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Prince William Sound 5 Day Cruise

Northern Explorer Adventures specializes in intimate Prince William Sound cruises for small groups of up to six guests. Enjoy this individualized itinerary for 5-day/4-night cruise as we traverse southcentral Alaska’s spectacular Prince William Sound.

Weather, wildlife sighting opportunities and our guests’ preferences can all affect our daily route. However, the following itinerary provides a good snapshot of your Prince William Sound cruise.
01 September, 2018 to 05 September, 2018 Make a booking request for Prince William Sound 5 Day Cruise, departing on 01 September, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Mid Cabin Stateroom £ 2085 GBP pp
Features two twin beds, perfect for children or friends traveling together, as well as one three-quarter length closet, under-bed storage and one lighted nightstand. The private ensuite bath in each of our staterooms is another feature that sets us apart from other Alaska small cruise operators. All of our staterooms have a private in-room bathroom, complete with shower, toilet, mirror and storage. For your convenience, we also provide fresh towels and complimentary toiletries, such as hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower cap and hair dryer.
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VIP Stateroom £ 2235 GBP pp
Offers two twin beds, which are convertible to a queen, as well as two full-length closets, ample drawer storage, lighted nightstands on either side of the bed, and flat-screen TV and DVD player. The private ensuite bath in each of our staterooms is another feature that sets us apart from other Alaska small cruise operators. All of our staterooms have a private in-room bathroom, complete with shower, toilet, mirror and storage. For your convenience, we also provide fresh towels and complimentary toiletries, such as hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower cap and hair dryer.
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Master Stateroom £ 2345 GBP pp
Features a king-size bed, walk-in closet, ample drawer storage, lighted nightstands on either side of the bed, and flat-screen TV and DVD player. The private ensuite bath in each of our staterooms is another feature that sets us apart from other Alaska small cruise operators. All of our staterooms have a private in-room bathroom, complete with shower, toilet, mirror and storage. For your convenience, we also provide fresh towels and complimentary toiletries, such as hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower cap and hair dryer.
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Prince William Sound 5 Day Cruise itinerary:

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Day 1 Whittier Embarkation - Blackstone Bay - Secret Cove
You’ll first step aboard the Northern Explorer from the dock in Whittier. Meet your personable captain and crew, and get settled into your private stateroom. Then take a few minutes to explore the beautiful cruising yacht that will be your home for the next several days. As we leave the harbor, the crew will ask for your full attention as they explain the safety features of the ship, including our eight-man life raft, personal floatation jackets, 16-foot inflatable shore boat, and fire extinguishers. We’ll then be underway for Blackstone Bay. Be sure to watch for whales, porpoise, sea otters, puffins, bald eagles and black bears that frequent this area. ​ Once inside Blackstone Bay, you’ll have your choice of excursions: Glacier viewing at Northland, Blackstone and Lawrence Glaciers. Kayak along the beach. Hike along Lawrence Glacier. Bird watching at the kittiwake rookery. (The rookery, on the cliffs between the glaciers, offers your best opportunity to capture a rare kittiwake sighting!) Our leisurely afternoon in Blackstone Bay includes a delicious gourmet lunch. We’ll depart afterwards and make our way to a beautiful Secret Cove, where you can again choose how to spend your time. Kayak along the secluded beach and watch for wildlife. Hike along the shoreline. Visit a prime berry-picking area to sample fresh, wild Alaska berries. Back on board, enjoy freshly prepared hors d’oeuvres in the main salon, followed by dinner. After-dinner options include watching a movie, playing a board game, or a serene kayak on the calm waters of Secret Cove. We are here for the night.
Day 2 Secret Cove - Culross Passage
There is nothing like starting your day with a kayak through Secret Cove as the fog lifts toward the morning sun. We’ll have breakfast here, and depart around 10 a.m. to make our way through Culross Passage – offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Prince William Sound. ​ ​This morning’s activity options include: Bear viewing. (This is an excellent spot to watch for black and brown bears rummaging the shoreline for food!) Kayaking in one of several beautiful coves. Hiking above the coves to watch for bald eagles, blue herons, mink and families of sea otters. (These small anchorages are very quiet and the wildlife here rarely sees outside visitors!) We’ll depart early afternoon for one of the beautiful bays on Perry Island. Once anchored, you can: Sit in the glassed-in viewing deck or next to the fire pit on the top deck to watch the stellar sea lions hauled out on the rock outcroppings. Take a short hike from the beach to the old “Fox Farm” ruins. Visit a private fish hatchery. We’ll end our day with fine dining and a good night’s sleep, anchored in the bay off of Perry Island. ​
Day 3 Perry Island
We’ll be up early for breakfast, and then underway for Lake Bay on Perry Island. First, we’ll go ashore for a guided tour of the Wally Noerenburg fish hatchery. Afterwards, we’ll return to the boat for a relaxing lunch or take a sack lunch to eat at Ester Falls – just a short hike away. We’ll serve our farewell dinner at Lake Bay and anchor here for the night.
Day 4 Ester Passage - Waterfall Cove - Harriman Fjord
Enjoy a hearty breakfast because we have a lot planned for today! We’ll pull anchor early and head for Ester Passage, a very narrow pass leading to our next stop: Waterfall Cove. There, refuel with a filling lunch, then pull on your boots for some beachcombing and clam digging on the sandy beach. If you’re up for a short hike, grab your camera and we will head to the old pioneer settlement to reflect on times long past. Late afternoon, we will journey from Waterfall Cove through Harriman Fjord, where we’ll have our farewell dinner against a spectacular backdrop of glaciers. After dinner, it’s off to Hobo Bay, where we drop anchor for the night.
Day 5 Hobo Bay - Port Wells - Whittier Disembarkation
On day five, it’s rise and shine in Hobo Bay, one of our favorite stopping points! After breakfast, choose either to kayak along the beach (keeping an eye out for bears along the beach or sea otters rolling in the bay) or hike to the historic old mine settlement a short distance away. After lunch, we’ll make the two- to three-hour journey through Port Wells back to the dock in Whittier. Take advantage of this time to watch for whales along the way, especially at the entrance to the bay. Once docked, it will be time to unload and say our goodbyes.
Please Note:
Weather, wildlife sighting opportunities and our guests’ preferences can all affect our daily route.

Prince William Sound 5 Day Cruise reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Weather, wildlife sighting opportunities and our guests’ preferences can all affect our daily route.
Day 5 Hobo Bay - Port Wells - Whittier Disembarkation *
On day five, it’s rise and shine in Hobo Bay, one of our favorite stopping points! After breakfast, choose either to kayak along the beach (keeping an eye out for bears along the beach or sea otters rolling in the bay) or hike to the historic old mine settlement a short distance away. After lunch, we’ll make the two- to three-hour journey through Port Wells back to the dock in Whittier. Take advantage of this time to watch for whales along the way, especially at the entrance to the bay. Once docked, it will be time to unload and say our goodbyes.
Day 4 Ester Passage - Waterfall Cove - Harriman Fjord *
Enjoy a hearty breakfast because we have a lot planned for today! We’ll pull anchor early and head for Ester Passage, a very narrow pass leading to our next stop: Waterfall Cove. There, refuel with a filling lunch, then pull on your boots for some beachcombing and clam digging on the sandy beach. If you’re up for a short hike, grab your camera and we will head to the old pioneer settlement to reflect on times long past. Late afternoon, we will journey from Waterfall Cove through Harriman Fjord, where we’ll have our farewell dinner against a spectacular backdrop of glaciers. After dinner, it’s off to Hobo Bay, where we drop anchor for the night.
Day 3 Perry Island *
We’ll be up early for breakfast, and then underway for Lake Bay on Perry Island. First, we’ll go ashore for a guided tour of the Wally Noerenburg fish hatchery. Afterwards, we’ll return to the boat for a relaxing lunch or take a sack lunch to eat at Ester Falls – just a short hike away. We’ll serve our farewell dinner at Lake Bay and anchor here for the night.
Day 2 Secret Cove - Culross Passage *
There is nothing like starting your day with a kayak through Secret Cove as the fog lifts toward the morning sun. We’ll have breakfast here, and depart around 10 a.m. to make our way through Culross Passage – offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Prince William Sound. ​ ​This morning’s activity options include: Bear viewing. (This is an excellent spot to watch for black and brown bears rummaging the shoreline for food!) Kayaking in one of several beautiful coves. Hiking above the coves to watch for bald eagles, blue herons, mink and families of sea otters. (These small anchorages are very quiet and the wildlife here rarely sees outside visitors!) We’ll depart early afternoon for one of the beautiful bays on Perry Island. Once anchored, you can: Sit in the glassed-in viewing deck or next to the fire pit on the top deck to watch the stellar sea lions hauled out on the rock outcroppings. Take a short hike from the beach to the old “Fox Farm” ruins. Visit a private fish hatchery. We’ll end our day with fine dining and a good night’s sleep, anchored in the bay off of Perry Island. ​
Day 1 Whittier Embarkation - Blackstone Bay - Secret Cove *
You’ll first step aboard the Northern Explorer from the dock in Whittier. Meet your personable captain and crew, and get settled into your private stateroom. Then take a few minutes to explore the beautiful cruising yacht that will be your home for the next several days. As we leave the harbor, the crew will ask for your full attention as they explain the safety features of the ship, including our eight-man life raft, personal floatation jackets, 16-foot inflatable shore boat, and fire extinguishers. We’ll then be underway for Blackstone Bay. Be sure to watch for whales, porpoise, sea otters, puffins, bald eagles and black bears that frequent this area. ​ Once inside Blackstone Bay, you’ll have your choice of excursions: Glacier viewing at Northland, Blackstone and Lawrence Glaciers. Kayak along the beach. Hike along Lawrence Glacier. Bird watching at the kittiwake rookery. (The rookery, on the cliffs between the glaciers, offers your best opportunity to capture a rare kittiwake sighting!) Our leisurely afternoon in Blackstone Bay includes a delicious gourmet lunch. We’ll depart afterwards and make our way to a beautiful Secret Cove, where you can again choose how to spend your time. Kayak along the secluded beach and watch for wildlife. Hike along the shoreline. Visit a prime berry-picking area to sample fresh, wild Alaska berries. Back on board, enjoy freshly prepared hors d’oeuvres in the main salon, followed by dinner. After-dinner options include watching a movie, playing a board game, or a serene kayak on the calm waters of Secret Cove. We are here for the night.
* = Indicative
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Northern Explorer, the ship servicing Prince William Sound 5 Day Cruise

Northern Explorer

Vessel Type: Yacht

Length: 68 ft / 20.7 meters

Passenger Capacity: 6

​If you want to get off the road, away from the crowds and closer to the real Alaska, then we invite you to step on board the Northern Explorer. The captain and crew of our beautiful, 68-foot Alaska private touring yacht are dedicated to providing unequaled luxury and helping you create unforgettable memories in this legendary destination.

Northern Explorer Adventures specializes in intimate, all-inclusive trips for small groups of up to six guests. We offer individualized itineraries for 4-day/3-night and 5-day/4-night cruises as we traverse southcentral Alaska’s awe-inspiring Prince William Sound. Custom trips of one to seven days are also available upon request.

Our luxurious Alaska private touring yacht is designed to maximize both your comfort and opportunities to experience the breathtaking beauty of Prince William Sound. Onboard you will find a vast salon, formal dining area, five-star quality galley, spotless glassed-in viewing deck, top deck with fire pit, and three luxurious staterooms, each with a private ensuite bath.

FIVE-STAR CUISINE

The Northern Explorer is the only Alaska private touring yacht in Prince William Sound with a professionally trained chef manning the galley. Throughout your cruise, you will indulge in the freshest, highest-quality, five-star cuisine, as well as local Alaska beers and fine wines.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

Luxury accommodations are another point that sets the Northern Explorer apart from your other Alaska cruise options. We offer three beautifully appointed staterooms complete with private ensuite baths.

OPTIMAL VIEWING

​Our vessel is specifically designed to optimize your sightseeing, wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. Sit in the protection of our spotless glassed-in viewing deck, watch the scenery from our heated salon, stand along the rails on the bow of the ship, or relax next to the fire pit on the top deck. No matter where you choose, you will have prime viewing of the panorama of passing mountains, glaciers, wildlife and pristine waters. 

GET CLOSER

​On the Northern Explorer, you’ll see more, stay longer and get closer. The size of our vessel allows us to access remote locations that many other ships cannot – and we spend more time at our destinations than the larger cruise ships. Plus, we get you closer, offering unparalleled viewing of towering glaciers, brown bears foraging on the shoreline, massive whales breaching and more.

EXPERIENCED CREW

Our U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and crew are some of the most experienced, knowledgeable and personable in the industry. The boat is equipped with all U.S. Coast Guard safety gear. And with a crew of three and a maximum of six guests, we ensure you’ll receive the most attentive, personalized service.

ALL-INCLUSIVE

Your all-inclusive yacht tour includes every detail, including luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, Alaska beer and wine, outdoor gear and expert guides for all excursions.  

SUSTAINABLE CRUISING

The Northern Explorer is a low-impact, conservation-style cruise. As we travel the pristine waters of Alaska, we strive to leave the smallest footprint possible by following best practices such as:

Mooring safe for wildlife - Reduce, reuse and recycle - Low-sulfur diesel fuel, EPA-compliant engines and GPS-guided direct routes - Low-flow toilets - Removing encountered marine debris when possible - Actively participating in marine issues on both local and national levels - Purchasing energy-efficient equipment and bulk materials, avoiding over-packaged goods

• Stop where you want, when you want, for as long as you want – create a truly unique and unforgettable Alaska adventure.

• See five different glaciers, anchor in three different coves, see a variety of wildlife, take a hike and go kayaking – all in one day!

• Enjoy hiking, beachcombing, gold panning or just relaxing, or take out the skiff for a photo safari or some fishing.
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