Hikers walk among bright green grass & trees on a sunny day in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Bald eagle spreads its wings wide as it flies with green trees in the background on the Prince William Sound Discovery cruise.
Family of kayakers sits in yellow boats in the water with Alaska small ship Discovery behind, on a cloudy day.
Couple stands on bow of blue-&-white Alaska small ship Discovery, in calm waters on a partly sunny day.
Puffin with bright orange-tipped beak & dark feathers flies into the water to catch its prey on an Alaska small ship cruise.
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Prince William Sound Discovery

The vast marine wilderness of Prince William Sound offers an abundance of tidewater glaciers, wildlife and solitude – ideal for the up-close style of exploration aboard a small ship. This pristine environment is equally as impressive as the famed Inside Passage but much less traveled. Surrounded by the world’s northernmost temperate rainforest, rugged mountain ridges and gentle ocean waters, the Sound is considered a world-class travel destination. Daily excursions provide intimate encounters with Alaska’s marine life and exotic vistas, including leg-stretching strolls along quiet shores and hikes through lush, inland meadows and old-growth forests. 

The scenery from the Discovery’s deck is unrivaled and many optional off-ship activities amplify it. Each departure of 5, 7 or 8 days operates round-trip from Anchorage, offering more or less time spent exploring the Sound. The flexible itinerary follows the seasonal movements of the Sound’s maritime nature and climate, and is also ideal for Alaska family cruises. While traveling in the home of whales, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles and many more residents of this wilderness sanctuary, the pace is gentle; the scenery epic. Each day offers new opportunities for intimate nature exploration by small ship, foot and kayak. Each night features fine dining, interpretive lectures and comfortable accommodations. 

Join the 12-passenger yacht M/V Discovery to experience the enchanted inlets, fjords, glaciers and wildlife of Prince William Sound. Enjoy a professionally-guided, small-ship cruise based out of Anchorage, Alaska, that is perfect for the entire family. Our Adventure Specialists can also arrange private Alaska yacht charters aboard Discovery for your family or special group of 12 or fewer.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Alaska trips and Alaska small ship cruises.



Itinerary

Sample 7-day Prince William Sound Discovery Itinerary

The 7-day Prince William Sound Discovery cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska, and focuses on exploring the unique environment of Prince William Sound.  

Prince William Sound Discovery route map.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive Anchorage and transfer on your own to your downtown inn. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your accommodations offer convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a network of developed hiking and bicycling trails throughout the Anchorage area. If time allows, take a walk or bike ride. The views of the Alaska Range are spectacular! Dinner on your own this evening; a great selection of restaurants are within easy walking distance of your B&B.

Accommodations

Copper Whale Inn, or similar

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Anchorage to Whittier & Embark Discovery

At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a private van transfer for a comfortable scenic ride along the Turnagain Arm, known for its tremendous tidal flats and frequent sightings of Beluga whales. Continue south through the Chugach mountains to rendezvous with the captain and crew in Whittier for a warm welcome aboard the Discovery. While the crew prepares for departure, relax in the Discovery’s cozy salon and enjoy specially prepared appetizers of smoked salmon or halibut spread with crackers, fresh baked breads, fruits, and a plentiful selection of fine beverages.

Leave Whittier in the early afternoon, enjoying lunch while traveling east and south to a hiking destination. Upon arrival, head out on inflatable Zodiacs to the shore for a short hike through lush rainforest vegetation and countless rivers and waterfalls. Return to the Discovery for an exquisite dinner waiting of local Copper River Red salmon, roasted rosemary potatoes, fresh vegetables and elegant desserts. Dinner wine selections and many other beverages are available. Meanwhile, the Discovery travels to an evening anchorage in one of the Sound’s many intimate and secluded coves.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Icy Bay & Chenega Glacier

The unhurried morning theme of a relaxed and casual, home-cooked breakfast awaits your flexible wake-up time. Discovery sails through Knight Island Passage and Dangerous Passage towards Icy Bay, with excellent opportunities to sight orca and humpback whales. The ship navigates Nassau Fjord to the terminus of Chenega Glacier, a 200-foot wall of ice that topples giant, blue chunks into the sea. Hundreds of harbor seals make Icy Bay their summer home. Take a hike above the glacier with opportunities to take photographs of the many small ice bergs that have washed ashore. After lunch, the Discovery exits this ice-laden fjord for Bainbridge Passage, with more whale watching. Enjoy a relaxing dinner while the Discovery travels along Knight Island, into the uncharted narrows of Long Channel for the evening’s anchorage.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Eaglek Bay & Oyster Farm

Cruising northwest through more “sea pastures” fertile with whale watching opportunities the Discovery courses toward a noisy and raucous Steller sea lion haulout. After a short visit with the sea lions, travel turns west toward an impressive waterfall, with lunch served along the way. Those wanting to stretch their legs can take the short Zodiac ride ashore for a guided hike to the top of this 300-foot-high thundering waterfall. Walk through the world’s northern-most temperate rain forest, rich with ferns, mosses, and towering spruce, hemlock and cedar trees.

Later in the day travel the remote shores of Eaglek Bay to visit the oyster farm of David Sczawinski. Oyster lovers will enjoy one of the Sound’s most delicious sea products. Upon leaving Eaglek Bay the Discovery makes a brief stop near one of the many small islands, home to a colony of tufted puffins, thought by many visitors to be Alaska’s most photogenic seabird. Continuing westward through Wells Passage enjoy appetizers of expertly prepared fresh oysters and a dinner of macadamia nut halibut complemented by vegetables, fresh baked focaccia, dessert, dinner wines and other beverages. Set course northward to the fringes of College Fjord for the evening’s anchorage and midnight sunset views.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Cascade, Barry & Coxe Glaciers

Awake to a casual breakfast and an exciting day of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery: corridors of breathtaking beauty, sprawling glaciers and a panoramic skyline of mountain grandeur. Harbor seals hauled out on the flotillas of icebergs watch closely as the Discovery navigates the icy, blue waters of Barry Arm. The enveloping mountains of this inlet stretch skyward to nearly 10,000 feet, with glacier after glacier descending the terraced mountain valleys. Alaska’s lush rainforest vegetation drapes the hillsides in green as streaming waterfalls fall from the rocky cliffs. Listen to the cracks, pops and thunderous roars of the Cascade, Barry and Coxe glaciers while the Discovery, dwarfed by blue and white walls, drifts silently by these actively calving rivers of ice.

For guests seeking a different perspective, the Discovery crew will launch the inflatable Zodiacs for a guided exploration of this magnificent area. Touch the impressive face of Coxe Glacier, watch the showy black oystercatchers strut across the rocky shorelines, sense the presence of the curious hoary marmots and drink in the bright pinks of fireweed and the intense blues of the alpine lupine. Anchor in the area for the evening.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Passage Canal & Disembark Whittier to Anchorage

Awake today immersed in a wilderness sanctuary of unparalleled natural beauty. Take in the morning light on the deck of the Discovery while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea. These spellbinding sights and dramatic sounds leave you humbled and feeling insignificant amidst this powerful living landscape. Lunch will be served while taking in the final sights of Passage Canal prior to docking in the Whittier Harbor and taking your private van transfer to Anchorage. Arrive at your downtown Anchorage inn this evening.

Accommodations

Copper Whale Inn, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 7
Depart Anchorage, Alaska

Transfer on your own to the airport for departures home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Alaska.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night pre- and one night post-cruise accommodation in Anchorage; private round-trip van transfers between Anchorage and Whittier; shipboard accommodations and meals with complimentary wine and beer; crew and guide services; use of equipment during cruise (kayaks, vests, rain gear, boots, hiking poles, gloves, binoculars, etc.); local guides and permits.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from Alaska; meals in Anchorage (except for included breakfast on day 1 and the final day of the itinerary); airport taxes and excess baggage charges; transportation to/from airport; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; items of a personal nature such as gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Prior to January 1st of departure year – $500 administrative fee
After January 1st of departure year – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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.

Arrival & Departure

The 7-day Prince William Sound Discovery Cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day of your itinerary.

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 hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 60% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are a single traveler willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you. 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

Due to the nature of this cruise, children must be 10 years or older. Discounts are not offered. There is no age minimum on private charters.

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.

Sample 8-day Prince William Sound Discovery Itinerary

The 8-day Prince William Sound Discovery cruise lingers a little longer in Prince William Sound, searching for wildlife, wildflowers and Alaska’s secrets. It begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Prince William Sound Discovery route map.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive Anchorage and transfer on your own to your downtown inn. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your accommodations offer convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a network of developed hiking and bicycling trails throughout the Anchorage area. If time allows, take a walk or bike ride. The views of the Alaska Range are spectacular! Dinner on your own this evening; a great selection of restaurants is within easy walking distance of your B&B.

Accommodations

Copper Whale Inn, or similar

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Anchorage to Whittier & Embark Discovery

At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a private van transfer for a comfortable scenic ride along the Turnagain Arm, known for its tremendous tidal flats and frequent sightings of Beluga whales. Continue south through the Chugach mountains to rendezvous with the captain and crew in Whittier for a warm welcome aboard the Discovery. While the crew prepares for departure, relax in the Discovery’s cozy salon and enjoy specially prepared appetizers of smoked salmon or halibut spread with crackers, fresh baked breads, fruits, and a plentiful selection of fine beverages.

Leave Whittier in the early afternoon, enjoying lunch while traveling east and south to a hiking destination. Upon arrival, head out on inflatable Zodiacs to the shore for a short hike through lush rainforest vegetation and countless rivers and waterfalls. Return to the Discovery for an exquisite dinner waiting of local Copper River Red salmon, roasted rosemary potatoes, fresh vegetables and elegant desserts. Dinner wine selections and many other beverages are available. Meanwhile, the Discovery travels to an evening anchorage in one of the Sound’s many intimate and secluded coves.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Icy Bay & Chenega Glacier

The unhurried morning theme of a relaxed and casual, home-cooked breakfast awaits your flexible wake-up time. Discovery sails through Knight Island Passage and Dangerous Passage towards Icy Bay, with excellent opportunities to sight orca and humpback whales. The ship navigates Nassau Fjord to the terminus of Chenega Glacier, a 200-foot wall of ice that topples giant, blue chunks into the sea. Hundreds of harbor seals make Icy Bay their summer home. Take a hike above the glacier with opportunities to take photographs of the many small ice bergs that have washed ashore. After lunch, the Discovery exits this ice-laden fjord for Bainbridge Passage, with more whale watching. Enjoy a relaxing dinner while the Discovery travels along Knight Island, into the uncharted narrows of Long Channel for the evening’s anchorage.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Eaglek Bay & Oyster Farm

Cruising northwest through more “sea pastures” fertile with whale watching opportunities the Discovery courses toward a noisy and raucous Steller sea lion haulout. After a short visit with the sea lions, travel turns west toward an impressive waterfall, with lunch served along the way. Those wanting to stretch their legs can take the short Zodiac ride ashore for a guided hike to the top of this 300-foot-high thundering waterfall. Walk through the world’s northern-most temperate rain forest, rich with ferns, mosses, and towering spruce, hemlock and cedar trees.

Later in the day travel the remote shores of Eaglek Bay to visit the oyster farm of David Sczawinski. Oyster lovers will enjoy one of the Sound’s most delicious sea products. Upon leaving Eaglek Bay the Discovery makes a brief stop near one of the many small islands, home to a colony of tufted puffins, thought by many visitors to be Alaska’s most photogenic seabird. Continuing westward through Wells Passage enjoy appetizers of expertly prepared fresh oysters and a dinner of macadamia nut halibut complemented by vegetables, fresh baked focaccia, dessert, dinner wines and other beverages. Set course northward to the fringes of College Fjord for the evening’s anchorage and midnight sunset views.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Cascade, Barry & Coxe Glaciers

Awake to a casual breakfast and an exciting day of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery: corridors of breathtaking beauty, sprawling glaciers and a panoramic skyline of mountain grandeur. Harbor seals hauled out on the flotillas of icebergs watch closely as the Discovery navigates the icy, blue waters of Barry Arm. The enveloping mountains of this inlet stretch skyward to nearly 10,000 feet, with glacier after glacier descending the terraced mountain valleys. Alaska’s lush rainforest vegetation drapes the hillsides in green as streaming waterfalls fall from the rocky cliffs. Listen to the cracks, pops and thunderous roars of the Cascade, Barry and Coxe glaciers while the Discovery, dwarfed by blue and white walls, drifts silently by these actively calving rivers of ice.

For guests seeking a different perspective, the Discovery crew will launch the inflatable Zodiacs for a guided exploration of this magnificent area. Touch the impressive face of Coxe Glacier, watch the showy black oystercatchers strut across the rocky shorelines, sense the presence of the curious hoary marmots and drink in the bright pinks of fireweed and the intense blues of the alpine lupine. Anchor in the area for the evening.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Harriman Fjord & Surprise Glacier

Spend the morning exploring the wonders of Harriman Fjord and Surprise Glacier. Hike along the shore among beached icebergs stranded by the ebbing tide, or possibly an upland hike, offering broad spectacular views of the Chugach mountain range and glacier-valleys.

Then the Discovery will explore deeper into the ice filled fjord for a chance to kayak and up to the face of Harriman Glacier. On this journey, you’re entertained by families of playful sea otters foraging the shellfish-rich shallow waters of their favorite feeding ground. As a protected species, these otters exhibit little concern for human presence, instead offering great opportunities for photos and up-close observations. Nature offers few chances to see animals in the wild as adorable as these mothers with young pups. Enjoy a memorable final dinner on the Discovery while continuing toward the evening’s anchorage.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Passage Canal & Disembark Whittier to Anchorage

Awake today immersed in a wilderness sanctuary of unparalleled natural beauty. Take in the morning light on the deck of the Discovery while enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea. These spellbinding sights and dramatic sounds leave you humbled and feeling insignificant amidst this powerful living landscape. Lunch will be served while taking in the final sights of Passage Canal prior to docking in the Whittier Harbor and taking your private van transfer to Anchorage. Arrive at your downtown Anchorage inn this evening

Accommodations

Copper Whale Inn, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Day 8
Depart Anchorage, Alaska

Transfer on your own to the airport for departures home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Alaska.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night pre- and one night post-cruise accommodation in Anchorage; private round-trip van transfers between Anchorage and Whittier; shipboard accommodations and meals with complimentary wine and beer; crew and guide services; use of equipment during cruise (kayaks, vests, rain gear, boots, hiking poles, gloves, binoculars, etc.); local guides and permits.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from Alaska; meals in Anchorage (except for included breakfast on day 1 and the final day of the itinerary); airport taxes and excess baggage charges; transportation to/from airport; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; items of a personal nature such as gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Prior to January 1st of departure year – $500 administrative fee
After January 1st of departure year – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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.

Arrival & Departure

The 8-day Prince William Sound Discovery Cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day of your itinerary.

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 hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 60% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are a single traveler willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you. 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

Due to the nature of this cruise, children must be 10 years or older. Discounts are not offered. There is no age minimum on private charters.

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.

Sample 5-day Prince William Sound Discovery Itinerary

The 5-day Prince William Sound Discovery cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska, exploring the unique environment of Prince William Sound, yet skipping a few stops such as Barry Arm. 

Prince William Sound Discovery route map.
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Day 1
Arrive Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive Anchorage and transfer on your own to your downtown inn. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Your accommodations offer convenient access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a network of developed hiking and bicycling trails throughout the Anchorage area. If time allows, take a walk or bike ride. The views of the Alaska Range are spectacular! Dinner on your own this evening; a great selection of restaurants are within easy walking distance of your B&B.

Accommodations

Copper Whale Inn, or similar

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Anchorage to Whittier & Embark Discovery

At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a private van transfer for a comfortable scenic ride along the Turnagain Arm, known for its tremendous tidal flats and frequent sightings of Beluga whales. Continue south through the Chugach mountains to rendezvous with the captain and crew in Whittier for a warm welcome aboard the Discovery. While the crew prepares for departure, relax in the Discovery’s cozy salon and enjoy specially prepared appetizers of smoked salmon or halibut spread with crackers, fresh baked breads, fruits, and a plentiful selection of fine beverages.

Leave Whittier in the early afternoon, enjoying lunch while traveling east and south to a hiking destination. Upon arrival, head out on inflatable Zodiacs to the shore for a short hike through lush rainforest vegetation and countless rivers and waterfalls. Return to the Discovery for an exquisite dinner waiting of local Copper River Red salmon, roasted rosemary potatoes, fresh vegetables and elegant desserts. Dinner wine selections and many other beverages are available. Meanwhile, the Discovery travels to an evening anchorage in one of the Sound’s many intimate and secluded coves.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Eaglek Bay & Oyster Farm

Cruising northwest through more “sea pastures” fertile with whale watching opportunities the Discovery courses toward a noisy and raucous Steller sea lion haulout. After a short visit with the sea lions, travel turns west toward an impressive waterfall, with lunch served along the way. Those wanting to stretch their legs can take the short Zodiac ride ashore for a guided hike to the top of this 300-foot-high thundering waterfall. Walk through the world’s northern-most temperate rain forest, rich with ferns, mosses, and towering spruce, hemlock and cedar trees.

Later in the day travel the remote shores of Eaglek Bay to visit the oyster farm of David Sczawinski. Oyster lovers will enjoy one of the Sound’s most delicious sea products. Upon leaving Eaglek Bay the Discovery makes a brief stop near one of the many small islands, home to a colony of tufted puffins, thought by many visitors to be Alaska’s most photogenic seabird. Continuing westward through Wells Passage enjoy appetizers of expertly prepared fresh oysters and a dinner of macadamia nut halibut complemented by vegetables, fresh baked focaccia, dessert, dinner wines and other beverages. Set course northward to the fringes of College Fjord for the evening’s anchorage and midnight sunset views.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Harriman Fjord, Surprise Glacier & Disembark Whittier to Anchorage

Spend time exploring the wonders of Harriman Fjord and Surprise Glacier. Hike along the shore among beached icebergs stranded by the ebbing tide, or possibly an upland hike, offering broad spectacular views of the Chugach mountain range and glacier-valleys.

Then the Discovery will explore deeper into the ice filled fjord for a chance to kayak and up to the face of Harriman Glacier. On this journey, you’re entertained by families of playful sea otters foraging the shellfish-rich shallow waters of their favorite feeding ground. As a protected species, these otters exhibit little concern for human presence, instead offering great opportunities for photos and up-close observations. Nature offers few chances to see animals in the wild as adorable as these mothers with young pups.

Lunch will be served while taking in the final sights of Passage Canal prior to docking in the Whittier Harbor and taking your private van transfer to Anchorage. Arrive at your downtown Anchorage inn this evening.

Accommodations

Discovery Yacht

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Day 5
Depart Anchorage, Alaska

Transfer on your own to the airport for departures home, or you may choose to extend your stay in Alaska.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

One night pre- and one night post-cruise accommodation in Anchorage; private round-trip van transfers between Anchorage and Whittier; shipboard accommodations and meals with complimentary wine and beer; crew and guide services; use of equipment during cruise (kayaks, vests, rain gear, boots, hiking poles, gloves, binoculars, etc.); local guides and permits.

Exclusions

Airfare to/from Alaska; meals in Anchorage (except for included breakfast on day 1 and the final day of the itinerary); airport taxes and excess baggage charges; transportation to/from airport; any additional hotel nights in Anchorage; items of a personal nature such as gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Prior to January 1st of departure year – $500 administrative fee
After January 1st of departure year – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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.

Arrival & Departure

The 5-day Prince William Sound Discovery Cruise begins and ends in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Plan flights to arrive to Anchorage anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Anchorage anytime on the final day of your itinerary.

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 hiking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, glacier viewing, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 60% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you are a single traveler willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you. 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

Due to the nature of this cruise, children must be 10 years or older. Discounts are not offered. There is no age minimum on private charters.

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

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

May 27 - Jun 02, 2022
Discovery • 7 days
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Jun 03 - Jun 09, 2022
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Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2022
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Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2022
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Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2022
Discovery • 5 days
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Jun 25 - Jul 01, 2022
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Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2022
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Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2022
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Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2022
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Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2022
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Jul 28 - Aug 04, 2022
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Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2022
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Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022
Discovery • 8 days
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Aug 27 - Sep 02, 2022
Discovery • 7 days
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Accommodations

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Yacht
Discovery

The M/Y Discovery is a 65-foot classic Alaska working yacht accommodating 12 guests, offering a blend of Alaskan hospitality and active, personalized exploration of Prince William Sound's glaciers and fjords.

Hotel
Copper Whale Inn

The comfortable and convenient Copper Whale Inn is located in the heart of historic, eclectic Anchorage, close to the city's major attractions.

Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Andrew Browning • June 25th, 2008
Expert Review: Active Prince William Sound Discovery

AdventureSmith Specialist Andrew Browning reviews his Alaska small ship cruise aboard the 12-guest Discovery.

Testimonials

Hear It from Travelers Who Have Explored with Us

"Special, Unique & Memorable"

The crew and captain did EVERYTHING you can imagine to make our trip special, unique, and memorable. They worked tirelessly to create an experience tailored to our interests and abilities. The knowledge of each of the staff was surprisingly in depth and the skill levels allowed us to put our trust in them.

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"Enjoyed Every Single Thing From Start to Finish"

We loved kayaking among the icebergs and our hiking trips. We enjoyed every single thing from start to finish. We wish we had had a longer trip -- of course,

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"It Was an Amazing Experience"

It was an amazing experience in spite of the rainy weather. We enjoyed seeing the wildlife and sea kayaking the most.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

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6 Day Land Tour
Denali Backcountry Explorer

Spend 3 nights at a remote backcountry lodge situated 90 miles inside Denali National Park. Unbeatable wildlife viewing, landscape photography, guided hikes, fishing, dog sleds and an Alaska railroad ride can be customized to complement any Alaska small ship cruise.

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5 Day Land Tour
Brown Bears of Katmai

Alaska bear viewing in Katmai National Park is one of the state's greatest wildlife spectacles. From your home base at Brooks Lodge, see the brown bears of Brooks River. This independent package includes hotels in downtown Anchorage and a seaplane flight to Katmai.

From $1725USD
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7 Day Land Tour
Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer

The ultimate of all Kenai Fjords tours, this trip offers active exploration from the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the only lodge located within Kenai Fjords National Park. Enjoy a more in-depth exploration—think kayaking, hiking, relaxing and less overland travel.

From $2965USD
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