Cruise Ship Services
This page includes information regarding Cruise Ship concession authorizations in Glacier Bay. For a complete listing of companies that provide commercial visitor services in and around Glacier Bay, please see the Goods and Services page.
Cruise ship means any motor vessel of at least 100 tons gross (U.S. System) or 2,000 tons gross (International Convention System) certified to carry more than 12 passengers for hire. [36 CFR 13.1102]
Cruise Ship Vessel Quota Information
Cruise ship use in Glacier Bay proper is subject to both daily and seasonal regulatory limits. A "daily vessel quota" limits use to no more than two cruise ships per day (year around). In addition, "seasonal vessel quotas" are in effect for May and September (for convenience we refer to this as the "shoulder season") and June, July and August ("prime season"). For 2007 (and until changed) the shoulder season quota is 92 use days and the prime season quota is 153 use days. These seasonal quotas are reviewed annually by the Superintendent and may be reduced or increased (to a maximum of two per day, every day) as needed to protect park values and purposes. [36 CFR 13.1160]
Additional information regarding vessel quotas and the parks vessel management program is available at: http://www.nps.gov/glba/parkmgmt/vessel.htm
Cruise Ship Concession Authorizations
There are currently five companies listed below are authorizationed to provide cruise ship services in Glacier Bay (click on the link to view their concession contracts):
Commercial Vessel Services are authorized in accordance with the Park's Vessel Management Plan. The Vessel Management Plan also provides for vessel use restrictions aimed at protecting park resources (humpback whale feeding, seal pupping, etc.) and pollution minimization programs, including stack emissions control, spill prevention and recycling programs.
The Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve Marine Vessel Emissions Program (30 KB .pdf) provides details on how the park applies regulations limiting vessel stack emissions.
Cruise Ship Photography/Filming Policy includes the guidelines for commercial filming of a cruise ship for advertising purposes. The policy is outlined below:
Notes: Requests for commercial filming involving aircraft or other off-vessel activities should be handled through the park commercial filming permit office (contact: Chief Ranger). Most cruise lines have made a commitment not to use helicopters for this purpose.
Applying for a Cruise Ship Concession Contract:
May 20, 2008 Cruise Ship Prospectus
1998 Cruise Ship Services Prospectus and Administrative Record of decision for selection of Glacier Bay Cruise Ship Concessioners issued February 19, 1998.
Contact Concessions Specialists Marilyn Trump or Melanie Berg by e-mail or telephone (907) 697-2230 for more information.
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Did You Know?
Since the early 1990's, the sea otter population in Glacier Bay has grown from 0 to 4,000. Look for large rafts of sea otters in the lower reaches of the bay.