Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise

Climb aboard the Kenai Star for a memorable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound. Visit two active tidewater glaciers, one hanging glacier, and nine alpine glaciers along the route. Cruise with a National Forest Ranger. Enjoy our optional Alaska Salmon & Prime Rib Buffet while you cruise.

Price & Dates

Price

Adult (age 12+): $119.00

Child (age 2-11): $59.50

Infant (under 2): $0.00

Dates

May 26 - August 29 & Sept 1, 2018

Departing: 12:30 pm

Returning: 4:45 pm

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Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise

Come aboard the Kenai Star for a memorable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound. Our 4.25 hour Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise departs daily from Whittier and ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound, where seasickness is highly unlikely. The best option for the glacier enthusiast, this cruise spends time in front of two active tidewater glaciers and one hanging glacier to maximize your chances of seeing spectacular glacier calving, where massive chunks of glacial ice crash into the water. Enjoy your time floating among the icebergs as the massive Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers tower 700 feet over the 77-foot vessel. Nine named alpine and cirque glaciers are visible in the nearby mountains as we cruise. You will also see breathtaking scenery, towering waterfalls, and wildlife such as eagles, harbor seals, sea otters, and bird rookeries, all from the relaxing comfort of our Coast Guard-certified ship.

Please Note: The town of Whittier is only accessible via the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America. Since vehicles and trains share the same tunnel, access to and from Whittier is available only at pre-specified times. Please plan on traveling to Whittier through the 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. tunnel for this cruise. More information about the tunnel, driving directions, and transportation options can be found below in the Directions section.

Tax, harbor fee, and meal not included in the above prices.

Now Booking for 2019

Dates: May 25 – August 25, 2019
Price: $119 per adult, $59.50 per child
Depart: 12:45pm, Return: 5:15pm
Please call us to book your 2019 cruise.

Departing from Whittier, our Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise travels through Passage Canal and Decision Point on our way to Blackstone Bay, a fjord located in the peaceful waters of Prince William Sound. A fjord is a deep, u-shaped valley which has been formed by glacial erosion. Prince William Sound is located in a temperate rainforest and receives a vast amount of rainfall which feeds the many overflowing waterfalls that you will see in the area.

As we cruise into Blackstone Bay you will soon get your first glimpse of the gigantic icefield that feeds Blackstone, Beloit, and Northland Glaciers. Blackstone and Beloit are tidewater glaciers, which means that they flow from the mountains into the ocean where they calve or break off into the water. Northland Glacier is an actively hanging glacier which hangs off cliffs overlooking Blackstone Bay.

As we begin to approach the glaciers you will see chunks of ice in the water, called icebergs. We will come to a stop, floating among the icebergs, while the glaciers tower 700 feet above our 77-foot vessel. Here, the captain will turn off the engines so you can hear the ice crack and groan. Often you will see harbor seals  and sea otters lounging on the floating ice. We will spend about an hour watching these glaciers so you have plenty of time to watch for calving.

As we head back towards Whittier, watch for sea otters and the large population of bald eagles that nest along the coastline.

Next, we will visit Hidden Falls, where the boat stops within feet of the mist of the falls, providing a wonderful photo opportunity. Before we end our cruise we will visit the second largest black-legged kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound, where thousands of black-legged kittiwakes have built their nests on the steep sea-side cliffs. These migratory birds, part of the gull family, travel as far south as Baja and Costa Rica every year. During the summer they mate, lay eggs, and raise their young in rookeries built into rocky cliffs. After we leave the rookery we return to the Whittier harbor.

The Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise is indicated as the PURPLE line on the cruise map.

Quick Facts

  • View two active tidewater glacier, one hanging glacier, and nine alpine glaciers
  • Wildlife: sea otters, eagles, harbor seals, seabirds
  • Onboard Chugach National Forest Ranger
  • Fun and educational Junior Ranger Program available for children
  • Delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet for only $24, including complimentary soft drinks and dessert bar. Buffet served at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • Guaranteed reserved table seating in our heated cabin for every guest
  • Multiple viewing decks and fog-free windows
  • No seasickness guaranteed
  • Vessel: Kenai Star
  • Departure location: Whittier Marina

Hear What Our Customers Are Saying

Great trip, well worth the time and money

Very knowledgeable staff and ranger. Lots of great information, seeing glaciers, wildlife and having all questions answered made the trip a true pleasure. I liked the smaller boats run by this company which made the trip a better value. They also provided a prime rib and salmon buffet. I especially liked the margarita made using glacier ice (non-alcohol version available).

Budd L / TripAdvisor

Awesome Cruise!

Everything about this cruise was awesome. The staff was excellent - from the moment we lined up to get on the ship (they took our pictures boarding) - to the moment we disembarked from the ship. The views were amazing and to see a glacier calving - a once in a lifetime experience. We had the Salmon/Prime Rib lunch which was excellent! I give this cruise line and experience an A+++.

Labs-rule37 / TripAdvisor

Delightful and Unique Experience

We took the Blackstone Bay cruise with Major Marine Tours. The booking process is smooth and easy to understand. Their boarding is easy to find on the Whittier harbor. Check in was smooth as well. On the tour, the captain and the ranger provided a running commentary on places and wildlife. We spent about 30 minutes in front of 2 tidal glaciers and saw a seal and sea otter. They provide seating for all passengers, but I recommend you go straight to the front of the boat and stay there as long as possible to soak in the sounds and the scenery. Take a jacket because it gets windy and chilly.

Abhishek D / TripAdvisor

Specials, Packages & Add-Ons

Specials & Packages
Become a Junior Ranger - Kids Cruise Free!

Calling all Junior Rangers! Kids cruise free on our Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise, where they can work directly with the onboard National Forest Ranger in the Junior Ranger Program. Each child cruises free with the purchase of a full-fare adult ticket. Book by August 31 to receive this special.

Specials & Packages
Add-Ons

Major Marine Tours is your one-stop shop for Alaska adventure! Add transportation between Anchorage and Whittier aboard the famous Alaska Railroad to your cruise reservation.


Transportation

Directions

Our Prince William Sound Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise departs daily from Whittier, Alaska. Whittier is a remote Alaskan town that can only be reached via the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America. The tunnel is located at the end of Portage Glacier Road. Since vehicles and trains share the same tunnel, access to and from Whittier is available only at pre-specified times. Passengers on our Blackstone Bay Glacier Cruise must travel to Whittier through the 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. tunnel. We recommend that you arrive at the tunnel 10 minutes prior to the tunnel opening. Click here for more tunnel information.  If you'd rather use your travel time to sit back and relax while you gaze at the spectacular sights, we are more than happy to arrange round-trip transportation aboard the legendary Alaska Railroad.
Click here for Whittier Driving Directions & Check-In Information
Click here for Transportation Options

OVERNIGHT IN WHITTIER: If you are looking for overnight accommodations in Whittier, we recommend the Inn at Whittier, a beautiful waterfront hotel located on the Whittier Harbor. The Inn at Whittier features mountain view and harbor view rooms, as well as a waterfront restaurant and bar.
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