Trip Cost/Deposit

Welcome Aboard!

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.

What's Included

Each charter includes the following range of services:

  • Family/Group Charters include the For Reel, our 28' fishing tender, which lets our guests fish and explore in locations that Glacier Bear can't reach. These trips also include our 16' Lund skiff, plus a selection of kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Paddleboard and Photography trips include our 16' Lund skiff, plus a selection of kayaks and paddleboards.
  • Our 16' Lund skiff allows guests to set crab pots and shrimp pots. It also provides a convenient way for us to ferry guests ashore for hiking and sightseeing excursions.
  • Gourmet Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus snacks and appetizers.
  • A reasonable quantity of beer and wine.
  • Your catch of the day superbly prepared by our fabulous chef.
  • Processing and freezing of fish you've caught, for the flight back home.
  • A hot tub!
  • An experienced crew of four (we will have five crew members for specialty charters):
    • our captain
    • our chef
    • an engineer
    • a fishing guide
      • a paddleboard guide
      • a photography guide

Deposit

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.

Fishing

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.

Alaska Fishing License (Non-Resident)
  • 1-Day Sport Fishing License: $25.00
  • 3-Day Sport Fishing License: $45.00
  • 7-Day Sport Fishing License: $70.00
  • 1-Day King Salmon Stamp: $15.00
  • 3-Day King Salmon Stamp: $30.00
  • 7-Day King Salmon Stamp: $45.00

Gratuity

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.

Trip Cancellation

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:

  • Cancellation 151 days (or more) prior to departure. You will receive a refund of 80% of the deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 10% of the total charter cost.
  • Cancellation 91-150 days prior to departure. You will receive a refund of 50% of the deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 25% of the total charter cost.
  • Cancellation 31-89 days prior to departure. Forfeiture of the entire deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 50% of the total charter cost.
  • Cancellation 1-30 days prior to departure. Forfeiture of the entire cost of the charter.
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The 95' Glacier Bear is perfect for those who wish to join an Alaska paddleboard adventure or Alaska photography workshop.

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Fishing

Alaska Wilderness Charters: Sport fishing and Stream Fishing

Paddleboard

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Wildlife

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