This was the best excursion we took on our Alaskan cruise. We booked the Helicopter Flightseeing & Glacier Walkabout through Carnival. Do not be swayed by the high price tag. This tour is worth every penny! This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Once everyone assembled, they took us in a van to the location of the helicopter pad. It was a relatively short distance, maybe 10-15 minute drive. Upon arriving, they had a bag with each person’s name on it. Inside the bag was a red/orange jacket for each person (they said you must wear theirs for safety reasons), a pair of wind pants (to go over the pants you wore), boots, gloves, hip/fanny pack (not sure the technical name) – which included a granola bar and bottle of while for when you were on the excursion. Once everyone was suited up, they took the group outside to go over some ground rules for when the helicopters arrived.
The sights from the helicopter were AMAZING! You were literally flying right over the glaciers. You got to see forests, bodies of water, etc. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any wildlife from above. When we landed on the glacier, we were immediately greeted by our two guides who started putting the crampons on each person. Once everyone was suited up in their crampons, they guides walked us around to various areas of the glaciers showing us different things and answering any questions we had. We even got to drink glacier water straight from the glacier! After an hour of walking around, the helicopters came back to get us. Then, there was a short flight back to the heli pad, removed our gear, then shuttled back to the port. It was a perfect day in port!
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