SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    This sightseeing cruise features guaranteed whale watching! Following a short motorcoach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you’ll board a water jet powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable, spacious main cabin, surrounded by large windows as your experienced Captain guides you through the island studded waters of Stephens Passage. Against a majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers, the onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of wildlife you may encounter, including humpback and killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears and deer.


    The operators of this tour guarantee that you'll see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the vessel. Don’t anticipate a refund; in the past 10+ years, whales have been sighted on every tour! To fully enjoy the sights and sounds of a close encounter with wildlife, be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck and don’t forget your camera! Day use binoculars and a souvenir wildlife guide and map are provided, along with complimentary snacks and beverages.

    • Adult from: $184.00 USD
    • Child from: $104.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack
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    Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Experience Alaska’s premier attractions glaciers and wildlife, from two very different vantage points, by land and by sea. A narrated motorcoach ride takes you to view and photograph the famous Mendenhall Glacier. At the Visitor Center you’ll have the opportunity to talk with Forest Service interpreters, and through interactive exhibits, learn about the awesome force of glacial ice. Back aboard the motorcoach you’ll take the scenic route through the Mendenhall Valley. At Auke Bay you’ll board a water jet powered catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable, spacious main cabin, surrounded by large windows as your experienced Captain guides you through the island studded waters of Stephens Passage.


    Against a majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers, the onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of wildlife you may encounter, including humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more. The operators of this tour guarantee you will see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the tour vessel. Binoculars and souvenir route maps are provided along with complimentary snacks and beverages. To fully enjoy this excursion, be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket and don’t forget your camera!

    • Adult from: $184.00 USD
    • Child from: $120.00 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Limited Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack
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    Whale Quest & Orca Point Lodge

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    This exciting tour combines a “whales guaranteed” cruise with Alaska’s finest wilderness salmon bake. Following a motorcoach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you’ll board a waterjet-powered vessel specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, comfortable cabin, surrounded by large windows, as you ply the island studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Once whales have been sighted, your skilled Captain will maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing and photographic opportunities, as these graceful giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. Don’t forget your camera, and be sure to bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck.


    The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe! An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more. The operators of this tour guarantee you'll see a whale. If not, you’ll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the vessel. Don’t anticipate a refund; in the past 10+ years, whales have been sighted on every tour!


    Then take a leisurely break from cruising to step ashore at Orca Point Lodge on beautiful Colt Island and enjoy a feast that includes fresh grilled wild Alaska salmon, chicken kabobs, corn on the cob, rice pilaf, coleslaw, fresh hot rolls and desserts. The lodge offers peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in a remote wilderness setting. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and take a stroll along the beach before boarding the vessel for your return cruise to Auke Bay.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the vessel observation deck and for enjoying the natural environment at Orca Point Lodge. Complimentary-use binoculars and souvenir route guides are provided. Participants must be able to walk a distance of 40 to 50 feet to embark and disembark the vessel.
    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $169.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Meal
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    Mendenhall Glacier, Hatchery & Gardens

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    This comprehensive tour offers the highlights of Alaska's capital city including a visit to stunning Mendenhall Glacier. Board your deluxe coach and set off to explore a selection of Juneau's most memorable attractions in style as your driver/guide shares tales of Juneau's colorful past. Arrive at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and the staff will acquaint you with one of Alaska's most important species - the Pacific salmon. Be sure to check out the raceways with adolescent salmon and the various aquariums displaying the rich sea life of the region.


    Next, travel to Glacier Gardens. Relax as a guide ushers you through the rain forest to the 580 foot level via motorized cart where you’ll have time to take in a canopy view of Gastineau Channel below and Douglas Island, Lynn Canal, Mendenhall Valley, and the Chilkat Mountains in the background. Your tour culminates with a visit to Mendenhall Glacier. The area offers several vantage points for viewing this stunning river of ice. Explore the visitor center to learn about this Ice Age wonder from the engaging exhibits and visiting with U.S. Forest Service staff.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Wheelchair access may be limited, please call +852 2165 6000 for assistance.
    • Adult from: $124.00 USD
    • Child from: $88.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
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    Mendenhall Glacier & Gardens

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 4 hrs

    Glacier Gardens Rainforest, nestled alongside Thunder Mountain, is a stunning combination of flowered pathways and temperate rainforest. Enjoy a guided tour from your covered transportation into the rainforest. Your guide will provide a narrative through the mile long journey to the 580 foot level. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mendenhall wetlands, Gastineau Channel and Admiralty Island from the viewpoint on Thunder Mountain.


    Continue to Mendenhall Glacier, a moving river of ice with rugged crevasses and a distinctive blue color. Stroll the walkways to the Visitor Center, take in an exhibit, an interpretive talk with a Forest Service Ranger or simply enjoy the panoramic view of the glacier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: We recommend you dress in layers as temperatures fluctuate. This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Wheelchair access may be limited, please call +852 2165 6000 for assistance.
    • Adult from: $114.00 USD
    • Child from: $78.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
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    Mendenhall Glacier & Hatchery

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 3 hrs

    This tour provides an outstanding overview of the state's capital city and its scenic attractions, including one of the world's only drive-to glaciers, the Mendenhall. Your guided tour takes you through Juneau's picturesque downtown. Visit the Mendenhall Glacier, a moving river of ice with rugged crevasses and a distinctive blue color.


    Stroll the walkways to the Visitor Center and take in one of the glaciology exhibits, an interpretive talk with a Forest Service Ranger, or simply enjoy the panoramic view of the glacier. Afterward, you'll visit the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Dress in layers, as temperatures at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Area tend to fluctuate. Fish will return to Macaulay Salmon Hatchery mid-July through September.
    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
    • Family Recommended
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    Historic Gold Mine, Panning & Salmon Bake

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 3 hrs

    Catch gold fever on this panning adventure where gold is guaranteed! You’ll walk in the footsteps of Joe Juneau whose strike at Gold Creek set off the Alaska gold rush 130 years ago. Your prospector guide will provide a short city tour and lively narration with tall tales of the gold rush era en route to Gold Creek, the original spot where gold was discovered.


    Your expert prospector will demonstrate gold panning techniques and you'll be off to the gold fields to strike it rich. Not only will you get to keep what you find, but you’ll also get a Gold Claim Certificate. Then, savor an all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon bake, including side dishes and dessert. Roast marshmallows over a campfire, enjoy musical entertainment and walk the trail to the waterfall and the remains of the historic Wagner Mine. You can shop at the Trading Post for Alaskan goods.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Umbrellas for walk to waterfall and gold pans are available for use on site.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Historic Gold Mine & Pan For Gold

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Catch gold fever and experience what it was like to seek your fortune during Gold Rush days! Learn to pan for gold, keep all you find and discover Juneau’s colorful mining heritage. Head out with a prospector guide in authentic 19th-century dress for a historical tour of Juneau then continue to Gold Creek and Last Chance Basin.


    Your prospector will show you how gold panning is done creek side, in a beautiful, secluded, mountain setting. You’ll work the pan with helpful tips and you’re guaranteed to find gold. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate and all the gold you find.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Half barrels are set up for those uncomfortable with bending beside the creek. Rain ponchos and gold pan are available for use on site.
    • Adult from: $84.00 USD
    • Child from: $54.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
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    Gold Creek Salmon Bake

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    A short, narrated bus ride brings you to Salmon Creek, the outdoor site for your salmon bake. Listen to live Alaska folk music while you dine under translucent, heated domes shielding you from the elements. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast. Savor Alaskan caught wild salmon barbecued over an open alder wood fire accompanied by chicken, potatoes, baked beans, wild-rice pilaf, a variety of salads, cornbread, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot apple cider, hot chocolate as well as blueberry cake for dessert. Beer, wine and soda are available for purchase.


    Stroll through the woods and roast marshmallows over the campfire . Take a short walk along Salmon Creek, a salmon spawning steam, to a breathtaking waterfall. Here you can also explore the remains of the historic Wagner Mine and try your hand at gold panning. Stop by the Trading Post to browse and shop for Alaskan items.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Umbrellas for walk to waterfall and gold pans are available for use on site. Buses depart regularly to the pier so you may return at your leisure.
    • Adult from: $74.00 USD
    • Child from: $44.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Sea Kayak Adventure

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Your kayak adventure along Juneau's coast begins with a short drive by bus to North Douglas Island, where you’ll enjoy scenic views of the Mendenhall Glacier. Here, your guide will hand out life jackets and rain gear before teaching you paddling techniques. Board the two-person kayaks, with your travel companion or assigned partner for your breathtaking trip, which will give you a sense of how Aleut Indians traveled the coastal waterways.


    The stable yet nimble kayaks will allow you to silently approach any wildlife in the area, including porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons, or even whales. Explore the Mendenhall Wetlands and view the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will entertain you with stories about Smugglers Cove and the history of the surrounding area. Back at the kayak base; enjoy a tasty snack before the journey back to port.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must weigh between 40 and 260 lbs. and be in good physical condition. Paddling duration is approximately 1 1/2 hours. Life jackets and rain gear are provided. Passengers over 6'3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will be without a rudder. A motorized boat is used to discreetly follow guests in case of emergencies or injuries. This tour will operate in all weather conditions - wear warm clothing. Souvenir hats, t-shirts and jackets are available for purchase at the end of the tour. Not recommended for guests who are in their third trimester of pregnancy.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $93.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Weight
    • Outerwear
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    Sled Dog Discovery & Musher's Camp

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 2 1/4 hrs

    Experience a genuine Alaskan adventure while supporting the official state sport! Take an exhilarating sled ride and play with husky puppies, all in the heart of the lush Alaskan rainforest. Upon arrival at this authentic summer training camp for mushers and their sled dogs, you'll participate in a sled dog summer training run on a custom designed, wheeled summertime sled. Discover the power of a team of Alaskan huskies as they whisk your sled down a mile long trail through the depths of the Tongass National Rainforest! Then join a dog handler and sled dogs for interactive demonstrations on mushing equipment and the impeccable care the dogs receive.


    Your dog handler will also entertain you with knowledge about the training, history, races and inspiring efforts required by this sport. Admire the untamed beauty as you walk across a suspension bridge overlooking Fish Creek. This camp is surrounded by moss-covered forest with huge spruce and hemlock trees. Then cuddle up with a husky puppy and take your picture with one of these adorable future athletes! This excursion is the perfect mix of Alaska’s culture, history, adventure, rugged wilderness, and of course sled dogs and puppies. Complimentary refreshments are provided.


    Need to Know:

    Note: All ages welcome, and most special needs may be accommodated. Guests should dress in layers and wear footwear suitable for outdoor activity.
    • Adult from: $174.00 USD
    • Child from: $134.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
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    Alaska's Whales & Rainforest Trails

    Juneau, Alaska

    Duration 5 hrs

    Juneau is a spectacular place of diverse, natural habitats from valley glaciers, to temperate forests and natural fjords. Traveling in a small group, this exploratory journey introduces you to this pristine wilderness with a certified Naturalist Guide as your leader. Whale sightings are guaranteed on this small group outing combining a marine exploration with a gentle hike on a secluded rainforest trail.


    Your trip begins with your guide sharing stories as you travel out to the trail head on North Douglas Island. A short hike takes you through old growth forest, musk keg, and out to a scenic beach. Spend an hour exploring under forested canopies and sweeping glacial landscapes. This small corner of the Tongass National Forest is home to beavers, eagles, salmon, porcupines and black bears.


    Following a short drive and a picture stop with the Mendenhall Glacier in the distance, you’ll climb aboard an exploration vessel specifically designed for up close wildlife viewing. The customized covered watercraft puts you eye-to-eye with the marine life that thrive in these protected waters. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, seals and sea birds are commonly seen. Keep a camera handy to capture the behaviors of these marine residents.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be able to walk on their own for over an hour covering approximately 1.5 miles on level trail. Infants must be carried in an infant backpack. Group size is limited to 20 participants to ensure a comfortable and personal experience. We recommend you dress in layers and wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Raingear, bottled water and a snack pack are included. Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll receive $100 cash back at the conclusion of the tour. All tour participants on this excursion are eligible to enter the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest and win cash prizes. A complimentary booklet, Remembering Juneau by Land & Sea is provided as a memento of your day.
    • Adult from: $214.00 USD
    • Child from: $144.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • Snack

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 09:40am