Black Zodiac sits in a tunnel of blue ice on a cloudy day of the Wild Alaska Escape: Glaciers of Prince William Sound cruise.
Humpback whale does a rolling leap out of calm water on the Wild Alaska Escape: The Glaciers of Prince William Sound cruise.
Travelers in Zodiac boat watch as glacier calves in front of them on a sunny day during a Prince William Sound glacier cruise.
Ship captain explains a nautical map to guests in the bridge of a small ship during a Prince William Sound glacier cruise.
Small ship with dark blue hull & white upper decks sits by iceberg bits in calm water by a rainbow in Prince William Sound.
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Wild Alaska Escape: The Glaciers of Prince William Sound

Step aboard National Geographic Sea Lion for this compact, 6-day Prince William Sound glacier cruise. Travel beyond the reach of day boats, exploring the far reaches of College Fjord, Valdez and remote Esther Passage. Enjoy daily opportunities to be active with a naturalist guide: hike, kayak, cruise by Zodiac, stand-up paddleboard, walk forest paths and see eagles, bears, whales, sea lions and more. Plus, take in local maritime and cultural history with key museum visits.

Home to rugged islands, the second largest national forest in the U.S., and an astounding 150 glaciers, Prince William Sound offers a perfect balance of adventure and tranquility, as well as fascinating history and the charm of remote Alaska villages. On this Valdez, Alaska cruise, hike or join a whitewater rafting trip outside Valdez after strolling its streets and learning about its fascinating modern history. Travel in the wake of the 1899 Harriman Expedition through glacier-filled College Fjord, which one of its members described as “a great ice chest.” And explore the quintessential town of Cordova.

Aboard 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, guests are in the most excellent company. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. The expedition staff’s knowledge and passion for Alaska is the key to this glacial-ringed, active cruise experience.

Read on for details about this Prince William Sound glacier cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and small ship Alaska cruises.



Itinerary

Wild Alaska Escape: The Glaciers of Prince William Sound Itinerary

This Wild Alaska Escape in Prince William Sound cruises round-trip from Cordova, Alaska, making a unique visit to Valdez and offering a flexible schedule for wildlife viewing and activities.

Route map of Wild Alaska Escape: The Glaciers of Prince William Sound cruise, operating round-trip from Cordova with visits to College Fjord, Valdez, & Esther Island & Passage.
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Day 1
Embark Cordova, Alaska

Arrive in Cordova by early afternoon. Explore the quaint downtown of this fishing community that is only accessible by air or sea. Visit the Cordova Historical Museum or Southeasterly, Cordova’s Fisherman’s Memorial by local sculptor Joan Bugbee Jackson. Board the ship in the afternoon and enjoy a special welcome dinner of salmon fished directly from the famed Copper River salmon run.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Esther Passage & College Fjord

Cruise through serene Esther Passage walled by steep, tree-covered hillsides of the Chugach National Forest that become increasingly narrow before opening into College Fjord. Naturalist John Muir and professor Charles Palache of the 1899 Harriman Expedition named the glaciers lining the fjord after their Ivy League alma maters. Pass Wellesley and Barnard and gaze up at Amherst and Dartmouth Glaciers as you make your way to Harvard Glacier, a one-and-a-half mile wide and 200-foot-high formation at the end of the bay. Cruise for an unbeatable view, keeping an eye out for harbor seals, sea lions and arctic terns.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Esther Island

Wake up this morning in Esther Bay, in the northwestern portion of Prince William Sound. Explore this remote area on the water via Zodiac, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or follow a naturalist on a hike along the coast or through the forest.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Valdez

Known as “Little Switzerland” because of its mountainous surrounding, Valdez was once a starting point for miners headed to the Klondike Gold Rush. Today the town is the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska pipeline from Prudhoe Bay. Visit the Valdez Historical Museum and the Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum, which contains one of the largest collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts in the world. Later, opt for a naturalist-led hike to Shoup Bay State Marine Park, keeping a lookout for mountain goats and black bears on the mountainsides lining the bay. Choose from a variety of active options including white-water rafting.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Exploring

Today’s destination in the east sound area will be determined by the captain and expedition leader. Spot wildlife such as whales, sea otters and sea birds with the help of the naturalists; explore by ship, Zodiac, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or on foot. Later this evening, enjoy the lavender glow of the landscapes as the midnight sun dips just behind the mountain tops.

Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Disembark Cordova, Alaska

After breakfast, disembark in Cordova and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodations

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; all meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; park and entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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 guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). 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 Wild Alaska Escape: The Glaciers of Prince William Sound cruise begins and ends in Cordova, Alaska (CKU). Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 6 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on group flights. In general, plan to arrive into Cordova in the early afternoon of Day 1 at the latest and depart Cordova on the final day of the cruise no earlier than 12:00pm.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whitewater rafting, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, land treks, glacier viewing, whale watching, and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Jun 04 - Jun 09, 2024
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