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Portage Glacier Cruises

Address: Anchorage, AK (Downtown)
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Ranked #22 of 73 Activities in Anchorage
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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Unfortunately, our trip was scheduled for a day of pouring rain. I can only imagine how incredible the color would be in the sunshine, because even in the rain it was beautiful. The boat was enclosed, so we stayed warm and dry on our way out to the glacier. The ranger was informative and interesting in his presentation. When we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

As part of the Holland America two week land and sea adventure: We went on to a Portage Lake Cruise where we got real close up to the Byront Glacier on board the Glacier Explorer (large enclosed double Decker tour boat). It started to rain, so our experience was less then ideal traveling across the lake, but we did get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It may be that in early September there are not many travelers who take this short trip, but we did and it was well worth the time. Several days prior we had been at glacier bay and watched the "calving" of the huge glaciers there, but this is an up close and personal event. The boat--about 75 feet long--goes right... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was far better than the 26 glacier cruise on the Klondike Express that we did the following day which cost about $150. If you are considering a day cruise to see glaciers, do this one! The Portage Glacier cruise was 1 hour and about $34. It definitely got the job done! Very pleasant surprise!

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Alpine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We took this tour with our cruise line, along with a Wildlife Conservation Center visit and glad we did. It takes about one hour drive from port to the PTarmigan and loaded onto the boat. There was plenty of room for everybody and PLENTY of photo options. It was cool getting up close to the glacier and taking lots of... More 

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Middleburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a great 1 hour tour of a glacier that is hosted by U. S. Forest personnel. Great views, spend about 30 minutes in front of the glacier hoping to see it "calve".

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We went on this cruise on a beautiful day. The boat travels on Portage Lake to where the glacier now resides. This glacier has been melting each year and we treasure being able to see it. They have a Forest Service person giving information about this particular glacier while you travel. The crew did a great job, smooth sailing and... More 

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Vail, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Visited the Portage Glacier in August on the way to Alaskan cruise. Cold and rainy that day, but the views were incredible! Ship and crew were great - Rain didn't slow down or stop the good time for the group. Must see sight when in the area !

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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