Prince William Sound
Alaska’s Prince William Sound is included as part of the Gulf of Alaska cruises and is located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. The Columbia Glacier, flowing from the Chugach Mountains and the largest tidewater glacier of Southcentral Alaska, is a major attraction with its 5 mile face and calving ice. Visitors also enjoy visiting College Fjord, containing 16 glaciers named for Ivy League colleges. Much of the surrounding land is part of the Chugach National forest, which is the second largest national forest in the United States. Originally discovered and inhabited by the Chugach Eskimo people, it was subsequently explored by George Vancouver in the late 1700’s and he is said to have named the area.
The Sound made national news in 1989, when the tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef and caused a spill of almost 11 million gallons of oil. Today, the area looks as unspoiled as ever, but the devastation caused has been far-reaching and the long-term effects to the marine and plant life is still unknown.
Additional Prince William Sound cruise information:
• Wikipedia – Prince William Sound
A quick overview of Prince William Sound with a number of useful links and some great photos of the sound.