The 95' Glacier Bear is perfect for individuals and couples who wish to join a paddleboard adventure or photography workshop, and for family charters and fishing charters of up to eight adults and children. Alaska Wilderness Charter trips are all-inclusive, except for fishing licenses (see below) and crew gratuity (normally 15-18% of the charter fee). You are also responsible for local transportation to the harbor where Glacier Bear will be docked. In most cases it's a short taxi ride or Lyft/Uber fare from your hotel.
Each charter includes the following range of services:
Trip Deposit: We require a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost at time of booking. The full balance is due 90 days prior to the trip departure date.
Alaska Fishing License: All residents age 18 or older, and non-residents age 16 or older, must purchase and possess a Sport Fishing License to participate in Alaska sport and personal use fisheries. In addition, a King Salmon Stamp is required to fish for king salmon. These laws apply in both fresh and marine waters. Sport fish licenses and king salmon stamps may be purchased online, at most sporting goods stores, and at Alaska Fish and Game offices. Non-residents under 16 years of age are not required to purchase a fishing license or king salmon stamp.
Crew Gratuity: What is an appropriate crew gratuity? We advise clients to plan for a 15 to 20 percent gratuity (given to the Captain and shared with the crew) for any Alaska charter. This is of course at the clients' discretion. If they don’t feel the crew has earned the high end of the range, then they are justified in leaving less. On the flip side, we have had clients leave a 25 percent gratuity. The service was that good.
It’s important to note that the industry standard of a 15 to 20 percent gratuity applies whether it’s an owner-operated boat, or a large charter boat company with a hired crew. For some reason, people occasionally don’t realize that they need to leave a gratuity for the crew of an owner-operator boat. They mistakenly feel the crew is making enough $$$ on the charter. But in reality, the owner-operators (and crew) are probably making less. There are far more expenses (per charter) for small owner-operators than there are for large charter boat companies.
Cancellation Policy: Please be sure to buy trip insurance at the time of your booking. A good option is www.insuremytrip.com. The majority of our trips are planned and booked several months in advance of departure. With the limited operating season in Alaska, we must strictly adhere to the following cancellation/refund policy: