Tracy Arm Fjord
This glacier-carved narrow fjord is located 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Designated a wilderness area by U.S. Congress in 1980, its sheer cliffs, calving glaciers and abundant wildlife make it a high point of any cruise. The Tracy Fjord area encompasses over 650,000 acres and the fjord winds its way for over 30 miles through steep granite cliffs. Mist often shrouds the area and waterfalls cascade at every turn, making one feel they have traveled back to an earlier time. The twin Sawyer glaciers, dubbed North Sawyer and South Sawyer, sit at the end of Tracy Arm and regularly provide thunderous displays of ice calving into the water. Wildlife, including humpback whales, eagles, seals and mountain goats call this area home and are a part of the exciting views.
Major cruise lines such as Princess and Royal Caribbean include Tracy Arm Fjord and its sister fjord, Endicott Arm, as part of their Alaska cruises. Various day cruises are offered as shore excursions out of Juneau, with the smaller ships getting right next to the glaciers and stopping right at the glacier’s face. There are also kayak adventures out of Juneau, which give an incredible vantage point and up close view of the glaciers and wildlife.
Ports of call include Cordova and Valdez for smaller cruise lines and Whittier as a terminus for larger lines. Most of the major cruise lines that offer Alaska cruises make the Prince William Sound part of their tour packages. There are smaller day cruises available as shore excursions in all of the ports, so visitors can explore the Sound more extensively if they desire, with whale watching and closer views of the surrounding glaciers.
Alaska cruises that visit Tracy Arm Fjord:
Carnival Cruise Line:
• Carnival Miracle
Celebrity Cruise Line:
Holland America Line:
• ms Amsterdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Zaandam
• Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line:
• Rhapsody of the Seas