Our longest cruise takes you to the remote, untouched Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park. Get up-close views of glaciers, whales, and wildlife on this small vessel adventure cruise. Complimentary light breakfast and deli lunch included.
Adult (age 12+)*: $239.00
*Cruise not suitable for children under 12
Tax and harbor fee not included in above price.
June 10 – September 6, 2020
June 4 – September 4, 2021
Departing: 9:00 am
Returning: 5:30 pm
Our 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise travels farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise. Ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts, this small vessel adventure cruise explores the remote, untouched area of Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park. This cruise travels with a smaller group for a more intimate cruising experience, providing the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, otters, and more.
The 8.5 hours spent on the water will fly by as the captain seeks out the best wildlife viewing in the area. You will spend time in front of the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier, and you will also visit Anchor and Ogive Glaciers. This tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains. The small group size gives you the best opportunities to interact with and ask questions of our experienced, knowledgeable crew.
This cruise offers the best opportunity for birding of all of our cruises.
The following bird species may be seen on this cruise: horned puffin, tufted puffin, common murre, thick-billed murre, black-legged kittiwake, oystercatcher, red-faced cormorant, double-crested cormorant, pelagic cormorant, Kittlitz’s murrelet, ancient murrelet, marbled murrelet, rhinoceros auklet, parakeet auklet, sooty shearwater, parasitic jaeger, long-tailed jaeger, peregrine falcon, pigeon guillemot, surf scoter, white-winged scoter, black scoter, merganser, eider, harlequin duck, goldeneye, loon, Leach’s storm petrel, fork-tailed storm petrel, Northern fulmar, and bald eagle.
– Resurrection Bay
– Bear Glacier (piedmont glacier, visibility weather permitting)
– Kenai Fjords National Park
– Gulf of Alaska
– Harris Bay
– Northwestern Fjord
– Northwestern, Anchor, and Ogive Glaciers (tidewater glaciers)
– Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (weather permitting)
– Bird Rookeries
– Steller Sea Lion Haul Outs
Route may vary depending on weather, wildlife, and glacier ice conditions.
Are children allowed on this cruise?
Due to the nature of this cruise, children under 12 are not permitted. This is a small vessel adventure cruise that travels farthest into Kenai Fjords National Park and spends the most amount of time in the open ocean. Our age restrictions are put in place for your safety and enjoyment of the cruise. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions. As a family-owned business, we strive to provide a quality experience for all ages. Children are allowed on all other cruises.
What is the difference between this cruise and the other cruises?
This cruise provides the unique experience of traveling on a smaller vessel with limited capacity. It provides a more intimate wildlife and scenery viewing experience and explores a remote area that is not visited on any of our other tours. This cruise is ideal for birders and photographers. While we can’t guarantee whale sightings, this cruise offers the best chances for whale watching of any of our cruises, with a 95% chance of seeing whales. On this cruise you will view three active tidewater glaciers, offering the most glacier viewing of any of our cruises.
Is the Salmon & Prime Rim Meal served on this cruise?
No, the Salmon & Prime Rib Meal is not available on this cruise. Instead, we offer a complimentary light breakfast and deli style lunch. We also have a snack bar onboard, and you are more than welcome to bring your own food with you. Glass containers and personal alcohol are not permitted.
How many passengers will be onboard?
There will be a maximum of 36 passengers on this cruise. This provides guests with plenty of room for viewing scenery and wildlife in a quieter, more intimate setting.
This was the right size boat and the best distance to go to see everything. The captain and crew spotted the wildlife and got us right where we needed to be. We had plenty of time and saw a much greater variety than we thought we would. The views of the glaciers up close were so impressive – just what we had hoped for. This cruise is best for those who want a smaller boat that is all about seeing nature and the glaciers. Worth the time and money.
amye5552019 / TripAdvisor
Words cannot describe the incredible day with Captain Justin and Clint on the Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Adventure Cruise! They go above and beyond with their knowledge and experience and truly care, personalizing the day for everyone on board. We saw 2 pods of orcas, numerous humpbacks, sea lions, sea otters, puffins and many other birds. Most amazing, the calving glaciers! I’m an animal lover, but the glaciers blew me away!
Keri K / TripAdvisor
We did the 8.5 hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise. Smaller boat with a great crew! Captain Justin and Clint were amazing! They had a gluten free option for lunch which was really good. The crew was super knowledgeable. We saw orcas, birds, sea lions, humpback whales, sea otters, and glaciers. We got some amazing photos. If you go, dress in layers. It can get very, very cold when at full speed so a wind breaker is a must. There were about 36 people on our trip so plenty of viewing and room to roam around the boat. We were able to get into places the bigger boats couldn’t. That was very cool.
Dana_74D / TripAdvisor
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