Juneau’s cruise port sits right alongside the historic downtown area, within walking distance of seafood restaurants and frontier-themed shops. There’s plenty to see and do right off the boat in the state capital, but the port also serves as a jumping-off point for excursions to Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaskan wilderness.
Passengers docking at the busy Juneau cruise port have a host of options to choose from. A popular choice combines a city tour of the former mining town with a trip to the nearby Mendenhall Glacier, located 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of the city. For animal lovers, the port serves as a departure point for whale-watching excursions in scenic Auke Bay, and the nearby Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area protects the highest concentration of brown bears on the planet. Adventure travelers can spend their time in port white water rafting or ziplining on Douglas Island, while cultural options include gold mining excursions or traditional Alaskan salmon bakes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most Juneau shore excursions include round-trip transportation from the Juneau port.
- Guided tours from the Juneau port typically last anywhere from three to eight hours, depending on the activities chosen.
- Book a private, customizable tour to make sure you don’t miss any of the sights on your list.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection and bug repellent ashore with you.
How to Get to Juneau from the Juneau Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at three different areas, all within walking distance of Downtown Juneau. Larger ships tend to dock near South Franklin Street (near the Mount Roberts Tramway), while smaller vessels dock next to the floatplanes. A third dock sits at the south end of town.
Juneau averages 220 days of rain each year, so be sure to dress for the weather. The official currency is the US dollar, and there are ATMs and banks located throughout town.