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Glacier Bay National Park is the highlight of many cruises that explore the northern reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage. As its name implies, this is home to some of the world's most awe-inspiring glaciers that you can hike across with the special permit that accompanies your cruise. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, known for its dramatic calving displays. Keep your eye on the frigid waters, for it's easy to miss the impressive sights of a majestic humpback whale breaching the glassy surface or the cute puffins diving gracefully through the icy tides. You also might see bears, eagles, goats, and other well-adapted animals. Below are some of our favorite cruises that visit Glacier Bay. Contact one of our Alaska cruise specialists to customize your cruise to Glacier Bay today!
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay$79008May 27, 2023Embark on the Safari Explorer for an 8-day cruise to Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island, and Peril Strait as you cruise from Juneau to …
Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise$640013Apr 24, 2023On this 13-day small ship tour onboard Safari Endeavour, explore the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. Whales and wildlife, kayaking, and hiking are …
Last Frontier Adventure$38958May 13, 2023This Last Frontier Adventure aboard Admiralty Dream is an 8-day small-ship cruise that offers more time in wilderness areas and a higher level of …
Last Frontier Adventure$40958May 26, 2023Chichagof Dream's 8-day Last Frontier Adventure offers more time in the woods and a higher level of adventure. On this journey, visit Baranof Island, …
Glacier Bay National Park Adventure$36008Apr 16, 2023Join the Wilderness Discoverer on this exceptional 8-day Alaskan Cruise where you'll discover Glacier Bay National Park, a 3,223,384 acre park …
Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise$790013Sep 9, 2023Thirteen days take you through the Inside Passages and Glacier Bay National Park, encountering remote wilderness, Native culture, and history. Set …
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay$55008May 13, 2023Set sail aboard the SafarI Endeavour from Juneau to Sitka, Alaska, on an 8-day voyage to the Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island, and Peril …
Glacier Bay National Park Adventure$36008Apr 7, 2023Make the most out of this 8-day cruise aboard Wilderness Adventurer as you explore the wilderness and encounter marine animals by kayaking, paddle …
Alaska's Inside Passage Sojourn$53959May 13, 2023Sail through Alaska's Inside Passage on this 9-day Alaskan cruise on the Baranof Dream. Visit the ports of Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, and visit Glacier …
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness$75608May 21, 2023Explore massive glaciers, kayak scenic coastlines, encounter incredible and varied wildlife, and see the hidden wonders of Alaska. This exclusive …
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Glacier Bay National Park Travel Guide

Glacier National Park Highlights

Here are some of the sites you shouldn't miss:

The Grand Pacific Glacier is a massive 25-mile long, 2-mile wide glacier that starts in the National Park and extends across the Canadian border into British Columbia. 

Neighboring Margerie Glacier, is known for its dramatic calving with iceburgs crashing into the sea below. 

Johns Hopkins Glacier is massive and approached frequently by sea kayak. 

Icy Strait at the entrance of Glacier Bay is excellent for Humpback whale watching. Bring your binoculars! 

Bartlett Cove is the trailhead for hikes into the forest along the Bartlett River. Wildlife here includes humpback whales and puffins.

What to Expect on a Cruise of Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is surrounded by high mountain peaks, including Mount Fairweather, and 8 massive tidewater glaciers that calve ice into the bay dotted with icebergs.

As you enter Glacier Bay through Icy Strait and near the town of Gustavus, a National Park Ranger joins us to uncover coves and corners of the bay that most visitors, especially those on a large cruise ship, will miss.  

Listen as the quiet stillness is broken by the thunder of tons of ice calving into the sea. A native Tlingit interpreter joins you to share local lore and legends.

Hundreds of miles of glacially formed fjords are here for you to explore by kayak, zodiac, on foot, and by small ship cruise.

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