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  • Lieu : Whittier, Alaska
  • Durée : 5 heures 15 minutes (environ)
à partir de USD 164,00

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This catamaran cruise travels through calm, protected waters outside of Whittier, providing the best opportunity for both wildlife and glacier viewing in Prince William Sound. Watch for sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals and whales. Visit Surprise Glacier and get up-close views of an active tidewater glacier. Travel through Esther Passage, a narrow marine waterway surrounded by mountains, and visit a sea lion colony, bird rookery, and working salmon hatchery. Your cruise is narrated by a National Forest Ranger. Enhance your experience with the purchase of an Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet.

Langues de l'excursion

Guide Anglais

Points forts

  • Approchez au plus près de la faune indigène
  • Observez la faune et la flore indigènes dans leur environnement naturel
  • Visite entièrement commentée
  • Guide professionnel, sympathique et instructif
  • Activité en famille
Departing from Whittier, the Surprise Glacier Cruise travels through Passage Canal and into Port Wells, featuring waterfalls, bird rookeries, sea otters, sea lions and other wildlife. Cruise along the rocky cliffs of Prince William Sound, inhabited by over 7,500 birds.

To your right, before entering Barry Arm and Harriman Fjord, you will see College Fjord, which was named by Edward Harriman in 1899. The glaciers in College Fjord are named after elite East Coast colleges such as Harvard and Yale.

As you enter Harriman Fjord, you'll see several glaciers, including Harriman and Surprise Glacier. These are active tidewater glaciers, meaning that they flow down from the mountains all the way into the water. You will also see other types of glaciers in the nearby mountains, including alpine or cirque glaciers and valley glaciers.

As you travel farther into Harriman Fjord, you'll begin to see chunks of ice called icebergs floating in the water. You will come to a stop in front of the towering Surprise Glacier, where the Captain will turn off the engines so you can hear the ice crack and groan. Often you will see harbor seals and sea otters lounging on the floating ice. You'll spend about thirty minutes watching the glacier so you have as much time as possible to see it actively calving.

Your return to Whittier takes you through Esther Passage, a small waterway that only small vessels can navigate through. Watch the shoreline for possible bear and bald eagle sightings as you cruise through this spectacular marine waterway. The high mountains of Esther Passage provide protection from high winds, making this a very calm cruising area.

While in Esther Passage, you'll visit a salmon hatchery on Esther Island. This is the largest salmon hatchery in North America, where 300 million salmon fry are released every year. At the hatchery, salmon eggs are fertilized, baby salmon are born and are raised until they are two inches long, and then they are released into the wild. The salmon’s natural instinct causes them to return to the exact freshwater where they were born to spawn and die. About 20-25% of the salmon originally released return to this area.

Before ending your cruise, you'll visit the second-largest black-legged kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound, where thousands of black-legged kittiwakes have built their nests on the steep sea-side cliffs. These migratory birds, part of the gull family, travel as far south as Baja, California and Costa Rica every year. During the summer they mate, lay eggs, and raise their young in rookeries built into rocky cliffs.

After leaving the rookery, return to the Whittier harbor to end your cruise.

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Dates de départ :
Point de départ :
Whittier Harbor
Heure de départ :
12:15pm
Durée :
5 heures 15 minutes (environ)
Détails de retour :
Return to original departure point

Informations tarifaires

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Glacier Cruise
Code : TG1

Visit the towering Surprise Glacier and experience the wildlife and stunning scenery of Prince William Sound. Cruise by Steller sea lion colonies, bird rookeries, and a working salmon hatchery.

Anglais
à partir de
164,00 USD
Détail des tarifs
Glacier Cruise with Buffet
Code : TG2

Visit the towering Surprise Glacier and experience the wildlife and stunning scenery of Prince William Sound. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Alaska salmon and prime rib meal served onboard while you cruise.

Anglais
à partir de
183,00 USD
Détail des tarifs

Informations supplémentaires

Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise

Surprise Glacier Cruise

Le prix comprend :
  • Reserved seating in the heated cabin
  • Water, coffee, and tea
  • Souvenir book
  • Use of binoculars
  • All taxes and fees included
Le prix ne comprend pas :
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Informations supplémentaires :
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
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Conditions dannulation

Si vous annulez au moins 7 jour(s) avant la date de départ prévue, aucun frais d'annulation ne sera appliqué.
Si vous annulez de 3 à 6 jours avant la date de départ prévue, des frais d'annulation de 50 % seront appliqués.
Si vous annulez au moins 2 jours avant la date de départ prévue, des frais d'annulation de 100 % seront appliqués.