Welcome to Prince William Sound


The best base for travelers is Valdez, a tough town hemmed in by dramatic mountains that's hailed for its helicopter-skiing and blue-water paddling. Connected to the road network via the Richardson Hwy, Valdez has survived two 20th-century disasters – an oil spill and an earthquake. More isolated Cordova is a fishing community with a quaint downtown, excellent bird-watching and access to great day hikes in the Chugach Mountains. On the western edge of the Sound, Whittier, a bizarre city born out of wartime necessity, is hideous, gorgeous, evocative and eerie. It's easily reached by car from Anchorage.


Top experiences in Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound activities

$195.03 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Resurrection Bay, Seward, AlaskaThis 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine. As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.Pass By: Holgate Glacier, Seward, AlaskaThis 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine. As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.Pass By: Major Marine Tours - Kenai Fjords Cruise, Seward, AlaskaThis 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine. As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.Pass By: Bear Glacier, Seward, AlaskaThis 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine. As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.Pass By: Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AlaskaThis 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise departs daily at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The cruise will travel approximately 130 miles roundtrip through Resurrection Bay into Kenai Fjords National Park. We will cruise through the protected waters of Resurrection Bay, searching for wildlife and and enjoying spectacular scenery. We will cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. After cruising through Resurrection Bay, we will round Cape Aialik (pronounced “I-al-ik) into Aialik Bay. The optional Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet will be served around 12:00 p.m. We serve the buffet while you cruise so you can maximize your time on the water and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from our large viewing windows while you dine. As we cruise into Aialik Bay you will get your first glimpse of Aialik Glacier, an active tidewater glacier. We will stop in front of the glacier and watch for calving, where large chunks of glacial ice break off and crash in to the water. Our next stop is Holgate Glacier, another actively calving tidewater glacier. We will spend approximately 20 minutes in front of each glacier, floating among the icebergs as we watch for spectacular calving. A National Park Ranger will be onboard to provide a detailed narrative on the history, ecology, geology, and wildlife in the area. They are always more than happy to answer all of your questions. They are very experienced, informative, enthusiastic, and enjoy sharing their knowledge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Depending on the weather, we will cruise to the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, home to thousands of nesting Alaskan seabirds like puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. The captain will stop the boat very close to the nesting areas of the seabirds, which provides great photo opportunities. We will also visit Steller sea lion colonies, where Steller sea lions gather on the rugged, rocky coastline. Sea otters, bald eagles, and mountain goats are also commonly seen along the route. Since this cruise does go out into the open Gulf of Alaska it is not recommended for anyone who is prone to motion sickness. Our half-day Resurrection Bay cruises are much better options if motion sickness is a concern.

$135 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Columbia Glacier is the headline destination of this tour, however there are many other attractions along the way that your local captain and crew will share with you such as; a water based tour of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal, a chance to witness commercial salmon fishing operations, and cascading waterfalls along the shoreline. A visit to Columbia Bay is one of geologic significance. Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in southcentral Alaska is in the middle of a historic retreat into the Chugach Mountains. Each trip into this area is unique and our approach to Columbia is determined by the ice conditions we find. In addition to the amazing ice in Columbia Bay you will see wildlife along the way that calls the Sound home. Your guides will be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, sea otters, eagles, puffins, porpoise, whales and more!

$170 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Meares Glacier Cruise Excursion from Valdez

Cruise the majestic waters of Prince William Sound from Valdez to Meares Glacier. In route our local captains will travel the shorelines looking for the wildlife that call the Sound home.   This tour has the time to travel the locations where we typically spot sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, Humpback or Orca Whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins, cormorants and more. Meares Glacier, an advancing tidewater glacier, is nestled in the back of a narrow fjord, providing you the opportunity to view the face of this glacier in conditions that allow you to hear the thundering roar as the ice calves (falls) from the glacier face. On board your all-Alaskan captain and crew will share with you stories about the history of the Sound from early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing and the 1964 Earthquake.

$60 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Tour from Whittier to Anchorage

This is one of the most popular transfer options to Anchorage, with live tour commentary from professional guides and photo stops. It's a 3-hour, one-way excursion on a shuttle with a maximum of 25 people per trip. You'll see Beluga Point, the scenic overlook of Turnagain Arm, and Portage Glacier, with view of Portage Lake and the surrounding glaciers. Both stops will be around 5-10 minutes. Also included on all sightseeing tour transfers is a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. During this 1-1.25 hour visit you'll get great pictures of real live bears, moose, muskox, caribou, bison, and more. Your guide will give you a tour of the park and the wildlife found there, and you will then have between 30-45 minutes to explore on your own. The admission fee to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is included in the tour price.Departure from the cruise ship terminal in Whittier is 8:45am, with arrival to Anchorage Airport first around 12pm then the shuttle will continue drop off at local hotels.

$199 Shore Excursions

Whittier to Anchorage: Port Transfer with Alaska Sightseeing

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Whittier Harbor, Whittier, Alaskaollowing your pick up at the Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal, sit back with your luggage secured in our comfortable and clean sprinter vans as your Alaskan driver guides you northbound on the Seward Highway!Stop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaVisit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a 200-acre natural habitat that provides wildlife education and rehabilitation for some of Alaska’s favorite animals! This is Alaska’s only guaranteed wildlife viewing! Get close enough to observe and photograph some of our favorite land animals such as moose, reindeer, bison, wolves, and more!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Bake ShopVisit to the quaint town of Girdwood and a favorite local eatery for lunch. This restaurant choice is subject to change based on seasonality.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Alyeska Aerial Tram, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaAscend up the side of Mt. Alyeska on an aerial tram. From the top (weather permitting) take in views of several glaciers and the upper reaches of a temperate rainforest.Duration: 1 hour

$4599 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Ultimate Alaskan Adventure

ItineraryDay 1: Your Adventure Begins in AnchorageStop At: Hotel Captain CookWhen your flight (booked on your own) arrives at the Anchorage International Airport, our guide will greet you at Baggage Claim to assist you with your luggage. You’ll head to your hotel in Anchorage then enjoy dinner at a local Anchorage Restaurant and turn in for the night.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, AKDay 2: Fly to Bear Mountain Lodge for Brown Bear Viewing!Stop At: Lake Clark National Park and PreserveYou’ll depart with your guide by plane and fly through the beautiful Cooke Inlet where we will see grand views of volcanoes, ocean and mountains. You’ll check into the Bear Mountain Lodge, then enjoy the day with short walks, bear viewing and sitting by the fire in one of the best places in the world to see brown bears.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Bear Mountain Lodge on Chinitna BayDay 3: Lake Clark National Park Brown Bear ViewingStop At: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AlaskaWake up to one of the most beautiful and remote places in the world, Lake Clark National Park. We will be the only guests in the area viewing bears and the scenery around our remote and comfortable lodge. Our Alaskan guides will take you around the area for the best bear, salmon and wildlife viewing to be had in the area. You may see as many as 40 different bears in a day!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Bear Mountain Lodge on Chinitna BayDay 4: Lake Clark National Park to Seward, AlaskaStop At: Seward Boat Harbor, Seward, AlaskaWe say goodbye to Bear Mountain Lodge by flying out through the Cooke Inlet and back to Anchorage. You will then take a beautiful scenic drive to Seward, where we will spend the night. Time permitting; we will visit the Alaska Sealife Center, Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center. On the shores of Resurrection Bay, visitors to this “window on the sea” have close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other sea life.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Seward/Holiday Inn Seward (or similar)Day 5: Kenai Fjords and Free Day to Choose ActivitiesStop At: Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AlaskaDay 5 includes the breathtaking scenery Kenai Fjords National Park boasts, including abundant wildlife as well as alpine and tidewater glaciers. Orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, black bears, brown bears, bald eagle, mountain goat, puffins, along with countless other species of marine birds can all be seen within this picturesque national park.ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM:Sea kayakingKenai Fjords day cruiseKenai Fjords dinner cruiseGlacier hikesOcean fishing tripHelicopter toursHorseback ridesDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Seward/Holiday Inn Seward (or similar)Day 6: Seward to Valdez Via Ferry CruiseStop At: Prince William Sound, AlaskaYou’ll depart beautiful Seward and travel to Valdez on a ferry boat cruise through the Prince William Sound. Calving glaciers, orcas, humpback whales, porpoise, sea otters and eagles can all be observed on this full day cruise. You’ll arrive in Valdez with enough time to shop, eat, and experience this important port city for the evening.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Best Western Valdez or Mountain Sky Valdez (or similar)Day 7: Valdez To Wrangell St. Elias National Park and PreserveStop At: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AlaskaEnjoy a free morning in the beautiful harbor town of Valdez, before departing for the largest national park in the United States, Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve. On our way over Thompson Pass we will stop to take in the beautiful scenery, wildlife, waterfalls, and glaciers before settling into the Currant Ridge Cabins or similar for the night.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Currant Ridge Cabins (or similar)Day 8: A Day In Wrangell S. Elias National Park/Kennicott, AlaskaStop At: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AlaskaChoose your FUN!! Guests may book on their own one of the many activities listed below:Half Day or Full Day Guided HikeGuided RaftingScenic FlightsKennicott Mine Area TourIce ClimbingGuided Glacier WalkDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Currant Ridge Cabins (or similar)Day 9: Wrangell St. Elias To Denali National ParkStop At: Denali, Denali National Park and Preserve, AlaskaDay 9 begins with a scenic drive to the remote region of Alaska’s interior. We will view many miles of huge vistas, lakes, mountains and wildlife, arriving in the Denali National Park area in time for dinner. Common animals to see on this drive are caribou, moose, eagles, grizzly and black bear.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Denali Cabins (or similar)Day 10: Denali National Park InteriorStop At: Denali, Denali National Park and Preserve, AlaskaWe’ll catch the first bus into the park to see wildlife in the pristine wilderness known as Denali. Weather permitting, we may see North America’s tallest mountain topping off at 20,237 feet. Common sightings may include wolves, grizzly bears, red fox, coyote, moose, dall sheep, caribou, ptarmigan, sandhill cranes, and bald eagles. BrushBuck customers will have the opportunity to jump on and off the bus as they choose along the park’s road — just make sure you’re back for dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Denali Cabins (or similar)Day 11: Denali National Park, Talkeetna, Anchorage *Tour END*Stop At: Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportAs we end our tour of the Alaska wilderness, we’ll enjoy lunch and shopping in the historic village of Talkeetna, nestled at the base of Mt. McKinley. This charming town provides a stellar panoramic view of the Alaska Range before returning to Anchorage where we will say our goodbyes.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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