We took the tour August 26, 2015 and it was one of the best Glacier Tours that we have done!! Our Narrator Ranger Jim was knowledgeable and took the time to explain the different... read more
Phillips Cruises and Tours, LLC has been providing Prince William Sound...
Phillips Cruises and Tours, LLC has been providing Prince William Sound glacier cruises with visitors from around the world since the 1950's. Our 2015 season starts on May 8th with the 26 Glacier Cruise and on May 15th with the Glacier Quest Cruise.
We are a favorite activity for locals to share with their visiting friends and relatives. Our "No Seasickness Guarantee", complimentary hot lunch and customized narration are just a few of the many reason why Phillips Cruises and Tours is the leader in glacier cruising in Alaska.
Every journey into Prince William Sound is unforgettable. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels 140-miles in 5-hours retracing the path of early explores John Muir and William Dall who were among the elite community of scientists, artists, photographers and naturalists who explored this area on the Harriman Expedition in 1899. Their discoveries were recorded in several sizable volumes of discoveries. Many of the animals we see were named after explorers on the Harriman Expedition; Dall porpoise, Dall sheep and more.
The Captain will set a course that travels through the serenity of Esther Passage and continues into narrow glacier carved fjords. There will be plenty of time to view the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers of College and Harriman Fjord while traveling in luxurious comfort aboard the M/V Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska. This state of the art vessel was built specifically for cruising in Alaska. Our double-plated bow provides a safe and stable cruise as we nudge our way past ice bergs that drift in front of the massive glaciers anchoring the end of the fjords with deep blue crevasses of towering ice. Our high speed catamaran is propelled with two diesel engines that drive water jets, each pumping 165,000 gallons of water per minute with an average cruising speed of 32 knots, allowing us to glide effortlessly through Prince William Sound.
If you prefer a shorter cruise, the Glacier Quest Cruise travels into magnificent Blackstone Bay, home to seven glaciers and Yosemite-scale waterfalls. Several terminal moraines are present in this region marking the retreat and advancement of the glaciers over time. Keep an eye on the navigation monitors on the vessel and you'll see how the sea floor shifts from 20 feet in depth to over 1100 feet in a short distance. Waterfalls line the rocky walls of Blackstone Bay with ribbons of shimmering cascades of glacier melt off trailing from 3,000 foot mountain peaks into the sea. Dense spruce forests line the shoreline down to craggy rock outcroppings which are some of our favorite places to spot the wildlife.
During your cruise, keep an eye out for playful sea otters, harbor seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats. We also see a number of other birds, bald eagles, Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions and more!
Both cruises include:
- a complimentary hot lunch
- narration by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger
- reserved indoor seating
- full-service bar and snacks for purchase
- restroom equipped
- Our exclusive no seasickness guarantee.
We operate daily tour May through September and our vessels are available for private charters in the morning and evening. Full day charter options are also available.