Shore Excursions in Alaska
By Viator, March 2014
Departure ports include the American cities of San Francisco and Seattle and the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria; depending on where you depart, you may visit one or more of these cities as a regular port of call, as well.
Alaska’s most populous city is also the northernmost city in the United States. Ships dock in the industrial port near downtown, and it’s a quick shuttle or cab ride to attractions like the Captain Cook Monument and Alaska Heritage Museum. Get out of the city with shore excursion to a nearby glacier, gold-mining areas or Mt McKinley (by plane!).
Juneau is the capital of Alaska and sits on the mainland on the Gastineau Channel. One of its most popular surrounding attractions is the Mendenhall Glacier, which you can experience on a shore excursion. Other outdoor activities include rafting and whale watching. Ships dock within walking distance of downtown either at South Franklin Street (large ships) or Seadrome Dock (small ships).
Alaska’s southernmost port of call, Ketchikan sits in the Inside Passage and is known as the Salmon Capital of the World. Ships dock in the center of town, although on busy days, you may anchor and be tendered to shore. Shore excursions are all about the great outdoors: seaplane tours over fjords, zipline rides over the rainforest, canoeing, kayaking and off-roading.
The small town of Seward is about 125 miles (200 km) south of Anchorage and is the jumping-off point for adventures in Kenai Fjords National Park. It’s also the starting point of the historic Iditarod Trail. Ships dock at the north end of town, giving you easy access to downtown or the tour boats by shuttle or taxi. If you’re staying in town, check out the Alaska SeaLife Center to see fur seals, sea lions, otters and more.
Cruises to Sitka anchor in the bay and tender passengers to the harbor in the downtown area. The small city, which can only be reached by sea or air, mixes Russian and Tlingit history with outdoor action. See sights like where the Russian flag was lowered and the American flag raised when Alaska was transferred to the US in the 1800s, or take a sea kayaking shore excursion to admire the area’s natural beauty.
Skagway is the northernmost port in the Inside Passage and lies just about 10 miles from the Canadian border. It boasts a cute, frontier-style downtown and offers shore excursions to Gold Rush-era sites and Canada’s Yukon Territory. Ships dock near the bottom of Broadway, the town’s main street.
Tours & Tickets
Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. ... Read more
Duration: 4.5 hours
While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Spend time in port in Skagway enjoying a full-day shore excursion into the Yukon, Canada's westernmost territory. Explore some of North America's most stunning ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
The Chilkoot Hike and Float Tour is a great family-oriented hiking adventure along the world famous Chilkoot Trail. This wilderness hike takes place in the ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
When your cruise ship docks in Skagway, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city, and take in the views from the majestic White Pass Summit ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While in port in Juneau, fill your day with the best Juneau has to offer! On this shore excursion, take a narrated tour of the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
While in port in Skagway, discover what Alaska’s exciting Gold Rush era was all about on this unique two-hour tour. In the historic village of Liarsville, you ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Perfect for a short time in port, this Skagway shore excursion will show you a glimpse of Canada's legendary Yukon. On this half-day tour, you'll cross the ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
This 5-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect duo of Alaskan attractions: whale-watching and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)