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Kenai Fjords Tours

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Seward, AK, USA
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About Kenai Fjords Tours
Kenai Fjords Tours by Pursuit, Alaska's #1 Wildlife and Glacier Cruise, exploring Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park for over 40 years. Visit our exclusive Fox Island lodge and enjoy a delicious wild Alaska salmon buffet and a National Park Ranger program. Take a fabulous boat tour and enjoy a day whale watching in Alaska!
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Ryan wrote a review Yesterday
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I'm so torn on how to rate our experience with this six-hour cruise. This was our big, touristy, high-dollar activity of our week in Alaska. Our party of seven was all so excited to go. Despite rainy weather, we were optimistic and looking forward to a great adventure. It started off with them announcing "Today is a weather day. It's rough out there..." before we even received our boarding passes. Were given the option to cancel for a full refund, reschedule later in the week or, if the seas were too rough, the Captain would stay in the protected waters of Resurrection Bay for the four-hour tour instead and they would refund the difference. It was the end of our week in AK, we'd driven two hours to get there, we'd all taken Dramamine (or stronger) and my mother-in-law really wanted to see the whales. We said, "what the heck. How bad can it be?" Well...we were about to find out. But first, the good: The boat was new, spacious, clean, safe and comfortable. Bathrooms were clean and adequate. The galley was well stocked. The chicken wrap meal was sufficient, though overly stuffed with lettuce. The crew were hard-working and absolutely phenomenal. The Captain was experienced, knowledgeable and very capable. The glaciers were beautiful: colorful, calving, amazing. We saw a couple seals and sea otters at the big glacier. Unfortunately that's where it ends. Now the not so good: It was windy and rainy, which made being outside miserable while we were underway. As we left the protected waters of the bay, we were met with five-foot seas that rose to eight-footers by the time we returned. You wouldn't think it would have that much of an effect on a boat that big, but it did! Up, down, side to side, rise, fall, slam, bam. They were right...it WAS rough! If there were 100 people on that boat (just a guess), I'd say 20 of them were puking. The lower level looked like a sick ward: people lying on the floor, in the aisles, sprawled out on tables. The crew was busy going from person to person, handing out, then disposing of, barf bags. Ginger ale was on the house and flowing freely. Because the weather was so crappy, the sea lions weren't out; neither were the puffins. On the way back, I saw the fin of a large whale rolling out of the water a long ways off. I was so sick, I didn't even care. The Captain was working so hard to keep the boat on course, that he didn't bother trying to follow the pod, like he would have in calmer waters. It was the only whale anybody saw all day. The times we'd stop to see the glaciers was a welcome relief, but the bulk of the trip was not one bit enjoyable. It never felt dangerous. We were never in fear of tipping or sinking; just miserable. For. Six. Hours. Back in the harbor, I asked the Captain at what point they just say "No, we're not going out into the open water." His response? "Well, we won't go out if there are 15 or 16-footers. The boat is stout enough to take it, but I have to bury the bow into the waves and it isn't fun for anyone." What?!?! But you'll go out in 12 or 13-footers? I can't even imagine seas almost double what we went through. I have no doubt that our experience would have been completely different under calmer conditions. I know people who have done this trip and had amazing wildlife encounters and beautiful seas. Unfortunately, you can't control the weather and you get what you get. This isn't the tour company's fault. I appreciate their willingness to give it a shot. The people on the boat who weren't afflicted with weak stomachs had a great time. (Though no good wildlife sightings.) I'm just relating our experience. It's nobody's fault. But when they warn you ahead of time that it's rough, you should take them very seriously. Of the seven people in our group, four puked, two wanted to puke (but couldn't), and one was fine. If you are at all prone to motion sickness, I'd highly recommend getting the refund or rescheduling. At the end of the day it was--of nobody's fault--a very disappointing experience.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Shakeaaron wrote a review Yesterday
Lake Stevens, Washington1 contribution
I was not very happy about this tour…due to the weather , the national park tour was shortened ti resurrection tour. I called in asking if the wave would be too choppy and the staff said no… this was not an honest/courtesy answer .. I was so sick for almost the entire tour and wasn’t able to enjoy anything… I never had such a bad seasick in my life… I would suggest everyone that if the weather is going to be bad, go ahead cancel it…. The boat crew were very nice though
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Date of experience: September 2021
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FrequentFlier686772 wrote a review Sep. 16
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This was a multi-generational trip. My husband and I brought our two boys (ages 8 and 10) on the trip, along with my Mom-in-law (in her 70s). All of us loved it! There was something for everyone both on the boat and on Fox Island. For me it was exhilarating to be outside on the boat with the wind and misting water on my face, but my Mom-in-law was able to rest and watch the same views from the comfort of the warm boat interior. It was fantastic. The views, animals, rock collecting on Fox Island, and the staff made this such a great experience for all of us. We love reminiscing about this part of our trip to Alaska. It was one of our favorite experiences!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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chantalelaine2021 wrote a review Sep. 16
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The weather was iffy, but our staff did a great job of keeping us safe in high waves, and we did get to see a glacier and some whales, so we found it a sucess.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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DonnaPK82 wrote a review Sep. 16
Dayton, Ohio13 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour was absolutely wonderful. We saw whales, sea lions, lots of birds, puffins, beautiful glaciers, and beautiful scenery. The crew was helpful in answering questions and available at all times. The hot chocolate was very good on a chilly day. I suggest when you get on the boat, you get a seat inside so you have a table for lunch, otherwise you may end up sitting on one of the benches on the outside. You can still go outdoors to view anything you want to at any time. Some people preferred to be outdoors though and never come in, Personal preference but with younger children we opted to have a table. We arrived earlier than planned so were able to move to the earlier cruise which was nice. Sailing was smooth. If you don't like chicken wraps with a lot of lettuce on it, I suggest you bring something else along to eat or just get the kids chicken strips. They were actually very good and the kids liked them. I like wraps to did enjoy the food but two in our party didn't like so much lettuce and other fillers on them.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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