Major Marine Tours offers world-class wildlife and glacier cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound. Cruises depart from Seward and Whittier, Alaska.
21 July 2015: We travelled from Anchorage leaving at 07:15AM, travelling through the "Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (The "Whittier Tunnel") arriving at Whittier, AK at 08:45 AM to get a lay of the land, find parking and to partake of Phillips Cruises and Tours' No Seasickness Guarantee "26 Glacier Cruise," a 5-hour journey into Prince William Sound departing at 12:30 PM. A hot lunch is included at the onset of the journey. You will see several different types of glaciers on this tour, including Alpine (hanging), Piedmont, and Tidewater glaciers. With good luck and timing...you may experience tidewater glacier calving which produce the numerous icebergs along the way. While numerous Alaskan glaciers are in retreat, there are 12 major glaciers that continue to grow and advance. There are several species of wildlife that can be seen during this cruise including whales, sea otters, seals, Steller sea lions, Kittiwakes and Eagles. There is, however, no guarantee one will see all of them. While whales can be allusive, quick to appear and then disappear, the sea lions hang out on rocky outcroppings and can be readily seen, as can be the seals resting on floating slabs of ice found near tidewater glaciers. If taking videos or photos...you must always be at the ready with your equipment, and be in the right place at the right time...to record these creatures. There wasn't an abundance of sunshine on this day, but neither was there a blowing blizzard totally obscuring the scenery. The M/V Klondike Express, a 3-deck high speed catamaran, Alaska's fastest, is 137 feet long and can hold as many as 338 passengers (which you'll notice while trying to gain access to a deck rail while trying to take videos or photos of the passing scenery!). It is said that the Express can travel at speeds as high as 45mph (about 41 knots). During the cruise it seemed that we were averaging a little more than 30 knots at any given time while traversing from one scenic highlight to the next along the 140 mile cruise. Fast enough to create a wind that would be noticeable to video camera's microphones, and to also present a challenge to one's stability while trying to capture scenery with either a video or still camera. Our video cameras, Sony HDR-PJ780 series, include a stable video platform within its exterior case which provided some semblance of stability. These cameras also include GPS capture with each video providing location data. A U. S. Forest Service Ranger accompanies these voyages and provides informative and entertaining narration along the way regarding the landscape, the many glaciers, historical events and the people associated with them. Children aboard the boat may become involved as "Jr. Rangers," activities designed to occupy their time as well. With less than ideal sunlight, boat's motion, reflections from interior windows, crowds at the deck rails...we still managed to obtain suitable videos and photos of the trip...which we hope you would enjoy as much as we will in our old age! Websites: THE CRUISE http://www.phillipscruises.com/experience.htm http://www.phillipscruises.com/route.htm http://www.alaska.org/detail/26-glacier-cruise-phillips GETTING THERE http://youtu.be/6gxT2XVluXQ
Cruise ship ride on board the Holland America Line Nieuew Amsterdam departing from Vancouver, British Columbia and travelling all the way up to Skagway, Alaska. This footage includes the ships departure from the Skagway and venturing into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Breathtaking clips inside Glacier Bay Basin are captured of ice falling into the sea. Music by Jonny Easton: 1) Until Tomorrow 2) Fireflies 3) Road Less Travelled
Dad Travel Blogger visits Alaska with his family and discovers Kenai Fjords Tours and Glacier Cruise in Seward Alaska. Family Travel Adventure ideas in Alaska from Traveling Dad.
Filmed on September 24, 2007 See the really big ice from the deck of the most luxurious, high-speed catamaran in Alaska! Departing from Whittier, only 60 miles SE of Anchorage, the 26 Glacier Cruise is a thrilling glacier and wildlife adventure. Enjoy the view from inside with a reserved seat or experience the sights outside from one of three viewing decks.
One of the absolute highlights of our Alaska cruise was visiting the Hubbard Glacier. The captain of our cruise ship, the Holland America Amsterdam, did a nice job navigating the ship close to the terminus of the massive 7 mile-wide glacier. We were able to get quite a few clips of the Hubbard Glacier calving as well. It was typically accompanied by a rumbling sound. The icy glacial waters of Disenchantment Bay Alaska that our cruise ship traversed was surreal with chunks of ice of various sizes & shapes that intensified their presence as we got closer to the glacier, passing Haenke Island. The surroundings were beautiful, and we had nice views of the Valerie Glacier as well. The cruise ship in the distance was the Island Princess by Princess Cruises, and was waiting for our ship to leave so she & her guests can get closer for a nice look. Finally our ship left back into Yakuta Bay. This video is in 4K UHD resolution, and is from our 2017 June Alaska cruise. Enjoy!
Travel Vlog - Anchorage, Alaska - 26 Glacier Cruise - Day 3
You'll visit the sheer, awesome face of a mighty Alaska glacier on this cruise. On your tour aboard the mv Ptarmigan you'll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watch for icebergs to break off the glacier and crash into the water below. You will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction. Visit http://www.graylinealaska.com/ for details.
Cruise the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound and come face to face with tidewater glaciers plus an amazing array of wildlife on Phillips' 26 Glacier Cruise.
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