7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Our thrilling 7.5 Hour cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park, where wildlife is abundant and tidewater glaciers are massive. Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will be your guide to the spectacular sights while answering any questions you may have. With 7.5 hours on the water, this cruise allows more time for the captain to seek out the best whale and wildlife viewing opportunities in the area, including Steller sea lion colonies and rookeries home to thousands of nesting seabirds. You will also spend time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate and Aialik Glaciers
Tax, harbor fees, and meal not included in the above prices.
**ADDITIONAL CRUISE DATES:
May 20 & 27
September 9, 11, & 16
Our 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs from the Seward Small Boat Harbor at 10:00 a.m. This cruise travels through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay into Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park.
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.
While in the protected waters of Aialik Bay we will begin serving our optional 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 Southcentral 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 time of year, the captain will guide the vessel alongside seabird rookeries in 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. You 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. With 7.5 hours on the water the captain has plenty of time to seek out the best wildlife-viewing opportunities in the area.
A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are more than happy to answer any of your questions during the cruise.
This cruise is not recommended for those who are prone to seasickness since it travels through the open Gulf of Alaska. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruise
is a better option if motion sickness is a concern.
This cruise is indicated as the BLUE line on the cruise map. Routes may vary depending on wildlife, weather, and ice conditions.