Prince William Sound Glaciers aboard the Qilak sailboat
Sailing through Alaska's finest sea glaciers between the whale waltz and the crash of the seracs
The cruise at a glance
Sailing in Prince William Bay: an exceptional playground in the most beautiful sea glaciers in Alaska.Prince William Sound is a huge inland sea well protected by more than 200 islands, where 40 sea glaciers calve millions of tons of icebergs every day. We will discover the coastline at the foot of the glaciers, but for how long, as their retraction is rapid?
In a raw, true nature, left to itself, the south of Prince William Bay offers the astonishing contrast of lush vegetation, under the action of the warm Kuro-Shivo sea current and the opportunity for beautiful hikes in the greatest diversity of wildlife habitat only accessible by boat: 240 species of seabirds, cetaceans (orcas and whales), hundreds of sea lions, around thirty species of land mammals including plantigrades .
Day 2: Columbia Glacier
The Columbia Glacier is the largest sea glacier in North America, measuring 40 miles (64 km) and calving millions of tonnes of ice. Approaching the glacier, but it is very rare to be able to pass its moraine which is 6 miles from its frontal zone. Anchorage at Jade Harbor.
Day 3: Maeres Glacier
The Maeres Glacier is the only one in Prince William Bay that has not yet declined! At the foot of the ice front, seals and bald eagles enjoy the sun on large blocks of ice. Anchorage at Miners Bay.
Day 4: Surprise Glacier
We access by Esther passage Surprise Glacier which has very tapered needles at its top and whose ice is so blue! Anchorage at Serpentine Cove, a small, well-sheltered bay.
Day 5: Coghill Lake
We leave the frozen mineral world, to follow the tracks of bears in lush vegetation, on a magnificent hike to Coghill Lake. Anchorage at Coghill Cove.
Day 6: Blackstone Glacier
Heading south to the most popular glacier for photographers: the impressive ice cliffs of Blackstone Glacier. Anchorage Willard Sound.
Day 7: Cochrane Bay
Exploring Cochrane Bay and hike to Shrode Lake. In lush greenery, we access exceptional sites: our most beautiful anchorages in Prince William Sound!
Day 8: Culross Passage
The inland passages of Culross offer magnificent corridors in the middle of an infinity of islands and islets. Approaching a rockery of about a hundred sea lions. Anchorage at Goose Bay.
Day 9: Shoup Bay
Hike at the foot of the glacier in Shoup Bay, located at the entrance to the deep bay of Valdez, a place where humpback whales pass. The anchor plunges into the milky blue water from the Shoup Glacier.
Our latest reviews
Lucien C., Prince William Sound cruise from June 22 to July 1, 2019
Prince William offered us for 10 days the spectacle of his glaciers and an important animal presence: humpback whales by the dozen, Dall's porpoises, us constantly accompanying, murres, seals ... and obviously the bear.
The joyous life aboard Qilak did the rest. In the morning, the smell of coffee, which Captain Didier was preparing, invited us to leave bed for a staggered breakfast. The crew of 6 went about their business, reading, taking pictures on deck, talking ... while Dorian, the golden sailor, always ready to help, prepared the meal. Cocktail hour was approaching and the little hands were setting up a well-stocked table, not forgetting the ice cubes collected in the open sea to accompany the inevitable pastis. It was in Valdez, after a meal of fish and giant crabs, that the difficult time of the separations came.