Port of Call: Juneau, Alaska
Alaska’s picturesque capital Juneau is located in the state’s southeast. Encircled by breathtaking glaciers, pristine waterways, lush rainforests and stunning mountain scenery, Juneau is one of America’s prettiest cities. Discover adventurous joy flights, whale watching and more in Juneau’s accessible wilderness.
Beyond the beauty, the city’s historic downtown area plays host to a number of cultural attractions including museums, art galleries, events, festivals and an abundance of local shopping. A conveniently compact city, visitors can enjoy the ease of sightseeing by foot.
The city is an extremely popular cruise destination for local and international travellers, with thousands of passengers arriving every day during the months of May to September. The Juneau port and cruise ship terminal is well equipped to cater for these influxes of passengers and can host multiple ships at the same time, with the largest berth being 305 metres. Around 450 ships dock at Juneau each year.
Located at the southern end of Juneau’s CBD, the cruise ship terminal is within walking distance of a number of tourist destinations, as well as a range of transport and tour services. The Juneau International Airport lies just 14 kilometres from the terminal.
The Juneau port and passenger terminal is well equipped to handle the vast numbers of cruise ship travellers coming into the city each year.
- Pedestrian promenade
- Visitor centre with tourist information
- Bus access and public parking
- Nearby restaurants, cafes and gift shops
- Public telephones.
Taxi and bus services are located close by, affording easy access to both the downtown district and nearby destinations. Accommodation is available at several hotels, inns and lodges in Juneau’s CBD.
How to Get Around
With its convenient downtown location, there are several ways to get to and from the terminal. Walking is popular, particularly in the CBD area, and ground transportation organised by cruise lines is within close proximity. For those interested in renting cars, most services are available at the Juneau International Airport, although some do offer pick up at the terminal area.
Travel times from the Juneau cruise ship terminal
- 10 minutes to Main Street, Juneau
- 15 minutes to Juneau Visitors Convention Bureau
- 5 minutes to Marine Park taxi area
- 15 minutes to Juneau International Airport (approx. $25)
- 15 minutes to Juneau International Airport
- 20 minutes to Mendenhall Glacier
Bus and shuttle services are a convenient way of getting to many local attractions, as well as the airport. Bus services are located within close proximity to the terminal.
- Currency - the currency in Juneau is the US Dollar. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50-cent denominations, as well as one-dollar coins. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
- Time Zone - Juneau uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is 9 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-9). During Daylight Saving Time (AKDT) it is 8 hours behind (UTC-8).
- Weather - Juneau has a mild, humid climate with warm summers and no dry season. Average temperatures range from 15 degrees Celsius in summer (June to August) to 3 degrees Celsius in winter (December to February).
- Mendenhall Glacier - located 20 kilometres from downtown Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier is the city’s most popular attraction. Rain or sunshine, the glacier is an impressive sight to behold. Venture onto one of 6 hiking trails, each offering different perspectives of the glacier. The on-site visitors centre houses various exhibits and a theatre.
- Mount Roberts Tramway - the Mount Roberts Tramway begins its spectacular ascent to the summit directly across from the terminal. On the way up take in panoramic views of the Chilkat Mountains, Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island. At the top there’s a restaurant, an educational theatre, and number of hiking trails.
- Red Dog Saloon - with a history dating back to Juneau’s mining era, Red Dog Saloon is an iconic Alaskan establishment. Situated within walking distance of the terminal, the saloon is the perfect place to grab a drink and indulge in some traditional Americana fare.
- Alaska State Museum - the popular Alaska State Museum explores Juneau’s art, history and natural world. Established in 1900, its extensive collection includes a range of historical and indigenous materials, from stuffed bears and re-created landscapes to totem poles and 3D installations. Don’t miss the life-sized eagle-nesting tree.
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