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.
Tundra Adventure Charters
Our most popular trip! Learn about the rich history of Prince William Sound while viewing the mountains with alpine glaciers, seabirds, marine wildlife on your way out to breathtaking Blackstone Bay. Upon arriving at Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers you will be treated to jaw dropping views tidewater glaciers, majestic waterfalls, and enjoy a gourmet lunch while watching the birds & sea life abound. You will have a front row view of glaciers calving and even be able to scoop up an iceberg or two. On the return trip you will be on the lookout for whales, sea otters, seals & a stop at the seabird rookery on the return to Whittier Harbor. Private Charter - Total trip: 6 hours.
This is Captain John’s favorite trip! He recommends this for guests with time available to explore further out into Prince William Sound. This trip includes an overnight stay in the protected Harriman Fjord. Five magnificent glaciers flow into this breathtaking fjord with mountains rising up to 10,000 feet. Imagine yourself kayaking in the still waters and passing through the icebergs from calving glaciers nearby. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding available upon request. The skiff is available for trips to shore to enjoy a stroll along black sand beaches. Return to the Tundra for a gourmet dinner and relax for the evening. Awake the next morning in the misty bay surrounded by immense beauty and the peaceful sounds of nature. Private Charter - Total trip: 2 Days, 1 Night.
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.
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 salmon dinner at a private day lodge on Fox Island.
For a full-day adventures, this cruise is a top choice. View tidewater glaciers, marine wildlife and seabirds!
Learn about the rich history of Resurrection Bay while viewing the jagged cliffs, seabirds, marine wildlife and alpine glaciers.
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.
Search for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds as you cruise the protected waters of Resurrection Bay. Rather than following a set route, this cruise travels to the best whale and wildlife viewing areas that day based on reports from other vessels.
From mid-May through mid-June, Orca whales frequent the waters outside of Seward in search of food. Join Major Marine Tours - the local whale experts - as we search for Orcas during this prime time for Orca whale watching. Our day will be spent visiting sites where whales have recently been seen rather than traveling on a predetermined route. On board, a hydrophone will allow you to listen the Orca's calls underwater and our experienced captains and naturalist crew members will provide narration throughout the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Alyeska's Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.