Major Marine Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise Whittier Alaska
This five plus hour catamaran cruise features many highlights including tidewater glaciers, marine wildlife, and a working salmon hatchery. Depart Whittier and immediately witness the scenery of Prince William Sound begin to change. Your Captain will take you through Port Wells featuring waterfalls, bird rookeries and other marine wildlife. Keep an eye out for the floating icebergs and harbor seals sunning themselves on this floating ice. Cruise through this spectacular marine waterway surrounded by mountains as you watch for bear feeding on the beach areas. Enter the famous Harriman Fjord where you will see several different glaciers. The highlight of your cruise is an up-close view of Surprise Glacier. This massive glacier features towering and jagged blue ice sculptures. Listen for the sounds of the cracks and groans before chunks calve into the water. The cruise will guide you through a working salmon hatchery where you will learn about the life cycle of salmon and how they are harvested. It's possible to see whales, sea otters, and Sea Lions as you cross through to the entrance of Esther Passage.
If you are driving yourself to Whittier, be sure to get updated tunnel information before departing for Whittier. The operator, Major Marine Tours, recommends taking the 11:30am tunnel opening to connect with their cruise. Included in your cruise price is a scrumptious, freshly prepared Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet meal. A typical menu includes Alaska salmon, prime rib, rice pilaf, green salad, hot sourdough bread, hot coffee or tea and dessert bar.
What To Wear
Due to unpredictable Alaskan weather, we advise dressing in layers, which will allow you to stay warm and dry as the outdoor environment changes. Even on warm summer days, temperatures can be cool on the boat when it is underway or stopped at a glacier. A rain coat or rain gear is recommended for inclement weather.
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Length: 5 1/4 hours
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Payment and Cancellation Policy
A deposit equal to 30% of services reserved is due at the time of booking, with the balance due 45 days prior to your first day of travel. The following change and cancellation fees apply. Between 45 to 31 days prior to your first day of travel a 10% cancel/change fee will apply. Between 30 to 15 days prior to your first day of travel a 50% cancel/change fee will apply. Within 14 days of travel, your package is non-refundable and non-changeable. Because we cannot make exceptions to our cancellation or change policies for any reason, including family and medical emergencies, we STRONGLY encourage you to purchase travel insurance.