Sound Investment for Nature Lovers

Reed Travel Features

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of Alaska's most scenic waterways, Prince William Sound, is the focus of five- and eight-day cruises offered by Geographic Expeditions on the 12-passenger motor yacht Discovery.

Although sightseeing in the sound is a standard product, few of the companies involved in it offer anything like the in-depth experience promised by Geographic Expeditions.

The itinerary features spectacular marine- and other wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Orca and humpbacks at play in the Montague Straits, Steller sea lions and seals in Eaglek Bay and a variety of other creatures are plentiful.

Dall porpoises might be found gamboling alongside the yacht at any time.

The sound's multitude of bird species cannot be missed.

The glacier-lined waterway teems with puffins, cormorants, eagles, and forest birds by the thousands.

The overnight stops are at some of the state's more exotic spots.

Port Nellie Juan, for instance, and Constantine's Harbor, Chenega and Blackstone Bay all provide anchorages for the Discovery during the cruise.

Halibut fishing, hiking, a picnic at Port Chalmers and visits to isolated native villages, rain forests and a gold camp are among the activities scheduled.

Multiple departures are set between June and September.

The five-day version of the cruise costs from $1,995 per person, double, excluding air transportation.

The eight-day cruise starts at $2,395 per person, double, excluding air.

The Discovery is a family-operated vessel.

San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions does business around the world using the "Inner" corporate umbrella of InnerAsia, InnerEurope, InnerAfrica and InnerAmericas.

To book, call (800) 777-8183.

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