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Night skiing at Alyeska – Spring Break Week Long Bonus!
February 25, 2015

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Spring Break Night Skiing One of the perks of not being in the adult world of work and responsibility is this concept called Spring Break. Spring Break is a week long period in March where everyone in the U.S. educational system has a break because it’s spring. And it’s fantastic! ...Read More

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Alyeska’s Rockstar Package – A Great Way to Stay and Play
February 12, 2015

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Alyeska Resort and the Sitzmark have some incredible music lined up in the upcoming months. This package will allow guests to get away and take in a great show without the worry of the “where am I going to crash tonight” dilemma. With shows like Young Dubliners, DeadPhish Orchestra, Jerry ...Read More

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Monty Goes to College pt. 2 – Victim Loyalty
January 21, 2015

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Well I must say this last week in Utah at the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Dog School was quite a success. The adventures started with having a service dog in the airport, to flying in an AirMed helicopter to an avalanche scenario on the final day of class. Monty was ...Read More

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Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

Take a drive along one of the most acclaimed scenic highways in North America and then, leave the pavement behind. Set sail onto ocean waters with a scenic day cruise where you can experience the bluer side of Alaska. As there are many day glacier and wildlife cruises to choose from, we encourage guests to contact the Concierge team for recommendations.

All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.

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National Park Tours      

Visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to a large variety of seabirds and sea lions. This is a classic cruise to see Kenai Fjords.

  • Trip is six hours (110 miles round-trip)
  • Departure Option #1: 8 am; available May 18, 25 and 30, and through September 7
  • Departure Option #2: 11:30 am; available May 3- October 6
  • Departure Option #1: 3 pm; available May 31 - August 24
  • Hot lunch is served on the 8 am and 11:30 am departures
  • Salmon dinner is served while viewing a tidewater glacier on the 3 pm tour
  • The cruise can be combined with a scenic ride on the Alaska Railroad. Please inquire with Concierge
National Park Tour with Fox Island

The only scheduled departure to Aialik Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park! Cruise includes a light lunch and a grilled Alaskan aalmon dinner at a private day lodge on Fox Island.

  • Trip is 8.5 hours
  • Available from May 24 to September 7
  • Departs: 10 am 
Northwestern Fjord Cruise

For a full-day adventures, this cruise is a top choice. View tidewater glaciers, marine wildlife and seabirds!

  • Trips is 9.5 hours (150 miles round-trip by cruise)
  • Available May 24 to September 7
  • Departs: 9 am
  • Includes a light breakfast and hot lunch
Resurrection Bay Tours

Learn about the rich history of Resurrection Bay while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers.

  • Trip is four to five hours
  • Departure #1: 12 pm (noon) includes a grilled salmon lunch on Fox Island (available May 19 to September 14)
  • Departure #2: 5:30 pm includes a grilled salmon dinner on Fox Island (available May 31 to August 24)
Gray Whale Watch Tour

Join this trip to witness a thousand-year tradition, the annual California gray whale migration. Cruise from Seward through Resurrection Bay to watch this epic journey.

  • Trip is four hours
  • Available March 24 to May 18 (exlduing May 12,14 and 16)
  • Departs: 12 pm (noon)

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3 Hour Wildlife Cruise

View alpine glaciers amidst a backdrop of the Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges while cruising through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Watch for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds. This tour is fully narrated by our local, experienced captains and naturalist crew members, and allows for those who have a limited time in Seward to experience the abundant wildlife and scenery of Resurrection Bay in three hours.   

  • Available from June 13 to August 2 (early season) and September 27 – October 11 (late season)
  • Depart/Return: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (early season) and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (late season)   
4 Hour Resurrection Bay Evening Cruise

Our evening cruise ventures 55 miles roundtrip into the world of wildlife found in and around the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay. The protected waters of Resurrection bay are calmer than the open waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, making this tour ideal for those who are prone to seasickness. Enjoy your meal of Alaska salmon and prime rib from our heated cabin as you watch the magnificent wildlife and scenery of Resurrection bay. The evening cruise is often less crowded than other cruises, allowing you ample room to spread out and take in the sights. You will experience up-close encounters with wildlife as we guide our ship along massive bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, stopping along the route to view passing whales and otters. You will see alpine glaciers tucked in the surrounding Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges. You will also cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.   

  • Available from June 13 – August 9
  • Depart/Return: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   
Gray Whale Watching Cruise

Gray whales migrate over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the Bering and Chukchi Seas each year in search of food. These whales begin migrating north in late February and travel by "line of sight," meaning that they travel close to the coastline on their migration. Gray whales arrive in Alaska waters in April and May, spending the summer feeding in shallow waters before they migrate south in mid-October. Travel into the calm waters of Resurrection Bay on this 4-hour cruise in search of our returning visitors. In addition to gray whales, watch for Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, and many other types of marine birds. Our tour is fully narrated by our experienced captains and naturalist crew members.   

  • Available March 28 - April 5 on weekends and April 10 – May 17 daily
  • Depart/Return: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
5 Hour Resurrection Bay Cruise

Our half-day wildlife cruise ventures 55 miles roundtrip into the world of wildlife found in and around the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay. The protected waters of Resurrection bay are calmer than the open waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, making this tour ideal for those who are prone to seasickness.  You will experience up-close encounters with wildlife as we guide our ship along massive bird rookeries and sea lion colonies, stopping along the route to view passing whales and otters.  You will see alpine glaciers tucked in the surrounding Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges. You will also cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.     

  • Available from May 9 – September 13
  • Depart/Return: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Our 100-mile full-day cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. This cruise is the best option for those traveling with transportation packages. The Spirit of Adventure, one of our fastest boats, allows you to experience as much scenery, glaciers, and wildlife in Kenai Fjords National Park as possible within six hours.  Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will guide you to the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have.  Watch for wildlife such as whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, and Dall’s porpoises. You will stop at the mighty Holgate Glacier and float among the icebergs as you watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the ocean. Explore the islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes.  

  • Available from May 9 – September 26
  • Depart/Return:  11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Our 130-mile full-day cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the Chiswell Islands, part of the Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge. Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will guide you to the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have. As you travel through Kenai Fjords National Park, watch for abundant wildlife such as humpback whales, orcas, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, and sea otters. With 7 ½ hours on the water, this cruise allows time for the captain to seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area and enjoy time in front of two active tidewater glaciers: Holgate Glacier and Aialik Glacier. You will spend time floating among the icebergs as you watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Explore the islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes.  

  • Available from June 6 – August 23
  • Depart/Return: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise

Our 8.5-hour tour travels the farthest of all of our tours into the Kenai Fjords National Park. Ideal for the adventure-seeker, naturalist, and whale-watching enthusiast, this tour explores the untouched area of Northwestern Fjord. The Viewfinder is our smallest vessel and gives you the opportunity for up-close views of wildlife and glaciers on its wrap-around deck. The 8.5 hour cruise will fly by as the captain seeks out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area, providing ample time to stop and watch humpback whales, orcas, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, and other wildlife. You will spend time at the massive Northwestern Glacier, floating among the icebergs as you watch for calving, where giant chunks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. Explore the islands and coves of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to thousands of nesting seabirds including puffins, common murres, and black-legged kittiwakes. Complimentary deli-style box lunch included.   

  • Available from May 30 – August 30
  • Depart/Return: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.               
Prince William Sound Blackstone Glacier Cruise

Climb aboard the Kenai Star for a memorable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound. Your glacier cruise departs daily from Whittier and ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound, where seasickness is highly unlikely. The best option for the glacier enthusiast, this cruise spends approximately 40 minutes in front of two active tidewater glaciers and one active alpine glacier to maximize your chances of seeing spectacular glacier calving, where massive chunks of glacial ice crash into the water. Enjoy your time floating among the icebergs as the massive Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers tower 700 feet over the 85-foot vessel. Dozens of alpine glaciers are visible in the nearby mountains as we cruise. You will also see breathtaking scenery, towering waterfalls, and wildlife such as eagles, harbor seals, sea otters, and bird rookeries, all from the relaxing comfort of our Coast Guard-certified ship.   

  • Available from May 26 – September 13
  • Depart/Return: 12:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.     
Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise

This five hour catamaran cruise travels deep into the calm, protected waters outside of Whittier, providing the best opportunity for both wildlife and glacier viewing in Prince William Sound. As you cruise towards the spectacular Harriman Fjord, keep an eye out for sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, and harbor seals. Upon entering Harriman Fjord you will be surrounded by breathtaking alpine and tidewater glaciers. The catamaran travels to the end of the fjord and stops in front of Surprise Glacier to give you up-close views of an active tidewater glacier. You will spend about 20 minutes in front of the glacier, floating among the icebergs and watching for calving, where giant blocks of glacial ice break off and crash into the water. After departing Harriman Fjord, you will cruise through Esther Passage, a narrow marine waterway surrounded by mountains. On your way back to the Whittier Harbor you will stop at a working salmon hatchery and the second largest kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound.   

  • Available from May 26 – August 30
  • Depart/Return: 12:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        

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