Alaska Cruise 2012: Juneau

(Back to Part Five…)

Our next port-of-call: Juneau. Also the only one of the three shore days for which we did not pre-plan any excursions, so we would make up the day as we went along.

Guess which stateroom is ours?

Juneau itself, at first glance, is filled wall to wall and sidewalk to sidewalk with souvenir and gift shops. Since we weren’t trinket hunting, we decided to get out of town a bit. Our destination: the Mount Roberts Tramway, an aerial gondola that takes you to the top of (duh) Mount Roberts on the outskirts of the city. The views were, to put it mildly, quite impressive…

A virtual cruise ship traffic jam in Juneau, as seen from the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Downtown Juneau, as seen from the Mount Roberts Tramway.

After making our way down on the tramway, it was off to the second half of our make-it-up-on-the-fly day trip: Mendenhall Glacier, a not-too-lengthy shuttle bus trip outside the city, where we spent the rest of the afternoon just hiking and wandering (two things we excel at given the time and opportunity).

Mendenhall Glacier. It looks close, but we’re still across the lake from it…

Nugget Falls, next to Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau.

One more shore day left on this trip. Next stop: Ketchikan…