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Exploring Alaska's Majestic Glaciers: A Glacier Cruise Adventure in Whittier

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Alaska, look no further than the Glacier Quest Cruise in Whittier. This cruise takes you through the breathtaking scenery of Prince William Sound, showcasing some of the most stunning glaciers and wildlife in the area.

The Glacier Quest Cruise is operated by Phillips Cruises and Tours, a family-owned business that has been operating in Alaska for over 60 years. They pride themselves on their commitment to providing an unforgettable experience for their guests, while also maintaining a focus on sustainability and conservation.

Glacier Cruise

The cruise departs from Whittier, a small town located about an hour south of Anchorage. Whittier is accessible by car or train, and the drive or ride is part of the adventure itself, with stunning views of mountains, forests, waterfalls and a unique trip through the Whittier Tunnel. The Whittier Alaska Tunnel, also known as the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, is a remarkable engineering marvel nestled in the rugged terrain of Alaska. Stretching approximately 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), this tunnel holds the distinction of being the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America. It was originally constructed during World War II as a railroad tunnel, serving as a vital transportation link to the remote town of Whittier. However, in 2000, the tunnel was renovated to accommodate both rail and vehicular traffic, revolutionizing accessibility to this secluded community. The tunnel boasts an awe-inspiring design, with a single lane for both directions and a unique system that alternates the direction of travel. This ensures a seamless flow of traffic, allowing travelers to experience the breathtaking landscapes of the surrounding Chugach Mountains as they pass through this remarkable feat of engineering.

Once you arrive in Whittier, you'll board the Glacier Quest, a 137-foot catamaran specially designed for cruising through Prince William Sound. The ship is equipped with large windows and outdoor decks, allowing for optimal viewing of the glaciers and wildlife.

Whittier Alaska

"We guarantee no seasickness on Whittier cruises. Our smooth cruising, high-speed catamarans are designed to safely and comfortably bring you close to nature on the calm waters of Prince William Sound. From Whittier, the area we cruise is protected by a series of barrier islands and long narrow fjords that help reduce the marine currents. Whether you prefer to relax in your seat and gaze through our large panoramic windows or use the spacious outside observation decks, our vessels provide you with many ways to enjoy the view." Phillips Cruises

The cruise takes you through the sound, past towering mountains, rugged coastline, and abundant wildlife. You'll see otters, seals, sea lions, and possibly even whales along the way. The real highlight, though, is the glaciers. The sound is home to numerous glaciers, including the famous Blackstone and Beloit glaciers, which are some of the largest in the area. The Glacier Quest gets up close and personal with the glaciers, giving you a chance to see and hear the ice cracking and falling into the water, an unforgettable experience.

In addition to the stunning scenery, the Glacier Quest Cruise also offers a delicious will receive a complimentary hot meal shortly after departure. Complimentary coffee, hot tea, and ice water are available throughout the cruise. If you wish to purchase one of our specialty drinks during the cruise, we recommend trying our Glacier Ice Margarita, a Klondike Cocoa, or an Alaskan Amber beer during the cruise. We have many other items available for purchase in the saloon, snack bar, and gift shop located on the main deck

Overall, the Glacier Quest Cruise in Whittier, Alaska, is a must-do experience for anyone visiting the area. It offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty and grandeur of Alaska's glaciers and wildlife, all while supporting a local, family-owned business committed to sustainability and conservation. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

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