Cruise Ships in Glacier Bay
A cruise ship approaches Margerie Glacier.
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 Routes
Map highlighting the typical routes taken in Glacier Bay by cruise ships.
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
Arriving by Cruise Ship?
Our "insider's guide" for cruise ship passengers will help you get the most out of your Glacier Bay day.
Visiting Glacier Bay on a cruise ship? Join ranger Sierra and learn how to experience the "best of the bay" during your cruise!
- 5 minutes, 28 seconds
Visiting Glacier Bay on a cruise ship has always been an exciting adventure. Join Ranger Fay for a fun glimpse of Glacier Bay 100 years ago during the heyday of Alaska steamships.
- 9 minutes, 49 seconds
Become a Glacier Bay expert!
Glacier Bay Ranger Audio Series
Get the most out of your cruise visit!
Enjoy these exclusive interviews with park employees on a wide range of fascinating topics. Bears, birds, glaciers, whales, wilderness, science, etc.
L'itinéraire de votre crosière vous amène dans la Baie des Glaciers? Ranger Andrew vous fournira un aperçu de ce qui vous attend ainsi que quelques astuces pour faire de votre visite la journée la plus marquante de votre séjour en Alaska!
- 5 minutes, 20 seconds
¿Visitando en un crucero? Acompañe al guardabosques Jacob y aprenda como disfrutar "lo mejor de la bahía" en su viaje.
- 5 minutes, 39 seconds
Besuchen Sie Glacier Bay auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff? Registriert Ranger Jennifer und lernen, wie man während der Kreuzfahrt "das Beste der Bucht" zu erleben!
- 5 minutes, 3 seconds