Several alpine glaciers, nestled high in the Chugach and Kenai mountains surrounding Resurrection Bay, can be seen along the route if the weather cooperates. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the LARGEST glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
As we approach the end of Resurrection Bay we will visit Cape Resurrection, home to both Steller sea lions and thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat close to the sea lion colonies and seabird rookeries, providing excellent photo opportunities. Along the route you will have the chance to see abundant wildlife such as whales, sea otters, Dall's porpoises, and many types of seabirds. As we cruise along the rugged coastline, keep an eye out for mountain goats, bald eagles, and bears.
This tour is fully narrated by a National Park Ranger who will share a detailed narrative of the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. Cruise the route that President Obama cruised on his recent visit to Alaska.
Inclusions: Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard, life jackets and life rafts are onboard in case of emergency.
Please note: Delicious all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal available for purchase beforehand or onboard for $24.
Duration: 5.5 hours
- Complimentary use of binoculars
- Guaranteed reserved seating in a heated cabin for every guest
- Junior Ranger Program available for children - fun and educational
- Multiple viewing decks
Duration: 5.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 30 minutes boarding
- 5 hours cruise
- This tour meets at the 4th avenue check-in office. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- The Star of the Northwest Catamaran used for this tour is 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.
Are your boats 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 onboard?
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 onboard?
No. All vessels are non-smoking. There are no designated areas on the vessels for smoking.
Jul 2019 - Helen F.
This was the last day of our 10-day cruise from Vancouver to Seward and we wanted to finish with a great trip, so booked via Alaska shore excursions to do a wildlife boat trip. Unfortunately, the weather turned (it had been great the whole time prior to this) and the rain came down all day, but it didn't stop us and all the others on this fantastic trip having a great time. The presence of staff from the Park Ranger service AND the Seward sea life centre ensured we had excellent expert commentary on what we were seeing, the flora, fauna and the ecology of Resurrection Bay and surrounding areas. Seeing puffins (two kinds!), seals, sea otters (how cute are THEY?), sea lions, bald eagles and - just when we thought our luck was out - a pod of killer whales (which the crew took us out of their usual route to see) made for an amazing day and a splendid end to our Alaskan cruise. We would DEFINTELY book with Alaska Shore Excursions again.