ALASKA GLACIERS & PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND

From $ 3,999 pp
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Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound

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From $ 3,999* pp

Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver

Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound
Cruise deep into the wilderness on an 11-day small ship Alaska itinerary, with up-close views of glaciers and wildlife and the delightful off-the-beaten-path towns you yearn to experience. Watch the towering, blue-tinged wall of a glacier as house-sized chunks of ice shed off and crash thunderously into the sea. See humpback whales in one of their favorite feeding grounds. Explore Alaska Native culture in remote villages. Learn about the gold rush. And pursue such bucket list experiences as deep-sea fishing for halibut and salmon or driving a sled dog team across an icefield. This is the Alaska you’ve been dreaming about. 
 
On your Alaska  cruise, you’ll have a front-row seat at Prince William Sound and the College Fjord, home to some 16 glaciers. Windstar Signature Expeditions, escorted by onboard expert guides, bring you close to the action as you glide through ice floes to approach stunning glacial scenery and calving ice – one of nature’s most magnificent sights. Additional thrilling Signature Expeditions experiences on your Alaska cruise include up-close viewing of the behavior of humpback whales at Point Adolphus near Glacier Bay. Our Signature Expeditions guides stay on board your entire cruise to enhance your experience with insider tips and insights over coffee.
 
In between exploring vast wilderness areas and national parks only accessible by sea, you’ll stop at Juneau, the only state capital not reachable by road; the popular fishing town of Ketchikan, with its world-class collection of totem poles; and Alaska Native-owned Icy Strait Point, home to one of the world’s largest zip lines, in addition to wilderness attractions. On your small ship Alaska cruise you’ll also go deeper into Alaska, calling at delightful and uncrowded towns not typically visited by travelers on bigger vessels. In Valdez, Petersburg, and Wrangell, you’ll find welcoming locals happy to share details about the Alaska lifestyle. Windstar’s leisurely pace and late-night stays allow time to immerse yourself in the local culture.
 
"The smell of the glaciers, the beauty of the blue ice … you just feel so blessed to see it firsthand."
Our Storyteller: Michele Hanson
Product Manager
My background: “I have spent more than 20 years in the travel industry, focusing on itinerary planning and development.” What I do: “You might say I’m a destination scout, always on the lookout for the most unique and authentic ways to immerse our guests in the local cultures.” Regions covered: Alaska, Caribbean, Northern Europe, Iceland, Canada and New England, West Coast. Daily mantra: “I get to help create unforgettable travel experiences that enrich people’s lives. Doesn’t get any better than that.”
One of Michele Hanson’s favorite ways to experience the “true Alaska” is kayaking Endicott Arm: “The smell of the glaciers, the beauty of the blue ice … you just feel so blessed to see it firsthand.” Such intimate encounters are only possible on a small ship like Star Breeze, and one of the many reasons why Michele ranks this Windstar cruise among the best in the Great Land. Sure, she may be a little biased (okay, more than a little), but just consider that guests get to experience a variety of glaciers — College Fjord, Hubbard, and Tracy — as well as seldom-visited Prince William Sound, all on one itinerary. Another benefit: Windstar is able to tweak it in real time — so if, say, a pod of humpbacks is spotted bubble feeding in Point Adolphus, the captain can maneuver the ship for prime viewing.
Windstar’s Signature Expeditions staff is tops in the field, and the cruise line goes out of its way to expose guests to authentic Alaskan culture in tiny communities like Wrangell as well as onboard interactions with local speakers and performers. Some of Michele’s all-time favorite travel memories are from calls on this journey: dog-sledding on Mendenhall Glacier, hiking Dewey Mountain, and of course, kayaking Endicott and Tracy Arm. During her last paddle there, she says, “I couldn’t get the smile off my face watching guests beam with happiness … (T)his is what small ship cruising is all about.”
IF I WERE THERE...
  • Hop a helicopter for flightseeing over dozens of glaciers within the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field — Michele calls the Pilots Choice tour, which features two landings for glacier hikes, “a pinnacle travel experience”
  • Grab a jacket and join Windstar’s Signature Expeditions team on deck while cruising College Fjord and Hubbard Glacier — “You’ll get great insights and photo opportunities”
  • Board a jet boat in Wrangell for a ride along the Stikine River (“unbelievable fun and absolutely beautiful”) or excursion to the Anan Wildlife Observatory — “Anan Creek has the largest pink salmon run in southeastern Alaska, so the bear viewing is excellent”
  • Watch for whales while cruising Point Adolphus, “one of the best places in Alaska to see migrating humpbacks”

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