Cruise Ships in Glacier Bay

cruise ship view

A cruise ship approaches Margerie Glacier.

Cruise ship passenger views glacier from upper deck.

Most visitors to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve spend a day in Glacier Bay on large cruise ships as part of a longer cruise originating at a major west coast city. The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay make it a highlight of any Alaska cruise.

What to Expect

  • Cruise ships typically spend a full day (9-10 hours) in Glacier Bay including a stop at a major tidewater glacier.
  • National Park Service park rangers board to provide a narrative about important aspects of the visit, give a presentation about the park, and answer passengers' questions.
  • Cruise ships do not dock anywhere in Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Check out our Glacier Bay cruise ship visitor "insider's guide" to get the most out of your visit.
Cruise ship map

Cruise Ship Routes
Map highlighting the typical routes taken in Glacier Bay by cruise ships.

cruise glacier map

Glacier Highlights of the Glacier Bay day
Map of the primary glaciers enjoyed by cruise ship passengers


Park rangers set up a information desk while on board ship in a large lounge. At the desk you can find:

  • A park ranger that will answer all of your Glacier Bay questions
  • A national park service passport book cancellation stamp
  • Alaska Geographic bookstore with park publications, maps and other media
  • A variety of exhibits/hands-on materials to enhance your visit
cruise ship

Arriving by Cruise Ship?
Our "insider's guide" for cruise ship passengers will help you get the most out of your Glacier Bay day.


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Glacier Bay rangers

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Glacier Bay Ranger Audio Series
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