• Tour code: 6355SHORXGLASS
  • Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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While your cruise ship is docked in Skagway, learn how to turn molten glass into a beautiful vase or some other work of art on this 2-hour glassblowing experience at Jewell Gardens. A ‘gaffer’, or a glassblower, shows you how to handle the equipment and create your own sculptural art using age-old techniques. Expect personalized attention on this lesson limited to just six people. Afterward, enjoy free time to peruse the glass gallery and explore the on-site organic flower garden and garden railway.

Highlights

  • Glassblowing shore excursion at Jewell Gardens in Skagway
  • Blow molten glass into your own glass ornament under the instruction of an experienced glassblower
  • Have your ornament shipped home so you don’t have to pack it
  • Admire Jewell Gardens’ array of colorful flowers and organic vegetables
  • Beer and wine available for purchase
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon session
  • Small-group tour limited to 6 people provides a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Skagway Shore Excursion: Glassblowing Lesson at Jewell Gardens

Glassblowing shore excursion in Skagway

Take home a memorable souvenir of your Alaskan cruise when your cruise ship pulls into Skagway. Head to Jewell Gardens, located just outside the northeastern edge of downtown, about two miles (3 km) from the port. You can walk, take the Skagway city transit or bike from the port. This shore excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy, so please allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the gardens and ensure your timely return to the port.

Your 2-hour glassblowing experience begins at the ‘hot shop,’ where the glassblowing takes place. Your gaffer (a nickname for a glassblower) shows you the equipment. Watch up-close a live demonstration of the process, and gain insight into the ancient art of transforming molten glass into ornaments, jewelry, dishes, vases, ornaments, dishes and more.

Then, try your own hand at blowing a glass ornament. Even better, Jewell Gardens will ship your ornament anywhere in the world — on the house — so you don’t have to worry about getting it home in one piece.

After the lesson, enjoy a guided tour of the glass gallery to check out more pieces of hand-blown glass, and then meander through the organic flower and vegetable gardens. Thirsty after the heat of glassblowing? Beer and wine are available for purchase at your own expense.

Or, visit the garden railway, where a model train from the White Pass & Yukon Route winds through a scaled-down version of old Skagway and then travels through mountains and forests.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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