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Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

1. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park 6-Hour Cruise

Board a stable, state-of-the-art catamaran and spend a day filled with wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and more. See whales and glaciers in Resurrection Bay and learn the history of the region from your captain. The cruise begins by searching for wildlife in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Whales, sea otters, and puffins are often sighted within minutes of leaving the harbor. The captain will provide information on the area's wildlife, glaciers, fjords, and history. Stop at one tidewater glacier that has frequent calving events, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. A full bar is available for those wanting to enjoy local beers and glacier cocktails. Savor a deli-style lunch on board while you cruise.

From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

2. From Seward: Half-Day Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise Tour

Embark on a guided sightseeing cruise from Seward along Resurrection Bay from Seward with guided commentary. Encounter native wildlife like whales, puffins, sea otters, and more before witnessing the natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Benefit from a shuttle from the railroad depot or the cruise ship port. Then, head off the beaten track in search of wildlife where they often appear through Resurrection Bay. With the help of binoculars, watch as sea otters carry their pups on their bellies. Marvel at the speed of the Dall's porpoise as they surf the vessel's wake. Be awed by the size and majesty of orcas, humpbacks, and other incredible whale species, and learn about their habitat from the onboard guide. Take in the wild natural beauty of the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

3. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Admission Ticket

Enjoy an admission ticket that will grant you access to over 200-acres of animal enclosures and stunning nature. Take a self-tour of the scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about the resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. Support the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Venture through the AWCC’s 1.5 mile loop which is the perfect adventure for the winter months. Experience unique ways to explore the Center while enjoying the wildlife in the winter include gliding on your cross country skis, riding your fat bike, or utilizing AWCC’s complimentary kick-sled rentals. Relax on board your own vehicle with a picturesque 1.5 mile loop drive around the sanctuary. See orphaned and injured animals taken in by the AWCC that have now been given a forever home.

From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

4. From Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise with Lunch

Experience up-close views of the glaciers and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park on this round-trip cruise from Seward. Sail past the majestic Holgate and Aialik Glaciers and enjoy a complimentary deli lunch. Listen as the captain explains the surrounding geology and wildlife. Step aboard a stable, high-speed catamaran for a full day of exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Start your cruise in Resurrection Bay and learn about the park, the surrounding area, and wildlife from your captain. Allow your captain to take you to the best wildlife viewing areas for the opportunity to see stunning marine life including whales, otters, seals, and thousands of seabirds. Head out into the Gulf of Alaska past Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Take advantage of getting up close with 2 active tidewater glaciers, Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier as your cruise stops nearby. Watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacier ice break off and crash into the water. Experienced deckhands will secure a chunk of glacier ice to make the most amazing cocktails and glacier margaritas.

Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

5. Seward: Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords Orca Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable day at sea in Seward and search for orcas. Learn all about these fascinating marine creatures from your guide. Visit Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park and admire the orcas, sea lions, seals, and seabirds. Meet your guide and the crew at the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel Dock to board your cruise. Head on an adventure into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Explore the area’s orca hot spots and communicate with other vessels about recent sightings to maximize your chances of seeing orcas. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable captain and crew members, who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Hear the haunting calls of these animals for yourself through our onboard hydrophone if conditional allow. End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Extended Cruise

6. Seward: Kenai Fjords National Park Extended Cruise

Travel farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise on this stunning expedition. Explore remote and untouched areas of the Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park on this small vessel adventure cruise that is ideal for photographers, birders, and whale-watching enthusiasts. Experience this intimate cruise with a smaller group that provides the best opportunity for up-close views of wildlife including humpback whales, orca whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, seabirds, otters, and more. Spend 8.5 hours on the water as time flies by with the captain seeking out the best wildlife viewing in the area. Marvel at the impressive Northwestern Glacier, an actively-calving tidewater glacier, and visit the Anchor and Ogive Glaciers as well. This tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains, and the smaller group size gives you the best opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the experienced and knowledgeable crew.

Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

7. Seward: Spring Wildlife Guided Cruise with Coffee and Tea

Join this unforgettable guided cruise in Seward that takes you through the Resurrection Bay to the edge of the Gulf of Alaska. Look out for grey whales and wildlife as you sail. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Seward to begin your epic adventure. Aboard the cruise, relax and enjoy the views of the Kenai Mountains and marvel at the wildlife you see along the way. Learn about these whales along the way from your knowledgeable guide who will provide narration throughout the cruise. Take photos of the stunning views of the landscapes and if you lucky hopefully you will see grey whales,  End your cruise on a high and enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry, if you are a fan of orcas or love marine life, then this tour is right up your street.

From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

8. From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour of the Turnagain Arm combines a drive along the scenic Seward Highway, a cruise to Portage Glacier, a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive high into the Chugach Mountains. Start with a scenic drive along the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, one of the most beautiful places on earth. You will stop in the most picturesque places for photo opportunities and to look out for Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Drive to Portage Glacier for a 1-hour boat trip on board the MV Ptarmigan. The vessel was built especially for the lake and the ride, even in inclement weather, is smooth. A National Park Service Ranger will come on board to explain the local eco-systems and glaciology. Hear how the mountains were pushed up from Oregon! On the way down the valley, pause to watch the salmon run in season. The salmon spawn in clear water in the same place they were born in order to start their life cycle all over again. They come back from the ocean after 4 to 6 years depending on the species. When the salmon are at their highest numbers, Beluga whale chase. Depending on the whim of the whales, you might see them from late July through mid-August. Next you will visit the remarkable Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. In summer, baby musk ox, bison, caribou, and moose will warm the heart of the toughest of men. You will have the opportunity to watch and hear the stories of endangered wood bison, Alaskan brown bear, black bear, moose, caribou/reindeer, lynx, an eagle, great horned owl, and even a porcupine. On your way back enjoy a side trip high into the Chugach Mountains through local neighborhoods for incredible panoramic views of four mountain ranges including Mt. McKinley (weather permitting), Cook Inlet and the city. Learn about local life high above Anchorage on what locals call "the hillside". Lunch will be at a local lodge after the Portage Glacier Cruise (not included in price).  Your expert Alaskan guide will be on hand at all times to describe the phenomenal nature and ecological systems.

From Seward: 4-hour Wilderness Hiking Tour

9. From Seward: 4-hour Wilderness Hiking Tour

Once you’ve experienced our Seward Wilderness Hiking tour, you’ll finally understand the rave reviews… Though to be honest, our backyard does most of the heavy lifting. After a quick safety briefing and tutorial by your professional guide, head out into the wilderness in one of the most serene places to hike. The Seward wilderness offers breathtaking landscapes, and an array of wildlife. But don’t let all this serenity fool you… Want to see an amazing view or two? Tuck into a secluded forest for a quick hike? The choice is yours. With 4 hours and a fun, knowledgeable guide to take you directly to the best local spots and hidden gems, you simply can’t go wrong with this best-selling hiking tour of Seward. 

From Seward: Harding Icefield Trail Hiking Tour

10. From Seward: Harding Icefield Trail Hiking Tour

Once you’ve experienced our Harding Icefield Trail Hiking tour, you’ll finally understand the rave reviews… Though to be honest, our backyard does most of the heavy lifting. After a quick safety briefing and tutorial by your professional guide, head out into the wilderness in one of the most serene places to hike. The Kenai Fjords National Park wilderness offers breathtaking landscapes, and an array of wildlife.While the majority of visitors stay on the trails and pathways, you’ll get to experience the picturesque backcountry, ancient glacier ice, and stunning vistas completely inaccessible by the regular traveler.Our small, cozy groups give you the chance to get up close and personal with Alaska’s wildlife. We regularly see bears, moose, hoary marmot, mountain goats, and bald eagles.Beyond the jaw-dropping scenery, your experienced and friendly guide will share stories, local history, geological features, and answer any questions you have throughout the tour.

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4.8
(10 reviews)

Extremely swell. Our Captain was just as excited to see the sites as we were it seemed! We were very lucky and got to see killer whales/orcas a male, female and two babies, lots of cute otters, 🦦 porpoises 🐬 playing with the speed of the boat, seals 🦭, birds 🦅 etc. It’s cold and the indoor seating was very nice and comfortable and you could easily see the landscape and mountains 🏔️. One of the deck guided lent us her charger since taking so many videos and pics my phone was in need of charging desperately. The cost of food on the boat was very reasonable and if you can bring cash that’s best! They can swipe your credit cards at the end when they return and service is available once again. If going in spring tour recommend wearing what you would to go snowboarding or skiing or sledding. We did!

Vessel was spotless and very comfortable, staff very friendly and informative. I felt the crew did the best to get us the value we paid. would def recommend and return!

I went on the 4 hour tour which was excellent and very informative. Crew was wonderful. Highly recommend!

Wonderful trip! Saw sea otters, sea lions, and orca whales! Glacier up close! Lunch was very good.

Was a wonderful tour and the guide/captain really knew his animal info.