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Juneau, Alaska

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Spend Your Day at Port?

When your cruise ship arrives for a port of call, we have time to acquaint ourselves with this new community. You can count on delightful curiosities and shops ready for your business as soon as you descend the gangway into town, but cruise lines also provide a series of shore excursions you could purchase. Whether by motorcoach, float plane or catamaran, these optional adventures showcase extraordinary environments or facilitate hands-on activities.

Read on to learn more about some of our favorite excursions during our time at our Inside Passage port of call in Juneau.

Juneau is a port of call on our Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise.

Bear in mind that your onboard ship credit may not be applied to the cost of excursions before the day we board the ship. If you want to purchase an excursion and you suspect it could sell out beforehand, consider purchasing the excursion on your own and applying your onboard ship credit elsewhere.

Whale Watching

It is little wonder that Juneau is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales, with whale watching excursions by floatplane or boat. Every summer humpback whales migrate from Hawaii, where they nurse their young during the winter months, to the waters around Juneau to spend their summer months. The personnel behind these excursions are so confident you will see a whale they offer money back if you do not spot one.

Tracy Arm Fjord

This exciting excursion offers breathtaking views of twin tidewater glaciers and a great deal of icebergs floating in the fjord’s pristine waters. The adventure begins before the ms Volendam arrives at Juneau with a pickup by catamaran that morning. The catamaran provides an intimate experience, with 200-250 people aboard at once. Afterwards, disembark in Juneau and return to the ship or explore the city as you please. Note: Holiday Vacations ensures you will see tidewater glaciers on our Prince William Sound cruise, which is an included attraction on our Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise itinerary.

Mendenhall Glacier

Explore the mountain wilderness around Juneau by catamaran or floatplane with views of glacial peaks, verdant coastal rain forests, and wildlife. Mendenhall Glacier itself is a 13-mile river of ice that deposits into gorgeous Mendenhall Lake. These excursions may be packaged with whale watching, dogsledding, a visit to Nugget Falls, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center (located on the shores of Mendenhall Lake), or other activities. They may also include commentary by a regional naturalist.

Mt. Roberts Tramway

Ascend 1,800 feet on a five-minute ride by cable car to the top of Mount Roberts for a bird’s-eye view of downtown Juneau, the Gastineau Channel, and the Chilkat Mountains to the north. At the summit, guests may check out the Nature Center, the Timberline Bar & Grill, and more. The tramway is an attractive excursion option for travelers on a budget or are looking for one more activity during their time at port.
Note: While guests may purchase tramway tickets in advance with Holland America Line or in person at the tramway station, onboard ship credit may only be applied when purchased in advance.

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