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Wonderful one hour cruise to see the glacier. We were lucky enough to catch a small calving event. Lots of smaller icebergs in the lake and a beautiful waterfall that empties into... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Unless you are super keen on seeing a glacier up closer (which you can do for free at exit glacier) this boat tour is not worth the cost. You can see pieces of the chunks of glacier right around the visitor center that is close by.The upper decks smells like diesel fuel and we couldn't stand out there for long.... More 

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful one hour cruise to see the glacier. We were lucky enough to catch a small calving event. Lots of smaller icebergs in the lake and a beautiful waterfall that empties into it.

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This tour was worth every penny! The glacier is beautiful and when you get up close you can see how big it is. We also saw some icebergs in the lake as well as lots of chunks of ice. The entire trip was educational as well, with a forest ranger narrating as you travel. Our ranger was Susan. She was... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Portage Glacier is certainly not the most impressive glacier you could see in Alaska, but for anyone who just wants to spend an hour and a few dollars, this cruise offers great value. I was very sorry to see that the lovely lodge has been torn down, as it was a really nice place to wait for the MV Ptarmigan's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This glacier cruise was perfect. An hour is the right amount of time to get up close to the glacier and snap several photos. We went on a cool gray day. Exactly the best Alaskan weather we are used to. The crew was great. Captain Tom took us smoothly around and we had no bumping of the dock when we... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This was a great experience and although only 1 hour, it was filled with great views of the glacier, a great tour guide and a friendly Captain. We had a sunny day, so we were able to be on the top deck and see the glacier up close and get fabulous pictures. Highly recommend this tour.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Pros: The Glacier is lovely. The tour is only $39 for a glacier tour. It's only an hour long so it doesn't eat up a whole day. The boat is nice with no risk of seasickness because........you're on a small lake. Cons: The tour is on a lake so there are no whales, seals, sea otters, puffins, or any other... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is actually located an hour south of Anchorage but well worth the trip. Great history lesson about glaciers and the boat takes you right up close to where the glacier is touching the water. You may get lucky and see some of the ice break off and fall into the lake. The guides are very knowledgeable and explain a... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Elsewhere in Alaska you'd pay a lot more to get up close to a glacier. The cruise was short and sweet and jam packed with stunning scenery. Check out the Portage Glacier Visitor Center as well. You can't see Portage Glacier from the Portage Glacier Visitor Center, but you can see Burns Glacier. If you want to see Portage Glacier,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you have time constraints, this is perfect. If you miss taking the right fork in the road, you'll end up at the Whittier Tunnel tollbooth, where they’ll let you turn around for free, with a smile. Tickets are not purchased at the boat dock, but 1/4 mile away at a gift shop. I forgot to ask for $5 discount,... More 

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