Glacier Quest Cruise Continues Through September 10

Phillips Cruises and Tours guests approach Blackstone Glacier on a sunny day trip. Image courtesy Phillips Cruises and Tours.

A sponsored post on behalf of Phillips Cruises and Tours

Alaska may be staring at the arrival of fall, but Phillips Cruises and Tours’ Glacier Quest Cruise is still plying the waters of Prince William Sound though Sunday, September 10. 

Rain or shine, there’s no mistaking the beauty of this Southcentral Alaska corner pocket, with 45 miles of coves, glaciers, and wildlife to observe in the comfort of the M/V Glacier Quest, an 149-passenger catamaran with three viewing decks. 

And, at just under four hours, the Glacier Quest Cruise is perfect for those traveling with children or anyone else new to the day cruise idea. No seasickness, no time to get “bored” because of all the natural attractions out the expansive windows: whales, sea birds, sea otters, seals, and those icy glaciers for which Alaska is famous. They’re all there and waiting for your family. 

Ahoy! What’s that we spy up on yonder tree branch? USFS rangers are always on hand to help passengers look for wildlife on the Glacier Quest Cruise.  Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

The Itinerary

The Glacier Quest Cruise sails passengers from Whittier to Blackstone Bay, a dramatic, deepwater fjord where two tidewater glaciers and hanging alpine glaciers are visible. From timberline to sea level, a mature forest of Sitka spruce provides a dark green contrast against the white spray of waterfalls from the 8 glaciers hugging the mountain peaks. This is rugged, wild Prince William Sound

As you cruise towards the head of Blackstone Bay, Tebenkof Glacier towers above on the left. After passing this valley glacier, Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers come into view, and the Glacier Quest will get close enough to both so visitors can watch and listen to the sights and sounds these massive glaciers provide. 

A highlight for many young visitors is the remnants of an old shipwreck on the beach of Shotgun Cove, and sighting wildlife wandering the rocky shore. 

A good-quality raincoat and rubber boots are great choices for an Alaska day cruise in the fall. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Fall Cruising

While passengers on the Glacier Quest Cruise do not need to worry about seasickness, there are other considerations that should be made for fall day cruises in Alaska. Weather can be fickle, so dressing everyone in layers is a must. Add non-slip shoes (boots are preferable), a hat, and gloves. Rain coats and pants are an excellent top option for spending as much time as possible enjoying the fall colors and sounds of Prince William Sound. 

Phillips Cruises and Tours offers a meal on board (I love the chowder!) and complimentary hot drinks to chase away the fall chill, but if kids have a case of the hungries while sailing, you might want to bring your own snacks. 

The Chugach District of the U.S. Forest Service provides excellent narration during your cruise as well, complete with horns, hides, and other artifacts from the flora and fauna of Prince William Sound. 

A raft of otters in Prince William Sound gets curious at the approach of a boat. Bill Rome Photography for Phillips Cruises and Tours. 


Making plans for a Glacier Quest Cruise is easy. Visit Phillips Cruises and Tours and pick the “Glacier Cruises” option in the menu. Once you’ve decided this is the day cruise for you, click the “Book Now” tab on the right sidebar. Tickets are $109/adult, and $69/kids 2-11, plus taxes and fees, making the this fall cruise a very affordable day on the water. 

Will we see you out there? 




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