Trip Tips What to Expect

Common Concerns

You don’t set out on a glacier cruise every day; obviously you’ll have some questions. These are some of the most commonly-asked ones, but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to know more! 

What sets us apart

  • FREE MEALS included with every cruise
  • FREE parking in our private lot with a shuttle to the office
  • FREE fresh baked cookies served onboard
  • FREE wildlife guide from the national park service


Located 125 miles south of Anchorage, Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. From Anchorage, follow the New Seward Highway south.  When the highway splits to Kenai/Soldotna or Seward, veer left and continue on to Seward, Alaska, your final destination.  The drive is approximately 2½ to 3½ hours, depending upon traffic. We recommend checking in one hour prior to your departure time. 

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Guests enjoy FREE parking in our private lot with a FREE shuttle to the dock.

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The Season

Early season tours begin in late March for winter wildlife viewing. Tours begin daily departures in late April and run through the end of September. Tours range in duration from 3 hours to 9 hours. During peak season, we offer seven tours departing between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from the Seward Small Boat Harbor.

The Weather

From Spring through Fall, be prepared for temperatures ranging from 50° to 70°F, with the ever-present possibility of rain and wind. All our vessels offer heated, enclosed cabins, but to really experience the wildlife and glaciers of Kenai Fjords, you’ll want to spend some time on the observation decks. Dress in layers, so you can adjust as needed.


All our cruises provide a FREE lunch featuring a healthy chicken caesar wrap and serve fresh baked cookies onboard. Cruises that make a stop at our exclusive Fox Island Day Lodge provide a FREE wild Alaska salmon and prime rib lunch or dinner. Guests can also add a ½ pound of chilled Alaska king crab to their meal at Fox Island for a nominal fee. Vegetarian meals are available and can be pre-ordered upon request. (view menu)


Guests with severe allergies or other dietary concerns or preferences, such as nut or gluten allergies, may wish to bring their own food products. Additionally, there is always the possibility that other customers may bring peanuts or other tree nuts on board. We strongly encourage customers to take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure as Kenai Fjords Tours is unable to guarantee a nut- or allergen-free trip. Attempting to do this would create a false sense of security for passengers with severe allergies. Guests are also welcome to bring their own snacks or lunch on board Kenai Fjords Tours.


Our captains and crew are dedicated to providing an experience that exceeds your expectations. Each cruise is fully narrated by our captains who have been navigating the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park an average of 12 years, and a FREE wildlife guide.


Kenai Fjords Tours operates the largest day cruise fleet in South Central Alaska. Our millennium class vessels are 95 feet long and Coast Guard licensed for 150 passengers. Our newest custom built catamarans are 83 feet long and Coast Guard licensed for 150 passengers. Custom itineraries, or boat charters, are available on request.

What to Bring

  • A backpack
  • A moisture-wicking base layer garment. Not cotton.
  • A medium weight middle layer garment, such as a fleece or sweater.
  • A waterproof, breathable outer layer.
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Binoculars (a limited number are available for rent onboard)
  • Camera
  • Medications, as prescribed
  • Snack (energy bar, trail mix, etc)
  • Child car seats are allowed providing the design is flat-bottomed ('rocking' bottoms are not permitted for safety reasons)

Motion Sickness

There’s no getting around it—a small percentage of people just don’t do well on boats. Ours are some of the most modern, stable, comfortable tour vessels made, but if you think you might be susceptible to motion sickness, we recommend asking your physician about prescription or OTC medications that might alleviate any discomfort, so that you can enjoy your tour to the fullest!

Other Activities

Guided hikes to Exit Glacier are an activity not to be missed—opportunities to get this close to a geology-shaping force of nature don't present themselves just every day! Seward Windsong Lodge offers twice-daily naturalist-led walking tours of Exit Glacier, which you can reserve in advance or arrange with the front desk on arrival.

Give serious consideration to visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center. As Alaska’s only public aquarium and sea animal rescue and rehabilitation facility, a trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center is an excellent complement to one of our wildlife and glacier cruises.


If you’ll be staying in Seward, consider spending the night at Seward Windsong Lodge. Comfortable rooms, great rates, the Resurrection Roadhouse restaurant, and a convenient shuttle service between the train station and our office in the harbor make it a popular choice. 


Contact Info

For booking-related questions and to pre-book your activities, please call our toll-free reservations line in Anchorage 1-877-777-4051.
To contact Kenai Fjords Tours directly, call our office in Seward at 907-224-8068.

You can email us at, but if your need is time-critical, please call!


1304 Fourth Avenue
Seward AK 99664

2017 Season: March 24September 30

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