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26 Glacier Cruise
Cruise Avalable May 8th - October 3, 2015
*See Rates/Schedules for operational updates on cruises departing 9/27-10/3.
The 26 Glacier Cruise departs from Whittier and traverses 145 miles through the pristine passageways of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Upon leaving Whittier the vessel heads east out Passage Canal to the Egg Rock sea lion rookery located in Port Wells. From there it proceeds to the very scenic area called Esther Passage where only small ships can navigate the waterway. High mountains protect this narrow channel from rough seas and winds. Many different animals call this area home; bald eagles are commonly seen fishing in the area along with an occasional puffin. It is not uncommon to see orcas plus sea otters are almost always present.
Esther Passage opens into College Fjord where the vessel turns north for a panoramic view of all the glaciers named after the Eastern Colleges during the Harriman Expedition. Next, cruise to Surprise Glacier and Barry Arm located in Harriman Fjord. The Captain plots a path through the ice filled waters up to the front of the glacier so passengers can watch for house size chunks of ice calving into the sea.
On the return trip to Whittier the vessel will stop one more time at a kittiwake bird rookery that is located just across the bay from Whittier. Over 10,000 birds inhabit these rocky cliffs each summer laying eggs. They fish constantly in front of the rookery and then train the young hatchlings all the survival tips they will need before returning to they fly south for the winter. It is just a five minute cruise from the rookery back to the marina in Whittier.
Glacier Quest Cruise
Cruise Avalable May 15st - September 13, 2015
The Glacier Quest Cruise takes you from Whittier to Blackstone Bay, a dramatic deep water fjord where two tidewater glaciers await. From timberline to sea level, a mature, thick spruce forest provides a dark green contrast against the white spray of waterfalls stemming from the 8 glaciers hugging the mountain peaks.
As you cruise towards the head of Blackstone Bay, Tebenkof Glacier towers above on the left. After passing this valley glacier, Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers rise before you. We will get you close to both with plenty of time to watch and listen to the sights and sounds these massive glaciers provide.
Along the way, we also make a stop at an old shipwreck in Shotgun Cove. Be sure to look for wildlife roaming the shores.