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Portage Glacier Cruises

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Address: Anchorage, AK
Phone Number: 800-544-2206

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Excellent tour of glacier in one hour!

We enjoyed this cruise very much. In one short hour you learn so much about Portage Glacier and the surrounding area and formations. The Park Service guide was helpful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed this cruise very much. In one short hour you learn so much about Portage Glacier and the surrounding area and formations. The Park Service guide was helpful and knowledgeable and the boat staff were just as nice. The staff used nets to grab some floating chunks of ice for us to touch and taste. There is inside seating,... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely LOVED Portage Glacier Cruise. I was with a group, so got the group rate of $31 (if I remember correctly.) Everything ran like a well-oiled machine: right on time, easy on/easy off, plenty of parking. You can sit inside on the lower deck or enjoy the open-air deck on top. A National Park Service narrator gave us all the... More 

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South Miami, Florida
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What and awesome place to visit you will be able to be judge when it comes to the effects of global warming first hand it's sad buts true it's happening 3 hour tour in ferry please go to the upper deck so you can enjoyed portage glaciers in full view and take a lot pictures the tour is narrated by... More 

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Dyer, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If our weather was better, this would have gotten a good rating.......and weather is not the tour group's fault. If we had good weather I am sure we would have really enjoyed this. You take a boat ride on a lake to the glacier........there is a naturalist on board narrating for much of the excursion and taking questions at the... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw many glaciers during our trip to Alaska. While there are other more spectacular glaciers, we did not approach any as close as we approached Portage Glacier during this cruise. The close approach is important because you can feel the temperature of the glacier and hear it calving. Sure, Portage Lake is fairly small, but once you are face... More 

Thank tuckalot
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful sight, but you basically spend an hour going in a circle. Once you've seen it, you've seen it all. The tour guide was killing time with random things to say.

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Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recently took my parents on a Holland America cruise which did not include Glacier Bay or College Fjord. I thought our cruise was supposed to have included going into Tracy Arm but only stopped outside the inlet. Since you can't go to Alaska without experiencing the majesty of the glaciers, this was a great alternative. The price was affordable,... More 

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Greensboro, NC
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the five-hour lunch cruise. It was awesome. The food was acceptable (you are on a ship, so don't expect Ruth's Chris), and we saw calving. We heard the cracks of the calving. Dress for winter, because even in July when you go to the top deck it is cold from the wind chill. It's refreshing...

Thank Eric P
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a one hour cruise on Portage lake. It is narrated by a US Forest Service Ranger. She explained many things about glaciers. The boat pilot gave us ample time to take pictures and the lake was very calm. The cruise was very good for anyone that does not like rough water. There are larger glaciers available to be... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was pretty good value I thought. The glacier is quite a sight and the tour includes some interesting views and information provided by the park ranger was very interesting. Other peoples advice about bringing something warm so you can go up top on the boat is highly recommended. It is mostly wind chill in the summer, so a... More 

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