Juneau Best of Juneau Excursion Reviews

Experience Juneau's many natural attractions from its famous glaciers all the way to the majestic sealife!
This was a three part tour: Glacier, City Tour and Whale Watching.
This was a three part tour: Glacier, City Tour and Whale Watching. We went out to see the glacier. Based on my experience when I was here 11 years ago and verified by a ranger, it is shrinking noticeably. It is still a magnificent sight to ... Read More
This was a three part tour: Glacier, City Tour and Whale Watching. We went out to see the glacier. Based on my experience when I was here 11 years ago and verified by a ranger, it is shrinking noticeably. It is still a magnificent sight to see, but it would be best to come sooner rather than later. The whale watching with Captain Jason and naturalists Alex and Emily S. was a real adventure. We moved out to sea at 30 knots until we were in an area where there whales had been sighted. We sat there for a few minutes, cameras at the ready and up popped a humpback whale. Enormous creature. Unfortunately, it wasn't about to give us much of a show so we just saw it's back and blowhole, but didn't see it leaping out of the water or showing flukes. We moved to another area and got some more pictures, but this humpback whale like the first wasn't interested in putting on a show for us. Then we moved to an area where orcas had been spotted and we got the whole show. There were about 15 - 20 orcas all around the boat. Some would bob up headfirst, others were just lying on the surface, skimming along just under the surface with only the dorsal fin showing and diving with a showing of flukes. It was a great whale watching adventure. We opted out of the City Tour because it was the last part and we were tired by then. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw several humpback whales, and numerous sea lions.
Saw several humpback whales, and numerous sea lions. Enjoyed visiting Mendenhall Glacier and Orca Point Lodge. The weather was perfect, the scenery outstanding, and the included lunch was quite good. Overall we were satisfied with this ... Read More
Saw several humpback whales, and numerous sea lions. Enjoyed visiting Mendenhall Glacier and Orca Point Lodge. The weather was perfect, the scenery outstanding, and the included lunch was quite good. Overall we were satisfied with this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Bus tour and visit to Alaska State Museum
Bus tour and visit to Alaska State Museum
Bus tour and visit to Alaska State Museum Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Alaskan Dream Cruises
Great tour and informative
Great tour and informative
Great tour and informative Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw lots of whales.
Saw lots of whales. The salmon bake was tasty on a beautiful island. Mendenhall Glacier is breathtaking.
Saw lots of whales. The salmon bake was tasty on a beautiful island. Mendenhall Glacier is breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We got to see many whales but they were a distance away.
We got to see many whales but they were a distance away. The crew on the whale watching boat were great. We really enjoyed the Mendenhall Glacier as well.
We got to see many whales but they were a distance away. The crew on the whale watching boat were great. We really enjoyed the Mendenhall Glacier as well. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
There were a lot of people on this tour, but there was plenty of space and many opportunities to ...
There were a lot of people on this tour, but there was plenty of space and many opportunities to see humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and eagles. The salmon bake was one of the most delicious meals we have ever had on an excursion.
There were a lot of people on this tour, but there was plenty of space and many opportunities to see humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and eagles. The salmon bake was one of the most delicious meals we have ever had on an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
2.5 hour whale watching boat ride.
2.5 hour whale watching boat ride. Very nice boat...seemed brand new (June 2016. Great crew with lots of info. Saw several whales as close as maybe 150 yards. Saw some Eagles. Lots of Sea Lions maybe 25 yards away. Next was bus ride ... Read More
2.5 hour whale watching boat ride. Very nice boat...seemed brand new (June 2016. Great crew with lots of info. Saw several whales as close as maybe 150 yards. Saw some Eagles. Lots of Sea Lions maybe 25 yards away. Next was bus ride and then self touring of Mendenhall Glacier. Our first glacier and it was spectacular. Toured visitor center. There was time to walk out to better viewing/photo spots but we didn't. Excursion ended with Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Outdoor seating with grilled salmon and all the trimmings. Very nice meal...lots of food. Some walking around seeing river, waterfalls, etc... Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We loved our tour guide, Cordova- very knowledgeable.
We loved our tour guide, Cordova- very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the trip out to Mendenhall Glacier & the hike to see the falls.
We loved our tour guide, Cordova- very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the trip out to Mendenhall Glacier & the hike to see the falls. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Transportation to Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watch on one of the fastest boats, and delicious salmon ...
Transportation to Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watch on one of the fastest boats, and delicious salmon bake at Gold Creek Salmon Bake
Transportation to Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watch on one of the fastest boats, and delicious salmon bake at Gold Creek Salmon Bake Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had a great time, seeing all the history and artifacts of Juneau.
We had a great time, seeing all the history and artifacts of Juneau. The meal and the end was excellent.
We had a great time, seeing all the history and artifacts of Juneau. The meal and the end was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was a little confusing about where to meet and to get the next bus, etc.
It was a little confusing about where to meet and to get the next bus, etc. but we figured it out. The time at Mendenhall Glacier was limited. The whale watching was excellent. We saw 3 whales bubble feeding. The Salmon Bake was very good, ... Read More
It was a little confusing about where to meet and to get the next bus, etc. but we figured it out. The time at Mendenhall Glacier was limited. The whale watching was excellent. We saw 3 whales bubble feeding. The Salmon Bake was very good, and I don't like salmon. The way it was grilled over the Alder wood was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This shore excursion started with the bus driver acting the guide on the city tour, stopped at the ...
This shore excursion started with the bus driver acting the guide on the city tour, stopped at the Salmon Hatchery, where one can purchase really good quality salmon jerky and other souvenirs to take home.The floor to ceiling, column ... Read More
This shore excursion started with the bus driver acting the guide on the city tour, stopped at the Salmon Hatchery, where one can purchase really good quality salmon jerky and other souvenirs to take home.The floor to ceiling, column shaped aquarium with colossal size crabs, fancy po and other Thai fish that were bold, active and brave made it fun to watch. The ocean creatures were interesting with a live touch aquarium, besides the zoological hatchery how, what, why and when history of salmons. the second stop was the rain forest ride with upside down trees and garden. From the highest point on top, one can view the whole city of Juneau, the air-port and all the scenery. Really beautiful. Finally, the driver leaves you at the Mendenhall glacier museum for an hour and a half or so to view a documentary film, see the exhibits, take walks, view the glacier up close with museum's special binoculars on stand, shop at the gift shop listen to stories, etc.. There was a physically challenged person in a wheel chair on the bus with us, despite the tour's description of no wheel chairs. This person with a family of 3 had no issues using the wheel chair as long as she was able to climb up and down the 3-4 steps on the bus. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I was too excited and expected too much.
I was too excited and expected too much. I wanted more whales breaching. It was rainy and the water choppy. Lunch below par.
I was too excited and expected too much. I wanted more whales breaching. It was rainy and the water choppy. Lunch below par. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
IT gave us a glimpse of the Hatchery, the Glacier, and the Gardens, all of which we were happy to ...
IT gave us a glimpse of the Hatchery, the Glacier, and the Gardens, all of which we were happy to visit and we had adequate time at each.
IT gave us a glimpse of the Hatchery, the Glacier, and the Gardens, all of which we were happy to visit and we had adequate time at each. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Cold on boat, lots of walking, food a 'lodge' was terrible (hard rice, dry overcooked chicken)
Cold on boat, lots of walking, food a 'lodge' was terrible (hard rice, dry overcooked chicken)
Cold on boat, lots of walking, food a 'lodge' was terrible (hard rice, dry overcooked chicken) Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Nice overall view of Juneau.
Nice overall view of Juneau.
Nice overall view of Juneau. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I would suggest going on a smaller boat which spends more time watching whales and less time eating ...
I would suggest going on a smaller boat which spends more time watching whales and less time eating a mediocre salmon bake lunch. Mendenhall glacier was pretty.
I would suggest going on a smaller boat which spends more time watching whales and less time eating a mediocre salmon bake lunch. Mendenhall glacier was pretty. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Good pace and diverse
Good pace and diverse
Good pace and diverse Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We took a tour which took us around town, out to the Glacier Visitors center and then to the Shrine ...
We took a tour which took us around town, out to the Glacier Visitors center and then to the Shrine of St Therese. Really got to see several sides of Juneau. Again the Guides were GREAT...
We took a tour which took us around town, out to the Glacier Visitors center and then to the Shrine of St Therese. Really got to see several sides of Juneau. Again the Guides were GREAT... Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was just as wonderful as the other ports, with lots to see and learn.....and take photos of.
It was just as wonderful as the other ports, with lots to see and learn.....and take photos of. There was a lot of history each time we went into town.
It was just as wonderful as the other ports, with lots to see and learn.....and take photos of. There was a lot of history each time we went into town. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Absolutely fabulous!
Absolutely fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour. We saw an abundance of wildlife including humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, and much more!
Absolutely fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour. We saw an abundance of wildlife including humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, and much more! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
In Juneau we chose to rent a car for the day, there is a rental place that is just a few blocks ...
In Juneau we chose to rent a car for the day, there is a rental place that is just a few blocks from where the ship docks. It was great to have the freedom to see the sights we wanted on our schedule and we saved a ton of money over ... Read More
In Juneau we chose to rent a car for the day, there is a rental place that is just a few blocks from where the ship docks. It was great to have the freedom to see the sights we wanted on our schedule and we saved a ton of money over paying to go on the scheduled tours which when to the same places we visited. Suggestion book well in advance online, you get a much better rate and from what I heard the rental location close to the ships at times sells out of cars on days when several ships are in port. First stop Mendenhall glacier which is a wonderful experience. One good thing about renting a car and heading straight to the glacier is that we got there before most of the tour groups which means it was way less crowded. Took the two mile hike from the visitor’s center over to Nugget Falls and a sandbar which is the closest you can get to the face of the glacier. Drove out of town to The Shrine of St. Therese which is a small church situated on a small island accessible by trail/causeway just north of the city. The church itself is nice and a great place to stop and reflect for a moment or two but for us the best aspect of the location was the view from the cliff face. We could see the mountains across the water and several whales feeding in the channel. From there we drove up to Eagle Beach which as the name suggests is a good place to see eagles, it’s also a great place to simply enjoy some peace and quiet, the day we were there we spent probably an hour totally alone sitting at a picnic table. We also drove up to the ski area which was obviously closed but it was a good way to see the some high ground and an overview of the area. Since we had a car we made good use of it and chose to drive all four roads leading out of Juneau to their very end so we can now say that we have literally been to the very end of the road in all directions at Juneau. We also took the opportunity to drop by Fred Myers (a lot like Walmart) and pick up a few things that we needed. Juneau is a very pretty city and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring it on our own for the day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Good guide gave good insight into Juneau, saw glacier and waterfall, and visited an Alaskan garden.
Good guide gave good insight into Juneau, saw glacier and waterfall, and visited an Alaskan garden. Also travelled on the Mount Roberts Tramway which was OK if you canstand hights. Worth the visit to see the Bold Eagle.
Good guide gave good insight into Juneau, saw glacier and waterfall, and visited an Alaskan garden. Also travelled on the Mount Roberts Tramway which was OK if you canstand hights. Worth the visit to see the Bold Eagle. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Excellent!
Excellent!
Excellent! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International