The Ultimate Guide To Prince William Sound Glaciers
Prince William Sound Glaciers was the first place we visited in Alaska, and I will tell you, everything I saw was so surreal. The waterfall, sea rocks, wildlife, and the glaciers, everything in Prince William Sound, is extraordinarily beautiful, pristine, and breathtaking!
I must mention that even the day cruise that takes you to the glaciers is also a lot of fun. The service, the fish and chips, the narration, everything onboard is exceptional. Oh, and yes, weather permitting, they will lift a floating piece of a glacier and let you touch it! Here’s my ultimate guide to Prince William Sound Glaciers, featuring details about the day cruise and a suggested itinerary.
Prince William Sound is separated from the Gulf of Alaska by a series of small islands. Prince William Sound is vast, encompassing around 10,000 square miles of protected waterways, is home to several islands, fjords, and approximately 10,000 glaciers. This region is also home to several sea animals, including whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, and more.
Best Way To Explore Prince William Sound Glaciers
I highly recommend Philips Cruises, they offer several day cruises, taking people to the Prince William Sound. We went on the Glacier Quest Cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Glacier Quest Cruise departs from Whittier and takes you to the Blackstone Bay. In this dramatic deep-water fjord, you will see two tidewater glaciers (valley glaciers that flow down to the ocean) and several alpine glaciers (glaciers formed on the crests and slopes of mountains).
On your way to Blackstone Bay, you would see Tebenkof Glacier towers (a valley glacier), the Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers. The cruise will take you close to both of these glaciers, and you will get loads of time to watch and listen to these massive, awe-inspiring glaciers. Along the way, the boat makes a stop at an old shipwreck site in Shotgun Cove. There is an excellent chance that you will spot some sea lions, whales, and other sea animals.
The day cruises to Prince William Sound depart from Whittier, Alaska. You can either take a train to Whittier or drive. I prefer the later as you can do things at your own pace, stop by other vista points along the route, and the drive itself is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Driving To The Cruise Terminal, Whittier
The cruises depart from Whittier, address: 100 W Camp Road, Whittier, Alaska 99693. It takes around one and a half hours to Whittier from Anchorage. The drive to Whittier is very picturesque. I would suggest you leave early, giving yourself sufficient time to stop, explore, and take pictures at designated vista points along the way.
On your way to Whittier, you will be crossing the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. This tunnel is known to be North America’s longest tunnel that is shared by rail and cars/automobiles. It can get a bit tricky as the tunnel is open only during certain times, access Whittier opens at every 30 minutes past the hour. To depart Whittier, the tunnel opens every hour.
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Assuming you’re either flying into Anchorage or staying in Anchorage, Alaska, I have prepared the following itinerary. I would suggest doing the 1 PM Glacier Quest tour, and getting an early start to have ample time to enjoy the scenic drive.
- 9:00 AM Depart Anchorage, leisurely drive to Whittier stopping at the vista points along the way
- 11:30 AM Take the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to enter Whittier
- 12:00 Noon, after arriving in Whittier, first collect your boarding pass, park your car and explore nearby areas in Whittier
- 12:30 PM Come back to the pier for boarding the cruise
- 1:00 PM Glacier Quest Cruise starts
- 4:45 PM Return to the dock, head back to Anchorage or your destination
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