Juneau Gold Panning Excursion Reviews

Relive Juneau’s gold rush history and pan for gold in an authentic setting with “guaranteed gold” for everyone!
Learnt a lot of the past ways and excellent salmon bake lunch.
Sail Date: June 2019
Learnt a lot of the past ways and excellent salmon bake lunch.
Learnt a lot of the past ways and excellent salmon bake lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was a fun activity.
Sail Date: May 2019
This was a fun activity. We learned a little bit about panning for gold and then went to a very nice salmon bake. The food was good and there was a beautiful waterfall about 100 feet from the salmon bake area.
This was a fun activity. We learned a little bit about panning for gold and then went to a very nice salmon bake. The food was good and there was a beautiful waterfall about 100 feet from the salmon bake area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My dad had a lot of fun learning how to pan for gold and finding a little at the mine.
Sail Date: May 2019
My dad had a lot of fun learning how to pan for gold and finding a little at the mine.
My dad had a lot of fun learning how to pan for gold and finding a little at the mine. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour guide was good and provided tons of good information but the excursion was short and ...
Sail Date: May 2019
The tour guide was good and provided tons of good information but the excursion was short and seemed like the gold flake was probably seeded into the prepared pans.
The tour guide was good and provided tons of good information but the excursion was short and seemed like the gold flake was probably seeded into the prepared pans. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Interesting.
Sail Date: May 2019
Interesting. Everyone is guaranteed to find a few flakes of gold as the pans of dirt are pre-packed.
Interesting. Everyone is guaranteed to find a few flakes of gold as the pans of dirt are pre-packed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the only rainy, foggy day of our cruise.
Sail Date: September 2018
This was the only rainy, foggy day of our cruise. My hubby went gold panning and felt like it was a good glimpse at the process. He felt like it was worth it and provided some history. He said the food at the salmon bake was okay but pay ... Read More
This was the only rainy, foggy day of our cruise. My hubby went gold panning and felt like it was a good glimpse at the process. He felt like it was worth it and provided some history. He said the food at the salmon bake was okay but pay attention to which bus to take back to the ships. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tundra Tim our guide was awesome, the panning a bit fake, but fun The Alaskan Salmon bake was ...
Sail Date: September 2018
Tundra Tim our guide was awesome, the panning a bit fake, but fun The Alaskan Salmon bake was disappointing, boney fish, cold beans and potatoes
Tundra Tim our guide was awesome, the panning a bit fake, but fun The Alaskan Salmon bake was disappointing, boney fish, cold beans and potatoes Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
HAL-purchased Gold Panning/Alaska Salmon Bake excursion.
Sail Date: August 2018
HAL-purchased Gold Panning/Alaska Salmon Bake excursion. "Tundra Tom" collected us and took us to a creek for gold panning. We all found a few flecks (retained in small vials) and boarded the bus after admiring the creek and ... Read More
HAL-purchased Gold Panning/Alaska Salmon Bake excursion. "Tundra Tom" collected us and took us to a creek for gold panning. We all found a few flecks (retained in small vials) and boarded the bus after admiring the creek and nearby waterfall. Next stop was the salmon bake, an outdoor venue in the woods (also with a creek). Rain moved off, but they had covered picnic tables and portable heaters. Salmon cooked on wood planks and sides served buffet style. Not gourmet by any means but all was tasty. Coffee and dessert were lacking, with help slow to replenish. Marshmallows were offered for roasting over a campfire, but that was a challenge given the recent rain (we just had smoke). A quick tour of creek and waterfall and we were in line for the bus, which took us right back to our ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I learned a lot and tried the gold panning for the first time of my life.
Sail Date: August 2018
I learned a lot and tried the gold panning for the first time of my life.
I learned a lot and tried the gold panning for the first time of my life. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great excursion, enjoyed the salmon bake and the port, more typical cruise stores but this had ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Great excursion, enjoyed the salmon bake and the port, more typical cruise stores but this had locally owned places we bought things at.
Great excursion, enjoyed the salmon bake and the port, more typical cruise stores but this had locally owned places we bought things at. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The gold panning adventure was quite fun.
Sail Date: June 2018
The gold panning adventure was quite fun. We got to find some gold and learn a bit about Joe Juneau and others who ventured to Alaska to find their fortune in gold.
The gold panning adventure was quite fun. We got to find some gold and learn a bit about Joe Juneau and others who ventured to Alaska to find their fortune in gold. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We found gold!
Sail Date: May 2018
We found gold! Our tour guide was delightful! And the area to which we were taken was beautiful -- in addition to the gold, we took home beautiful photos of the river and the mountains around us.
We found gold! Our tour guide was delightful! And the area to which we were taken was beautiful -- in addition to the gold, we took home beautiful photos of the river and the mountains around us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was fun, our guide had a great personality.
Sail Date: September 2017
It was fun, our guide had a great personality. None of us went home rich, but we had fun and learned how to pan for gold
It was fun, our guide had a great personality. None of us went home rich, but we had fun and learned how to pan for gold Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Even though it was raining cats and dogs and horses, we had a great time.
Sail Date: August 2017
Even though it was raining cats and dogs and horses, we had a great time. The tour guide was knowlegeable and friendly. She explained and demonstrated the process of panning and helped those who needed help. Even found a few flakes!
Even though it was raining cats and dogs and horses, we had a great time. The tour guide was knowlegeable and friendly. She explained and demonstrated the process of panning and helped those who needed help. Even found a few flakes! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The gold panning was an interesting experience, albeit in the pouring rain.
Sail Date: August 2017
The gold panning was an interesting experience, albeit in the pouring rain. Salmon bake I reviewed in my general review.
The gold panning was an interesting experience, albeit in the pouring rain. Salmon bake I reviewed in my general review. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Not much to it, it was more realistic was taken to a creak on he edge of town and panned for and ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Not much to it, it was more realistic was taken to a creak on he edge of town and panned for and hour and back to town not worth the money.
Not much to it, it was more realistic was taken to a creak on he edge of town and panned for and hour and back to town not worth the money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The exoerience of being in a gold mine was interesting for the kids.
Sail Date: June 2017
The exoerience of being in a gold mine was interesting for the kids. The guide was pretty long winded however, and his talk certainly could have been shortened especially since the mine was quite cold. The panning for gold, which ... Read More
The exoerience of being in a gold mine was interesting for the kids. The guide was pretty long winded however, and his talk certainly could have been shortened especially since the mine was quite cold. The panning for gold, which we've done before, was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
A little meh but all in all an interesting adventure into a tunnel mine atmosphere.
Sail Date: May 2017
A little meh but all in all an interesting adventure into a tunnel mine atmosphere. We wanted to see and better understand this process. The guide was great and expressed his knowledge well, it's just not very exciting...I guess you ... Read More
A little meh but all in all an interesting adventure into a tunnel mine atmosphere. We wanted to see and better understand this process. The guide was great and expressed his knowledge well, it's just not very exciting...I guess you can't make something so industrial exciting. Wish they offered hair covers before giving out used hard hats...we work in the safety industry and our customer locations offer "paper shower caps" to visitors sharing hard hats. We did pan for gold and found enough for maybe a hamburger at Mc Donalds! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Second time to do this.
Sail Date: May 2017
Second time to do this. Authentic because they take you to a stream inside the city and take the samples right from the stream bed. Everyone found gold. Feverish.
Second time to do this. Authentic because they take you to a stream inside the city and take the samples right from the stream bed. Everyone found gold. Feverish. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was SOOOO much more fun than we had anticipated.
Sail Date: September 2016
Was SOOOO much more fun than we had anticipated. We actually got to bring home some gold that we found.
Was SOOOO much more fun than we had anticipated. We actually got to bring home some gold that we found. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This Sourdough Tours was a no-frills trip to a private lot with a small side creek from the main ...
Sail Date: August 2016
This Sourdough Tours was a no-frills trip to a private lot with a small side creek from the main river. It gave us a real sense of the gold-panning life. We walked the rocky path to the creek, and squatted or knelt on the rocks to pan for ... Read More
This Sourdough Tours was a no-frills trip to a private lot with a small side creek from the main river. It gave us a real sense of the gold-panning life. We walked the rocky path to the creek, and squatted or knelt on the rocks to pan for gold. Of course the guide-provided panfuls of gravel had a bit of gold, but the real thrill was getting a shovelful straight from the creek and panning and finding a tiny nugget all by yourself. Would have loved to stay longer to find some garnets that also wash down. Would also have loved to try one of the other gold-panning tours that had stand-up sluiceboxes! Our guide was a transplanted resident and not as knowledgeable about the local area and culture as some, but the panning experience was the highlight for us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It was a total huax, but we had a lot of fun.
Sail Date: August 2016
It was a total huax, but we had a lot of fun. City is very interesting.
It was a total huax, but we had a lot of fun. City is very interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Gold panning/ salmon bake was fun, informative, and food was delicious.
Sail Date: July 2016
Gold panning/ salmon bake was fun, informative, and food was delicious. Recommended.
Gold panning/ salmon bake was fun, informative, and food was delicious. Recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
There were only two couples on the gold panning tour and our instructor Kai was excellent.
Sail Date: May 2016
There were only two couples on the gold panning tour and our instructor Kai was excellent. He provide and interesting and informative narrative traveling to and from the panning site. He also provided excellent panning instructions. My ... Read More
There were only two couples on the gold panning tour and our instructor Kai was excellent. He provide and interesting and informative narrative traveling to and from the panning site. He also provided excellent panning instructions. My wife and I both got lots of gold. The tour included a salmon bake at a beautiful location. Not to be missed and both part of the tour were well worth the cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We did the Gold panning and salmon bake excursion.
Sail Date: May 2016
We did the Gold panning and salmon bake excursion. Our guide was great and very entertaining. She told lots of stories and then gave great instruction. We also very much enjoyed the Salmon bake. I had never had salmon and was surprised to ... Read More
We did the Gold panning and salmon bake excursion. Our guide was great and very entertaining. She told lots of stories and then gave great instruction. We also very much enjoyed the Salmon bake. I had never had salmon and was surprised to find it really good! The entertainment there was great and Juan and Dave did a fantastic job with smoking the salmon and talking with us about the area. The area itself was beautiful with waterfalls and trails and a firepit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line