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When your cruise ship arrives for a port of call, we have a day 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.