Alaska & Pacific Coast General Information
Disney Cruise Line hand picks shore excursions (Disney Cruise Line calls them Port Adventures) to allow the guest to experience a representative selection of what each port has to offer. Shore excursions can vary by cruise depending on the season and the times the ship will be in port. Options available for your specific voyage can be found on Disney Cruise Line’s website after booking.
Port Adventures range in price from under $50 to nearly $4,000 apiece. There is an adventure for every budget. There are hundreds of options and combinations available for each cruise. While some Port Adventures require a high level of mobility, there are others that are completely handicap accessible. Most Port Adventures are run by third-party companies, but Disney Cruise Lines makes these experiences great by coordinating with the companies to ensure that the ship’s schedule aligns with the Port Adventures. This way if something goes wrong and you miss a Port Adventure you can get a full refund. Port adventures can be booked online at the time of booking your cruise and anytime after. For questions regarding your Disney Cruise call (800) 951- 3532 or contact your travel agent.
While there are hundreds of available options, here is a sample of a few Port Adventures that are currently available on the Alaskan and Pacific Coasts.
Whale Watching – Drive to Auke Bay for a three hour, once in a lifetime experience. Whale watching aboard a catamaran specifically designed for wildlife viewing. An expert on the subject will explain the animals you encounter and give some insight on what their lives are all about. Animals you will see include (not limited to) Humpback & Killer whales, sea lions, seals, bald eagles, and much more. This shore excursion even guarantees $100 back if guests do not get to see the wales. It’s worth noting that not one refund has been required for the last 15 years!
Disney Exclusive Glacier Dog Musher for a Day – Take off on a helicopter for a 20-minute ride soaring high above the massive Juneau ice field. See glaciers in differing stages. You will land on Norris Glacier to a welcome from the crew at Alaska Heli Mush. Here you will meet the sled dogs of the Iditarod. Tour the camp and see the behind-the-scenes areas of the camp. You will help prepare the dog team for a day of mushing ahead. You will help prepare the dogs’ meal and brush their coats. You will participate in the dogs’ wellness check and help your musher harness and boot your dog team for the trail.
Deluxe Tour of Juneau – Board the bus for a tour of Juneau that will take you to several areas of interest: Mendenhall Glacier recreation area, Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, and the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour – Set sail on the Aleutian Ballad and head toward the waters of the Inside Passage and Annette Bay. Watch the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen fish for halibut, rock fish, shark, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, whales, sea lions, and seals. One of the highlights of the tour is the hauling in of the 700-pound king crab pots. The entire catch is put in an on-deck aquarium allowing for an up-close look. Next comes the barrel pot fishing demonstration in which octopus and wolf eels are common catches.
Disney Exclusive Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour and Dinner – Set sail on the Aleutian Ballad and head toward the waters of the Inside Passage and Annette Bay. Watch the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen fish for halibut, rock fish, shark, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, whales, sea lions, and seals. One of the highlights of the tour is the hauling in of the 700-pound king crab pots. All the catch is put in an on-deck aquarium allowing for an up-close look. Next comes the barrel pot fishing demonstration in which octopus and wolf eels are common catches. Once back to port, your VIP experience will begin with a visit to the wheelhouse where the captain will explain the ship’s navigation equipment. You will then get to tour the rest of the Aleutian Ballad including the engine room and crew quarters. When it is time for dinner, you will dine on deck while the crew tells more behind-the-scenes stories with demonstrations of life, living, and working on the Bering Sea.
Exclusive Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show – Meet your escort and walk 10 minutes to the show site. Enjoy the action-packed performance that has special segments exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Meet the lumberjacks after the show to get photos and autographs.
Totems, Exclusive Lumberjack Show, and Potlatch Park Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Board a bus for a 20-minute drive to Potlatch Park, a recreated Native village. Learn about the culture and daily life of Alaska’s Natives. Watch a Native carver to learn totem carving. Children may join Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities Counselors to paint their own wooden feather that will be added later to a totem being designed for Disney Cruise Line guests. Re-board the bus to travel back to view the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.
San Francisco, California
Fire Engine Tour – Hop aboard a Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine (open air) for a fun narrated tour of San Francisco. Travel through the Presidio to Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Travel over the Golden Gate Bridge and stop at Fort Baker for a photo opportunity. Travel back over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Union Street neighborhood to return to the pier.
Walt Disney Family Museum – Travel on an air conditioned bus along the Embarcadero, toward the Presidio. Spend 3 hours exploring the Walt Disney Family Museum before traveling back to the pier.
Walt Disney Family Museum and Views of San Francisco – Travel on an air conditioned bus along the Embarcadero, toward the Presidio. You will have 2 hours to explore the Walt Disney Family Museum before re-boarding the bus. You will then travel to Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. There will be a few stops for photo opportunities.
Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience – Board a bus for a tour through Skagway’s historical downtown. You will stop at Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake that was named for the journalists who came to Alaska to report on the Klondike Gold Rush. At the Liarsville Hippodrome a cast of characters will entertain you with a puppet show that tells tales of the gold rush era. Learn about panning for gold and enjoy a scavenger hunt to collect the equipment you will need to pan. Some of your favorite Disney characters will join you on your hunt for gold. Everyone is guaranteed to find gold in their pan. Next, gather around the campfire and roast marshmallows or take a photo with your Disney friends. Next comes an all-you-care-to-eat feast that includes wild Alaskan-caught salmon, among other favorites.
Klondike Rock Climbing and Rappelling – A 15-minute trip takes you through Skagway and to the White Pass Gold Trail. A short hike leads to the rock face carved by retreating glaciers. Put on your rock climbing gear and harness and get ready to set off on your journey. There are over a dozen climbing routes to choose from, and each one ends with an amazing view of the Skagway River. You may also choose to try the 70-foot rappel.
Musher’s Camp & Sled Dog Experience – Your guides will tell you details of the Gold Rush history during the 40-minute trip to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Here you will switch to 4×4 vehicles to be driven up 1.5 miles of off-road trails to reach the musher’s camp. At the top, you will meet the dogs and climb into a wheeled sled that is specially made for the snowless summers. The dogs will pull you a mile along a wooded trail. You will meet a dog musher and learn about all the hard work and preparation that goes into training a dog team. Before leaving, you will get to spend some free time with the dogs.
Victoria, British Columbia
Wine, Cider, & Spirits on the Island (Adults Only) – This tour is only on select sailings. Ride in an air conditioned bus through the countryside for about 40 minutes on the way to Sea Cider House. Learn about cider making and enjoy the orchard-to-ocean view from the Ciderhouse before boarding the bus to continue to the Church & State Winery. The Church & State Winery is the largest wine estate on Vancouver Island. Enjoy a tour and a tasting of local wines paired with different cheese, smoked meats, and chocolate. Then, hop aboard the bus bound for Victoria Spirits, maker of Victoria Gin. Taste some of their production during this tour. Other production there includes vodka, whiskey, bitters, and wine.
Butchart Gardens & Short City Drive (Adult-Only Departure) – Board a bus and travel about 20 minutes through Victoria to Butchart Gardens, a National Historical Site of Canada. You will see Victoria’s Chinatown, Marine Drive, and Olde Towne during this drive. Enjoy a 90-minute self-guided tour of Butchart Gardens.
Grand City Tour & Empress Tea – Board an air conditioned bus for an hour tour of the sites of Victoria. You will visit the Empress Hotel for a traditional tea service, including fine pastries, sweets, and tasty sandwiches.
Ocean Wildlife & Orca Exploration – A high-speed catamaran or a single-hulled vessel will take you out on the waters to search for wildlife. Wildlife sightings may include (but are not guaranteed): seals, porpoise, dolphins, and even Orcas. You may even see eagles, great blue herons, and other water birds. The voyage will last almost 140 minutes.
*Port adventures are operated by third party contractors who are not agents of the Disney company. Disney does not control or oversee these contractors. All times given are approximate times. Please verify guest requirements and suggestions for each port adventure.