Cruising at Sea/Gulf of Alaska
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Valdez, AK 99686, USA
At the northern end of Prince William Sound lies the only spot in Alaska where a visitor can be surrounded on three sides by glaciers. Naming rights first went to the Harriman Expedition, an outing arranged by a railroad magnate who led artists...
2528 Lower Elwha Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
As the ship steams north from Seattle, start scanning for the Southern Resident killer whale pods. These rare orcas don’t migrate—and eat only fish (no mammals). Overharvested for marine parks in the '60s and '70s, this endangered subspecies...
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
Watch for British Columbia’s craggy, rain-forested 138-island archipelago, part of which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area—once known as the Queen Charlottes—lies along the Pacific Flyway, so look for seabirds and migratory...
Lynn Canal, Juneau, AK, USA
The longest, deepest fjord in the United States connects Juneau with Skagway. A major gold rush route, this waterway—97 kilometers long and over 610 meters deep—makes for glorious scenic cruising. At its northeastern tip near Skagway, cliffs...
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