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Juneau Whale Watching, Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Bake

4.8
26 reviews

Excursion Overview

Experience three of Juneau's most popular attractions with this three-in-one excursion!

This tour includes a narrated transfer to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center, guaranteed whale sightings, and an Alaska style all-you-can-eat buffet to finish your day. Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal is also included.

Meet your guide on the pier of the cruise ship terminal, and hop on a bus to begin your narrated journey to the Mendenhall Glacier. Your guide will speak about Juneau and point out any wildlife you may catch a glimpse of on your way. Once at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center, you will have plenty of time to indulge in a self-guided tour of the grounds. Explore one of the hiking trails, or listen to one of the US Forest Service Rangers speak about the ecology of the spectacular ice wall that is world-renowned.

After you've spent some time exploring the Mendenhall Glacier, take a drive out to Auke Bay to begin your whale watching expedition. Humpback whales spend their summer in Juneau feeding on thousands of krill a day. Your captain and naturalist will search for just the right spot to see humpback whales, orcas, and maybe even a sea lion or two!

Finish your day with a mouth-watering feast at the Juneau Salmon Bake! This Alaskan-style backyard barbecue was made famous on the Food Network and has been grilling up perfection since 1978. Enjoy the views of the Tongass Rainforest as you feast on Alderwood-grilled wild salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, wild rice pilaf, hot clam chowder, a selection of side dishes, salads, and homemade blueberry cake for dessert. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

This tour is not available to Quantum of the Seas passengers sailing May-August for the 2024 season due to a short, 7-hour long, port call.

Things You Need to Know

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Narrated transfer to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center
  • Whale watching cruise with onboard naturalist
  • All-you-can-eat salmon buffet

Requirements:

  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 6.25 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal)

  • 1 hour - self-guided tour at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center
  • 2 hours - whale watching cruise
  • 1 hour - at the Juneau Salmon Bake
  • 1 hour - roundtrip narrated transportation
  • The sequence of the tour may vary

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets in front of the Goldbelt Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility and wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to take steps onto the bus and the boat. Limited storage is available for collapsible wheelchairs and motorized scooters. Equipment would need to be broken down and able to fit through the bus door and be light enough to be lifted onto the bus. The large dining area during the salmon bake portion of the tour has plenty of room for wheelchairs to maneuver. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible or motorized equipment will be required on tour. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests the day of.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The whale watching boat holds a maximum capacity of 48 passengers.

Yes! There is a restroom onboard the whale watching vessel.

-Full Menu-
Clam Chowder (served upon arrival)
Coleslaw
Salmon Caesar Salad
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans with Reindeer Sausage
Au Gratin Potatoes
Pasta Salad
Corn Bread
Blueberry Cake
Alder Smoked Sockeye Salmon
BBQ Ribs
Roasted Marshmallows
Water, Lemonade, Coffee, Tea, Apple Cider
Beer, Wine, & Soda (for purchase)

Gluten Free Items:
Clam Chowder
Cole Slaw
Salmon Caesar Salad
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans with Reindeer Sausage
Steamed White Rice*
Au Gratin Potatoes
Alder Smoked Salmon
Roasted Marshmallows

Vegetarian Items:
Cole Slaw
Caesar Salad*
Beet Salad
Pickles and Olives
Baked Beans*
Steamed White Rice*
Corn Bread
Blueberry Cake

Please note that anything with an asterisk needs to be requested at least 72 hours in advance in order to ensure it's available. If you would like to request any of these items, please leave us a comment at checkout.

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

This tour operates rain or shine. However, all tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

All tours pick up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

This tour meets at the Goldbelt Mt Robert's Tramway building, which is located at the main cruise ship terminal. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation.

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

 

Guest Reviews

4.8

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Richard S

On Jun 2024

We loved our time on this excursion. The salmon bake was much better than expected. The food was fantastic and there is a little side hike to a waterfall. The glacier was a bit of a disappointment. Many of the descriptions make it seem as if you'll walk on or near the glacier. You can see if from a distance, but you won't get near it. Also, we found the time at the glacier to be way too short to even do the hike that gets you closest to the glacier. Whale watching was wonderful. We had the opportunity to see several whales and sea lions. Overall, it was completely worth it.

Cheree C

On Jun 2024

I wish we had more time at the Mendenhall glacier, only 1 hour. Tour guide on the bus didn't have very much knowledge about the area. Otherwise it was a great day!

William W

On May 2024

Enjoyed the opportunity to experience all 3 of these highlights in Juneau but probably would consider only 2 of the 3 in the future due to amount of time. It felt a little rushed to get back to the boat even though we still had 1 hour before we had to be onboard. Enjoyed the whale watching and did get to see whales and seals. The glacier visit was 50 minutes so if you want to hike to Nugget Falls you must go at a very quick pace. We took pictures from the viewing area so it was fine. The salmon bake was fine although we would probably skip it next time since you get similar food onboard or in port.

Patti H

On May 2024

This was a magnificent day. God granted us a beautiful day for viewing the whales plus a wave or flock of bald eagles that flew over us at least 25 it was extremely exciting to see. The two young ladies were so wonderful in the time we had together. They knew there stuff and were awesome. The salmon bake was so so nice. The venue was very special and the food was great. Thank you for the best day we had in Alaska. Awesome.

Connie D

On Sep 2023

Ooh my goodness! This was the first time we booked excursions outside of our cruise company and we are SO glad we did!! Our driver, Darius was AMAZING!! I can't say enough great things about him. He is so knowledgeable and has tons of information and history that he shared between destinations. He gave us little "tasks" to find out about history.... For instance, when we stopped at the Mendenhall Glacier, He told us to go into the visitor center and ask about Romeo. On the whale watching tour, Libby and Captain Lee we're both THE BEST tour hosts!! Libby was so informative and her jokes were spot on! Captain Lee made sure that we got the best experience possible and we saw SO many whales!!! The salmon bake was phenomenal!!! The food was amazing and when we went to leave, the lady working the drink station told us that we HAD to make a S'more before we left. This was something we weren't aware we could do!! The waterfall is breathtaking and the environment was beautiful ❤️ We couldn't be happier with our experience and will certainly use your services in the future when returning to Alaska!

$279.00

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$279.00

Duration: 6.25 hours

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Duration: 6.25 hours



Adult (13+): $279.00

Child (4-12): $199.00

Lap Child (Under 4): $139.00

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