Which Are the Most Popular Cruise Excursions in Juneau?


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The most popular cruise excursions in Juneau, Alaska are a helicopter flight and dogsled tour across the ancient Juneau snowfields, a whale watching boating tour in Auke Bay, a rainforest zip-lining adventure, and a number of icefield and glacier tours by coach, floatplane, helicopter or dogsled. There is also a popular small-group kayak tour to view brown bears at Pack Creek or Windfall Harbor on Admiralty Island.

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Each excursion starts from the main cruise ship terminal at the southern end of downtown Juneau. Travelers choosing the helicopter flight and dogsled excursion are transported to the helipad and experience a 15 to 20 minute flight over glaciers to the husky dog camp. From here they set off on a dogsled ride during which they have the chance to drive a team of Alaskan huskies. In addition to seeing humpback and killer whales, travelers joining the whale watching boat trip can see a range of Southeast Alaskan wildlife such as seals, bald eagles, bears and deer. The zip-lining excursions take travelers above the treetops using a series of zip-lines and may also involve walking across suspension bridges and following nature trails.

Travelers are advised to book early for tours to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, as the National Forest Service restricts the number of visitors and awards exclusive and limited permits to tour operators. Travelers should read the special instructions before booking any excursions as some are subject to age restrictions, or weight and fitness requirements.

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