Kenai Fjords Tour – Part 1

During my Alaska/Canada Road Trip, in May, I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…a trip through Kenai Fjords out of Seward, Alaska.

Lesson Learned

So, why has it taken me so long to share this trip?  Well, I encountered every photographer’s nightmare.  For some reason I decided to move my photos to an external hard drive.  The key word here is “move”, not “copy”.  The next day my external hard drive crashed with 11 years of photographs including those from my Kenai Fjords Tour.  Luckily I had backed up the hard drive in May of 2011, so only one year of photos was lost completely.  Since then I have checked into recovering the photos and for $1450 I found a place that will.  After the shock, a friend’s husband and some of his friends attempted to recover them with no luck.  I’ve decided to pass on the recovery for now, but if I ever win the lottery it will be one of the first things I do.

The Good News

There are two pieces of good news.  As soon as I discovered that my external hard drive failed, I removed the memory card from my camera.  I had deleted the photos off of it, but I’d heard that sometimes they can be recovered.  Very few were recovered by my friend’s husband, but I have at least some.  And, the best news of all is that when I was in Alaska over the 4th of July my mom and I decided to take the tour again.

On my second trip, I took over 700 photos and those photos are now on four different media storage devices (two laptops…home and work, my camera memory card, and an external hard drive).  Eventually I’ll get brave and delete some of them, but for now I’m leaving them where they are.

Sharing

With so much information to share, I’m going to make this a four part series.  In this post, I’ll share a few photos of Seward (where the tour begins).  I’ll share future posts about the landscape, the sea life, and the glaciers.  The tour is so amazing that I can’t share it all in one post.

Details

I choose to go out with Kenai Fjords Tours which is owned by Ciri (an Alaska Native Corporation).  They offer several day trip options ranging in price of $64Alaska Railroad and $214 and ranging in durations of 3.5 to 9 hours.  I choose the six hour National Park Tour costing $164.  My thought was 3.5 hours was not quite enough to really see much and when I asked the major difference between the six and nine hour tours was that the nine hour tours include dinner on Fox Island.  Dinner just wasn’t worth it to me.  The most expensive tour, at $214, is called Captain’s Choice and includes the captain choosing where to go based on what he’s heard/seen recently.  Frankly I saw so much, I’m glad I didn’t both to pay more.  The last advantage to the six hour tour, which starts at 11:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm, was people can take the train to Seward and the timing works out perfectly (this didn’t apply to me, but it works nicely for others).

Seward

Seward Small Boat HarborSeward Small Boat HarborSeward HarborLeaving Seward Small Boat Harbor

Orca VoyagerDocking Orca Voyager

Docking the Orca Voyager (2nd trip was on Aialik Voyager…in photo on left)

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  8. My hubby and I sat with you on the Orca Voyager! We have tons of pictures from that day, and I’d be happy to send you some if you’d like. We really enjoyed meeting you and hearing about your journey with the two dogs on the ferry. 🙂 You can contact me via email if you would like some of our Orca shots.

    • Thanks for reaching out to me Gina. I’m so glad you found my site. I’m so happy to say that I got some amazing shots on my second trip too. The only thing I didn’t get any photos of were the dall porpoise. It was so nice to take my mom with me the second time too. She had always wanted to go. I will send you an email later this week. Thanks again. It was so nice to have met you during the tour.