We are loking at the floatplane out of Juneau. Hubby wants to do this one and does not want to do a helicopter. Saw too much of those in the Navy! He wants to fly over the glaciers. But not me!
Also could book it direct with SE Aviation out of Ketchikan as we have more daylight time there. More costly though and no guarantee enough others will book the glacier for the minimum to be reached. I figured booking on the ship would be safer because they probably would not have the problem with reaching minimums but would make time tight in Juneau.
In Juneau we only will be in port from 2pm - 11pm. Not many daylight hours in Sept. and we want to go to Mendanhall and we want to check out the par 3 golf course there (both on our own) so I am not sure we have the time for a 1 hr flight,especially if it's not as soon as we get there. That's the reason for asking about times.
In Skagway we want to do a Yukon tour either through the ship or independent. So that will be a full day probably, especially if we do the one from Frontier that include wheeled sled dog run.
We cruised on the Spirit earlier this summer. We only did one tour booked through
the ship. This was the Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest out of Sitka. By booking through the ship you can get on this tour directly from the ship. Most of the Spirit tours have a morning and afternoon booking time, however I'm not sure about flight tours (they may be even more specific on times).
I would look into Skagway- there are no glaciers that are close enough for a one hour flightseeing out of Ketchikan with ANY comparism to the Juneau icefield. I have flown out of Skagway and had good glacier viewing via plane- but frankly- no way near the excellent viewing from a helicopter- I have done probably over 30 flights in Alaska and the glaicer flightseeing via plane isn't in the top ten.
The Juneau flights are 1 hour. Out of Ketchikan they all say 2 -2.5 hours. The only one I see out of Skayway offering this is Sagway Air. Are they any good? Dolly Varden also offers a tour out of Skagway but I assume they use Skagway Air.? Thanks for the advice about helicopters being better but my husband has his mind set so I am just collecting the facts.