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Address: Anchorage, AK

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Went yesterday and the temp was in the 80s. Being on the water, we bundled up with a wool sweater and windbreaker. As we wanted to be on top for good views, this was NOT over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Went yesterday and the temp was in the 80s. Being on the water, we bundled up with a wool sweater and windbreaker. As we wanted to be on top for good views, this was NOT over kill. The cruise was well done and a perfect length of time. An the glacier even calved a bit for us. The crew was... More 

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Highland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This cruise wasn't as fancy as the big cruises to the ocean glaciers but it was a fantastic trip. The boat was nice. The lake is surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. The Forest Service guide did a great job of explaining glaciers, gray silt in the lake and rivers and about the history of the area. Lots of fun. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've done this glacier cruise twice. It's short, about 1.5 hours. That's why it's good if you have small children. It's also a short 1 hour drive from Anchorage. The boat is enclosed but I prefer the upper deck. The scenery is very pretty. The rangers give an informative tour. There a gif shop & food ashore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Admittedly, we took this trip on a day when the weather was absolutely beautiful (65+ and sunny), so it was an enjoyable boat ride. We also went on a weekday around 10AM in June, so there were only about 10 other visitors on the boat. It was intimate and educational, with a very nice guide. This is the perfect cruise... More 

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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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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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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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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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