SEATTLE -- Cruise West is marketing sea kayaking tours out of the
Prince William Sound communities of Whittier and Cordova, offered
during the company's May-to-September Alaska cruising season.
The four- and five-hour excursions include instructions in
safety and paddling techniques along with the services of a local
Groups of up to 24 kayakers in Whittier and 12 kayakers in
Cordova venture out in single or double kayaks. Clients pay $220 to
participate in both tours.
Both kayaking tours are offered as part of Cruise West's new
Outdoors Alaska cruise-tour itinerary, which combines a four-night
Prince William Sound cruise on the Spirit of Glacier Bay with stays
at two wilderness lodges in the Denali National Park area.
Two Cruise West small ships, Spirit of Glacier Bay and Spirit of
Columbia, call in Valdez and Cordova as part of four-night Prince
William Sound cruises out of Whittier, located about 60 miles
southeast of Anchorage.
Prince William Sound forms the northern extent of the Gulf of
Alaska, encompassing a region of about 3,000 square miles.
Whittier, with a population of 250, was built secretly during
World War II to provide an ice-free, deepwater port for Alaska
The kayaking tour from Whittier first travels by small ship to a
remote cove, where kayakers set out in search of eagle nests, sea
otters and brown or black bears along the shoreline. Lunch is
served on shore before the return trip to Whittier to board the
Cordova, on Orca Inlet near the mouth of the Copper River, has a
population of about 2,600.
Founded in 1906, the town was originally the railroad terminus
and ocean shipping port for copper ore produced at the Kennecott
mines in what is now Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
The railroad and mine shut down in 1938, and the local economy
is now fueled by fishing.
Cruise West's kayaking excursion in Cordova puts in several
miles from town so paddlers can enjoy an unspoiled view of the
coastline and the Chugach Mountains.
Depending on the time of summer, kayakers can expect to see
spawning salmon, bears, otters and sea lions. The Cordova area also
is on one of the main bird migration routes to and from Arctic
Cruise West's four-night Prince William Sound cruises are priced
from $895 per person.
For more information or reservations, call (800) 426-7702 or
visit the company's Web site at www.cruisewest.com.