Cruising2Alaska.com is offering special discounts on Alaska cruise shore excursions for 2016!
We offer three packages which each include a tour in different ports of call during your Alaska Cruise or Cruisetour. For more information contact your Alaska Specialist via email.
Best of Juneau and Ketchikan Package #1
Package Cost is $109.00 US Per Person, Including Tax
Juneau - JUNEAU CITY AND MENDENHALL GLACIER TOUR
Juneau is one of the most unique state capitals in the United States. Although Juneau isnít an island, it is land locked, and you can only get to it by air or sea. This exciting half-day program will give you an orientation of Juneau, and a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor's Center. Your tour begins in the historical downtown district, where you will see the streets lined with gift shops, jewelry shops, king crab shacks and local fish restaurants. The tour will take you right by the Governorís Mansion, the State Capitol, and the world-famous Red Dog Saloon.
Departing the downtown area, you will make your way north to the Valley Area and the Mendenhall Glacier. Along the way you will see boat harbors filled with Alaskan fishing boats, as well as boathouses and the Mendenhall Wetland Refuge. On clear days, you can see the majestic Chilkat Mountains in the distance. Once you arrive at the park, you will have some time to walk around the Visitor Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier. The Visitorís Center hosts exhibits as well as a short film about the Juneau Icefields. Admission to the Visitor Center is included in the price of the tour.
For those guests feeling more adventurous in their Mendenhall Glacier Excursions, there are several short hiking paths and walking trails around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town. The tour comes to an end with a stop at famous Douglas Island, a historic mining community, for photo opportunities and panoramic views across the ocean to downtown Juneau. You will then arrive back to the main cruise ship terminal.
Ketchikan - SAXMAN NATIVE VILLAGE AND KETCHIKAN TOUR
This quick two-hour guided tour includes sights in the Ketchikan area, photo stops, and time at Saxman Native Village. Enjoy the city tour aboard a San Francisco-style trolley or motor coach. The views are outstanding as you travel past the rustic waterfront, boat harbors and the picturesque city park. You will stop near one of Ketchikan's private salmon canneries, where eagles are almost always in attendance. See a salmon ladder and watch salmon spring from the rushing water en route to the spawning grounds (late July through September). A stop will also be made for a brief introduction to a rainforest.
At Saxman Native Village, you'll gaze and be amazed at the world's largest standing collection of totem poles. You will hear the legends and stories of these ancient and majestic totem poles, and learn how and why they were made. You will also make an exterior-only visit to the Clan House, where your guide will explain some of the many carved figures. You will then have a short amount of free time to visit the Village Store and Artists Co-op, where authentic arts and crafts are made by Saxman Natives. This tour does not include carving or native performances. Once back in town, a stop will be made at Historic Creek Street. This was Ketchikan's former busy red light district, and is now home to the world-famous Dolly's House Museum. Guests can choose to either end the tour here (approximately 10 minutes' walk from the cruise pier) or be returned to the pier. Your tour includes a ticket to Dolly's House Museum.
Best of Alaska Nature Package #2
Package Cost is $388.00 US Per Person, Including Tax
Juneau - WHALES AND MENDENHALL GLACIER
Alaska's spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier, all in a half-day program on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed. Your adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.
You will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer. Returning to the pier, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included) you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. You can walk around the Visitor's Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, or view exhibits as well as a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.
Ketchikan - ZIPLINE ADVENTURE PARK
Your excursion begins as you board your motor coach for a scenic, narrated 25 minute drive out of downtown Ketchikan to Knudson Cove, an "off the beaten track" waterfront property in the Tongass National Forest-your playground for the next 2 hours. Before you begin, professional guides will instruct and outfit you with the best safety equipment in an open air forest pavilion. Then the adventure begins as gravity pulls you along seven zip lines. You will catch glimpses of bald eagles and the ocean below as you glide through old growth cedars, fly into an ancient tree onto the Eagle's Nest Platform, traverse a swaying log, swing across rope loops, feel the speed and acceleration of landing on a one of a kind ocean platform located 50' over the water, and finally the rush of zipping to the ground.
Once back on ground, if you still haven't had enough, head over to the 50-foot climbing tower where guides will show you techniques needed to climb to the top. A circular staircase inside the tower enables others to climb up, take in the mountain and ocean views, and snap photos of climbers proudly ringing the bell at the top of the wall. Donít worry! These ziplines are easy. There is no hand braking. Braking systems are state of the art. For the less adventurous members of your party, guides can assist you to skip elements. After your adventure, there is time to shop for souvenirs before boarding your motor coach for the return drive back to the pier. Ready to zip? Then come out and zip! Don't miss out on this unique and supernatural rainforest canopy experience with Ketchikanís most experienced adventure company.
Skagway - SCENIC SKAGWAY FLOAT
Setting out from the downtown area on your family-friendly Scenic Skagway Float excursion, enjoy a 10-mile drive along the coast to the beautiful Dyea Valley, home to an old Gold Rush settlement now returned to nature. On the drive, you may spot seals and eagles and your driver will share some information on the area's history and nature
Upon arrival at the put-in location, you will get your flotation vest before boarding the rubber raft with your captain/guide. Along with your group of at most 10 guests, you will sit back and let your guide do the paddling. They will point out wildlife, native plants and tell stories of the areaís fascinating history as you float down the gentle Taiya River. Float time is approximately 40 - 45 minutes on the river depending on the current. After the rafting enjoy a riverside snack. Time permitting, you will also stop at the Skagway scenic overlook for a panoramic view of the town after the float.
Best of Alaska Adventure Package #3
Package Cost is $699.00 US Per Person, Including Tax
Juneau - WHALE WATCHING CRUISE
Your Whale Watching Cruise adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck that provide an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings. You will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer. Returning to the pier, your transportation will take you back to downtown Juneau.
Ketchikan - MISTY FJORDS FLIGHTSEEING
The Misty Fjords National Monument has been carved to impressive perfection by millions of years of glacial activity. On this popular flightseeing tour, it will take you only the blink of an eye to appreciate nature's handiwork. The Misty Fjords National Monument is a 2.3-million acre piece of pristine wilderness that must be viewed by floatplane to truly take in its majesty: soaring cliffs, saw-tooth ridges blanketed in trademark mists, sky-blue lakes, endless waterfalls, icy saltwater fjords and miles of glacier-carved gorges.
While you take in the enormity of the Misty Fjords National Monument from above, you will listen to information on the area, as well as appropriate music over your noise-reducing headphones. While taking you on the most scenic flight possible based on that day's weather conditions, your pilot will keep an eye open for wildlife below. While wildlife spotting is never guaranteed, keep scanning the scenery below, where you may see creatures big and small, from burly brown bears to agile mountain goats; from harbor seals to humpback whales. Depending on the visibility that day, your pilot usually tries to stay approximately 1000 feet above the scenery, offering you the best up-close view from a safe distance. Maximum altitude reached is approximately 4,000 feet above sea level. A water landing on a mountain lake for photos and reflection is included.
The Spectacular Misty Fjords Tour is a must-see flightseeing experience that will provide a lifetime of memories. For safety reasons, talking to the pilot during the flight is not possible. Questions can be asked while at the lake landing and after the flight. Total flying time, including the water landing time, is approximately 1.5 hours.
Skagway - HELICOPTER GLACIER DISCOVERY
Take an exhilarating ride above majestic Skagway glaciers on this once-in-a-lifetime Alaska shore excursion adventure. Leave the stresses of civilization behind as you discover the infinite beauty of Alaska's remote glaciers on this Skagway helicopter tour. The knowledgeable and friendly heliport staff will guide you as you climb aboard your helicopter and take off from the historic Skagway waterfront. Stunning views are ahead as you venture into a rugged region of sheer mountains, splendid valleys and massive glaciers. Your experienced pilot will maneuver you past breathtaking expanses of nature as your Alaska helicopter excursion hovers past natural wonders like the jagged peaks towering over the Chilkat Glacier, the cascading waterfalls surrounding the Ferebee Glacier, or the spectacular river of ice known as the Meade Glacier. Flight routes and landing zones are selected daily to ensure a truly unique experience that delivers views unlike anything else in the world.
After your Alaska helicopter glacier discovery tour, you will actually land on a glacier to experience how massive these ice formations are up close. Once you have reached your destination, you will be given the extraordinary opportunity to explore one of Mother Nature's greatest marvels. Enjoy the walking tour of a lifetime as your experienced glacier guide answers all of your questions and shows you examples of the awesome forces of nature at work. After about 40 minutes exploring the cool colors of the glaciers, crevasses and ice rivers up close, your Skagway helicopter excursion lifts off to give you a bird's eye view of the vast natural beauty of Alaska. Youíll spend about 40 minutes in the helicopter, but times may vary due to weather and glacier conditions. Donít miss this experience of a lifetime to see nature's breathtaking ice sculptures both high above their peaks and with the ice and snow crunching under your boots. Itís an Alaskan Adventure you will never forget. Sign up today because space is limited.
For more information please contact your Alaska Specialist via email.