Passenger Capacity: 12
Built: 1958; refurbished
Length: 65 ft.
Staff and Crew: American
Itinerary: There are 5, 6 and
11-day cruises in Alaska’s Prince William Sound from May through
September. Passengers fly to Anchorage, then take Alaska Railroad to
Whittier. The 5 and 6-day cruises are roundtrip from the port of Whittier,
and the 11-day Spring Birding land/cruise package goes between Cordova and
Whittier. Cruises go to less traveled, more intimate areas of passages and fjords, including Barry Arm and Harriman Fjord.
Itinerary is flexible to take advantage of seasonal highlights, wildlife
sightings and guest interests. Nights are usually spent at anchor in
quiet protected bays, fjords or harbors.
- Cabins: 6. Cabins have upper and
lower berths. Five have portholes, one does not. There are two shared bathrooms with
- Dining: There is open-seating
dining, with meals featuring freshly caught seafood
such as salmon, halibut, oysters, shrimp and rockfish. Bread and rolls are freshly
baked. Fruits are purchased organically grown when possible. Beer and wine are complimentary. With advance notice special dietary needs can be accommodated.
- Dress: Totally casual. Bring
parka, gloves, knit hat and long underwear for glacier close encounters. Also
bring hat and foul-weather cover for rain protection, or you can use a variety
of raincoats and rainpants provided. You can bring your own rubber boots or
use those provided.
- Facilities and Activities: The
vessel is named after one of Captain Cook’s ships and was originally built for
use by Presbyterian missionaries to Alaska. There is a lounge and
dining area. Guests are welcome in the wheelhouse. Equipment includes
fishing equipment. There is kayaking, halibut fishing, glacier
viewing, hiking and wildlife viewing. There are cruises specifically focussed
on spring birding, photography and whale watching. Small groups go in zodiacs on
trips to shore that are customized to the interests and abilities of the passengers,
some walks being leisurely strolls along the shores and others physically challenging
hikes. Passengers can explore coves and fjords in kayaks. One stop is near a
colony of tufted puffins, another at an oyster farm, another to a hangout for
sea lions. Lunch is served at Eagle Bay near the 300-ft. high Cascade waterfall,
and there is a hike at Sheep Bay Lagoon and to the top of Sahlin Falls.
Optional flightseeing and river rafting trips are available.
Recent Fares Reported to Us: $3,650 for a
five-day cruise, $4,000 for six-day land/sea package and $5,550 for a 13-day
spring birding cruise. Each of these fares also includes two nights
bed and breakfast in Anchorage. Shore excursions included in the fare. Thee
are discounts for some voyages in May and September. Customized charters are frequently arranged for
families, film crews, researchers and other special interest groups.
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