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PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours introduces new ferry service, whale watching dinner tour
GUSTAVUS - Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours, offering the only overnight lodging inside Glacier Bay National Park, today announced a new ferry service operation from Glacier Bay to Juneau utilizing a 72-foot high-speed catamaran called "Fairweather Express II."

The new vessel will also host a new whale watch and dinner tour that will begin May 25.

Unlike previous ferry services, "FXII" passengers are allowed to bring as much freight on board as they would like, providing that they can carry it themselves (and excluding large freight). The catamaran has 149-passenger capacity for service from Bartlett Cove (Glacier Bay) to Auke Bay (Juneau).

It will depart at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays beginning June 6 and will turn around for the return trip at 8 p.m., arriving back at Bartlett Cove at 11 p.m. The ferry will operate through Sept. 2.

Pricing is $70 per adult one-way and $40 per child one-way (ages two- to 12-years old) plus tax. (Pricing is doubled for round trip).

"This high-speed catamaran is not only more ecologically sound and fuel efficient than our previous vessel, but it's a great service for guests and locals who need to transport items from Juneau to Glacier Bay," said Steve Halloran, regional director sales and marketing for Glacier Bay Lodge & Tours.

"FXII" will also host a new Whale Watch and Dinner Tour on Thursday and Saturday evenings to Pt. Adolphus, a nutrient-rich feeding ground for several types of whales migrating back to Hawaii.

The new three-hour tour will depart at 5:30 p.m. and will include a full meal choice of salmon, halibut, or chicken along with accompaniments. Passengers will also have access to unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea; beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tour guests will have the opportunity to see Humpback, Minke, and Orca whales, along with other marine wildlife, indulge in the waters outside of Glacier Bay National Park. Tour rate is $125 for adults, $62.50 for children (two- to 12-years old) plus tax.

"This is the first time that a whale watching tour at Glacier Bay will include exquisite food prepared by our own Chef George," Halloran said.

"It's going to be a popular tour not only because of the new catamaran, but also since tour guests will have the rare opportunity to see a variety of whales and amazing wildlife."

Glacier Bay National Park is a 3.3 million acre park home to 16 tidewater glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, spectacular wildlife, lush rainforest and miles of pristine coastline. Nestled among the Sitka spruce on the shores of Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay Lodge features unsurpassed views of the Fairweather Mountain range and is the source for all activities inside Glacier Bay National Park, including kayaking, hiking, whale watching, fishing and the Glacier Bay Boat Tour.

Containing 56 rooms, the Lodge also boasts a full-service restaurant, the Fairweather Dining Room, a retail store and the National Parks Service Visitor Center.

To book lodging at Glacier Bay, the new ferry service or whale watching dinner and tour, visit www.visitglacierbay.com or call 888-BAY-TOUR.

Glacier Bay, the world's largest protected marine sanctuary, is located just outside of Gustavus, Alaska, 60 miles west of Juneau.

The 3.3-million acre park is home to mammoth blue glaciers, snow-capped mountains, diverse wildlife, lush temperate rainforest and pristine ocean waters.

The park provides opportunities to observe the ebb and flow of majestic glaciers and is a watery paradise for outdoor adventure-seekers, offering everything from whale watching, kayaking and backcountry exploring to flight-seeing tours.

In partnership with Huna Totem Corporation, ARAMARK operates the park's 56-room Glacier Bay Lodge at Bartlett Cove, its full-service restaurant and retail store, and the interpretive day tours and camper drop-off services within the park.

To make reservations or receive more information about tours and activities, call 1-888-BAY-TOUR, or visit www.visitglacierbay.com.

Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours, managed by ARAMARK, is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Through its sports and entertainment group, ARAMARK provides a wide range of managed services, including food, facility and other support services. ARAMARK serves more than 100 convention centers, museums, national and state parks, resorts and tourist destinations.

ARAMARK offers organizations a single source provider for concessions, event planning, premium dining needs and catering, restaurants, retail merchandise sales, and recreational and lodging services.

Huna Totem Corporation is a Juneau, Alaska-based Native corporation created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

The company has 1,200 shareholders predominately of Tlingit descent and has land entitlements of 20,040 acres. Huna Totem has business interests in commercial real estate, banking, investment management and tourism.

The corporation also has a sizable investment in another Southeast Alaska tourism project: the Icy Strait Point destination attraction in Hoonah, Alaska.


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