Small white wooden yacht idles in calm waters in front of a large blue & white glacier on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise.
Group of light brown Steller sea lions lay around on a rock beside calm water, seen during a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise.
Alaska traveler sits near bow of a small yacht with camera out, photographing an icy blue glacier on a sunny, clear day.
Fluke of a black & white orca's tail sprays water behind it as the whale dives back underwater, on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise.
Aerial view of Sea Star small white yacht idling beside tall rock walls with waterfalls during a Kenai Fjords NP cruise.
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Sea Star Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Cruise round-trip from Seward to spend 5 days in the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park and Kenai Peninsula. Explore the wilds of this remote environment full of towering ice-covered peaks, an abundance of glaciers and stunning wilderness settings.

With no set itinerary, cruise into dramatic fjords shaped by ancient ice and anchor each night in remote, peaceful coves. Surrounded by an array of wildlife, enjoy activities such as sea kayaking, hiking and beach walking. Or simply relax, read a book and enjoy delicious epicurean meals. This is truly an explorer’s dream and a journey of a lifetime.

Passage is aboard the 12-guest Sea Star, a 1960s-era yacht kept in mint condition. Step back in time aboard this lovingly maintained ship and immerse in her private yacht feel during this intimate Kenai fjords National Park cruise. Teak wooden accents, cozy accommodations, delicious food and a dedicated crew add to the experience. Our Adventure Specialists can also arrange private Alaska yacht charters aboard Sea Star for your family or special group of 12 or fewer. With a shorter itinerary and child discounts, this trip makes our list of Alaska family cruises.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and Alaska small ship cruises.



Itinerary

Grand Explorer's Adventure Itinerary

The Sea Star Kenai Fjords National Park cruise  embarks and disembarks in Seward, Alaska, and begins and ends with an Alaska Railroad train ride, connecting Seward and Anchorage. Enjoy 4 days of spectacular Alaska sightseeing, in a less-trafficked area full of fjords, glaciers and whales.

Route map of Sea Star Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, operating round-trip from Seward, AK.
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Day 1
Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward & Embark

After a scenic and exhilarating Alaska Railroad train ride from Anchorage to Seward, ranked as one of the top 10 train rides in North America by National Geographic Traveler, be greeted by the ship’s crew to help take bags for the short walk to the Sea Star yacht. Settle into your stateroom aboard Sea Star and enjoy 1-2 hours of free time to explore the coastal town of Seward with its historic downtown shops and services.

The yacht’s lines are then dropped and she’ll make her way toward the Kenai Fjords National Park, through Resurrection Bay and into Eldorado Narrows. Here, witness beautiful ice-capped peaks, sea caves, humpback whales, sea otters, nesting sea birds, Dall and harbor porpoises, orcas and grey whales. Watch barking sea lions bask in the sun atop the pillow lava ledges. Pass by Cape Resurrection to look for grazing mountain goats and thousands of marine birds including pigeon guillemots, cormorants, murres and black-legged kittiwakes.

Accommodations

Sea Star

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 4
Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

Cruise into dramatic Kenai Fjords National Park, shaped by ancient ice. Visit the glacial fjord Aialik Bay with its diverse shore and visit two or three major glaciers. Valleys, high mountain peaks and pleasant lagoons make a scenic backdrop. Observe sculpted rock arches and beautiful cascading waterfalls. Maneuver around floating icebergs with lounging harbor seals.

Pass by the Chiswell and Harbor Islands, an Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, for premier viewing of the largest seabird concentration on the Kenai Peninsula including thousands of horned and tufted puffins nesting in 500-foot tall sea stacks. A vast population of Steller sea lions inhabit the rock ledges.

Pass through the narrow and scenic Granite Passage. Witness the roar and loud echo of the calving Northwestern Glacier as brilliant blue glass icebergs float gently around the yacht. Crackling ice, pristine air, vivid blues and grays, and ancient carved glacial rocks all tantalize the senses. McCarty Peninsula, Nuka Bay and Taz Basin are other remarkable and remote areas on the ship’s route. Watch for gorgeous humpback whales and orcas on this spectacular Alaska sightseeing cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park.

Accommodations

Sea Star

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Disembark Seward, Alaska Railroad to Anchorage & Depart

Arrive back in Seward during the last day of this Kenai fjords National Park cruise. Enjoy free time prior to an evening train departure, to take a stroll through the historic downtown of Seward and check out local handmade gifts and Native art or even tour the Alaska Sealife Center. Board the train for a scenic ride back to Anchorage, where the trip comes to an end.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Round-trip train ticket between Anchorage and the port of call to embark and disembark the ship; all meals, snacks, beverages including wine and/or beer served with dinner; all bedding and linens; all guided activities including sea kayaking and shore excursions; all equipment including sea kayaking gear, hiking poles and binoculars; rubber boots used during land excursions.

Exclusions

Lodging in Anchorage; hard liquor; recreational fishing licenses; gratuities; airfare unless specified; airport and other travel taxes and/or fees; airport transfers; fees for possible required COVID-19 testing prior to entry into Alaska (Alaska Safe Travels: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers) or in any other state or country; baggage fees; failure of any transportation system; travel, medical or insurance of any kind; passports and visa fees; medical costs; illness and/or hospitalization costs; immunizations; purchase or loss of personal items; additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a cruise due to weather or any third party services; political disputes; or any other causes or conditions beyond operator’s control; float plane transfer to/from the vessel Sea Star due to late arrival or early departure.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date or by April 30 of the same year, which date comes first. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 10% of total trip cost cancellation fee + 3rd party costs
89 to 0 days (or after March 1 of cruise year) – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Sea Star Kenai Fjords National Park cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage prior to Day 1 of the itinerary, as the train ride on Day 1 begins early. Plan to depart Anchorage anytime after the final day of the itinerary, as the return train ride arrives late in the evening. Additional time in Seward on either side of the cruise can be accommodated.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, land treks, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book the Sandpiper, Kittiwake or Osprey cabins may do so at 1.5x the per-person listed rate based upon availability.

Families & Children

Kids 10 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Children of any age are welcome aboard full boat charters. A parent or a legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18. Save 20% per child aged 10 to 17. 

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s/expedition leader’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising and land tours unique.

This Kenai Fjords National Park cruise travels in open ocean waters at times. Travelers prone to seasickness are encouraged to bring over-the-counter seasickness pills or a prescription patch. The Sea Star’s stabilizers assist with excessive rolling in the swells and sea chop should these conditions occur. Learn more about how to prevent and treat seasickness on cruises.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Departures available regularly in June and July. Contact us for current rates and availability.

Accommodation

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