SEVEN NIGHTS IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND.

 

Our Prince William Sound charters begin and end in Whittier, Alaska. Arrival into Whittier by train or rental car is possible as with our Seward-based voyages. We are glad to help you streamline your arrival and departure – call or email with your questions.

Prince William Sound encompasses 3,800 miles of coastline, bounded to the east and north by the Chugach Mountains and to the west by the Kenai Peninsula. Commercially important for the fishing and oil industries, the sound is also prized for its abundance of marine and coastal life, its rain forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock, and its glacier-studded landscape. The sound contains 150 glaciers including 17 tidewater glaciers, known for dramatically calving huge ice chunks into the sea.

More than 220 species of birds, 30 species of land mammals, and at least a dozen marine mammal species are found in the region. Bald eagles are plentiful along treetops and shorelines. Among the estimated 200,000 seabirds that summer in the sound are marbled murrelets, black-legged kittiwakes, and glaucous-winged gulls.
— ADFG

 

Here is a link to the ADFG website if you would like to read or study further.

 

The first day we will depart the dock at twelve noon from the Whittier harbor, sailing east to a secluded anchorage for the night.

The views are vast and diverse, showing deep icy fjords to the northeast and green lush islands to the south.

We will plan to sail no more then 6 hours per day in these protected waters, which leaves plenty of time for on-shore exploration, kayaking and relaxation.

Departing Whittier in late fall for a 10 day voyage.  

Departing Whittier in late fall for a 10 day voyage.

 

 

After the first night, we will make our way over to Knight Island. It will be easy to spend two or three days here. Knight Island is a massive body of land which provides many protected and beautiful anchorages. We will explore some recent history here as well, hiking to abandoned mining camps and fish canneries from bygone days.

Anchored in the still waters of Night Island  

Anchored in the still waters of Night Island

 

 

From Knight Island we venture out to more remote areas - Icy Bay, home of Blackstone Glacier, and Jackpot Bay both being strong contenders for most picturesque spots in Alaska.

 

By the 5th day we will approach the local village of new Chenega where we can go shore and catch a glimpse of remote Alaska lifestyle, before setting off northbound. Mail a postcard here to friends and family back home.

 

New Chenega  

New Chenega

 

 

We will take a new route north, up the east coast of Knight Island, exploring new sights and anchorages in near-complete seclusion.

 

By the 7th night, we will anchor near Culross or Chenega Island (depending on the winds forecast), poised for a short morning sail back to Whittier. This final leg will be the only time in the voyage where we will see the same sights twice.

Back at the dock after 10 great days in Prince William Sound

Back at the dock after 10 great days in Prince William Sound

Arriving on the 8th calendar day at noon, we will arrive in Whittier, having covered approximately 250 nautical miles of Alaska's wild coast.