We decided not to use the cruise ship tours since we had heard they really didn't let you have enough time at the Glacier to really enjoy it, so we opted to take the local tour bus. THe Blue Bus cost about $15 per person for a round trip ticket to the Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. It was as others said, a big school bus painted blue (albeit it had hanging handles and overhead rails to hold on to) with alternate seating. They pack it full of people both sitting and standing for the 15-20 minute ride to the Glacier. It runs every 30 minutes or so, and we found every trip to be full going and coming. But, it's convenient, cheaper than other cruise tours, and you can stay as long as you like at the Glacier but don't be later than 6:00 PM or you'll be calling a cab to come get you! Overall, convenient, inexpensive, no frills, but it gets you there. We used it twice in the two B2B cruise weeks we were there because it was dependable!
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