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“Worth the trip”
Review of Lu Lu Belle Tours

Lu Lu Belle Tours
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Probably the best of the options to go see Columbia Glacier, which is worth the trip. The boat only seats 40ish, so it isn't as packed as the other main option. All the reviews that mention the Captain rambling on non-stop are pot on, and it would have been a much nicer experience if he cut the talking in half. That said, he wasn't offensive. I just think he has this routine he has worked up over 38 years of doing this and he's intent on sticking with it. He did quiet down around the glacier and allow you to take it all in, which was appreciated. And he stayed at the glacier much longer than the Stan Stephens boat, which arrived well after we did and only hung out for a short while before moving on. Another nice touch were the inexpensive drinks and snacks. Not what you go there for but nice that they didn't try to stick it to a captive audience.

All in all worth the trip...although if you are going to go on only one glacier cruise on your trip to Alaska and you are anywhere near Seward I highly recommend the cruise out to Northwest Glacier over this one for the trip of a lifetime!

Visited July 2013
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Lake Worth, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“What a wonderful experience!!!”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Our trip on the Lu Lu Belle was one of the highlights of our visit to Alaska. What a WONDERFUL experience we had. We did not feel like patrons on a tour, we were treated like guests on Captain Fred's wonderful & beautiful boat; Lu Lu Belle! As stated in his literature, make sure you don't make any plans for later in the day because if there are things out there to see, he will stay out there so everyone has a chance to see them. (Our cruise lasted 9 hours). We saw Humpback whales, sea otters, puttins, harbor seals, sea lions, cruised along with some playful dolphins for a bit, and saw the Colombia Glacier up close and personal! We witnessed spectacular calving of that glacier and it was amazing. If you're visiting Valdez, the Lu Lu Belle should definitely be on your list of MUST DO'S! Don't miss out, I promise you won't regret it! :)

Visited July 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We went on the Lu Lu Belle on a glorious warm and sunny July day and had a wonderful experience. We saw a host of wildlife as well as getting within 1/4 mile of the huge Columbia Glacier. What an experience!

The boat is beautiful with a lot of polished wood and Persian carpets. There is a booth style seating area as well as space where you sit on cushions around the perimeter of the room. The bow, stern, and top deck are also available though the stern is rather noisy. There is a wonderful seat above the wheel house where you can see 360 degrees, if you can take the wind and chill.

Captain Fred has been doing this for many years so he knows the area very well and knows where you are likely to see wildlife. If whales are spotted he will go towards them while maintaining a respectful distance. He also stopped near a fishing boat for a while to allow us the chance to see how they brought in their nets. He even took us to a sea lion colony even though he doesn't like sea lions--they eat the salmon you know. The one down side was the almost incessant commentary by Captain Fred. While it was generally informative it was too much. After nearly seven hours of it I was ready for a break.

The staff made brownies for sale early on. Later they offered a hot lunch, but there was no vegetarian option available. Drinks (hot and cold) are also available.

Even though it was a beautiful day it was quite chilly on the water. The water temperature is in the 30s and with the sea breeze and the speed of the boat it felt quite chilly even cold. By the Columbia Glacier the winds coming off the glacier are near freezing and then with a wind that too can be quite chilly. Come prepared with warm layers. You can stay inside the whole time where it is nice and warm, but then you will miss the whales, the Orca's, otters, seals, sea lions, birds, and the scenic beauty.

Captain Fred takes you out and wants you to see what there is to see. He is not bound tightly to a clock or schedule. We left at 10:00 am and got back close to 6:00 pm. It is a great cruise. Just be warned about the ongoing commentary from the bridge. You can ignore it if you wish, but it is always there in the background.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A grande finale to our Alaskan trip”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The LuLuBelle was highly recommended by our cottage owner and several local businesses. But we had already made plan to take a cruise on it.

It was our 2nd time on the LuLuBelle to Columbia Glacier and Wildlife watching and it was even more spectacular than the first. A 5 hour tour turned out to be 7 1/2 hours because Captain Fred allowed us plenty of time to take our fill of the wildlife and glacier.

I like the intimate atmosphere of this cruise and the boat is immaculate and beautifully kept. Love it, love it. I'll take this cruise again if we ever go back to Alaska.

Visited July 2013
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Uk
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“great trip”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

A great trip to the Columbia Glacier. The captain / owner is a mine of information & happy to wait around for wildlife.

Visited June 2013
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