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Portage Glacier Cruises

Anchorage, AK (Downtown)
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Ranked #18 of 56 activities in Anchorage
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Very informative trip and glacier viewing in a comfy Gray Line bus. It rained a lot off and on but we still were able to see animals at the Wilderness Center on this tour. Convenient tour start from Captain Cook Hotel.

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New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have visited Anchorage several times, and always figured that I would take the Portage Glacier cruise on my "next" visit. I did it this time, and I am sorry that I waited. It is easy to access from the city, can be done in just a couple of hours, and gives a nice explanation and up-close view of a... More

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Flagler Beach, Florida, United States
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

the drive from anchorage was beautiful and the drive to the visitor center and the boat had some really pretty places to stop and walk or take pictures. the boat is large and was not crowded so we had tons of room to move around and take pictures from every angle. the NFS ranger gave a really informative talk about... More

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We enjoyed this cruise. The glacier is very close to Anchorage and the visitor center does a good job of giving a lay of the land. If you have time, go into Whittier and do the Portage Pass trail which allows you to hike up to where you can see the glacier and also some waterfalls close by.

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Loved our Portage lake glacier tour. It is a small, uncrowned boat and the tour is perfectly timed in length (ideal for those with kids who may become bored on the longer glacier cruises out of Whittier or Seward). A park ranger narrates the tour giving a history of the area and talks about the tremendous impact glaciers play in... More

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Simi Valley
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This day trip visit from Anchorage. The boat trip last about a hour. The boat takes you to close distance of Glacier. It is worth seeing if are short of time to see the other Glaciers.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wow, we were so lucky today to have great weather and while we we close to the glacier a large piece broke off with a loud cracking noise . The crew said it was the biggest they had seen in over a year . We got this on video footage. The captain , Sean Connery , ( not the actor... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Close to Anchorage and amazing boat ride up close to Portage Glacier. Also have lunch at Chair 5 in Girdwood for a wonderful day.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The portage glacier cruise is a 1 hour cruise on portage lake. The captain has been here for a long time. No seasick worries here and best your learn about Glacier formation and get close to the glacier. This is a must for all our visitors as an introduction to Alaska. The vessel is an older 2story ice breaker. Yes... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you want to see a glacier up-close without being in a boat for long hours, this one is a good tour. The total tour is 1 hour around Portage glacier lake. The boat takes us really close to Portage glacier. You can see icebergs and the scenery is stunning. But there are no sea animals in the lake.

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