pacific provider alaska adventure cruise

Alaska: Prince William Sound

  • Overview
    Explore unspoiled coastlines and trek the forests—create an Alaska story unlike any other. The rugged and wild Prince William Sound, discovered by explorer James Cook in 1778, offers spectacular adventure in the “Last Frontier.” Home to the densest concentration of tidewater glaciers on the planet, it is surrounded by pristine Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States. The sound’s calm, protected waters and over 3,800 miles of coastline offer a vast diversity of wildlife. Marine mammals summer here, including humpback and killer whales, Stellar sea lions, harbour seals and sea otters. Black and brown bears, moose and even mountain goats frequent the water’s edge, while over 220 species of birds bring the coastal forest to life. Be one of the few to truly explore this remote and captivating ecosystem. From cascading waterfalls to rivers flush with salmon during the spawn, you’ll leave feeling like you truly know Prince William Sound. Catch a wild salmon and have it prepared on our back deck grill for dinner. Witness calving glaciers up close from the intimacy of a small boat. Note: This voyage travels Cordova to Whittier.
    Duration: 7 days
    Passengers: 12 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Anchorage, Alaska
    Disembarkation Point: Anchorage, Alaska
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Anchorage, Alaska

      You arrive Saturday in Anchorage, where you are picked up from the airport and taken to the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel. Settling in with the anticipation for your upcoming adventure, you get to take in the first stunning views for what lays ahead. Enjoy your afternoon wandering the area, keeping an eye out for moose and bald eagles. End your evening with a nightcap watching the activity on Lake Spenard and Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base, and a quintessential method of transportation unique to Alaska.

      All voyages start an end in Anchorage, Alaska. Voyage itinerary operates Wittier -> Cordova, with every other voyage operating in reverse Cordova -> Whittier.

    • Day 2 - Embarkation Day

      After an easy morning in Anchorage and enjoy a complimentary plated Alaskan breakfast, you are picked up by a private shuttle and brought to the small port town of Whittier. Crew members will bring your luggage to your private stateroom aboard Pacific Provider. After a tour of the boat, you’ll meet the rest of the crew for a safety briefing and find out what lies in store for the week. Departing in the early afternoon, we’ll navigate to a hidden cove, where we’ll spend the afternoon and evening exploring the shore or paddling kayaks. Later, you’ll get to know your fellow travelers over cocktails and a fabulous chef-prepared dinner. As humpback whales pass by, you’ll know you’re about to have an experience that goes far beyond the destination.

      Note:
      - Voyages starting in Wittier travel by private shuttle to Wittier and return from Cordova to Anchorage by charter flight.
      - Voyages starting in Cordova travel by charter flight to Cordova and return from Whittier to Anchorage by private shuttle.

    • Day 3 - Alaskan Wilderness

      Awake to a steaming cup of coffee or tea and take in the magnificent views from the back deck. After a hot breakfast, we’ll board the skiffs to view the massive tidewater glaciers in Blackstone Bay—Tebenkof, Ripon, Lawrence, Marquette and Blackstone, among others, all offer multiple opportunities to see glaciers calve, as well as observe incredible hanging glaciers mountainside. You’ll enjoy the action from the skiffs, with hot cocoa (and perhaps a little Bailey’s) to stay warm from the katabatic winds whipping down the ancient ice flows. After returning to the ship for an amazing lunch featuring the freshest local ingredients, we’ll make our way north to Ziegler or Granite Bays to spend the afternoon exploring the shoreline or lush woods on the Alaskan mainland. Our flexible itinerary means you can take a skiff out in search of salmon, or try your luck dropping shrimp pots in the water. After dinner, socialize in the salon with your fellow guests while enjoying a nightcap served over real glacial ice hauled from the water and pulled onboard, as you discuss the day’s adventures and watch photos from your time at the glaciers.

    • Day 4 - Alaskan Wilderness

      If you dropped shrimp pots the night before, wake early to gather your catch. After breakfast, we’ll come ashore on Esther Island to tour a remote salmon hatchery with experts dedicated to maintaining the critical salmon populations in Prince William Sound—and keep your eyes peeled for bears prowling the shoreline in search of fish. During lunch, we’ll traverse the sound looking for marine wildlife, including humpback whales and orcas. Making our way to Naked Island in the middle of the sound, we’ll search for rafts of sea otters in the kelp, getting up close in our skiffs for that perfect photo. You’ll experience true solitude on the island, recognizing just how small we really are within the overwhelming magnitude of Alaska. After another incredible Chef Dave dinner, we’ll end the evening with beachside bonfire, witnessing the majesty of Prince William Sound, far from any sign of humanity.

    • Day 5 - Alaskan Wilderness

      Wake up this morning ready for adventure, as we cruise towards Valdez Arm, weaving our way through humpback whales feeding on herring and keeping our eyes peeled for transient orca pods hunting in the water. After breakfast, we’ll anchor for a truly wild day on Shoup Bay. Putting kayaks in the water, we’ll paddle deep into the bay, beaching our boats where we can come face-to-face with an active, but stable glacier. With no fear of calving, we’ll explore the glacier and ice caves at the head of Shoup Bay, including the opportunity to walk right up to the ice and touch it. Getting back in our kayaks, we’ll paddle down the inlet and back to the boat for an incredible lunch using fresh local ingredients. Pacific Provider will head south, so you spend the afternoon fishing the remote shorelines for salmon. Catch one—a likelihood—and our private chef will prepare it as our sashimi appetizer during cocktail hour!

    • Day 6 - Alaskan Wilderness

      As we make our way south, be sure to keep a vigilant eye as we navigate through this rich summer habitat of humpback whales. We’ll spend the day in Port Fidalgo, with the option of angling for salmon along the remote shoreline. Or choose to spend the day kayaking with sea otters in Two Moon Bay, or hiking along a salmon-choked river and learning about the salmon run—an unforgettable experience with thousands of fish fighting their way up the river. All the while, we’ll be surrounded by majestic bald eagles, and view the many bears lumbering about (from a safe distance) as they gorge on salmon in preparation for hibernation. Onboard Pacific Provider, we’ll enjoy our own feast, as Chef Dave creates a gourmet meal from our catch of the day and other local fare.

    • Day 7 - Alaskan Wilderness & End of voyage.

      Anchored off of Hawkins Island and Hichinbrook Islands, we’ll end our adventure in spectacular fashion. Taking the skiffs to shore, we’ll travel overland to Boswell Bay Beach, on the Gulf of Alaska—a huge and volatile body of water that’s been called the “Cradle of Storms,” and far different from the calm refuge of Prince William Sound. The beach itself is a geological wonder, revealing evidence of the devastating 1964 earthquake, which pushed back the original shoreline more than a mile from today’s waterline. Along the way, we’ll watch for local deer, while keeping alert for derelict fishing buoys, some of which have drifted here from as far away from Japan. Back aboard Pacific Provider, we’ll enjoy a final evening of relaxing with your fellow travelers and recounting the week’s adventures with the crew who’ve made the trip you’ve always dreamed of an unforgettable reality. The next day, arriving in the tiny, remote town of Cordova, we’ll say our sad farewells after an incomparable week of exploration, incredible cuisine and new, but lasting friendships. You’ll have a little time before catching your flight, so take the opportunity to mingle with locals and shop in this picturesque Alaskan coastal town. We’ll transfer you to the local airport where your bags (and preserved fish) await your short flight over the wild region you’ve just explored, and onwards to Anchorage.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking in Prince William Sound

    Explore the Alaskan coastline and marine life on one of our premium kayaks. A great way to get that little bit closer to the wildlife.

    Included

    Paddleboarding in Prince William Sound

    Get out on one of our premium standup paddleboards for the ultimate nature experience.

    Included

    Fishing in Prince William Sound

    For the avid fisherman or woman the rich waters of Prince William Sound are an extremely exciting place to throw in a line or two and catch Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, or gather fresh prawns; our private chef will prepare them for your next meal or vacuum seal your catch to take home

    Included

    Whales of Alaska

    Encounter pods of humpback whales and orcas across Prince William Sound

    Orca in Alaska

    This region of Alaska is especially well known for its population of Orca.

    Alaska's old growth forrests

    Hike old-growth forests and feel Alaska’s magnitude as you’re surrounded by towering trees

    True Alaska Wilderness

    Does it get any more Alaskan than this? Icy cold glacier rivers, flowing between old growth forests with a Grizzly bear on the lookout for a fresh feed.

    Calving Glaciers

    See breathtaking tidewater glaciers calve into the sea from your tender, or hike to them onshore.

  • Inclusions

    Adventure activities

    Kayak in remote coves with sea otters, watch glaciers calve into the sea, and hike through untrodden forests while the crew shoots photos of you to take home at the end of the voyage.

    All activities on board and high-end adventure gear: single and double kayaks, fishing, binoculars for wildlife viewing. No need to pack your own!

    Fishing in Alaska

    The opportunity to catch fish on board: King (Chinook) salmon, Silver (Coho) salmon, Red (Sockeye) salmon, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Spot Prawns. Our chef will cook it for your next meal on board, or vacuum seal it for you to take home. You can also gather around the Big Green Egg on deck while our chef cooks your catch over a wood fire.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Every guest departs with a flash drive filled with photos of their trip.
    - Round-trip airport transfers.
    - The deep knowledge and years of experience of our expert staff in the destinations we explore
    - All beverages, including two open bars (indoor and outdoor).
    - We provide complimentary lodging in Anchorage on Saturday night, with complimentary transportation from the airport.
    - A proven expedition ship with the spaciousness and intimate feeling of a yacht inside. You’ll enjoy the intimacy, comfort and exclusive feeling of a yacht on the interior- combined with the power, capability, and price of a speciality adventure cruise.
    - Choose from several activities each day to create a personalized experience in a setting that you won’t believe until you see it with your own eyes, Prince William Sound.
    - You and your travel companions will enjoy unmatched privacy- our six staterooms accommodate a maximum of 12 guests per week, and there are 8 crew members on board, resulting in one of the most personalized and memorable travel experiences of your life.
    - All meals and snacks (fresh, delicious cuisine including breads and desserts baked from scratch), prepared by our private chef.

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel

    PACIFIC PROVIDER

    Adventure Travel Done Right!

    The 160-foot expedition ship, Pacific Provider, is built for adventure and relaxation, combining agility and ruggedness with yacht-like comforts. With only twelve guests aboard and eight crew members, you’ll experience unmatched personalized service. Our four tenders give you the freedom to customize your activities, and you can use our premium adventure gear to go fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling and kayaking. Soak in the jacuzzi, feast on your catch of the day cooked by our private chef in our indoor or outdoor dining areas, and watch wildlife from the expansive deck. The Pacific Provider offers six spacious staterooms, each with a large observation window for breathtaking views, premium linens, a full en-suite bathroom and HDTV. You’ll learn from our crew of naturalists and licensed mariners, as they share their in-depth knowledge of the ecosystems and local culture.

    Single Traveller Options:

    • When available twin share cabins may be offered (please check)
    • Single supplement is 1.7x Twin rate

    Family Travel Options:

    • Families or groups of 4 or more will enjoy a USD$1,400 per person discount.
    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 4
    Guests #: 12
    Crew #: 8
    Ice Class:
    Speed: 11
    Refurbished: 2013
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1978
    Length: 48m
    Width: 10
    Draft: 3
    Tonnage: 664
    Registry: USA
    Elec Outlets: 110V 2 Flat Prong
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Double Occupancy

03 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018
6 spacious staterooms offering unmatched privacy and comfort, complete with premium linens, a full en-suite bathroom, breathtaking views from large picture windows (6 ft x 3.5 ft), the option of a standard king or 2 twin beds, an HDTV for viewing movies from our extensive media library, the option of airplay or Chromecast from your own device, ample storage space, and Gilchrist & Soames amenities.
USD 8,900pp
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Families & Groups

03 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018
When you travel with family or group of four (4) guests, you'll save even more. 6 spacious staterooms offering unmatched privacy and comfort, complete with premium linens, a full en-suite bathroom, breathtaking views from large picture windows (6 ft x 3.5 ft), the option of a standard king or 2 twin beds, an HDTV for viewing movies from our extensive media library, the option of airplay or Chromecast from your own device, ample storage space, and Gilchrist & Soames amenities.
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Solo Travellers

03 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018
Solo travellers are always welcome and will enjoy a reduced rate during the inaugural season. 6 spacious staterooms offering unmatched privacy and comfort, complete with premium linens, a full en-suite bathroom, breathtaking views from large picture windows (6 ft x 3.5 ft), the option of a standard king or 2 twin beds, an HDTV for viewing movies from our extensive media library, the option of airplay or Chromecast from your own device, ample storage space, and Gilchrist & Soames amenities.
USD 15,000pp
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