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Prince William Sound Yachting

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United States,  7 to 9 Days From $ 3,450 per person Themes
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Highlights

This set of voyages sample the natural wonders of Prince William Sound. Years of travel and exploration in the Sound have resulted in a destination list of must-see places. 

Summary

These small ship cruises may be 7 to 9 days, based on the specific itinerary.
 
  • Classic Discovery Voyages are 7 Days
  • Hike & Kayak Voyages are 7 Days
  • Professional Photographer Hugh Rose Led Voyages are 9 Days
 
Longer trips will linger a little more and explore a little deeper. Wildflower meadows, rainforest trails, calving glaciers, whale watching, photography, shore side hikes, kayaking and a whole lot more await you on this classic encounter with the world-class beauty of Prince William Sound.

Availability

Trip runs from May through early September.

Activity (Activities)

Birding
Photography
Wildlife
Yachting & Sailing

Green Approach

Eco-Ventional

Certification

Adventure Green Alaska - Gold

Why Authentic Ecotourism?

Guests are offered two ways they can take positive steps to protect the environment while they are on their trip. 

  1. Carbon offset program gives an opportunity to help others achieve that which is presently beyond our own business's reach: energy independence and zero emissions. By contributing to a clean and renewable energy projects' fund managed by Native Energy of Burlington, Vermont, and based on our annual fossil fuel use and associated carbon footprint, we help fund wind, solar, farm methane and other renewable energy projects, including some projects right here in Alaska. A number of Alaska's remote Native villages are converting to wind powered electricity with the help of Native Energy's renewable energy programs. Please consider the emissions associated with your travel by supporting the Iowa Farms Wind Project, which will reduce approximately 8,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year and bring essential additional income to Iowa farmers. To calculate and purchase offsets please visit NativeEnergy's travel calculator.
  2. We encourage guests to participate in "4 Dollars a Day for Alaska Conservation", a volunteer donation program where guests elect to donate $4 for each day spent on the trip. Donations for this program are given to:
    • Prince William SoundKeeper, a community based, non-profit organization that works to protect and enhance water quality in Prince William Sound, Alaska through community-based stewardship, problem solving education and advocacy
    • The Alaska Center for the Environment, a nonprofit environmental advocacy and educational organization dedicated to the conservation of Alaska's natural resources
    • The Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association, a non-profit organization supporting the management of Alaska's wild places and the development of diverse travel businesses, communities and conservation interests.

The following includes a detailed itinerary sample. Please keep in mind that itinerary changes may occur, either to take advantage of seasonal opportunities like wildlife viewing, to avoid open water during times of inclement weather, or to visit places of particular interest. Nights are spent at anchor in any of the Sound's intimate and protected bays, fjords, or coves.

Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer on own to your downtown Bed & Breakfast (included) for a comfortable night stay. Accommodations offer convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a network of developed hiking and bicycling trails throughout the Anchorage area. We recommend a walk or bike ride this afternoon or evening, if time allows. The views of the Alaska Range are spectacular! Dinner on own this evening. A great selection of restaurants are within easy walking distance of your B&B.

Day 2

Van transfer pick up by staff at 10:00am for the scenic ride along Turnagain Arm, known for it's tremendous tidal flats and frequent sightings of Beluga Whales. Continue south through the Chugach mountains to rendezvous with the captain and crew in Whittier for a warm welcome aboard the boat. While the crew prepares for departure, relax in the cozy salon and enjoy specially prepared appetizers of smoked salmon or halibut spread with crackers, fresh baked breads, fruits, and a plentiful selection of fine beverages.

Leave Whittier in the early afternoon, enjoying lunch while traveling east and south to a hiking destination. Upon arrival, we will launch inflatable zodiacs to take us onshore for a short hike through lush rainforest vegetation and countless rivers and waterfalls. Return for an exquisite dinner waiting of local Copper River Red salmon, breads, roasted rosemary potatoes, vegetables, desserts, dinner wine selections and many other beverages are available. Meanwhile, the boat travels to an evening anchorage in one of the Sound's many intimate and secluded coves.

Day 3

Mornings aboard the boat are usually relaxed with a casual open breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. works well with guests from various time zones and individual morning routines. Enjoy a variety of warm fresh breads, muffins, rolls, fruits, cereals, various warm egg dishes, juices, coffee and tea are all available. Underway in the morning, we sail through Knight Island Passage and Dangerous Passage towards Icy Bay. Some of the Sound's most frequent Orca and Humpback Whale sightings are found along this route, keep your eyes peeled for dorsal fins and blow spouts.

At midday the boat navigates her way through Icy Bay's, Nassau Fjord. Several miles of icebergs and brash ice (smaller pieces of glacial ice) lay between the fjord entrance and the massive, calving face of Chenega glacier, named after the local native community of Chenega. The massive 200 square mile Sergeant Ice field funnels ice down a wide mountain valley, forming a one mile long, 200 foot high wall that topples giant blue chunks into the sea. This active tidewater glacier, with its daunting size and mammoth sounds, offer a remarkable opportunity to experience firsthand the tremendous natural forces that move these spectacles of nature.

Hundreds of harbor seals make Icy Bay their summer home, using the floating ice as resting platforms and safe places for birthing. The rocky mountainsides around Chenega glacier support a healthy, frequently visible population of mountain goats; binoculars serve as helpful aids in sighting these skillful mountain climbers. If conditions are favorable, a short hike above the glacier will be offered. After lunch, the Discovery exits this ice-laden fjord for Bainbridge Passage, where you can try your luck fishing for Pacific Halibut and Rockfish. Late afternoon and early evening provide opportunities for more Orca and Humpback whale watching. If successful, we'll pass this helpful information on to the local whale researchers of the North Gulf Oceanic Society. Enjoy a relaxing dinner while the boat travels along Knight Island, into the uncharted narrows of Long Channel for the evening's anchorage.

Day 4

The "unhurried" morning theme of relaxed and casual breakfast awaits your flexible wake up time. Cruising northwest through more "sea pastures" fertile with whale watching opportunities, the Discovery cruises toward a noisy and raucous Steller Sea Lion haulout. These entertaining creatures put on quite a display, some show off their graceful water acrobatics while others roar and bellow, or recline lazily upon the large rocky shore. After a short visit with the sea lions, travel turns westward towards an impressive waterfall, with lunch served along the way. Those wanting to stretch their legs can take the short zodiac ride ashore for a guided hike through the world's northern-most temperate rain forest, rich with ferns, mosses, and towering Spruce, Hemlock and Cedar trees.

Later in the day, we travel the remote shores of Eaglek Bay to visit the oyster farm of David Sczawinski. Oyster lovers will enjoy one of the Sound's most delicious sea products. Upon leaving Eaglek Bay, the Discovery makes a brief stop near one of the many small islands, home to a colony of Tufted Puffins, thought by many visitors to be Alaska's most adorable seabird. Continuing westward through Wells Passage, enjoy appetizers of expertly prepared fresh oysters and dinner of macadamia nut halibut, complimented by vegetables, fresh baked focaccia, dessert, dinner wines and other beverages. Set course northward to the fringes of College Fjord for the evening's anchorage and midnight sunset views.

Day 5

Guests awake to a casual breakfast and an exciting day of some of the world's most spectacular scenery–corridors of breathtaking beauty, sprawling glaciers and a panoramic skyline of mountain grandeur. Harbor seals hauled out on the flotillas of icebergs watch closely as the Discovery navigates the icy, blue waters of Barry Arm. The enveloping mountains of this inlet stretch skyward to nearly 10,000 feet, with glacier after glacier descending the terraced mountain valleys. Alaska's lush rainforest vegetation drapes the hillsides in green as streaming waterfalls fall from the rocky cliffs. Listen to the cracks, pops and thunderous roars of the Cascade, Barry and Coxe glaciers while the boat, dwarfed by blue and white walls, drifts silently by these actively calving rivers of ice.

For guests seeking a different perspective, the crew will launch the inflatable "zodiacs" for a guided exploration of this magnificent area. Touch the impressive face of Coxe glacier, watch the showy Black Oystercatchers strut across the rocky shorelines, sense the presence of the curious Hoary marmots and drink in the bright pinks of fireweed and the intense blues of the alpine lupine.

After lunch, spend time exploring the wonders of Harriman Fjord and Surprise Glacier. Hike along the shore among beached icebergs stranded by the ebbing tide, or possibly an upland hike, offering broad spectacular views of the Chugach mountain range and glacier-valleys. Then the Discovery will explore deeper into the ice filled fjord for a chance to kayak and up to the face of Harriman Glacier. On this journey, you're entertained by families of playful sea otters foraging the shellfish-rich shallow waters of their favorite feeding ground. As a protected species, these otters exhibit little concern for human presence, instead offering great opportunities for photos and up-close observations. Nature offers few chances to see animals in the wild as "cute" and adorable as these mothers with young pups.

Day 6

Spend the morning exploring the wonders of Harriman Fjord and Surprise Glacier. Hike along the shore among beached icebergs stranded by the ebbing tide. Or possibly an upland hike, offering broad spectacular views of the Chugach mountain range and glacier-valleys. Enjoy lunch while we go deeper into the ice-filled fjord for a chance to kayak and up to the face of Harriman Glacier. On this journey, you're entertained by families of playful sea otters foraging the shellfish-rich shallow waters of their favorite feeding ground. As a protected species, these otters exhibit little concern for human presence, instead offering great opportunities for photos and up-close observations. Nature offers few chances to see animals in the wild as 'cute' and adorable and these mothers with young pups. Enjoy a memorable final dinner while continuing toward the evening's anchorage.

Day 7

Awake today immersed in a wilderness sanctuary of unparalleled natural beauty. Take in the morning light on the deck while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea. These spellbinding sights and dramatic sounds leave you humbled and feeling insignificant amidst this powerful living landscape. Relax in the salty ocean breeze and splendor of this special place as we travel south. Appetizers will be served while taking in the final sights of Passage Canal prior to docking in the Whittier Harbor and your van transfer to Anchorage. Overnight in Anchorage.

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast this morning at your Bed & Breakfast. Transfer on own to the airport for departures home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Alaska. If you have the time, we recommend seeing Dave Parkhurst's Northern Lights show at the Performing Arts Center, or a visit to the Museum of Natural History and Art; or, if you have children, you may find a visit to the Alaska Zoo to be fun and informative (the indigenous Alaskan wildlife at the zoo are all "rescued" animals, taken to captivity only when they could not survive in the wild). Often, there is an outdoor market in downtown Anchorage, featuring Alaskan art and other local goods.

 

Departure City

Anchorage

Finishing City

Anchorage

Group Size

12 maximum

Meals

A menu of carefully prepared, home-cooked meals await you. The upper deck salon is surrounded by large windows creating a magnificent natural dinner theater. Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon, sockeye salmon and or halibut, oysters, shrimp, and rockfish. These are served with fresh quality vegetables, home made breads & rolls, soups, and fruit (organically grown ingredients are used whenever possible). Beverages include fine wines, quality beer, juice and milk.

Optional Activities

Different itineraries run throughout the season ranging from 4 - 13 days. 

Inclusions

  • Accommodations in Anchorage before and after your voyage in Prince William Sound
  • Personal van transfers between Anchorage and Whittier 
  • Overnight accommodations superior class boat 
  • All meals, beverages (complimentary beer, wine, etc) on board
  • All crew and guide services including kayaks (a selection of double or single)
  • Rubber boots and rain gear

 

Single Supplement Fee

If you are a single traveler willing to share a cabin and we are unable to match you with a roommate you will not be charged a single supplement. If you want to guarantee a private cabin, single supplement charges will apply.

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