RCCL has several excursions that say "Mendenhall glacier". Since I don't want to take a helicopter I thought this was a good choice:
Mendenhall Glacier and Salmon Hatchery Tour
Approximate Duration: 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Adult: 37.00 (USD)**|**Child: 23.00 (USD)
Discover the city of Juneau with the help of an experienced local driver/guide who will tell you about the history of Juneau's gold rush era as you depart downtown. Visit the Macauley Salmon Hatchery where you see adult spawning salmon (late June through September) or have the opportunity to feed immature salmon fry (May through early June). Learn about the unique and fascinating reproductive cycles of Pacific salmon. See museum-quality exhibits that detail the hatchery's annual production of over 150 million salmon and numerous aquariums showcasing local marine wildlife.
Mendenhall Glacier is a huge glacier, 1.5 miles wide and hundreds of feet thick, fed by a 1,500-square-mile ice field outside Juneau. This meandering river of compressed blue ice ranks as the largest, most rugged glacier accessible by road. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, along with the U.S. Forest Service staff, offers a wealth of information on glaciers. It is the perfect vantage point for taking photos of this world-famous sight. Returning to Juneau, you'll visit the Chapel by the Lake, a little log church with a truly inspirational view of Auke Lake and Mendenhall Glacier.
Someone indicated on this tour - you don't get to be on the glacier - just see it.
I would never consider any ships tours such as this. You can get one at the dock in the $20 range. Absolutely true- you will view Mendenhall from across the lake, no access. The hatchery has a short tour and relatively small amount of inside exhibits. Great fish ladder though. You can also get to this easily via city bus.
MGT has a shuttle bus that will take you to Mendenhall and back for $10. And the shuttle runs every half hour so you can spend as much time there as you like. When taking a scheduled tour you only have a short time there and most people complain that it's not long enough. And last year they gave coupons that gave you a free city tour too. We didn't have time to do the second tour, but I'm sure it would have been similar to the expensive ones through the ship.
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Our whale watching expedition shuttle driver dropped us off about 1 mile from Mendenhall and we walked there and then took the blue bus back into town. The busses leave from town and last year it was $5pp ea way. This way we were on our own schedule to spend as much time as we wanted at the glacier. Granted, unless you go on a helicopter tour and land on the glacier, you can't get close to it, but there are some nearby trails that you can hike if you have time -- which, we did not unfortunately.