- 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
This wildlife viewing excursion takes you on a journey to see two of the major highlights in Southeast Alaska. You will be guided to the Mendenhall Glacier for a 45 minute self-exploration followed by our wildlife whale watching tour. Once you have had a chance to experience the glacier, we will take you to the whale watching harbor where you will come aboard one of our state-of-the-art vessels to search for majestic Humpback Whales and other water wildlife we may find along the way. Our expert captains and naturalists are so familiar with these amazing creatures that we can actually guarantee you will see whales in their natural habitat from a safe distance. Our state of the art boats are equipped with restrooms and heated cabins to make this journey extra comfortable. Our fleet of fast jet boats all have plenty of outdoor deck space so you can choose to watch the wildlife in the open air or from the comfort of the cabin. This is an Alaskan adventure you won't want to miss!
- 100% Guarantee to see Whales
- Roundtrip Transportation from Cruise Terminal
- Bottled water
- Live commentary on board
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Round-trip shared transfer
- A Great Time!
Tour check-in is centrally located at the main cruise ship terminal in downtown Juneau.
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
Our tour representatives will meet you at the main cruise ship terminal and check you in for the excursion. You will board a transport bus with a guide that will bring you to the Mendenhall Glacier for 45 minute stop. Here you will be able to explore the area on your own. The parking lot is a very short walking distance to magnificent photo opportunities, hiking trails, visitor's center, and bear viewing platforms raised above the salmon spawning streams. Once the glacier exploration is complete, we will transport you to the local boat harbor. Where you will be met by our captain and crew who will walk you past the fishing fleet to board one of our state-of-the-art boats built for wildlife viewing. The boats are equipped with restrooms, heated cabins, large windows, comfortable seats, and outdoor decks for viewing. We will then begin a 2 hour journey in search of Humpback Whales and other water wildlife native to the area. You can sit back and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery on the boat ride or assist us in searching for signs of whales including water spouts, tail dives, and whales jumping out of the water. No trip is the same as mother nature decides what to provide for each tour. Your naturalist and crew will interpret what you are seeing and explain the behaviors of the massive and beautiful creatures. At the end of the trip the captain will make an announcement and we will return back to the harbor. Feel free to enjoy a complimentary snack and beverage as you soak up your remaining time on the water. Your driver will meet you at the harbor and bring you back through town to the main cruise ship terminal in downtown Juneau where the excursion started.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Collapsable Wheelchairs Only
- No Motorized Scooters
- No Motorized Wheelchairs
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Mendenhall Glacier was a beautiful and sad. There was more than enough time to hike to the photo area (which, wasn't stated verbally by our bus driver, but since we are in the tour, we had already paid the fee). You have the option to view either or both the falls or the glacier. I only walked to the glacier area (it was closer). The walk is easy enough for those who have trouble walking (e.g. seniors). Whale watching was fun. We are taken by another group, learn about the whales (how they feed in Alaska). You will see lots of blowholes and humps, and a few fin sightings (this is when the whales dive for food). It happens quickly, be quick with your camera, binoculars aren't really necessary, and the boat was steady enough that you don't have to worry about getting sick (though, I did pop in some Dramamine before I left my cruise ship, just in case). The length of this excursion was just right, and one that I was happy to take. I also had just enough time to go up Mount Roberts and take additional photos of Juneau at dusk (Though that was a $32 expense just to take scenic photos).*Additional notes on my visit—I was aboard the NCL Pearl. It was a bit disorganized disembarking, and we ended up at the AJ dock and had to shuttle over to the area near Mount Robert's Tramway. My meeting time was at 3:15pm, and we docked at 2:00pm, but I got to the area right at 3:00pm). The instructions where to meet was a bit unclear, or maybe because I never found the sign, but the tents referenced are the white ones behind the Tramway building.