mountaintop view of giant glacier between mountain ranges, seen from a Prince William Sound cruise.
On a Prince William Sound cruise two kayakers paddle towards a massive glacier on an overcast day.
Orca whale leaps above the water at sunset with blue-tinted mountains behind, seen on the Prince William Sound Explorer cruise.
4 Alaska travelers in orange life jackets smile in front of a glacier on a skiff ride on a Prince William Sound cruise.
Zodiac with Prince William Sound Alaska travelers motors toward a small ship with green hull & white upper decks on a sunny day.
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North America Alaska Cruise

Prince William Sound Explorer

Experience the endless glaciers and islands of Prince William Sound on this 8-day round-trip Anchorage adventure cruise. Navigate a full 360° along the least visited shores in coastal Alaska, home to the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers. Natural wonders of bays, coves and deep fjords comprise the prized seacoast region and offers the perfect combination of diverse wildlife and dramatic scenery.

In a place of breathtaking beauty, visit dozens of glaciers including Chenega, Columbia, Meares and Sheridan, plus College and Harriman glacial fjords. Get up close to spectacular waterfalls and be out on the deck to witness possible glacier calving. A special visit to the tiny fishing village of Cordova, only accessible by air or water, allows you to take in the town’s Native history with a guided tour, hike or museum visit.

With activity options aplenty, kayak and skiff through glacial waterways lined with icebergs and discover the sculpted islands of Knight and Montague by beachcomb or hike. The calm and gentle waters of Prince William Sound provide the perfect opportunity to try stand-up paddleboarding, or enjoy kayaking and skiff rides. Seals and seabirds welcome you to the land of big ice and big mountains. Guides keep watch to help spot wildlife like whales, orcas, eagles, puffins, sea otters, seals and sea lions.

One vessel operates this 8-day itinerary, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, which provides a luxury and intimate experience voyaging into the tiniest nooks that other small vessels can’t reach. Built on a unique reputation for adventure, this boat pampers her guests with a three-to-one guest/crew ratio, fresh and healthy meals, experienced expedition leaders/naturalists who know Alaskan culture and topography, high-end expedition gear, plus a wide variety of excursions to suit any activity level. The Safari Explorer is a perfect basecamp for luxury Alaska cruises due to her unique amenities and ideal size.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and small ship Alaska cruises.



Itinerary

Prince William Sound Explorer Itinerary

Explore the islands of Prince William Sound on this 8-day adventure cruise that cruises round-trip from Whittier, Alaska, with included scenic transfers linking Anchorage.

Route map of Prince William Sound Explorer cruise operating round-trip from Anchorage, Alaska, with embarkation and disembarkation in Whittier.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage & Embark Whittier, Alaska

Welcome to Whittier, the gateway to Price William Sound! Your transfer will meet you at the airport in Anchorage, whisk away your luggage, and drive you and your fellow adventurers through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnelat 2.5 miles, the longest highway tunnel in North Americato Whittier. Meet your crew and tour the ship, your home for the week. After champagne and a safety demonstration, enjoy your first of many farm-to-table gourmet meals!

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

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Day 2
Icy Bay Glaciers

Wake up in the glacial waterways of Icy Bay. Flowing down from the 4,000-foot surrounding peaks, Chenega, Tigertail and Tiger glaciers are all options this morning. Hop in a skiff, and if conditions are right, kayak in a remote cove tucked into the shoreline. The expedition team shares how glaciers sculpt and alter the landscape on a daily basis. Feel the essence of this land of the Chenega people, meaning “beneath the mountain,” while weaving through these deserted islands by kayak, skiff and yacht.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Captain’s Choice

Tuck into the southern reaches of Prince William Sound, exploring its sculpted islands. Some call it “gunkholing”—nosing around the next cove—and there’s plenty to see. Search for whales, seals, sea lions and seabirds from the bow or opt to kayak or beachcomb for a closer look at island life with natural and cultural history notes from the guides.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

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Day 4
Cordova

Accompanied by guides, head out for a hike below Sheridan Glacier this morning with an afternoon on your own to explore Cordova. Or, join shipmates on a walking tour of this tiny fishing town at the mouth of the Copper River. With a population of 2,300 and no roads connecting to other towns, Cordova is only accessible by air or water. Take in the town’s Native history by nature walk, hard charger hike, an Eyak Tribe cultural program, or Prince William Sound Science Center exploration before settling back on board for a quiet overnight anchorage.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Columbia Glacier & Valdes

Options aplenty this morning. Hike, kayak, skiff, or try stand-up paddleboarding in a quiet cove before a hearty lunch back on board. Next up: towering icebergs born from the approaching Columbia Glacier. The ship winds its way 32 miles back through Chugach Mountains and with constantly changing conditions, the captain finds the best route to view this massive glacier.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Unakwik Inlet & Meares Glacier

Arctic terns and bald eagles, harbor seals resting on icebergs and the massive Meares Glacier as a backdrop, Unakwik Inlet is the perfect place to dip a paddle in the water for a kayak. Or, join a skiff tour to get farther, faster, in glacier country. This is wilderness at its wildest. Feel the mountains closing in while cruising through Esther Passage. View a fish hatchery and learn about Alaska’s salmon species. Tonight, join the expedition leader for an interpretive presentation before a relaxing soak in the hot tub under the fading sun.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
College Fjord & Barry Arm

Day of the grand finales. Big mountains, big ice and big smiles as the adventure winds down in the company of all that is quintessentially Alaska. Sea otters float on their backs on beds of kelp. Watch them lounge before diving and rising with puffins in search of food. Take it all in from a kayak or skiff before capping off the week with a celebratory farewell dinner and slideshow.

Accommodations

Safari Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Whittier & Return to Anchorage, Alaska

Enjoy one last breakfast with new friends before boarding the coach transfer from Whittier along Turnagain Arm on the way back to Anchorage. Transfer back to the Anchorage airport or extend your hotel stay or land tour.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines), non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $375 per person (2024).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Prince William Sound Explorer cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage by 5:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage anytime on Day 8.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, wildlife observation and polar bear plunges. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for rent, and limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots and rain gear are available on board. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

May 31 - Jun 07, 2024
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Jun 07 - Jun 14, 2024
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Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2024
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Jun 28 - Jul 05, 2024
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Jul 05 - Jul 12, 2024
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Safari Explorer

This luxury motor yacht embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. The Safari Explorer cruises the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska's Inside Passage.

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On this multiday bear viewing adventure, enjoy exclusive access to a safari-style deluxe tent camp on a remote and private parcel of land frequented by coastal brown bears. Live amongst the bears and take guided forays into the surrounding wilderness, returning to a conservation-minded camp with hot showers, real beds and gourmet meals.

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