Blackstone Glacier

See 26 Glaciers on the Klondike Express…yeah, COUNT ‘EM!

In Adventure, Anchorage, Cruises, Destination, Prince William Sound by scott

When’s the last time you counted 26 glaciers in one day? From one boat? Now’s your chance—with a cruise in Prince William Sound on the “Klondike Express.”

The folks at Phillips Cruises & Tours just remodeled the ship—new carpet, seating, USBs at every table….the works.

But what I like about this boat? It’s f-a-s-t. Odds are good that you won’t even FEEL the water as the catamaran gets up on step, cruising at 40 miles per hour. There’s even a money-back “No Seasickness” guarantee!

PRO TIP: hold on to your hat when you step outside, because they are NOT turning the boat around to get it.

Your cruise features a cruise through Esther Passage, a fast pass in College Fjord so you can count all the glaciers and then another close-up of Surprise Glacier in Harriman Fjord and Barry Arm. Because the weather is variable, your captain may alter the course based on the best glacier-viewing opportunities.

Speaking of weather, bring your hat, your gloves and your raincoat. Dress in layers. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Plan now to sail Prince William Sound from Whittier on the Klondike Express. Cruises run at 12:30pm each day through October 7. The cruise is five hours long and includes lunch on board (Wild Alaska Salmon chowder or hearty veggie chili).

Here are some things you need to know:

DRIVING FROM ANCHORAGE TO WHITTIER: It’s best to drive through the Whittier tunnel at 10:30 am. Cost is $13. You can park next to the boarding dock for $12. Or, park across the tracks for $10. The cruise itself  is $179 ($159 + $20 in taxes/fees).

TAKE THE BUS FROM ANCHORAGE: Leave the driving to the pros! $239 per person ($219 + $20 in taxes/fees).

RIDE THE TRAIN: Those of us who drive have to YIELD to the train in the tunnel. You can wave at us while we’re parked at the tunnel while you roll on through! Cost is $278 per person ($258 + $20 taxes/fees).

Call (907)276-8023 to book, or go online at

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