Juneau Cruise Port Tours

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Juneau’s cruise port sits right alongside the historic downtown area, within walking distance of seafood restaurants and frontier-themed shops. There’s plenty to see and do right off the boat in the state capital, but the port also serves as a jumping-off point for excursions to Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaskan wilderness.

The Basics
Passengers docking at the busy Juneau cruise port have a host of options to choose from. A popular choice combines a city tour of the former mining town with a trip to the nearby Mendenhall Glacier, located 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of the city. For animal lovers, the port serves as a departure point for whale-watching excursions in scenic Auke Bay, and the nearby Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area protects the highest concentration of brown bears on the planet. Adventure travelers can spend their time in port white water rafting or ziplining on Douglas Island, while cultural options include gold mining excursions or traditional Alaskan salmon bakes.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Juneau shore excursions include round-trip transportation from the Juneau port.
  • Guided tours from the Juneau port typically last anywhere from three to eight hours, depending on the activities chosen.
  • Book a private, customizable tour to make sure you don’t miss any of the sights on your list.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and bug repellent ashore with you.

How to Get to Juneau from the Juneau Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at three different areas, all within walking distance of Downtown Juneau. Larger ships tend to dock near South Franklin Street (near the Mount Roberts Tramway), while smaller vessels dock next to the floatplanes. A third dock sits at the south end of town.

Port Information
Juneau averages 220 days of rain each year, so be sure to dress for the weather. The official currency is the US dollar, and there are ATMs and banks located throughout town.
Location
Address: South Franklin Street, Juneau AK 99801, USA
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

While your ship is docked in Juneau, visit the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife site with the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. This must-do day trip includes a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and a kayaking journey through Windfall Harbor. A certified guide takes your small group of no more than 10 people into the Alaskan wilderness to watch brown bears frolicking in the meadows and catching salmon in rivers. The Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area issues a limited number of visitation permits, exclusively to tour operators. Avoid disappointment by booking this tour well in advance.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$799,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure

Board a jet boat with extra-large windows and watch for humpbacks in the beautiful Auke Bay on this whale-watching shore excursion from Juneau port. A naturalist guide provides engaging commentary on the wildlife — including porpoises, sea lions and eagles — and local geology you see along the way. Capture that action shot of a breaching whale against the backdrop of the Alaskan mountains. Round-trip port transport included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$136,50
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

This 6-hour shore excursion from Juneau port gives you an all-inclusive Alaskan experience. See Mendenhall Glacier, embark on a whale-watching cruise with a naturalist guide, and see firsthand a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver jewelry. Before returning to your ship, you’ll spot humpback whales, soak up cultural insight and enjoy a hearty traditional salmon bake. Port transport included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$215,25
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour

Step off your cruise ship and into a river raft on this 3.5-hour shore excursion along Mendenhall Glacier. An experienced guide rows your raft, allowing you to soak up the gorgeous mountain scenery as you float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier. Wind through stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids and wrap up the outing with a delicious riverside snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced all will enjoy this Mendenhall Glacier float trip. Port transport from Juneau included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek

Embark on an adventure off the beaten path — a trek on Mendenhall Glacier — while your ship is docked in Juneau. Take on challenging terrain during an 8-mile hike that immerses you in Alaskan wilderness. Come across plunging crevasses and ice caves on this thrilling journey, pictures of which are sure to impress your fellow cruise passengers back at port and family at home.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$240,45
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo Tour

On this shore excursion from Juneau port, you get to pan for gold and dig into a hearty Alaskan salmon-bake buffet. At Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin, learn how to cull the waters for the precious metal and then make your own small fortune exploring the gold fields on your own. Watch a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver, visit Salmon Creek waterfall and enjoy a city tour of Juneau. And yes, keep all the gold you find! Port transport included.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Douglas Island Zipline Tour from Juneau

Imagine yourself suspended above the ground, gliding from one uniquely-themed platform to the next on a series of seven ziplines and 10 platforms through the scenic Alaskan rain forest. This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes an ascending drive through the scenic Tongass National Forest. Following the zipline tour, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at Axe Throwing and embrace your inner lumberjack! Safety gear and instructions will be provided by the guides for a fun and exciting outdoor challenge!
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
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US$169,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Alaskan Salmon Bake

Make the most of your time in Juneau with this shore excursion featuring an all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon bake and an array of post-meal activities. Grilled wild salmon and blueberry cake are just some of the succulent dishes that you can enjoy as lunch or dinner. Afterward, visit Salmon Creek waterfall and Wagner Mine — perhaps even sift for gold on your own. Learn about Tlingit craftsmanship from a Master Carver and pick up unique works of art. Shuttles depart regularly, allowing you to enjoy this experience as long as you like.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Gold Mining and Panning at Gold Creek from Juneau

While your ship is docked in Juneau, pan for gold at Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin on a 90-minute shore excursion. Enjoy a brief city tour of Juneau and then travel to a remote section along Gold Creek. A guide dressed in 19th-century attire gives you insight into the Alaskan Gold Rush. See where thousands journeyed to during the Gold Rush in search of the precious metal. Learn how to pan in the creek or cull through the waters in the demonstration trough. Round-trip port transport included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$72,45
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Private Fishing Trip

While docked in Juneau port, take advantage of this unique shore excursion — a private fishing trip with a licensed guide. You and three to five of your fellow cruise passengers decide which adventure sounds more appealing: a 4-hour wild-salmon fishing or 6-hour halibut fishing trip. No matter which outing your private group chooses, enjoy the comfort of a heated cabin and snacks on board. Remember to snap a frame-worthy shot of you reeling in the big one!
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$1 396,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Private Customizable Hummer Tour

Step off your cruise ship in Juneau and into a luxuriously appointed Hummer H2® to explore Juneau on this customizable private tour. Avoid the tour groups and get to know Juneau on your own terms. Design an itinerary with the help of your chauffeur-guide, and spend time at sites and activities that appeal to you, which may include Mendenhall Glacier, sea kayaking, gold panning or something else. It’s up to you! Select a 4-hour or 8-hour option, and make the most of your limited time in Juneau.
  • Duration: Flexible
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