Alaska Glacier & Wildlife Cruises


Alaska Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

You’ve seen pictures of towers of glacial ice crashing into the ocean. You'll be glad to know that Alaska glacier cruises--the best way to get up close and personal with these icy behemoths--are among the most affordable and easiest to arrange day tours from Anchorage. Far and away the most popular Alaska glacier tours are half-day wildlife and glacier cruises into either Prince William Sound or Kenai Fjords. Even large-ship cruisers should hop aboard one of these boats to really feel the rumble of calving tidewater glaciers or hear the thrilling, unearthly song of whales.

* Prince William Sound: If you’re most interested in seeing tidewater glaciers, take a wildlife & glacier cruise out of the port of Whittier into Prince William Sound, 1.5 hours south of Anchorage by car or rail. Go with Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise, Prince William Sound Cruises & Tours, or Major Marine Tours.
* Kenai Fjords: If you are more interested in spotting whales, sea lions, and harbor seals while out glacier watching, take a glacier cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park from the port town of Seward, 2.5 hours south of Anchorage by car or 4 hours by rail. Go with Kenai Fjords Tours, Major Marine Tours, or Mariah Tours.
* Since these are the two most popular Alaska glacier cruises, we’ve compared Prince William Sound to Kenai Fjords in detail for you.

If you’re short on time or have limited budget, take the hourly Portage Glacier Cruise on Portage Lake (an hour’s drive south of Anchorage).

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