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Juneau Excursions in September

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Monroe, Connecticut
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Juneau Excursions in September

We are cruising the Inside Passage in the beginning of September. Have already booked a float plane tour of Misty Fjord with Island Wings in Ketchikan. And will most likely do the railroad trip in Scagway. Has anyone here taken either of those excursions?

That leaves us with Juno and Tracy Arm. Holland America offers a Tracy Arm catamaran trip which is rather pricey---$214/ per person. Has anyone ever done this? Is it worth the $$? As an alternative, we were thinking of either the canoe or kayak guided tour out of Juno. Any advice? Thanks!

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1. Re: Juneau Excursions in September

The Tray Arm tour is an 'add on' that I think you disemark or embark along the way to/from Juneau. Yes, it is pricey but it is a great excursion. You get way closer to the glacier than you do on the cruise ship. What is your port time in Juneau? If you are there from 7-7.30am until 7-8pm you can do the independent Tracy Arm excursion with Adventure Bound. They run a great tour but their office staff is terrible (the office is overseen by the captain's wife).

My alternative to Tracy Arm would be a whale watching tour in Juneau.

Monroe, Connecticut
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2. Re: Juneau Excursions in September

Thank you fti.. We are only in Juneau from 1:00 till 10 pm. We go into Tracy Arm in the morning as far as the cruise ship can go...this catamaran tour picks us off from the ship and then returns us to port in Juneau. It does sound like a great way to get upclose and personal to the glacier. Have you yourself taken this trip?

As far as the whale watching tour, is the beginning of Sept a good time for whales? And do you think we would see them while cruising instead of taking a designated whale watching trip?

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3. Re: Juneau Excursions in September

I will leave the Tracy Arm bit alone as I have no experience with this, but would have done this excursion from the ship had it been available on our cruise. HAL only started calling at Tracy Arm in 2009, and we cruised HAL in 2008.

From the ship you might only spot the odd blow from a distance and would need to be on deck for long periods to perhaps get a sighting. The dedicated whale watch trips will be guaranteed to see whales, even in September, and are permitted to be as close to them as 100 yards. The boat skippers all communicate with each other so that when the whales are spotted the information is conveyed to all of the other boats who then converge to that location.

Be aware though that you might only see blows and perhaps a tail fluke, and to witness them bubble feeding would be a rare treat.

Do not book through the ship as they will do the excursion on boats with up to 100/150 passengers. Harv and Marv are the most popular providers, using 6 passengers boats (6 packs) and also Orca Enterprises taking up to 20 passengers. These provide a far more personal experience, and Harv & Marv give 30 mins longer on the water.

Juneau, Alaska
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4. Re: Juneau Excursions in September

You are more likely to see whales from a whale watching tour than from the ship, and the ship can't get as close or stay as long as the whale watching boats do. And yes, the whales are still here then.

I would hesitate to book a kayak or canoe trip in September, when weather tends to be wet and windy.

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