The 26-glacier cruise travels the Sound on a fast three-deck catamaran, allowing it to cover many miles of scenery and count the glaciers in College Fjord as they go, more territory than the competitors reach. The tour also now includes narrow Esther Passage and a visit to a sea lion haul-out. The boat ride is 5 hours, so if you use their bus, you cut the total time from Anchorage to under 8 1/2 hours. The boat has a snack bar and bar, and a hot lunch is provided with the fare.