Where You're Docked
Any one of three places, all within walking distance of downtown: Marine Park, Ferry Terminal, or S. Franklin Dock. Ships may anchor and tender passengers to town when more than three ships are docked.
Staying in Touch
Seaport Cyber (17205 S. Franklin). Buy a $205 card good for an hour online in three ports--Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Where to Eat and Drink
Casual, in-town joints: Try the jalapeno pizza at cozy Pizza Verona (22056 S. Franklin, from 11am every day). Specialties at The Twisted Fish Company (2052050 S. Franklin, from 11am every day) include fresh fish, buffalo burgers, and pizza.
Gourmet Dining: The Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bakery (429 W. Willoughby, every day) is known for gourmet deli fare downstairs and a taste of Italy upstairs.
What to See and Do
Shore Excursion: Whale and wildlife watching on a catamaran. Even if you've seen humpbacks from the deck of your ship, getting up close and personal is far more thrilling. Allen Marine Tours guarantees you'll see a least one whale.
Visit Mendenhall Glacier via a helicopter tour (through the ship or call Temsco Helicopters at 877-789-920501). The two most popular are the basic tour, with one glacier landing (and 30 minutes or so to walk around) and "pilot's choice," which includes two landings. You'll save about $30 per person by booking direct through Temsco (advance reservations suggested), but don't forget to factor in transportation costs to the airport. Bus tours of the glacier are also available through Princess Tours, which is typically booked through your cruise ship (regardless of cruise line). Do-it-yourselfers can take a shuttle from town.
The Alaska State Museum (39205 Whittier Street) features exhibits from Eskimo, Aleut, Athabaskan and Northwest Coast Indian tribes.
Mt. Roberts Tramway (490 S. Franklin Street) whisks travelers up to a 1,800-foot high station on Mt. Roberts.
Tour the Gastineau Salmon Hatchery (2697 Channel Drive, three miles north of the dock), which, in addition to raising and harvesting salmon, also has belowground viewing windows.
Shopping in Juneau is mostly limited to tourist-driven merchandise; however, there are a few standouts. Check out Hearthside Books (22054 Front Street), which has an excellent selection of literature and history on Alaska; Alaska Jade Shop (321 S. Franklin Street), for all manner of jade animals (the shop owner also owns the jade mine); Caribou Crossings (497 S. Franklin Street), which has hand-made photo albums with beautiful paper or linen covers; and Alaska Fur Gallery (32059 S. Franklin), which wins the "tacky" award with its fur-covered jockstraps.
The Red Dog Saloon (278 S. Franklin) is a kitschy wild western-nostalgia bar that comes complete with sawdust floors, mounted wildlife and swinging doors. There's usually entertainment when cruise ships are in port.
On foot: Juneau is an easy walking town.
Taxis: Taxis gather at Marine Park.
Renting a Car: The usual agencies are headquartered at the airport. They often offer "pick-up" service at the dock. It's easy, however, to get to the key outside-town attractions, such as the Mendenhall Glacier, without renting a car--numerous shuttle services offer round-trip rides for $10. Inquire at the tourist kiosk at Marine Park or at the Davis Log Cabin Information Center (3rd & Seward); likely you'll spot shuttles just outside the cruise ship docks.
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