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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:4.5 hours

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

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. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 2-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. Then, visit the stunning Mendenhall Glacier for an unforgettable tour.

Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board; capacity is limited to 50 passengers per boat. The small groups create a great environment for wildlife viewing in this incredible environment. Your captain is specifically trained to follow federal viewing guidelines from a safe distance.


  • Alaskan whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier adventure from Juneau
  • Travel through Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, or Lynn Canal
  • Use of binoculars included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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

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

The Great Outdoors is at its best in Alaska, where whales, seals and other marine life roam free. While you’re in port in Juneau, hop-on a whale-watching adventure for the ultimate Alaskan shore excursion. The boat captain will take you on a search for whales in Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel, while onboard naturalists tell you about the marine life. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.

Sightings of all marine life are a joy, but you’ll gasp the loudest when you see humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient- rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down to allow you to go outside on the viewing decks for excellent photo opportunities and an up- close experience. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other.

Following the scenic 2-hour cruise, visit the impressive Mendenhall Glacier, an amazing sight to behold. The glacier is located in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, which is located between Downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. You will have approximately 45 to 60 minutes near Mendenhall Glacier, where you may enjoy the scenery or take a stroll on one of the numerous trails. While you visit the glacier, you may take photos or search for different types of wildlife. Choosing the Mendenhall Glacier and the whale-watching adventure as a combo will allow you to make the most of your short time in Juneau.

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 dominate males traveling in a separate group nearby. The orcas can be seen with their fins rising out of the water – the alpha male with the tallest of the group. Length up to 30 feet (9.1 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 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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a great excursion. I booked this tour independently during our Princess cruise for me and my 9 yr old son. Our initial group was split, so we shared the experience with only about 18 other people. The boat was roomy, clean and the crew I wish I could remember these ladies names! was capable and entertaining. We happened to be in the right place at the right time at the end of our whale filled 2 hrs which went by way too quickly when we were visited by a Humpback whale so close to the boat that we could see its long white pectoral fin. Amazing. Even the crew was excited about the encounter. It was hard to choose between getting that perfect shot or simply enjoying the view. Afterward, we were delivered to the Mendenhall glacier and found that we had plenty of time to hike to the waterfall and for my son to scamper around on the rocks, before the ride back to town. It was a terrific way to spent the day in Juneau. The excursion and the crew delivered.

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good experience. The captain female - forgot name and deck mate female - forgot name - one of them was Amy were wonderful. Saw at least 8 whales. Saw 4 of them breach. The boat was comfortable. The bagel with salmon creme cheese spread was great. Also had hot chocolate. The deck mate was pleasant and seemed very knowledgeable about whales. We spent about 45 minutes at the Glacier, which was sufficient to view the glacier and the info center. A 15 minute movie was playing but I missed it twice my fault. A similar excursion was 65 more thru the cruise ship.

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