Private Charters

Exclusive Experience

Phillips Cruises and Tours, LLC is an experienced tour operator in the private charter business. We have serviced many national conferences, family reunions, weddings and other special events on board our morning, full day or evening charters. Tour Operators wishing to transit Prince William Sound by private charter have also contracted us to travel between Whittier and Valdez. Our fleet of custom sightseeing catamarans is available from May through September. Charter service provides your group exclusive access to the entire vessel and crew. Meal service can be arranged. The narration is generally provided by our captain and crew on charters, but a U.S. Forest Service ranger can be arranged with advance notice.

Our Fleet

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 holds 332 passengers on three decks, two of which are enclosed and heated providing an inside seat and table for every passenger on board. Large picture windows provide a view from every seat onboard. Charter service is a popular way for conferences to provide a unique opening reception, networking or team building event or wrap up the conference dining in front of a glacier.
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M/V Glacier Quest

The M/V Glacier Quest is a 78-foot catamaran that carries 149 passengers which also has three decks, two of which are enclosed and heated. This vessel is ideal for smaller groups of 70 - 125 looking for a special event that guarantees mountains, glaciers and spectacular scenery. Just 1.5 hours south of Anchorage, a private charter is an easy evening event that can follow a day of meetings.
More details about the M/V Glacier Quest

Charter Suggestions

M/V Klondike Express

2.75 hours – Cruise into Blackstone Bay to see Beloit and Blackstone Glacier
4 hours - Cruise directly to Surprise Glacier in Harriman Fjord
5 hours - Follow our 26 Glacier Cruise route through Esther Passage to Surprise Glacier in Harriman Fjord.

M/V Glacier Quest

3.5 hours – Cruise into Blackstone Bay to see Beloit and Blackstone Glacier

Meal Service

Meal service can be included with charters upon request. Many of our charter clients hire professional event planners and catering companies to provide a more extensive menu of buffet or plated options, along with arranging special decorations, linens, stemware, etc. A list of companies we have worked with in the past is available upon request.

Taxes And Fees

The City of Whittier tax is $6.00 per person. This tax will be calculated on the final manifest based on the number of passengers on the vessel. The tax will be invoiced after the charter to reflect the final passenger number. Payment will be due within 15 days of the charter completion.


Arranging an exclusive charter for your guests to experience the beauty of Prince William Sound will be the highlight of their Alaska experience. Although each charter is unique, to assist you in the planning process we have prepared a reference list of the most common questions and answers. We look forward to discussing your specific needs.

For charter service, contact Lisa Kruse, Director of Sales & Marketing at 907-265-5827 for availability.