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Seward Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Tour

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Excursion Overview

Our most popular cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park

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. Our experienced captain will fully narrate your journey and will point out the spectacular sights while providing information on the area's wildlife, history, and geology.

While in the protected waters of Aialik Bay we will begin providing complimentary deli lunch. This hearty deli lunch will keep you fueled for your full day of adventure on the water. Complimentary coffee, tea, and water are provided. Snacks, beverages, and full bar drinks are available for purchase during the cruise.

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: Deli lunch and 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.

Deli Lunch Menu:
Turkey, Roast Beef, or Vegetarian* sandwich (Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese)
Chips, Granola Bar
Chocolate Brownie or Cookie
One Complimentary Soft Drink
Complimentary Coffee, Tea, and Water

*Gluten-free bread is available for those with dietary restrictions (GF). Gluten-free bread must be requested in advance, at the time of reservation.

Things You Need to Know


  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Guaranteed reserved seating in a heated cabin for every guest
  • Multiple viewing decks
  • Narration
  • Deli-style lunch


  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 6 hours (Roundtrip for local tour office.)

  • 6 hours - cruise

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the 4th Avenue check-in office. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible. Catamarans used for this tour are wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only.Please leave a comment during checkout if accessibility accommodations will be required. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests day of.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our guests stay on the boat for the entire cruise to maximize glacier and wildlife viewing opportunities.

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 guests who would like to spend time outside on the viewing decks.

Cameras (tripods are prohibited) and extra batteries.

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 $50 per adult and $25 per child.

The boat used for this tour is wheelchair accessible on the main deck inside only.

You are welcome to store your luggage in our office during your cruise.

Pets are not permitted onboard unless your dog is a Service Animal needed due to a medical reason. Service dogs that are trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability are permitted. Emotional support or comfort dogs are not allowed. There are several doggy daycare/boarding facilities in Seward.

No. All vessels are non-smoking. There are no designated areas on the vessels for smoking.


Guest Reviews


21 total


Josephine W

On Jul 2023

Wonderful ride, excellent sandwich for lunch! Saw lots of sea animals!

Micharl C

On May 2023

Great crew, very helpful and friendly. Outer bay, enroute to Holgate Glacier was rough so Captain elected to change the planed route and avoid going around/south of Chiswell Island. Orca, humpback whales, sea otters, Holgate Glacier and kayakers. When in Seward BE SURE to spend an hour or two at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Richard T

On Sep 2022

Taking a six-hour tour to the glacier was a great experience, sea swells and all. The views and many stops to see the many species in their natural habitats was awesome. The staff was also amazing from the commentary about the various items we saw to helping everyone on the ship ride that needed assistance. I highly recommend this tour.

Joanne K

On Aug 2022

Absolutely loved everything about my trip to the Kenai Fjords. The staff on the boat were fabulous and I saw a whale which jumped out the water, amazing! Would highly recommended

Laura B

On Jul 2022

Incredible tour! We were so lucky to see amazing wildlife during the day and we had sunny weather! More than that, the crew was so nice and personable. the ship was comfy and clean, and Captain Nicole was incredible. I would likely recommend this to anyone visiting Seward!!


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Duration: 6 hours

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Duration: 6 hours

Adult (12+): $219.00

Child (2-11): $109.50

Infant: $0.00

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