Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari
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See the Davidson Glacier up close, from the vantage point of our 30-foot Voyager Canoes. The Glacier Point Wilderness Safari brings you into the Alaskan Wilderness and gives you a true taste of Alaska. Your adventure begins at your cruise ship where we’ll board a high-speed vessel made for wildlife viewing en route to an Alaskan paradise. We’ll ply the waters of the deepest Fjord in North America with a naturalist guide, watching for whales, sea lions, porpoise, and many other species of marine wildlife. We land at Glacier Point and board our Safari Buses for a short drive over the terminal moraines. Our award-winning guides share with you the wonders of this Glacial Wilderness. A quarter mile hike will lead us to the iceberg-studded lake where we’ll paddle our canoes to the face of the glacier. This is an ideal family adventure and one you won’t soon forget!
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Lisa W
3 contributions
Aug 2022
My adult daughter chose this excursion because she wanted to get as close as possible to a glacier for a reasonable price ( helicopters and planes were too expensive). We were picked up by Will and Grace from the port in Skagway for the 1+hour boat trip to Glacier Point. They did a great job pointing out waterfalls and looking for sea life. The actual trek to see Davidson glacier was was WAY too difficult for my abilities. Never the less, we had a wonderful time and the guides were excellent. I really commend our guides, Zach and Divina. They were entertaining, informative and worked so hard to make sure everyone had a safe and fun time. Even though I couldn't make it the whole 1/2 mile trek to the glacier after we got out of the canoes, Divina stayed with me, kept me company, made sure I was safe and we got great pictures! These guides actually camp all summer there without running water or electricity and only get to go into town once a week for supplies! AND they trek out to the glacier 3 times a day!!! WoW!!! I couldn't even make it once! Having said all that, I wish the description had a bit more detailed info. I might have sent my daughter without me. I had a boot that leaked and the rocks we had to walk cross pretty much did my feet in for the rest of our trip. There was soft silt the rest of the way and that is very hard on the back. Luckily, Divina had recommended Alaskan Devils Club balm for pain. I found some in a local gift shop. I made it through the rest of our vacation. We came home with happy memories and lots of awesome pictures to share!
Written September 14, 2022
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Pinot R
Blue Bell, PA562 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We booked this excursion through Norwegian Cruise Line, and we feel this was definitely a big highlight of our Alaska adventure.

The tour began as we met representatives from Alaska X Touring Company at the end of the cruise pier once our shipped docked.

We boarded a vessel that took us 90 minutes on very rough waters to a location where we met our guides, Zach and Jenna. What amazing guides they both are! Upon arrival, we boarded a school bus where Zach drove us 20 minutes to the location where our canoeing adventures began. Please know that boots, waterproof pants and jacket, and oars are provided to you.

Please note the following:
• There are no bathroom facilities on the 90 minute vessel ride to and from the meeting location.
• There are outhouses for use once you arrive on land to meet your guides.
• Although NCL rates this excursion as a Level 2 for difficulty, I would say it should be rated more like a Level 3, high/strenuous physical activity.
• You should be able to walk several miles on uneven surfaces. You will also need to be be able to get in and out of a canoe and should be physically fit to row for short periods of time.
•If you suffer from motion sickness, this excursion may not be for you.
• Be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly.

We arrived via canoe to a location where we were able to hike about a 1/4 mile from Davidson Glacier. The views and experience were absolutely amazing and breathtaking. This adventure was a once in a lifetime opportunity, which we are so happy we were apart of.

If given the chance to book this excursion again, we definitely would! We enjoyed this experience very much and hope you consider trying too!
Written July 28, 2022
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Toni B
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was a fabulous tour! The boat ride up the Lynn Canal was breathtaking! There were waterfalls and bald eagles. The scenery was incredible! Our naturalist, Grace, taught us a lot about the area on the way up the fjord.

When we got to the canoes we loaded up and only had to paddle for a few minutes before they started up the small motors. We were paddling upstream so it was hard and we were all glad for the motors. Not paddling left us free to enjoy the incredible scenery and take pictures.

The glacier itself was out of this world! It has been retreating in recent years so we weren't able to get closer than about half a mile, but none of us cared. The glacier is an absolute wonder. The glacial blues were on full display and she put on quite a show for us.

Our guide, Zach, was hilarious and knowledgeable in equal measure. I kept joking that he was going to get a bad review, but he was really great and kept us laughing with his goofy jokes.

I would love to take this tour again in a year or 2 just to see the changes in the glacier. It was well worth the money and I would do it again.
Written July 15, 2022
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Neil H
Severn, MD4 contributions
Jul 2022
For the price my wife and I paid for this, it was not worth it. For starters, they apparently do not know how to select an appropriate size boat as my wife and I, along with another couple, were stuck having to sit outside right by the motors, so for the entire 70 minute trip out, we heard not a single word spoken by the tour guide as she was narrating.

Not once did she come out and try to explain things to us either.

"Lunch" was pathetic. They never got my wife's requested order, and the turkey and cheese wraps were basically non-existent. I might have gotten a single tiny sliver of turkey in mine, not even enough to feed a squirrel.

They gave us paddles for the canoe, then asked us to start paddling, then 30 seconds later just turned the little motors on the canoe to get us around instead. Why bother having everyone carry around a paddle then if the plan was to just use the canoe motor anyway.

On the way back before boarding the boat back home, they tell you that there are several outhouses for us to use. These were the most disgusting smelling things I have ever been in. Smelled like years of rotting feces down there that they never do anything about, so you have to hold your nose to not vomit when using the bathroom.

On the boat ride home, we were stuck outside again. And again, the lady narrating never stepped out to ask if we had questions. They just completely forget about anyone outside.

She then proceeds to say, "oh, usually people who sit out here do it because they like the fresh air". No. We were "stuck" out here because the company cant properly pick the correct number of passengers for their own vessel, and we had no room to sit inside.

All in all, a very poorly planned and executed excursion. Do yourself a favor and dont waste the half a day with this crew. There are much better options instead.
Written July 11, 2022
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Catherine P
4 contributions
Jul 2022
"Wildnerness Safari" is a lie. Title and description are NOT true. The staff had only been in Alaska about a month & didn't know to identify the environment. NOT naturalists. Safari - you think seeing animals, right? Go on an African safari & expect to see the animals, right? The dictionary defines safari as animal viewing. When it became apparent that we wouldn't be viewing animals, as no effort made by the newbie guides, I ask if we could look for & pause to view an eagle... I was told 'no.' NO! I was shocked. Meanwhile, we didn't canoe. The guides motored us around with the motors on the canoes, we landed on small piece of land, guides disappeared & we waited around b/c there was no place to walk around, until guides reappeared 15 minutes later & told us we would be getting back on the boat, then we motored back rather than canoed again. Expensive & total misrepresentation & disappointment. I don't know how they continue to get away with this marketing. I asked for 25% back on my fee (about $50 back on $200+). They refused. When you take a cruise and only have a few hours in port, you want to make well informed decisions about how you spend your money and time. Don't do this excursion with this company. Guides have no naturalist knowledge to share, no motivation to give guests a Safari experience, & management obviously seems to be focused on making money off naive cruisers. Rip off. Management has no interest in cultivating good customer service. Stay away!!!
Written August 5, 2022
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West Texas Red Raider
38 contributions
Jul 2022
We booked this through Alaska Shore Tours. Alaska Shore Tours was easy to book with and helped us move our booking due to covid. The ground crew was disorganized getting people on the boats. The tour began with a boat ride that was unpleasant. The Captain of the boat was going so fast the waves would go over the top of the boat and it felt like the boat was going to break apart. I was worried about getting motion sick due to weaving in and out of the waves. It was not far to canoe to the glacier but you can't get close to the glacier. We stood on the edge of the water and just looked at the glacier for several minutes and then rode back for lunch. Davidson glacier is amazing. We did see several beautiful waterfalls and a few seals.
Written July 31, 2022
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Sean C
11 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Such a fun day with an amazing staff. You won't find an excursion that has better crew than this. The boat ride over, the guide Zach was hilarious and provided a lot of good information. Angie, or bus driver and canoe guide was also amazing
Written July 20, 2022
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fishnerd2004
Yuba City, CA2 contributions
We sign up for this though Celebrity Cruise lines. This was the perfect trip. You take a 1 hour boat ride out. On the way we say Blade Eagles everywhere, whales breaching out of the water and even right next to the boat, stopped to watch the seals on the rocks with there babies. Also saw great waterfalls. Once we got to the beach we got all dress up for a short hike and then a paddle up the river to the lake where they dropped the motor to get you across the lake. Way to far to paddle. Once in front of the glacier you float around for some time gazing in amazement. From there we went into the lagoons and saw some of the nesting shore birds with there babies. Just hours before we got there a large portion of the glacier had broken off, so the lake was filled with icebergs. Our guides were great! You could really tell they love what they do and shared there knowledge of the glacier and area. I would do this again in a heart beat. It was raining and cold but loved every moment of it. We even got a nice lunch on the way back.
Written June 26, 2010
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Susan M
Ontario, Canada298 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
It was the last Princess cruise heading south & we opted for this excursion rather than the railway one. It was typical weather - raining & fog on & off, so neither were promising. Staff were fantastic all around. Guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Took the boat ride from the ship to the bus, thru the rainforest to the depot where we were totally outfitted with rain gear. It was cold & very wet. After a short hike we were at the waters edge & loaded 8-10 person into canoes. Started off paddling, but after 10 strokes or so, the motor went on. Kinda disappointing & then we just floated around Davidson glacier. We did NOT disembark or get 'up close or personal with this glacier' . We certainly saw it & heard about it, but from the description and write up, I fully expected to hike around a bit. After motoring back to the canoe stop & hiking back to 'camp' we had a light sandwich lunch & re boarded the bus to return to the ship. Saw no exceptional wild life or scenery. Partly this was weather related, but also, a very easy & pampered trip...a typical 'tourist attraction'
Written October 28, 2014
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makua
Cincinnati, OH455 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
Glacier Point Wilderness Safari is one event where Trip Advisor led us astray. We booked this highly rated tour during our Alaskan cruise. It had the potential to be a signature event, event in the driving rain (which of course they cannot control), but the many errors and lack of any service recovery were unacceptable.
Pros: the concept is great where your ride by catamaran for 1.5 hours to Glacier Point. You do a very short bus ride to the voyager canoes. You are provided the appropriate rain/water resistant gear and paddle away to the glacier. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the environment and the Alaskan Glacier Bay area.

Cons: On the boat ride there and back: the restrooms did not work, the coffee machine was either broken or they did not care to make it, the snack box lunch sandwiches were frozen solid. A frozen turkey sandwich?? Don't offer lunch. The motor on the canoe, which was intended to be used to provide breaks for paddling would not start on multiple occaisions (or the operator did not know how to use it). Next we got stuck on a small iceberg and our guide said "I don't know what to do to get us out of this".

Bottom line: all of the errors can happen but NONE of them were handled in a customer friendly way. There was zero service recovery - just this doesn't work, this wasn't our plan, etc. The response was always "this is life. Things just don't work sometimes." We paid too much money and wasted several hours on an event where there was no apology and no attempt to do any service recovery.

It gave this two stars only because it had so much potential.
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Written September 9, 2011
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