Arm glaciers, which the cruise ship would not reach, due to its narrow-channels and large icebergs. We were very lucky on this one as weather was fantastic, very sunny and we saw and heard 5 large wall-like chunks of ice fall off from the glaciers, which created the waves and also made for fantastic photos and screams of excitement from people on the boat. Book this early as it was full before embarkation. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Do this tour.
Sail Date: June 2018
Do this tour. Period, end of story. You need to be on ship before 1 PM. You board the catamaran from the ship, and then it sails ahead of the cruise ship for hours. It is a long trip but so worth it. We saw orcas, humpbacks, eagles, and ... Read More
Do this tour. Period, end of story. You need to be on ship before 1 PM. You board the catamaran from the ship, and then it sails ahead of the cruise ship for hours. It is a long trip but so worth it. We saw orcas, humpbacks, eagles, and brown bears. The naturalist would point them out and unlike the cruise ship, was able to slow down, redirect, or stop as nature revealed itself. We then went much closer to the glacier the cruise ship could ever go. Simply amazing. You then go back to the ship, and board ship-to-ship at sea. Bang for the buck an amazing tour and best of all, extends your "Juneau" time which you don't get enough of. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Allen Marine does an outstanding job with this trip.
Sail Date: May 2018
Allen Marine does an outstanding job with this trip. We saw a pod of Orca's, Humpback Whales, Seals, Icebergs and a top notch view of Dawes Glacier. We were up close and personal.
Allen Marine does an outstanding job with this trip. We saw a pod of Orca's, Humpback Whales, Seals, Icebergs and a top notch view of Dawes Glacier. We were up close and personal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Enjoy this smaller boat off the big cruise ship to get close to the glacier.
Sail Date: May 2018
Enjoy this smaller boat off the big cruise ship to get close to the glacier. The captain got us close to a waterfall.
Enjoy this smaller boat off the big cruise ship to get close to the glacier. The captain got us close to a waterfall. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a fantastic cruise bringing you right up to the glaciers (a quarter mile).
Sail Date: August 2017
This was a fantastic cruise bringing you right up to the glaciers (a quarter mile). We saw wildlife and beautiful waterfalls - once so close we could almost touch it (probably could have from the top deck). They also provided coffee, hot ... Read More
This was a fantastic cruise bringing you right up to the glaciers (a quarter mile). We saw wildlife and beautiful waterfalls - once so close we could almost touch it (probably could have from the top deck). They also provided coffee, hot chocolate and donut holes with other snacks for sell. The crew brought in some glacier ice and we were able to have ices water with a chuck of glacier ice. What a great experience this excursion was. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The best scenery make sure you take this
Sail Date: August 2017
The best scenery make sure you take this
The best scenery make sure you take this Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Guide was good.
Sail Date: July 2017
Guide was good. However, yet again in spite of them being warned about myself and another tourist needing gluten diet, there was nothing. There were free snacks, none GF and I had to buy a packet of crisps as we were over 5 hours on the ... Read More
Guide was good. However, yet again in spite of them being warned about myself and another tourist needing gluten diet, there was nothing. There were free snacks, none GF and I had to buy a packet of crisps as we were over 5 hours on the trip and there was nothing else I could eat apart from the small packed lunch which they then removed a third of as that was a pack of wheat biscuits. Was finally offered a cup of dried salmon when it was opened to put on biscuits for the rest of group, to encourage them to buy packes of it. It is apparently illegal to take food off the boat so that wasn't an option. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We lucked out by booking this excursion!
Sail Date: July 2017
We lucked out by booking this excursion! Ship could not go near any glaciar due to fog and ice in water (or so that is what the captain said) but we disembarked directly to the excursion boat and had an amzing day - we were within 1/4 ... Read More
We lucked out by booking this excursion! Ship could not go near any glaciar due to fog and ice in water (or so that is what the captain said) but we disembarked directly to the excursion boat and had an amzing day - we were within 1/4 mile of the glaciers - saw calving - glorious ride through the fjord with ice all around - tons of seals - spectacular scenery. Excllent all female crew - amazing - highly recommend - worth the money! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
While the Dawes glacier is breathtaking, the fact that the cruise ship leaves and we are required ...
Sail Date: June 2017
While the Dawes glacier is breathtaking, the fact that the cruise ship leaves and we are required to meet up with it in Juneau via a marathon 3 to 4 hour trek on the small excursion boat is terribly uncomfortable and a huge waste of time. ... Read More
While the Dawes glacier is breathtaking, the fact that the cruise ship leaves and we are required to meet up with it in Juneau via a marathon 3 to 4 hour trek on the small excursion boat is terribly uncomfortable and a huge waste of time. I wrote about this in detail in my primary review of the cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fabulous experience...
Sail Date: May 2017
Fabulous experience... saw three humpback whales, porpoises, a black bear and a bald eagle, to say nothing of the sight of Dawes Glacier calving into the sea!
Fabulous experience... saw three humpback whales, porpoises, a black bear and a bald eagle, to say nothing of the sight of Dawes Glacier calving into the sea! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Best excursion I have ever been on.
Sail Date: May 2017
Best excursion I have ever been on. It was an 8 hour tour from Juneau to Tracy Arm & Sawyer Glacier for $160. Incredibly worth the price. In this one trip we saw humpback whales, porpoise, seals, bald eagles, brown bear, black bear, ... Read More
Best excursion I have ever been on. It was an 8 hour tour from Juneau to Tracy Arm & Sawyer Glacier for $160. Incredibly worth the price. In this one trip we saw humpback whales, porpoise, seals, bald eagles, brown bear, black bear, mountain goat, massive icebergs, waterfalls, sky-high fjords and of course the glaciers ... You would typically have to book 3 or 4 excursions just to see everything we saw on this one tour. Absolutely a recommended must-do ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was excellent and well managed.
Sail Date: August 2016
This was excellent and well managed. Didn't get to see South Sawyer but still had plenty of glacial experience.
This was excellent and well managed. Didn't get to see South Sawyer but still had plenty of glacial experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Amazing, fantastic, really cold, but possibly the best shore excursion I have ever done Wonderful ...
Sail Date: August 2016
Amazing, fantastic, really cold, but possibly the best shore excursion I have ever done Wonderful and do not miss doing it
Amazing, fantastic, really cold, but possibly the best shore excursion I have ever done Wonderful and do not miss doing it Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It may deserve more stars?
Sail Date: August 2016
It may deserve more stars? I like nature and all but because the Tracy Arm was still too small for boats to get in due to ice we went into the Endicott Arm. However this seems to be smaller so we sat at the same glacier for about 2 hours. ... Read More
It may deserve more stars? I like nature and all but because the Tracy Arm was still too small for boats to get in due to ice we went into the Endicott Arm. However this seems to be smaller so we sat at the same glacier for about 2 hours. Maybe not 2 hours, but it was well over an hour. However, we were very lucky. We saw Orca's, Harbor Seals, Eagle, Black Bear, and humpback whales but they dove before we got closer. And we got to see a lot of ice calving. Which is sad if you think about it, but it was amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Definitely a must-do.
Sail Date: August 2016
Definitely a must-do. Even though it was rainy and gray, this excursion going slowly down Tracy Arm Fjord was fantastic!
Definitely a must-do. Even though it was rainy and gray, this excursion going slowly down Tracy Arm Fjord was fantastic! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Glaciers are amazing.
Sail Date: July 2016
Glaciers are amazing. 6 12 hour trip.
Glaciers are amazing. 6 12 hour trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Actually, Tracy Arm was out of the question due to ice, so we did Dawes Glacier instead.
Sail Date: July 2016
Actually, Tracy Arm was out of the question due to ice, so we did Dawes Glacier instead. Breathtaking.
Actually, Tracy Arm was out of the question due to ice, so we did Dawes Glacier instead. Breathtaking. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Got close to North glacier, saw lots of blue icebergs, bears and sea otters
Sail Date: July 2016
Got close to North glacier, saw lots of blue icebergs, bears and sea otters
Got close to North glacier, saw lots of blue icebergs, bears and sea otters Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line