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Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

  • The only Kenai Fjords cruise to visit two active tidewater glaciers in Aialik Bay
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
From US$ 195.03
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7.5 Hour Cruise with BuffetMost Popular
Explore the wildlife and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park on a high-speed catamaran. Enjoy an Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, served onboard while you cruise.
US$ 220.71
7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Cruise
Explore the wildlife and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park on a high-speed catamaran. Visit two active tidewater glaciers and see whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, and more!
US$ 195.03
Discover the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this 7.5-hour catamaran cruise. Enjoy 130 miles (round-trip) of jaw-dropping scenery as a National Park Ranger provides engaging commentary. In Aialik Bay, watch for the calving of tidewater glaciers, when chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. From the comfort of a heated cabin, spot Steller sea lions, orcas, humpbacks and puffins that call these waters home. Upgrade and enjoy a buffet-feast of Alaska salmon and prime rib.
What to Expect
This 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine.

As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving.

A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides 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.

Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruise or our Prince William Sound cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.
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Reviewed yesterday
a breathtaking experience

We booked the 5 hour Surprise Glacier tour and were not disappointed. The scenery was beautiful, and staff including Captain Laura, and crew Trina and Chris were very accommodating and friendly. The tour was well put together and quite the experience to see the beauty...More

Thank acavalier4
Reviewed 2 days ago
Incredible - a Feast for All the Senses

Maybe 45 guests aboard The Viewfinder with plenty of friendly staff. We were so fortunate to have a crisp, clear, sunny day with only a few scattered clouds. We were treated to a variety of sensory experiences such as the sound of humpbacks and orcas...More

Thank Freedom810211
Reviewed 1 week ago
Exceptional experience with a "but"

The experience aboard the 'Glacier Express' around Kenai Fjords was exceptional, BUT...... we were turned off when we boarded the vessel. We were unpleasantly surprised with the fact that, unbeknownst to us, the company had assigned seats for us. They had assigned us to an...More

1  Thank Gaudeamus G
Reviewed 1 week ago
The only way to see Kenai Fjords National Park

We pre-booked the 5 hour cruise because we were worried about being sea sick. We arrived in Seward the day before the cruise and went to the office where we discussed the various options. The weather was great so we decided to take the 6...More

Thank jbatmax
Reviewed 1 week ago
7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Review

Pros: staff are incredible at their jobs food was very tasty seeing wildlife (humpback whale, brown bear, puffins, bald eagle, otters, sea lions, etc) Cons: sea sickness (it's a very real thing) can be cold if you're not dressed appropriately (I suggest waterproof everything and...More

Thank Brooke I
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Lori R
18 September 2018|
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Response from Ray B | Reviewed this property |
It was very easy. First, there was access to open an open deck. Second the windows could flip up & out of the way so you could take pics without having to look through window glass
Lori R
18 September 2018|
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Response from DoverJungleboy | Reviewed this property |
All decks have an open area. The top deck on our boat was completely open and had plenty of seating. It’s cold when the boat is moving. Be sure to take a cap, gloves and a heavy coat. And a good set of binoculars!
4 June 2018|
Response from dhmcneil | Reviewed this property |
Yes on the ride water glaciers. They took the boat as close as they could safely get to 3 glaciers. They go out daily with three boats, so I’m sure they will have a trip to fit your schedule. Book in advance at major... More