Cruise picturesque, glacier-dotted Resurrection Bay, which is teeming with wildlife that includes whales, sea lions and thousands of birds.
It's a short transfer from the Seward pier to the local small boat harbor on Resurrection Bay where you will board a vessel designed specifically for wildlife viewing. As you cruise along this wonderful waterway, you will find the scenery is stunning in every direction. Coastal forests, snow-mantled mountains, and several different types of glaciers surround this pristine bay which is protected by numerous barrier islands. In fact, the first governor of Russian Alaska named Resurrection Bay because the waters were so calm, and his ship was able to find refuge here during a harsh storm.
In this unspoiled setting, wildlife is abundant. Watch for humpback whales breaching the water's surface, orcas, Dall's porpoises, sea lions and seals. Birds are also plentiful and include puffins, kittiwakes, auklets, and the occasional oystercatcher and bald eagle. Resurrection Bay's many glaciers are spectacular, and you may see one calving into the sea with a deafening crash. Perhaps the most notable sight is Bear Glacier, the largest glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Once a tidewater glacier, it has receded into the land and become an alpine glacier. Bear Glacier descends out of the Harding Icefield and eventually calves into a magnificent lake.
Following a relaxing and memorable 5-hour cruise that includes a delicious lunch on board, you will be returned to the small boat harbor where your coach awaits to transfer you back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes minimal walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and tour vessel and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. While the waters are calm on Resurrection Bay, guests who suffer from motion sickness may wish to take pre-emptive measures. Weather-appropriate, layered clothing; a waterproof jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested.