Glacier Bay by Boat
Most visitors to Glacier Bay see the park from large cruise ships with thousands of passengers. These visitors do not go ashore in the park; instead National Park Service naturalists board the ship to share their knowledge about the park and its wildlife during a day-long cruise in the bay. Learn more about cruise ships in Glacier Bay.
The next most popular activity is to see the bay on a tour vessel. These boats have up to a few hundred passengers. There is one daily tour boat that departs from Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove during the summer months, and many other tour boats that include Glacier Bay as part of a longer itinerary. Like the cruise ships, tour vessels have National Park Service naturalists on board. Learn more about tour vessels in Glacier Bay.
Did You Know?
When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record.