Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska

Whittier, approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, lies nestled at the base of the Chugach Mountains bordering Passage Canal. Established as a World War II port for cargo and troops of the Alaska Command, Whittier remained activated until 1960. Today, Whittier's economy and its 290 residents rely largely on the fishing industry, the port and, increasingly, on tourism.

Once accessible only by boat or via a war-era railway tunnel, The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel was recently enhanced to accommodate highway traffic as well, making it the longest highway/rail tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles.

Named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the community is also the gateway to spectacular Prince William Sound, with its magnificent tidewater glaciers and abundant marine life.

Whittier tours are available to passengers on back-to-back voyages who will stay onboard the ship and cruise back to Vancouver as well as guests ending their cruise in Whittier wiith an evening flight out of Anchorage on the day of disembarkation or an overnight in Anchorage after their cruise. Whittier tours are only available to cruisetour guests who spend the first night of their package in Anchorage. Other cruisetour guests cannot take an excursion as they would miss the transfer their next destination.

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Points of Interest

  • Prince William Sound
  • Portage Glacier
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Mt. Alyeska Tram
  • Seward Highway
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Anchorage
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  • Prince William Sound

    Boasting more tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in North America, this gorgeous deepwater sound is home to a host of rich marine life.

  • Portage Glacier

    This giant wall of ice is one of Alaska's most popular and exciting attractions. It's your chance to witness glacier calving and hear the thunderous roar when a huge block of ice crashes into the sea.

  • Turnagain Arm

    The journey along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet is one of the world's great drives, boasting breathtaking views of mountain scenery and the inlet and the chance to see wildlife.

  • Mt. Alyeska Tram

    Climb 2,300 feet above sea level to a viewing deck with panoramic vistas of hanging glaciers towering mountains, expanses of evergreen and glistening streams. Telescopes on deck intensify the view.

  • Seward Highway

    The Seward Highway linking Anchorage and Seward is a National Scenic Byway and one of 15 routes designated as an "All-American Road" in the United States. Dramatic views of wild Alaska abound.

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    Dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through public education, this refuge for injured and orphaned animals includes moose, elk, caribou, bears, musk oxen, bison, deer, lynx and eagles.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else.

  • Anchorage

    A modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness and the state's largest community. Enjoy world-class attractions, Native Alaskan culture, shopping and dining in this four-time All American City.

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Portage Glacier Scenic Cruise & Drive

5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-610
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Portage Glacier
  • Seward Highway
  • Anchorage

Tour the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center then cruise to Portage Glacier and catch your best view of this mammoth mountain of ice. At Portage Lake, board the m/v Ptarmigan for an unforgettable sightseeing cruise. This sightseeing vessel has been specially designed to navigate the iceberg-dotted waters bringing you within 300 yards of Portage Glacier. Then grab lunch (not included) at the Portage Day Lodge and shop for unique Alaskan artwork and gifts in the gallery. We'll return to Anchorage via the scenic Seward Highway, Alaska's "National Scenic Byway."

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Portage Glacier Scenic Cruise & Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-611
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Portage Glacier
  • Seward Highway
  • Anchorage

Tour the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center then cruise to Portage Glacier and catch your best view of this mammoth mountain of ice. At Portage Lake, board the m/v Ptarmigan for an unforgettable sightseeing cruise. This sightseeing vessel has been specially designed to navigate the iceberg-dotted waters bringing you within 300 yards of Portage Glacier. Then grab lunch (not included) at the Portage Day Lodge and shop for unique Alaskan artwork and gifts in the gallery. We'll return to Anchorage via the scenic Seward Highway, Alaska's "National Scenic Byway."

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Turnagain Arm, Wildlife Conservation Center & Tram

6 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-100
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Mt. Alyeska Tram
  • Seward Highway
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Anchorage

Discover the natural treasure that is Alaska on this approximate 6-hour tour. Visit a wild animal refuge, a scenic bird sanctuary and behold the rugged majesty of Mt. Alyeska and the history of Alaska. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where orphaned and displaced animals are given refuge in spacious habitats. Here, you can observe and photograph some of Alaska's biggest land animals, include moose, bison, bears and musk ox. Ride Alyeska Resort's Glacier Express Tram and take in panoramic views of Turnagain Arm and the surrounding valley from 2,300 feet above its floor. Drive along Alaska's "Scenic Byway," the Seward Highway, past picturesque mountains en route to Anchorage. Walk the boardwalks of Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and view a natural paradise home to many species of wildlife. Finally, transfer to the downtown hospitality center or airport.

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Turnagain Arm, Wildlife Conservation Center & Tram (Wheelchair Accessible)

6 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-101
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Mt. Alyeska Tram
  • Seward Highway
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Anchorage

Discover the natural treasure that is Alaska on this approximate 6-hour tour. Visit a wild animal refuge, a scenic bird sanctuary and behold the rugged majesty of Mt. Alyeska and the history of Alaska. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where orphaned and displaced animals are given refuge in spacious habitats. Here, you can observe and photograph some of Alaska's biggest land animals, include moose, bison, bears and musk ox. Ride Alyeska Resort's Glacier Express Tram and take in panoramic views of Turnagain Arm and the surrounding valley from 2,300 feet above its floor. Drive along Alaska's "Scenic Byway," the Seward Highway, past picturesque mountains en route to Anchorage. Walk the boardwalks of Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and view a natural paradise home to many species of wildlife. Finally, transfer to the downtown hospitality center or airport.

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26 Glacier Cruise (Wheelchair Accessible)

5.5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-621
  • Prince William Sound

Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 "named" glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife - both on shore and below the water on this 5-hour cruise. A hot meal is included as well as a no-seasickness guarantee.

Come face to face with several types of glaciers, including the alpine (hanging), piedmont and tidewater. It's not uncommon to see glaciers calve (when pieces of ice break off into the water) during the cruise. To witness this massive movement of ice and hear its thunderous roar is truly an unforgettable experience.

And the wildlife is equally astounding. Enjoy sightings of sea otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles during the cruise. You may also spot bears, mountain goats and whales - both humpback and orca. At the end of the trip we'll visit a bird rookery - home to thousands of kittiwakes.

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26 Glacier Cruise

5.5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-620
  • Prince William Sound

Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 "named" glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife - both on shore and below the water on this 5-hour cruise. A hot lunch is included as well as a no-seasickness guarantee.

Come face to face with several types of glaciers, including the alpine (hanging), piedmont and tidewater. It's not uncommon to see glaciers calve (when pieces of ice break off into the water) during the cruise. To witness this massive movement of ice and hear its thunderous roar is truly an unforgettable experience.

And the wildlife is equally astounding. Enjoy sightings of sea otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles during the cruise. You may also spot bears, mountain goats and whales - both humpback and orca. At the end of the trip we'll visit a bird rookery - home to thousands of kittiwakes.

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26 Glacier Cruise & Transfer (Wheelchair Accessible)

7.5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-626
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Prince William Sound

Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 "named" glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife - both on shore and below the water on this 5-hour cruise. A hot meal is included as well as a no-seasickness guarantee and a transfer to select Anchorage hotels and the airport.

Come face to face with several types of glaciers, including the alpine (hanging), piedmont and tidewater. It's not uncommon to see glaciers calve (when pieces of ice break off into the water) during the cruise. To witness this massive movement of ice and hear its thunderous roar is truly an unforgettable experience.

And the wildlife is equally astounding. Enjoy sightings of sea otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles during the cruise. You may also spot bears, mountain goats and whales - both humpback and orca. At the end of the trip we'll visit a bird rookery - home to thousands of kittiwakes.

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26 Glacier Cruise & Transfer

7.5 hours | Anchorage (Whittier) | WH1-625
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Prince William Sound

Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 "named" glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife - both on shore and below the water on this 5-hour cruise. A hot meal is included as well as a no-seasickness guarantee and a transfer to select Anchorage hotels and the airport.

Come face to face with several types of glaciers, including the alpine (hanging), piedmont and tidewater. It's not uncommon to see glaciers calve (when pieces of ice break off into the water) during the cruise. To witness this massive movement of ice and hear its thunderous roar is truly an unforgettable experience.

And the wildlife is equally astounding. Enjoy sightings of sea otters, seals, porpoises, sea lions and bald eagles during the cruise. You may also spot bears, mountain goats and whales - both humpback and orca. At the end of the trip we'll visit a bird rookery - home to thousands of kittiwakes.

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