Juneau cruises

Beneath an ice field that never melts, on a waterway that never freezes, Juneau is the most unusual and stunning of capitals. Home to 280 species of birds, brown and black bears, nature lovers can also watch out for orca and humpback whales here. Ashore, there’s an excellent theatre and range of clubs, bars restaurants to suit all tastes. If you’re feeling fit try exploring Alaskan-style amongst the glaciers by kayak or trekking with crampons and an ice axe.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest

    Combine two incredible Alaskan experiences on one unforgettable tour.

    Mendenhall Glacier & Whale Quest

    Visit the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier, like a vast frozen river, catching glimpses of it from beautiful trails through the Tongass National Forest and the Visitor Centre.

    Then navigate the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage by specialised wildlife-viewing catamaran on a tour where whale sightings are guaranteed, be it humpbacks or orcas. You may also spot sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka blacktail deer and, occasionally, bears.

    A narrated tour of Juneau’s downtown waterfront will be provided en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Binoculars and a souvenir map will also be provided on the boat. Donut holes, smoked salmon on crackers, coffee, tea, cocoa and water will be served during the tour.



    This tour will operate by coach and catamaran. Guests will receive a $100 refund ($50 for children) when you disembark the vessel if whales are not sighted.

    Tour code

    JNU_031

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¼ hours

  • Town, Tram & Timberlake

    This scenic tour is a delight, both at sea level and high above Juneau.

    Town, Tram & Timberlake



    As part of an exclusive small-group excursion, you’ll explore the highlights of downtown Juneau including the State Capitol Building and the Governor's House.

    Above it all looms Mount Roberts. You’ll zoom 1,800 feet up above spruce trees towards lush alpine meadows on the Mount Roberts Tramway with stunning views over the capital and beyond. Set off along scenic trails, perhaps pausing at the Alpine Tea House to sample tasty local products, or to see American bald eagles at the Raptor Center.

    A behind-the-scenes tour of downtown Juneau, a tasting of Alaskan teas and local products, a Mount Roberts Tramway ticket and a naturalist tour guide are included in this tour.


    This excursion will operate by van. Guests must be able to walk approximately ½ mile along an improved trail with some steps. A walking stick and rain poncho will be provided. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress warmly in layers.

    Tour code

    JNU_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Evening Whale Quest

    Relax on an evening whale-watching cruise with Dinner. Whale sightings are guaranteed!

    Evening Whale Quest

    Set off across Alaskan waters during the long evening glow for an unforgettable close-up encounter with marine giants, complete with an appetizer buffet.

    Aboard a catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing, you’ll pass snow-capped peaks and glaciers in the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage. This area is world-renowned as a summer feeding ground for humpback whales, and orcas are frequent visitors too. In fact, this tour promises guaranteed whale sightings. You may also spot sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka blacktail deer and, occasionally, bears. Binoculars and a souvenir map will be provided.

    Your buffet meal will include baron of beef, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon; cheese, fruit and vegetable trays, hot shrimp dip, and bars and pastries for dessert. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are complimentary; beer, wine and soda are available for an additional charge.



    This tour will operate by coach and catamaran. Guests will receive a $100 refund ($50 for children) when you disembark the vessel if whales are not sighted.

    Tour code

    JNU_030

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Gold Panning Adventure & Alaska Salmon Bake

    Seek out your fortune in the Alaskan wilderness, just like so many before you.

    Gold Panning Adventure & Alaska Salmon Bake

    Led by a costumed prospector, this gold panning adventure takes you to Gold Creek, where gold and silver were mined for 60 years. You’ll get to keep any gold you find! It’s combined with an authentic Alaskan feast of delicious wild salmon bake in the rainforest.



    Toasting marshmallows on a campfire, folk music performances, a totem carving demonstration and a walk to nearby falls and a disused mine all add to the experience.

    The all-you-can-eat salmon bake includes wild salmon, chicken, rice pilaf, baked beans, salads, corn bread, dessert, hot apple cider coffee, tea and lemonade.



    This excursion will operate by coach or minibus. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available to purchase at the salmon bake. Please bring US dollars.

    Tour code

    JNU_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Private tour by Jeep or Van

    Experience some of Juneau's most scenic and off-the-beaten-track sites from the comfort of a private Jeep on this fully customisable private adventure.

    Private tour by Jeep or Van

    Design the itinerary of this VIP experience for up to four passengers yourself, or let your guide suggest a route. Your many options include seeing the State Capitol Building, Russian Orthodox Church, Governor's House and other Juneau attractions; an excursion to the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier; driving over to Douglas Island for a breathtaking views back across to the Alaskan capital; or ‘out the road’ experiences towards majestic forests, the spectacular Chilkat mountains and possible wildlife sightings.

    Jeeps are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 4 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Custom stops can include, but are not limited to: shopping, dining or exploring just about anything in the capital city. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. The tour operator is authorized under special use permit to access the Tongass National Forest. Glacier visit is self-guided and does not include walking on the glacier. Guests may pay a $5 fee if they wish to visit the Mendenhall Glacier.

    Tour code

    JNU_700

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery & Salmon Bake

    Get acquainted with a trio of Juneau’s most popular destinations.

    Mendenhall Glacier, Salmon Hatchery & Salmon Bake

    Visit one of the jewels in Juneau’s crown, the immense Mendenhall Glacier. It invites you to follow trails through beautiful Tongass National Forest with views of the extraordinary mass of ice, part of the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield.

    Learn how salmon are raised at the fascinating Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, where eagles and harbour seals are often spotted too.

    Finally, you’ll savour an all-you-can-eat feast, Juneau's original salmon bake meal. Set among the lush rainforest alongside a creek, you’ll be treated to a feast for the senses: wild Alaska salmon, chicken parmesan, au gratin potatoes, baked beans with reindeer sausage, rice pilaf, salads, cornbread, blueberry cake, hot apple cider coffee, tea, lemonade.



    This excursion will operate by coach. All entry fees are included. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase at the salmon bake. The visit to the Glacier is self-guided.

    Tour code

    JNU_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Taste of Juneau Walking Tour

    Sip and savour the unique flavours of Alaska’s fresh seafood and gourmet treats.

    Taste of Juneau Walking Tour

    This excursion showcases southeast Alaska’s mouthwatering gourmet delights with a walk through downtown Juneau to work up an appetite! You’ll take in the local sites as well as some of its favourite eateries, such as Tracy's King Crab Shack on the waterfront for an award-winning bisque.

    At Deckhand Dave’s, panko-crusted salmon filets are paired with house-made tartar sauce, while McGivney’s Downtown’s unique is the hog wing, a smoked pork shank served with a local beer. Try the famous halibut fusion nachos at V's Cellar Door, experience a unique tasting at upscale eatery, SALT, paired with a selection of wines, before dropping by a local brewery.


    This excursion will operate by minibus. There is approximately 1 hours of walking on this tour over mainly flat paved ground. The tour will end at the Alaskan Hotel & bar where guests can choose to enjoy more time downtown or make their way back to your ship. Guests must be 15 years old or older to participate in this tour. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    JNU_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Dogsled Adventure by helicopter

    This combination tour offers you the adventure of a lifetime.

    Dogsled Adventure by helicopter

    Combine two exhilarating ways to appreciate Alaska’s incredible glacial scenery: a thrilling helicopter ride and driving a dog team over Juneau's famed Mendenhall Glacier.

    Your breathtaking flight will showcase lush rainforest, deep blue crevasses, alpine ridges and glacier carved peaks you can only see from the sky. Once you land, you’ll meet top professional mushers and their dogs to learn their tricks of the trade. Then prepare to experience the unique, exhilarating thrill of zipping across the snow pack of the Mendenhall Glacier behind a team of huskies.

    After your exhilarating sled experience, you’ll re-board your helicopter and once again sail over the elegant ribbons of ice as you return to the heliport.

    This tour will operate by coach, helicopter and dogsled. This tour includes approximately 30 minutes helicopter time and 55-60 minutes at the Dogsled Camp. Your time at the dog camp will include instructions on dog sledding, stories about the famous Iditarod race as well as 20-25 minutes of dog sledding. All times are approximate and due to security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. Guests are reminded to wear warm layers and footwear suitable for hiking over rough, uneven and wet ground. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, passengers weighing 240lbs or more (fully clothed) will be assessed and may incur a weight surcharge to reserve adequate space onboard the helicopter. iPads, iPad minis, tablets, drones and Go-Pro Sticks or other extendable items are not permitted on tour. Guests weighing 250lbs or more should contact the Shore Excursions Office onboard at the beginning of the cruise. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women may not participate.

    Tour code

    JNU_041

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Glacier Adventure by Helicopter

    One of the most exciting ways to see the Mendenhall Glacier by air is on a helicopter tour.

    Glacier Adventure by Helicopter

    Soaring by helicopter over the deep crevasses of the famous Mendenhall Glacier is an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll pass above verdant rain forests, alpine ridges, and mountain peaks. You may pass the Mendenhall Towers, towering rock sentinels that rise over 5,000 feet out of the glacier, and spectacular ice falls.

    A gentle landing brings you down onto the ice itself for a walk on top of this frozen blue river of ice, with highly experienced expert guides, for a truly once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

    Complimentary tea & coffee will be provided upon return to the heliport after the Glacier Adventure.

    This tour operates by minibus and helicopter. This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of flying time and 20-25 minutes on the glacier. The remaining time is for the return transportation to the quayside, a safety briefing, outfitting of glacier boots and aircraft assignment. All times are approximate and for security purposes, no bags are allowed on the flight. iPads, iPad minis, tablets, drones and Go-Pro Sticks or other extendable items are not permitted on tour. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, passengers weighing 250lbs or more (fully clothed) will be assessed and may incur a weight surcharge to reserve adequate space onboard the helicopter. Guests weighing 250lbs or more should contact the Shore Excursions Office onboard at the beginning of the cruise.

    Tour code

    JNU_038

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Glacier Gardens & Mendenhall Glacier

    Head into Alaska’s breathtaking beauty in search of three famous attractions close to Juneau.

    Glacier Gardens & Mendenhall Glacier



    Explore the fragrant colour of Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, with its unique flower towers and vibrant floral displays. Admire stunning perspectives from its 580-foot-high viewing platform over the rainforest, the Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island and the Chilkat Mountains.

    Watch salmon complete their exhausting journey to the spawning grounds at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

    Finally stand in awe before the icy expanse of Mendenhall Glacier, catching glimpses of it from beautiful trails through the Tongass National Forest.


    This excursion will operate by coach and tram. Guests will be transferred to a covered tram at the Glacier Gardens for an intimate visit with a personal guide.

    Tour code

    JNU_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Mendenhall Glacier Guide's Choice Trail Hike

    Lace up your hiking boots for this unforgettable four to six-mile trek high above the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area.

    Mendenhall Glacier Guide's Choice Trail Hike

    As part of a small group, you can take in the crystal clear air, panoramic views of glacier-carved wilderness and the glacier itself, cascading waterfalls, serene meadows and quiet forest glens along secluded trails that can only be reached on foot. Your guide will help you spot signs of local wildlife and birds along the way.



    It’s an incomparable way to appreciate the expanse, and tranquillity, of Alaska.

    Your guide will choose from several excellent trails around the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, based upon the day's hiking conditions. There will be several photograph stops along the way. A granola bar and water will be provided during the hike.


    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is only for those in good physical condition. The hiking time is approximately 3½ hours. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    JNU_027

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Private tour by Minibus

    Experience some of Juneau's most scenic and off-the-beaten-track sites from the comfort of a private van on this fully customisable private adventure.

    Private tour by Minibus

    Design the itinerary of this VIP experience for up to 14 passengers yourself, or let your guide suggest a route. Your many options include seeing the State Capitol Building, Russian Orthodox Church, Governor's House and other Juneau attractions; an excursion to the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier; driving over to Douglas Island for a breathtaking views back across to the Alaskan capital; or ‘out the road’ experiences towards majestic forests, the spectacular Chilkat mountains and possible wildlife sightings.

    Minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 14 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Custom stops can include, but are not limited to: shopping, dining or exploring just about anything in the capital city. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. The tour operator is authorized under special use permit to access the Tongass National Forest. Glacier visit is self-guided and does not include walking on the glacier. Guests may pay a $5 fee if they wish to visit the Mendenhall Glacier.

    Tour code

    JNU_701

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Glacier View Sea Kayaking

    Travel in the style of Native Alaskans as you explore the spectacular area's coastal waterways and Mendenhall wetlands in a kayak.

    Glacier View Sea Kayaking

    This breathtaking trip offers an insight into the traditions of the famed Aleut Indians, who once travelled the coastal waterways of Alaska in search of pelts for Russian fur trading companies.

    Your stable yet nimble double kayak will allow you to manoeuvre silently through the Mendenhall Wetlands, so keep watch for wildlife such as porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons or even whales. On clear days you may even have the opportunity to see the spectacular ice-blue Mendenhall Glacier, like a frozen river amongst the immense mountain scenery.

    During your tour, enjoy a hearty snack of reindeer sausage, crackers, cheese, salmon spread and water.



    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance. ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    This tour will operate by kayak and minivan. Guests are advised to dress warmly and bring extra socks. Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to paddle. Rain gear, rubber boots, a life-jacket and spray skirt will be provided. Guests must weigh between 18kg and 113kg. Guests over 6 foot 3 inches may not fit comfortably in the kayaks.

    Tour code

    JNU_035

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest

    This sightseeing cruise features guaranteed whales!

    Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest

    Set off across Alaskan waters in search of awe-inspiring marine giants. Aboard a catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing, you’ll pass snow-capped peaks and glaciers in the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage.

    This area is world-renowned as a summer feeding ground for humpback whales, and orcas are frequent visitors too. In fact, this tour promises guaranteed whale sightings. You may also spot sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka blacktail deer and, occasionally, bears.

    Donut holes, smoked salmon on crackers, coffee, tea, cocoa and water will be served during the tour. Binoculars and a souvenir map will also be provided.

    This tour will operate by coach and catamaran. Guests will receive a $100 refund ($50 for children) when you disembark the vessel if whales are not sighted.

    Tour code

    JNU_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • The Original Alaska Salmon Bake

    If you want to sample a famous Alaskan delicacy, do so in deliciously authentic style at Salmon Creek.

    The Original Alaska Salmon Bake

    Imagine Gold Rush days at the remains of historic Wagner Mine and seek your fortune gold panning. Then, feast on wild salmon barbecued over an alder wood fire accompanied by the likes of reindeer sausages, wild-rice pilaf, cornbread and blueberry cake. You can also listen to folk music, toast marshmallows on the campfire, and watch Tlingit master carver sculpt red cedar totems and create authentic silver jewellery, all within a fabulous rainforest setting.



    Savour the all-you-can eat salmon bake with live music, browse the gift shop and take a walk along Salomon Creek before returning to the quayside at your leisure.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The return transfer to the ship is by shuttle bus. Buses depart regularly to the quayside so you may return at your leisure. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available to purchase. Please bring US dollars.

    Tour code

    JNU_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    1½ hours