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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:4.5 hours

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

When your ship docks in Juneau port, discover the Alaskan wilderness on this half-day whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. During a 2-hour cruise aboard a heated boat, spot humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions, while learning about these incredible creatures from naturalists on board. Then, walk along the trails of Mendenhall Glacier and take stunning photos before you’re returned to port.


  • Alaskan whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion from Juneau
  • Travel through Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, or Lynn Canal
  • Use provided binoculars for even better views of whales and other marine wildlife
  • Explore Mendenhall Glacier and learn about its formation at the visitor center
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale Watching Adventure with Optional Mendenhall Glacier Tour

After port pickup, you’re taken to a pier where you’ll board a boat fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board. Capacity is limited to 50 passengers on each boat, giving you plenty of space to move around. Depending on the day, your captain sets sail to Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Feel free to use the provided binoculars as you listen to naturalist-guides about the wildlife you see during the 2-hour cruise.

Look out for the star attraction in these waters — humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient-rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is sighted, step outside onto the viewing decks to capture pictures or videos of the whales in action. Crew may lower hydrophones into the water so that you can hear the whales communicate with each other.

The incredible sightseeing continues with a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, located between downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. Spend about 45 to 60 minutes here to soak up the scenery or explore one of the many trails.

Enjoy transport back to port, knowing that you made the most of your time in Juneau with this Mendenhall Glacier and whale-watching combo-tour.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Whale sightings guaranteed! If no whale is sighted on the tour, you will be given a refund of USD$100.00 per adult and USD$50.00 per child.

Which animals may be sighted on the Juneau Whale Watching Adventure?

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

During the season humpback whales are spotted on more than 99% of tours. There are many humpback whales that feed, socialize and play in the waters near Juneau from mid-April through October. Humpbacks are among the most playful whales, and often breach (leap from the water), bubble net feed and slap their tails. Humpback whales are seen more often than any other mammal. Most of the humpback whales here in Juneau spend their winter in Hawaii. There are a few humpback whales that can be found here year round. Length up to 56 feet (17 meters).

Orca (Orcinus orca)
Orca whales, also known as 'killer' whales, can be seen any day of the year in the Juneau area. These hunters search for salmon and small marine mammals over a large area. A pod of orcas is spotted every five to 15 days during the summer, as they hunt nearby. Orcas are active and fast-moving, and stay in tight family groups for their entire lives. The family pod will travel together, with the dominant males traveling in a separate group nearby. The orcas can be seen with their fins rising out of the water, with the alpha male with the tallest of the group. Length up to 30 feet or (9 meters).

Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
The strikingly marked, fast-swimming porpoises love to ride the bow wave of a boat. They are very playful and will often jump out of the water, delighting passengers. These animals are seen on most trips until July, and then occasionally through September. These fun playful creatures are a wonderful addition to any trip. Length up to 6.5 feet (2 meters).

Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
These quiet, shy animals are hard to spot and rarely surface more than once near boats. They are occasionally seen in passing. Length up to 6 feet (1.8 meters).

Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)
Steller sea lions are curious and often approach the boat singly or in groups. Occasionally, these animals are known to steal fish from your fishing line. They can be seen hauled out on channel markers or rocks from April through September and can be heard grunting continually while they sun themselves. Hundreds live near Juneau. Endangered with a declining population in western Alaska, they are doing better in southeast Alaska. Length up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters).

Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)
Harbor seals are common, but shy and reclusive. These animals often haul out on rocks or blocks of ice. They can be seen as their small round heads bob in and out of the water. Seals exhale as they dive and can reach great depths. Hundreds live near Juneau and are seen on many tours. These cute creatures are a favorite photo opportunity for many passengers. Length up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Could have used a little more time at the Glacier, but it was a fun day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was our first viator trip and it won't be our last. Great value and great fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was amazing. The guides on board were knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic. They took us upclose to the whales and captured the excitement for us. I could actually capture a whale breeching on video and that was the highlight for me. I would recommend this shore excursion very highly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Staff were excellent and very knowledgable. We saw whales which was great. The boat ride was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We saw more whales than expected. The captain and crew were extremely accommodating from the hot chocolate to helping get close to the whales. The time flew by and the rate was much cheaper than booking on the ship. We had less than 20 people on our boat so it was not crowded.

Mark G
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The weather the day of our excursion was rainy and high winds. All the people that booked on the Carnival Legend had their excursions canceled. We were given the opportunity to cancel, however, nobody did. It was a good thing because the whales didn't care about a few rain drops and neither did we. We had a great Captain and tour guide. This was on of the highlights of our cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Saw lots of whales!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Awesome! Having been to Juneau on a cruise coordinated HUGE boat to go look whale watching- this was MUCH better. Smaller boat, locally owned, good brief educational component on the boat. Mendenhall was a good hop to see before the whale watching - just enough to remember that the darn glacier is melting fast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The crew was amazing and informative. We had a group of 9, three had mobility aids and the crew was top notch in assisting everyone. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Other than the weather, our whale-watching adventure was wonderful. Both our captain and guide were so knowledgeable. We saw the whale close and upfront. I highly recommend this excursion.

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