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Prince William Sound Tours

Looking up in Prince William Sound, you’re staring at the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers in the world. Many of them drop steeply as cliffs of ice from the mountains that tower above the coast. Coasting through the calm waters of the sound, it is not uncommon to see cascading waterfalls, as well as a variety of wildlife, including eagles, deer, bears, sea otters, and even whales. The sound is surrounded by the greenery and trees of the Chugach National Forest, which is the second largest in the United States.

Explorer James Cook first discovered the sound in 1778, promptly naming it Sandwich Sound after the Earl of Sandwich. His map’s editors, however, later changed the name to honor Prince William Henry of England. Today it remains one of Alaska’s most scenic places, and the coastline’s dramatic fjords must be seen from the water. Keep an eye out also for its many islands as you cruise along the waterways.

Practical Info

Prince William Sound is located on the Gulf of Alaska along the southern coast. It is about an hour’s drive from Anchorage, or alternatively, take the train to Whittier.

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Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise, Whittier, null
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Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This catamaran cruise travels through calm, protected waters outside of Whittier, providing the best opportunity for both wildlife and glacier viewing in ...  Read more

Location: Whittier, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $164.00
Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise, Whittier, Day Cruises
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Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This 4.25-hour glacier cruise ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound, where seasickness is highly unlikely. Visit three active ...  Read more

Location: Whittier, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.00
Whittier Shore Excursion: Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise, Whittier, Day Cruises
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Whittier Shore Excursion: Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise

This 4.25-hour glacier cruise ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound. Visit three active glaciers to watch for spectacular glacier ...  Read more

Location: Whittier, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.00
Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez, Whittier, Ports of Call Tours
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Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This 6-hour tour explores the fjords and passageways of the Prince William Sound in route to South-central Alaska's largest tidewater glacier – Columbia ...  Read more

Location: Valdez, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.00
Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez, Whittier, Day Cruises
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Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

This 8.5-hour excursion is ideal for the traveler who is looking to discover all of what Prince William Sound has to offer – amazing glaciers and exciting ...  Read more

Location: Valdez, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $165.00

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