The 26 Glacier Cruise Experience

The 26 Glacier Cruise Experience

The 26 Glacier Cruise travels over 140 miles into Prince William Sound where you will see 26 “named” glaciers and many more unnamed. We get face to face with these towering masses of ice, so close you can “hear” the glaciers move and gaze at their brilliant blue hues.

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On the 26 Glacier Cruise, you'll see several types of glaciers, including Alpine (hanging), Piedmont and Tidewater. Glacier calvings (when broken pieces of ice fall into the water and become icebergs) are normally seen on each cruise.

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M/V Klondike Express

The Klondike Express is the largest, fastest and most luxurious catamaran in Alaska.
This 137-foot, high-speed catamaran holds 338 passengers on three decks, two of which are enclosed and heated and there is an inside seat and table for every passenger on board. During this 5-hour cruise, our route covers 140 miles cruising through narrow passage ways, along jagged shorelines, and down glacier carved fjords. In one day, guests can see 26 glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife in their natural environment. Cruise face to face with towering masses of ice, so close that you can hear the glaciers move. Gaze at the brilliant blue hues and towering spires of alpine, piedmont and tidewater glaciers. If the timing is right, you may also get lucky and witness a section of ancient ice calve into the sea. To witness this massive movement of ice and hear its thunderous roar is truly an unforgettable experience.

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The Glacier Quest Cruise Experience

The Glacier Quest is your quickest way to see the massive tidewater glaciers of Alaska. Enjoy the towering cliffs, sea birds and otters. Watch for wildlife on the shore too, as your captain guides the boat across pristine waters to Blackstone and Beloit glacier, some of the most amazing sights you will ever see.

M/V Glacier Quest

Our newest addition to the fleet, this 80 foot catamaran holds 149 passengers on 3 decks, two of which are enclosed and heated with an inside seat and table for every passenger on board. The Glacier Quest is a non-smoking vessel. However, we have designated a small exterior area where smoking will be permitted during times that the vessel is underway.

Comfortable upholstered booths with tables are available for all passengers and the large picture windows provide a view from every seat. A saloon, snack bar, gift shop and three restrooms are a few of the other amenities available to our Glacier Quest passengers.

Both Cruises Feature...

No Sea Sickness – Guaranteed

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With the combination of our stable catamarans and the protected waters of Prince William Sound – we guarantee a trip without sea sickness or your money back. If you’re concerned about motion sickness in the least, we’re the choice for you!




Cruise with a National Forest Service Ranger

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All of our cruises are narrated by a Chugach National Forest Service Ranger. They provide an insider’s view of this area and are available all day to teach you about the natural history of the area. They’ll also work with the kids on the popular “Junior Ranger” program. Always a hit! Please note: Ranger program begins approximately June 1st. Prior to June 1st, narration provided by trained and professional Captain and Crew.

Complimentary Hot Lunch!

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We never charge extra...lunch is on us!
You can choose one of the following options:

  • The favorite choice! Alaskan Amber beer battered wild Alaska cod fish served with Alaska Chip Company potato chips and our own fresh made coleslaw.
  • Chicken All white meat chicken strips served atop a bed of Alaska Chip Company potato chips with a side of our fresh coleslaw.
  • Are you gluten free or vegetarian? Try our Teriyaki bowl with tofu, vegetables and brown rice served with rice pudding and a side of our fresh coleslaw*.
    *Please note the coleslaw contains egg in the dressing.
  • Kids meal: All beef hotdog, fruit cup and Alaska Chip Company potato chips.
If no meal is selected at the time of reservation, the fish entree' will be provided.


Snack bar and Full service saloon

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Our snack bars and full service saloons are open throughout your voyage. Sip your favorite Alaskan Beer, wine or cocktail while enjoying a front row seat on your ultimate Alaskan adventure!.
Warm your spirits with one of our signature hot drinks or freshen up with our very own Glacier Ice Margarita.

Seating

Comfortable upholstered booths with tables are available for all passengers and the large picture windows provide a view from every seat. A saloon, snack bar, gift shop and seven restrooms are a few of the other amenities available to our glacier cruise passengers. For more information on seating click here.

Wildlife

Harbor Seals
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These sea creatures are well adapted to life in the sea. They are graceful and efficient swimmers as they use their hind flippers for propulsion and fore flippers as rudders. You will encounter these beautiful animals hauled out on the ice at the face of the many tidewater glaciers visited on this cruise.



Humpback Whale
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Keep an eye out for these gentle giants as we head towards the open waters of the Sound. You’ll recognize them by their giant spouts, easily seen from great distances. These whales are baleen whales that feed on some of the smallest creatures of the ocean, and have giant flippers that can sometimes reach 30% of their entire length. These animals winter in Hawaii where they give birth to their young, before returning to the food rich and fertile waters of Alaska.


Sea Otter
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These playful little guys are often found just about everywhere in the Sound, where glaciers from long ago have left an underwater shallow area that is prime for feeding. The otter, known for it’s rich pelt has no blubber like other marine mammals to keep them warm, and relies on a rich seafood diet, high metabolism, and constantly refreshing the air bubbles in its fur for warmth. Otters are known for being one of the only animals that use tools, having been seen using rocks and the like to break open shells while feeding.


Orca/Killer Whales
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This member of the dolphin family can be seen throughout the sound. The more docile orca whales are known as resident orcas and travel in large family groups or pods and feed on the salmon runs that make their way into Prince William Sound. They can be playful, and are often very curious. The transient orca whales feed on marine mammals such as seals and sea lions, and are not easily spotted, as they tend to be more stealthy. The resident pods can be spotted by the massive dorsal fins above the water as they travel, sometimes reaching up to six feet in height.


Other Wildlife
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Keep a keen eye out for bears, mountain goats, sea lions and Dall's porpoise as you cruise the sound. While at the glaciers, it is common to see seals on top of the icebergs around the boat, and eagles are ever present in Prince William Sound. We’ll do our best to point them out to you, but often rely on you, our guests as well to spot these critters as we travel.

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