See the very best of the Tracy Arm wilderness area and an exciting close-up view of the majestic twin Sawyer Glaciers. Relax in the warm, spacious cabin, surrounded by large windows on a luxurious, high-speed catamaran as you depart Juneau harbor before your ship. Enjoy a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages while watching for gleaming, blue icebergs, which often mark the shallow-water entrance to Tracy Arm. Explore this ice-carved fjord, tracing the bases of cliffs that rise 4,000 feet above the jade-colored sea, as the onboard naturalist provides information about the area. There will be frequent stops to view wildlife. Feel the mist on your face as your Captain skillfully guides the vessel almost directly under a plunging waterfall. The catamaran’s extraordinary maneuverability will allow you to get close to North Sawyer Glacier, which cannot be approached by larger ships. You’ll then cruise slowly past seals resting atop recently-carved icebergs en route to a viewing stop near the face of spectacular South Sawyer Glacier. From the topside observation deck, you’ll be able to fully experience 'white thunder,' as immense spires of ice break from the glacier and crash into the sea. Following an extended drift near the glacier’s face, the catamaran will maneuver back into open water to pull alongside your awaiting cruise ship.
Note: We recommend participants bring a warm jacket, hat and gloves to wear on the observation deck. In the event that unpredictable and ever-changing ice conditions preclude the vessel from entering the upper reaches of Tracy Arm fjord, the tour will be modified to explore Endicott Arm, an adjacent fjord and tidewater glacier of equal beauty. Due to diminishing daylight and ice condition this tour is not available in early May and mid to late September. This tour is available for guests on Norwegian Jewel only.
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Customer Reviews for Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer
We were able to get up close to both of the Sawyer Glaciers and a couple of fabulous waterfalls too to take pictures.
Weaving our way through the icebergs was fun. Being in a smaller boat you get a better appreciation for just how big they are.
We had sunny 'warm' weather but it was still cold on deck when the boat was moving. Make sure to wear lots of layers. My daughter only brought a hoody and regretted it. I wore a hat and gloves while on deck at times.
Free hot drinks were nice after being out on deck and they gave us some snacks too.
Great crew. Missed a lot of what the naturalist said because I was out on deck (they turn the speakers off out there to minimize the effect of the sound on the animals) but my daughter learned a lot.
It is a long excursion and my daughter was glad to have brought a book to read when she got tired of looking out the window. We got picked up before 1 and it was well after 6 before we met up with the ship again.
So happy we went - the ship only saw one glacier (from far away) while we saw two!