Prince William Sound Tours

Prince William Sound
Looking up in Prince William Sound, you’re staring at the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world. Many of them drop steeply as cliffs of ice from the mountains that tower above the coast. Coasting through the calm waters of the sound, it is not uncommon to see cascading waterfalls, as well as a variety of wildlife, including eagles, deer, bears, sea otters, and even whales. The sound is surrounded by the greenery and trees of the Chugach National Forest, which is the second largest in the United States.

Explorer James Cook first discovered the sound in 1778, promptly naming it Sandwich Sound after the Earl of Sandwich. His map’s editors, however, later changed the name to honor Prince William Henry of England. Today it remains one of Alaska’s most scenic places, and the coastline’s dramatic fjords must be seen from the water. Keep an eye out also for its many islands as you cruise along the waterways.

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Prince William Sound is located on the Gulf of Alaska along the southern coast. It is about an hour’s drive from Anchorage, or alternatively, take the train to Whittier.
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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Discover the magic of Alaska on this 7-hour Columbia Glacier cruise from Valdez. A local captain and crew will guide you through the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in South Central Alaska. Look out for wildlife along the way; if you’re lucky you could spot porpoises, puffins, sea lions and sea otters among other creatures. A delicious lunch will be provided and a professional guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this unique and pristine natural area.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

Immerse yourself in the natural Alaskan world during this full-day cruise to Meares Glacier from Valdez. Your local captain and crew will deftly guide the boat through tranquil Prince William Sound and tell you about the area’s history along the way. Look out for wildlife; common sights are eagles, puffins, harbor seals, sea otters and even whales. When you finally arrive at Meares Glacier you’ll be mesmerized by the intense sight and sound of ice falling off the glacier face. A delicious lunch is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Phillips Cruises 26 Glacier Tour - Self-Drive Package

Phillips Cruises and Tours offers a unique and memorable way to view the beauty of the glaciers and wildlife of Prince William Sound in a pristine wilderness area. Conditions change daily due to weather, ice flows, and wildlife activity so our captains adapt to these changing conditions to provide the best cruise experience while keeping your safety and comfort a top priority. The crew is attentive throughout the cruise ensuring that your time with us is an enjoyable memory and a favorite highlight of your Alaska vacation.Our tours are operated on first-class catamarans. Due to their dual hull design, these powerful high-speed catamarans are extremely stable and able to smoothly navigate through the narrow fjords and passages that lead us to the face of massive glaciers. By operating safely and efficiently, Phillips provides a comfortable cruise and our No Seasickness Guarantee assures nervous cruisers the confidence that they will enjoy our cruise without any unpleasant effects.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$184.00
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Ultimate Alaskan Adventure

Discover the untouched landscapes of the Alaskan frontier on this unforgettable adventure. Visit Lake Clark National Park where you will have guaranteed brown bear viewing. On these shores, you will safely view brown bears grazing like cattle on grass as they also hunt for oysters. Guests will cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park and the Prince William Sound where ocean wildlife abounds. Ocean wildlife seen often includes orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, puffins, and seals. You'll explore the vast and unforgettable Wrangell St. Elias National Park, and view North American wildlife in Denali National Park. After a visit to the quaint Alaskan village of Talkeetna, Alaska, you'll return home with life-long memories of your wildlife adventure in Alaska!
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Duration: 11 days
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