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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: May 11, 2013, 11:25:50 PM »
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: May 11, 2013, 11:28:46 PM »
Can anyone recommend whether to take the glacier tour of Prince Willam Sound or of Kenai Fjiords Nat'l park? They both sound great.

This is exactly the question I was busy with all of last week, and still don't have a clear answer. From all my researching, it seems that PWS is better for glacier viewing, while KFNP is better for wildlife viewing. But KFNP has Bear Glacier, which is supposed to be even more awesome than the ones in PWS, although harder to get to.

This is compounded with the fact that I want to both go on a tour and go sea kayaking to the glaciers, and can't seem to decide where to do what. I don't even know if it worth it to do both.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: May 11, 2013, 11:32:58 PM »
Also, as I understand it, there's nothing to do in Whittier besides for the PWS tours (although the tunnel getting in is cool). In Seward there's hiking (Exit Glacier, Marathon Mountain) and the Sea Life Center. Whittier is not much more than an old military base, while Seward is a beautiful little town.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: May 12, 2013, 12:18:57 AM »
Whittier is really pretty and cool. That being said I did a tour in the PWS and at Kenai Fjords, I did a 9 hour cruise at Kenai and found it a lot better then PWS although the PWS was also incredible.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: May 12, 2013, 12:21:23 AM »
Whittier is really pretty and cool. That being said I did a tour in the PWS and at Kenai Fjords, I did a 9 hour cruise at Kenai and found it a lot better then PWS although the PWS was also incredible.

In what way was it better? And what time of the year was did you go?
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: May 12, 2013, 12:28:03 AM »
In what way was it better? And what time of the year was did you go?
I went in July. There was way more wildlife, including a whole pod of killer whales jumping in and out of the water. We also saw huge humpback whales breach next to the boat. We didn't see any of that in PWS just sea otters. The glaciers that we saw in the PWS were really nice but so were the ones at the Kenai Fjords. Make sure to pick a long cruise it's worth the extra time and money.

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: May 12, 2013, 12:39:27 AM »
I went in July. There was way more wildlife, including a whole pod of killer whales jumping in and out of the water. We also saw huge humpback whales breach next to the boat. We didn't see any of that in PWS just sea otters. The glaciers that we saw in the PWS were really nice but so were the ones at the Kenai Fjords. Make sure to pick a long cruise it's worth the extra time and money.

Why is it that simple answer on DDF could yield more concrete and useful info than a week of googling? :D

I think you just settled the issue for me.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: May 12, 2013, 12:47:41 AM »
Why is it that simple answer on DDF could yield more concrete and useful info than a week of googling? :D

I think you just settled the issue for me.
Happy to have helped :)

I wanted to point out that not all the cruises on the Kenai Fjords go to the glaciers so make sure to pick a good one. The PWS is all about glaciers but Kenai has them too and if you pick only one for sure just to Kenai. We actually saw one calve which means to drop off a huge chunk of the glacier into the water. It sounded like firecrackers!


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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: May 12, 2013, 12:48:09 AM »
Why is it that simple answer on DDF could yield more concrete and useful info than a week of googling? :D

I think you just settled the issue for me.

WAIT! Don't settle it until you watch this video: It looks so amazing.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: May 12, 2013, 12:49:43 AM »
WAIT! Don't settle it until you watch this video: It looks so amazing.
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Bringing back good memories  :)

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: May 12, 2013, 12:52:46 AM »
From Kenai Fjords ( just picked random picks I need to find the good ones)

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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: May 12, 2013, 12:52:51 AM »
Before you decide, figure out which part of PWS Fan of Dan toured. Another difference seems to be that PWS has much calmer water. I think I'm tilting toward PWS for now, even though was almost decided on Kenai.

As far as Seward goes, I plan on (hopefully) taking the exit glacier ice climbing tour from exit glacier guides which sounds like an amazing adventure.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: May 12, 2013, 12:53:46 AM »
WAIT! Don't settle it until you watch this video: It looks so amazing.
http://bcove.me/o9ve0knm

Darn it. You had to do that, did you ;)?

On the other hand, this video was taken out of Seward...
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: May 12, 2013, 12:54:22 AM »
SF - What type of outerwear do you plan on bringing? It might get very cold/wet.

I think if you have very limited time you might consider taking the flightseeing tour of Denali instead of going in.
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Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: May 12, 2013, 12:57:01 AM »
Before you decide, figure out which part of PWS Fan of Dan toured. Another difference seems to be that PWS has much calmer water. I think I'm tilting toward PWS for now, even though was almost decided on Kenai.

As far as Seward goes, I plan on (hopefully) taking the exit glacier ice climbing tour from exit glacier guides which sounds like an amazing adventure.
I went to the PWS out of Whittier. Don't get me wrong I loved it and I would certainly reccomend it, just not over Kenai Fjords. The water in PWS is calmer as it's more sheltered but that is why there is less wildlife. We took dramamin which is a must for the Kenai fjords.