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Alaska Fjord Charters

220 Bluefield Dr., Seward, AK 99664
907-362-7763
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Ranked #18 of 44 activities in Seward
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Alaska Fjord Charters operates custom multi-day custom yacht cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park. It promises an Alaska that most will never see -... more » Owner description: Alaska Fjord Charters operates custom multi-day custom yacht cruises into Kenai Fjords National Park. It promises an Alaska that most will never see - for those with a spirit of adventure and flexibility. The Darby is outfitted with top of the line kayaks, a 16 ft skiff, and excellent fishing gear. Accommodations include a sheltered aft deck, bridge, pilot house, heated salon that converts to bunking and two heads with showers. She is tended by an experienced crew and CG licensed captain and accepts up to six guests. « less
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Missoula, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

When it comes to the Kenai Fjords National Park you have two options: pile on a boat crammed with hundreds of other tourists for a few hours OR join the Barnwells on a personalized tour of the Kenai Fjords and sleep amongst looming glaciers. The Barnwells (Bob and daughter Mackenzie) hosted myself and three other family members for a three... More

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We (2 couples) spent 5 nights on the Darby. It was a fantastic window into the Alaska most tourists don't get to see. Cruising the Kenai Fjords National Park, visiting glaciers, watching humpback whales breach and spout, sea otters play, puffins, seals, dolphins...a paradise for nature lovers. Captain Bob and his daughter McKenzie were a terrific team, tailoring hikes and... More

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St. Louis
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We took an Alaskan cruise a few years ago and it fell short on delivering an authentic Alaskan experience. If you want to see the real Alaska, one that will leave you in awe and virtually speechless, charter the Darby for a least 3 days. My wife and I were in Alaska for 2 weeks and this was by far... More

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Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We spent three days, two nights out on the Darby with Bob and his daughter Alison, and it was the highlight of our Alaska trip. Fantastic animal sightings (orca, harbor porpoise, sea lions, puffins, sea otters), spectacular peak-surrounded coves with waterfalls coming down on all sides, glacier hikes and other great view hikes, and great sea kayaking. Bob knows how... More

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Corte Madera, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

If you are looking for a cruise ship type experience, the Darby is NOT for you. If you want to explore the Kenai fjords at your own pace, see tons of great stuff, fish for your diner, and do some hikes with no crowds or boatloads of cruise ship people, this is the trip for you. We went with two... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Blue skies may have had something to do with it. The real winner was the Barnwell family. They made this the best vacation we've ever taken together, which is saying a lot. We saw the wildlife, explored the scenery, ate the food - even swam. We talked, played cards, hiked and kayaked together. We also soaked up the peace, silence... More

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Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We spent 3 days and 2 nights on the Darby and Bob and his daughter Alison provided the best experience possible. The Darby is just the right size and lets you get up close and personal with all the Kenai has to offer. Bob is funny, personable, and knowledgeable and Alison is the best first mate you can find. We... More

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Duluth, MN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Lunch and snacks provided. Well narrated. They modify tour to take advantage of current conditions. Don't hesitate if weather appears poor.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

If you want an up close and personal look at the Kenai Fjords then you have to go with Bob. His lovely boat 'Darby' and his even lovelier daughter Alison combine with his excellent knowledge of the area to give you a customised trip which is unique out of Seward. My husband and I spent only one night on the... More

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rbarnwell, Owner at Alaska Fjord Charters, responded to this review

Maureen, thanks for the great review! I hope your South Africa summer treated you well. Our Bear Glacier adventure stands out in my memories last summer! Take care, Bob More

Seward
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

One of Captain Bob Barnwell’s charms is that he will adapt to your preferences. He caters to specific interests and will certainly guide you to the coolest spots. He’s easy going and kinda goofy. Up-close iceberg viewing or fishing spots or waterfalls or good stretch-you-legs beaches, he knew how to get us there. His daughter Alison (deckhand) is capable and... More

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