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Meet the giant of Portage Lake - the Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier Cruise Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Take in the majestic beauty of Alaska’s Portage Glacier on this unforgettable cruise and tour

Highlights

  • Take an unforgettable 60-Minute Glacier Cruise on the MV Ptarmigan
  • Motor coach drive along beautiful Turnagain Arm
  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view wildlife up close

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip transportation from the Westmark Hotel - Anchorage
  • 60 Minute narrated Glacier Cruise
  • Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Exclusions

  • Lunch, Food or Beverages
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • All bookings must be made at least 2 days in advance
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure

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Sep 12 2016
A great afternoon adventure! Our driver and guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I got to look at the scenery instead of the road and would never have realized I was lookin at Mt Denali if he hadn't pointed it out.
Sep 06 2016
Very informative bus driver, knew history of area and did an excellent job. (Taylor) Portage Cruise was excellent as well, informative staff and cruise was very interesting. Wildlife Center was excellent as well, all animals were healthy and very interesting.
Sep 02 2016
Awesome experience !!!👍 Saw the glacier calving and crew was so informative !!! Bus driver Carol a Jewel and the wild life preserve was the Topping!! Thank you for a once in a lifetime memory!
Jun 21 2016
We had a wonderful time on the Portage Glacier cruise! I was traveling with my mom, who uses a walker. The bus driver and ship crew were very helpful to her, making sure she had any help she might need. It was very nice that the front seat in the bus was reserved so she didn't have to walk all the way through the bus. The bus tour and cruise were wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed it!The only negative I would say is we didn't understand how much walking there would be at the wildlife conservation center. The bus driver dropped us off at the bears and we needed to walk quite a ways to meet the bus to leave. He did offer a ride, but the communication of that timing was not great. My mom needed to walk back with the walker, which was very difficult for her on the gravel path that was shared with traffic.Maybe just a little better communication about the wildlife conservation center in the writeup about the tour, so those that can't do all that walking know the deal ahead of time and can prepare (or just stay on the bus if needed).That being said, all and all it was great and Grayline did a great job as far as product and service!Thanks!
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ITINERARY

From Anchorage, you'll travel by deluxe motor coach on the scenic Seward Highway to Portage Glacier. Board the MV Ptarmigan for an unforgettable one-hour cruise across iceberg-dotted Portage Lake. You will find out why Portage Glacier is Alaska's second most visited attraction. On the way back to Anchorage, stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view wildlife up close.

On your one-hour cruise aboard the MV Ptarmigan you'll stand just 300 yards from a relic of the Ice Age and watch as icebergs break off the glacier and crash into the water below.


Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Highlights:

Come see the animals display their natural, “wild”, behavior. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain - they are part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. Bears, moose, coyote, eagles, elk, musk oxen, and wood bison are just a few of the animals you will see.
MV Ptarmigan Highlights:

• MV Ptarmigan is the only boat operating on Portage Lake
• Fully narrated by an on-board representative of the U.S. Forest Service
• Fully enclosed, heated cabin
• Expansive windows for enhanced viewing
• Topside view deck offers a great vantage point for watching the glacier “calve,” and for visitors to enjoy the fresh air
• Holds up to 149 passengers
• 80-foot vessel was built on site at Portage Lake to U.S. Coast Guard specifications
• 6.5-foot draft for minimal environmental impact
• Operates on national forest service lands of the Chugach National Forest and is operated under a special-use permit from the USDA Forest Service
• The MV Ptarmigan’s sound system cannot be heard from the shore, ensuring preservation of this naturally peaceful setting for wildlife and for other visitors
• Hull designed for safety in ice-filled waters
• Operates daily from mid-May through mid-September

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