The cruise will travel through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay and continue around Cape Aialik into Aialik Bay to view Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend time in front of the glacier to watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water.
A National Park Ranger will be on board to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer your questions during the cruise.
While in the protected waters of Aialik Bay we will begin serving our available for purchase
all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal that is freshly prepared onboard. This meal is served buffet style and is consistently rated as the best of any day-cruise company in South Central Alaska. While you enjoy our cruising restaurant service you will be able to sit at your reserved seat inside the heated cabin and not miss out on any of the beautiful scenery.
Depending on the time of year, we will explore the Chiswell Islands (part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge) or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat close to the seabird nesting areas, providing great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route.
Included: Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard. Life jackets and life rafts are onboard in case of emergency. This cruise is not recommended for those who are prone to seasickness since it travels through the open Gulf of Alaska.
Please note: All-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal available for purchase beforehand or onboard for 27.00 USD for adults and 13.50 USD for children. Vegetarian options include vegetable chili, rice pilaf, sourdough bread, salad, fruit cocktail, brownies, and cheesecake.
2021 CRUISE SEASON CHANGES:
- We have replaced the buffet-style meal service on our 6 Hour Cruise with a complimentary pre-packaged deli style lunch. Guests will have their choice from three sandwich options: turkey, roast beef, and salmon spread. Vegetarian chili will be available for guests with dietary restrictions.
- The deli lunch will be provided to guests at no additional cost.
- Plexiglas has been added around the meal service and check-in areas for added protection.
- Cruises that previously hosted onboard National Park Rangers will now be narrated by onboard naturalists. The naturalists will lead an interactive program for kids throughout the cruise.
Duration: 6 hours
- Complimentary use of binoculars
- Guaranteed reserved seating in a heated cabin for every guest
- Multiple viewing decks
- Deli-style lunch
Duration: 6 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- This tour meets at the 4th Avenue check-in office. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- 2 catamarans are used for this tour, either the Spirit of Adventure or the Kenai Fjords 360, both of which are wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only.
Do we stop and get off the boat during the cruise?
Our guests stay on the boat for the entire cruise to maximize glacier and wildlife viewing opportunities.
What should I wear?
Guests are urged to dress in layers, including a warm rain-proof coat, hat, gloves, and comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. Guests are welcome to stay in our heated cabins, but warm clothes are recommended for guest who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.
What should I bring?
Cameras (tripods are prohibited), extra batteries, binoculars.
Do you still cruise if it’s raining?
Our cruises go out rain or shine. We only cancel cruises due to unsafe sea conditions, in which case we will notify you as soon as possible. We reserve the right to cancel or re-route our cruises based on weather or other conditions. If the route of the Kenai Fjords National Park tour is limited to the confines of Resurrection Bay, we will refund per adult and per child.
Is your boat wheelchair accessible?
The boat used for this tour is wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only.
Is there a place to store my luggage during the cruise?
You are welcome to store your luggage in our office during your cruise. We can also assist with delivering luggage to the train or cruise ship depots in Seward and Whittier.
Can I bring my pet on board?
Pets are not permitted onboard unless your pet is a needed companion due to a medical reason. There are several doggy daycare/boarding facilities in Seward.
Do you allow smoking on board?
No. All vessels are non-smoking. There are no designated areas on the vessels for smoking.
Sep 2020 - Anna R.
So fun! We will do it again for sure!
Jun 2020 - Michelle P.
Our trip was absolutely perfect. The ship is very comfortable and it was easy to view everything no matter if you chose to stay inside or out. The Captain and crew were excellent at pointing things out and moving us to where the action was. I highly recommend this tour!
Aug 2019 - Ruth Ann M.
We really enjoyed this tour. It showed Alaska the we hoped to see it. We saw many sea animals and a calving glacier. We highly recommend this tour!!!!
Aug 2019 - LaRae M.
Saw sea lions and puffins. Glaciers and some cool rock forms. Really wanted to see whales but no luck. Kinda long and if you are on a cruise I would skip as seeing much the same. Super nice staff!
Aug 2019 - Mike M.
The excursion exceeded our expectations!!! We got to see Orcas!!! -along with so many other marines and wild life species! The captain and crew and naturalist were awesome! You could tell they really loved what they do and we re just as excited to see the Orcas ( and other species) as we all were! We also got amazingly close to the glacier!
Aug 2018 - Gail P.
We got to see Orcas!! That was a special treat for us to see Orcas along with some hump back whales, sea lions, puffins, eagles and glaciers. It was a great day full of adventure and great food too!!
Nov 2017 - John Y.
We had a great time on our late September excursion from Seward. Scenery wonderful, staff so very helpful.