26 Glacier Cruise
May 5 - October 7, 2017 - Extended Dates!
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
$159 Adult + tax/fees, $99 Child age 2-11 + tax/fees
- Explore over 140 miles of Prince William Sound
- Esther Passage, College Fjord, Surprise Glacier
- Cruise route features 26 named glaciers and many others
- Complimentary hot meal, coffee, hot tea, and ice water
- Custom narration by Chugach National Forest Service Ranger
- Exclusive No Seasickness Guarantee
26 Glacier Cruise Route
The 26 Glacier Cruise departs from Whittier and travels through the pristine passageways and fjords found in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Upon leaving Whittier, the vessel heads east out Passage Canal toward Egg Rocks or Perry Island in search of migratory Steller sea lions. 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 occasional black bear sightings. It is not uncommon to see orca whales, humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and a variety of birds in this narrow passage.
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 massive 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 fly south for the winter. The rookery is our last stop before returning to Whittier.
The Boat: M/V Klondike Express
The M/V Klondike Express is the largest, fastest and most luxurious catamaran in Alaska. This 137-foot high-speed catamaran is Coast Guard certified for 328 passengers and crew. The vessel has three decks, two of which are enclosed and heated and the third deck with a large outdoor viewing area. The M/V Klondike Express is a smoke-free vessel.
Reserved indoor booth style seating in comfortable upholstered booths with tables is reserved for every passenger on board. Large picture windows offer panoramic views for all guests. A saloon, snack bar, and gift shop are a few of the other amenities available to our guests.
There are seven restrooms on the M/V Klondike Express and each deck has a baby changing table in the ADA accessible restroom. A hot meal is prepared on board in our galley and served shortly after departure. Guests may purchase drinks or snacks on board. More about the boat...
Every guest receives a complimentary Captain’s Log that details the glaciers, wildlife and route traveled. The Captain’s Log is translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean languages.