Advice please for Juneau excursions? Too many to choose.

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#21
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
We landed on it and walked around. That is the best part. You can see photos from our landing in our review at LINK. Here is one of them.

I also think this is one of the best excursions. Plus whale watching.
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Originally posted by katrina915
I also think this is one of the best excursions. Plus whale watching.
We are leaving for an Alaska cruise next week, our 3rd. We are going with friends who are going for the first time. I recommended this helicopter glacier landing and whale watching to them. I am so glad they are taking the helicopter, since it is certainly one of the most unique experiences one can do there.
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We Are on the Holland America cruise set to sail on June 25th 2017. We have been informed our 'wait list' tours have been removed. Our original plan was:
Juneau- glacier sea kayaking
Sitka- Sea Otter and Wildlife quest
Ketchikan- Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane
Figured this would give us the land, sea, air experience. So now I'm starting from scratch with researching outside tours. Was looking for any recommendations for outside tour companies and/or other excursions at these ports. Figured I'd ask the experts.
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Originally posted by T2inDC
We Are on the Holland America cruise set to sail on June 25th 2017. We have been informed our 'wait list' tours have been removed. Our original plan was:
Juneau- glacier sea kayaking
Sitka- Sea Otter and Wildlife quest
Ketchikan- Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane
Figured this would give us the land, sea, air experience. So now I'm starting from scratch with researching outside tours. Was looking for any recommendations for outside tour companies and/or other excursions at these ports. Figured I'd ask the experts.
There are lots of good suggestions for Juneau on this thread. Do some research here and on Trip Advisor for the ports and you will find lots of options. That being said, here are my recommendations and what we have done in these ports:

Juneau - If you are in port from approximately 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, I highly recommend the Tracy Arm Fjord trip with Adventure Bound. If you don't have enough time, book a whale watching excursion, see Mendenhall Glacier, ride Mt. Roberts tram and do some hiking at the top.

Sitka - We caught a shuttle to Fortress of the Bear. It was pouring rain, but the viewing area has a covered section. We had planned on stopping at the Raptor Center and walking back to town on the trail that leads to totem poles, then along the sea wall, but just took the shuttle back to town since it was raining. We did walk around town to see the Bishop's House, St.Michael's Cathedral, etc. Just realize that you will either be docked a couple of miles out of the main town and take a shuttle to town or have to tender at this port.

Ketchikan - We took a kayaking trip with Southeast Kayaks and enjoyed it. We also walked to Creek Street and did some shopping in town. There are options to see Totem Poles here that many enjoy. One of the more popular excursions on our stop here was the Deadliest Catch Crab Fishing tour. I believe you can book directly with the company and most ships offer this as well.
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Originally posted by JT1962

Juneau - If you are in port from approximately 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, I highly recommend the Tracy Arm Fjord trip with Adventure Bound. If you don't have enough time, book a whale watching excursion, see Mendenhall Glacier, ride Mt. Roberts tram and do some hiking at the top.
You can do this if you arrive at 8 am.
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Originally posted by T2inDC
We Are on the Holland America cruise set to sail on June 25th 2017. We have been informed our 'wait list' tours have been removed. Our original plan was:
Juneau- glacier sea kayaking
Sitka- Sea Otter and Wildlife quest
Ketchikan- Magnificent Misty Fjords by Floatplane
Figured this would give us the land, sea, air experience. So now I'm starting from scratch with researching outside tours. Was looking for any recommendations for outside tour companies and/or other excursions at these ports. Figured I'd ask the experts.
In Juneau, I debated between the Taku Lodge Flight & Feast and the Paddle & Trek with Above & Beyond Alaska. (The flight won and it was great!) ABAK has a 4.5-hour glacier lake kayak tour: http://beyondak.com/trips/glacier-lake-paddle/

Our Sitka wildlife cruise was cancelled die to weather, but I would've gone with Gallant Adventures: http://gallantadventures.com/. On a previous visit to Sitka, I went on a wildlife cruise with Capt. Davey on the Esther G: https://www.puffinsandwhales.com/

Our Misty Fjords flight was with Michelle of Island Wings: http://www.islandwings.com/
#27
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
We always take ginger pills on vacations/cruises. They do a wonderful job of preventing motion sickness for us. And there are no side affects.
Ginger lozenges, Chimes ginger chews, Gravol, and scopolamine patches will be in my luggage
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Originally posted by peisahm
Ginger lozenges, Chimes ginger chews, Gravol, and scopolamine patches will be in my luggage
I guess you will be covered, but we just take the ginger pills from vitamin stores. I think they have more potency than the lozenges and chews. But, it looks like you have covered all bases.
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Originally posted by mechaiah
Hi everyone - we are booked on HAL Eurodam to Alaska on 6/24/17 and can't wait! I am a bit overwhelmed about excursion choices in Juneau and am wondering if there are recommendations you might have. Can you tell me which ones you've done and whether you would recommend it? I think I need to narrow it down to glaciers vs whale watching vs wildlife (eagles, bears, etc.) because I'm not sure there's one excursion that does it all. I think glaciers are the top of my list but it might be that I get my fill of them on the Glacier Bay day and I should do whale watching (or something else) while in Juneau.



Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!!


I would suggest you hire Harv and Marv for whale watching in Juneau. They are amazing and we had a great time!

http://www.harvandmarvs.com/

They are more personalized and less expensive than the ship tours.
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Originally posted by NancyIL
In Juneau, I debated between the Taku Lodge Flight & Feast and the Paddle & Trek with Above & Beyond Alaska. (The flight won and it was great!) ABAK has a 4.5-hour glacier lake kayak tour: http://beyondak.com/trips/glacier-lake-paddle/



Our Sitka wildlife cruise was cancelled die to weather, but I would've gone with Gallant Adventures: http://gallantadventures.com/. On a previous visit to Sitka, I went on a wildlife cruise with Capt. Davey on the Esther G: https://www.puffinsandwhales.com/



Our Misty Fjords flight was with Michelle of Island Wings: http://www.islandwings.com/


I agree: Island wings with Michelle (floatplane) was amazing. We did this tour last week. We just returned from Alaska.
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#31
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
We always take ginger pills on vacations/cruises. They do a wonderful job of preventing motion sickness for us. And there are no side affects.
We always do ginger pills also! Agree they do wonders preventing motion sickness. Take one as soon as we wake up and are good to go for the day. Its a natural supplement and we've never experienced side effects either.
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We are in port on the Sun Aug 3 from 11am to 9pm.. I hope this is enough time to do a tour with Juneau-the whale watching and Mendenhall glacier ..which starts at 12.
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We are booked with weather permitting for whale watching and Temsco for dog sledding. Leave on 6/29
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#34
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We did a combo Whale watching/Mendenhall glacier tour while in Juneau with Juneau Tours that also included a trolley tour of Juneau. They are rated #1 on trip advisor. We still had plenty of time for shopping and the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
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Originally posted by jannie711
We always do ginger pills also! Agree they do wonders preventing motion sickness. Take one as soon as we wake up and are good to go for the day. Its a natural supplement and we've never experienced side effects either.
I brought ginger pills with me on a recent cruise, as well as my usual Meclizine tablets. I took the ginger pills only once, and they gave me heartburn pretty quickly. I definitely wouldn't take them on an empty stomach.
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There doesn't seem to be a lot of time in any given port, really. I was actually surprised when the times were listed, as it's with Viking, and their river cruises are known for spending a lot of time in port. Guess not so for ocean cruises. Anyway, would Juneau still be the best option for a whale-watching tour? Maybe the combo?








DAY 1 Seward


DAY 2 SewardPORT DEPARTURE: 5:00 PM


DAY 3 Valdez, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 1:00 PMPORT DEPARTURE: 7:00 PM


DAY 4 Hubbard GlacierPORT ARRIVAL: 1:00 PMPORT DEPARTURE: 5:00 PM


DAY 5 Icy Strait Point, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 8:00 AMPORT DEPARTURE: 3:00 PM


DAY 6 Skagway, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 8:00 AMPORT DEPARTURE: 6:00 PM


DAY 7 Juneau, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 8:00 AMPORT DEPARTURE: 5:00 PM


DAY 8 Sitka, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 8:00 AMPORT DEPARTURE: 4:00 PM


DAY 9 Ketchikan, Alaska, United StatesPORT ARRIVAL: 8:00 AMPORT DEPARTURE: 5:00 PM


DAY 10 At Sea


DAY 11 Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPORT ARRIVAL: 7:00 AM






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I would do whale watching in Icy Strait Point with Glacier Wind or F.I.S.H.E.S. Both are smaller 6 passenger boats. You can also do a bear watching trip here, if time allows. That leaves Juneau open for going to Mendenhall Glacier, Mt Roberts Tram and other options.


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Thanks you! Is there another port you recommend a bear watching trip? In case there isn't time for both in ISP? It's not until July of 2019, so I have time. I don't know yet if Viking will even offer paid excursions in Alaska. I'm assuming they'll have a few, but who knows? lol
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Originally posted by jannie711
We always do ginger pills also! Agree they do wonders preventing motion sickness. Take one as soon as we wake up and are good to go for the day. Its a natural supplement and we've never experienced side effects either.
Which ginger pills?
I used the Dramamine non-drowsy naturals which have 500 mg ginger per capsule on a cruise in May. We had fairly rough seas on one night and one a day worked (the bottle says you can take up to 4 a day).
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Originally posted by Missymssy
Thanks you! Is there another port you recommend a bear watching trip? In case there isn't time for both in ISP? It's not until July of 2019, so I have time. I don't know yet if Viking will even offer paid excursions in Alaska. I'm assuming they'll have a few, but who knows? lol


We did not due any specific bear excursions but did see 2 black bears on our Emerald Lake trip out of Skagway. I know there are flights to see bears from several ports. There should be threads on this website and you may check Trip Advisor also.


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