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Take a glacier cruise of the Kenai Fjords, out of Seward, and you won’t see as many glaciers as you would in Prince William Sound. But as a trade-off, you get a lot more opportunities to see wildlife, and the makings of a great trip-within-a trip to Alaska.
The big choice you need to make with a Seward cruise is whether you want to stick with a tour in Resurrection Bay, or take one that goes all the way into Kenai Fjords National Park. Resurrection Bay cruises are shorter (no more than 5 hours) and will get you plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities as well as calm waters—it’s great for families. The downside? You’re not really getting to see any glaciers with any proximity. If your cruise goes into Kenai Fjords National Park, you’ll get a longer trip (more like 9 hours), see glaciers within a half mile of the deck, and, get more dramatic scenery. The downside: You might get some choppy waters, which for some people, makes a full-day cruise too long.
But either way, here are the reasons people love Kenai Fjords glacier cruises:
A fleet of fast, modern boats takes you to specifically selected tidewater glaciers as you watch for puffins, cormorants, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, and more. This veteran tour operator offers a lot of variety with its day trips into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Some tours are designed to please birders or shutterbugs, while some are perfect for families with little kids. You’ll hear the captain’s narration on all of them, sharing his deep knowledge of the Seward area’s history and terrain.
A fleet of fast, modern boats takes you to specifically selected tidewater glaciers as you…
Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords are great places to see wildlife and glaciers. And Major Marine’s vessels, which have cozy heated cabins and an outdoor viewing area, can take you out to see both. The half- and full-day excursions offer an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet to enjoy while you take in the scenery.
Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords are great places to see wildlife and glaciers. And Major…
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