Frederick Sound Cruise Highlights

An Alaskan Frederick Sound Cruise is a fascinating experience, especially for anyone who's never visited Alaska before. The port of Frederick Sound is located in Petersburg in Southeastern Alaska. Frederick Sound separates Admiralty Island from Kupreanof Island. The temperature usually varies between 40 degrees and and a comfortable 70 degrees. The biggest industry in the area is fishing, followed by tourism. Since its a shallow water port, only small cruise ships can travel through the passage, and can take you to small villages and into narrow waterways.

Onboard Activities

Cruise West is among the cruise lines offering small ship excursions to Frederick Sound. The ships usually accommodate about 138 passengers, and can navigate waters larger ships can't reach, giving passengers the chance to view the amazing scenery and wildlife up close. Naturalists and lecturers are onboard to give talks and answer questions. Most of the onboard time is spent in the observation lounge or on deck. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is excellent. One of the most exciting activities onboard is whale watching. Whales migrate from Hawaii to feed during the summer months, and you're likely to see Humpback Whales, Orcas (known as Killer Whales), Grey Whales, Minke Whales, White-sided Dolphins, Dall Porpoises, and Dall Porpoises.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoors and nature lovers will find numerous activities. Blind Slough is where migratory birds make a stop and it's a favorite spot for bird watching. Blind River rapids is nearby. Sea kayaking is a great way to see Humpback Whales and other marine life. Over 500 Humpback Whales arrive in Frederick Sound every summer to feed on the abundant marine life. Kayaking tours can be booked for one to three days. You can paddle in between the icebergs at Le Conte Glacier or take a jet boat ride, and see hundreds of seals that live in the fjord. The high school at Petersburg has a boardwalk that runs through the muskeg; the soil that's formed from decomposing vegetation, that's a favorite nature walk. Petersburg, Sitka, and Skagway drew thousands of prospectors in search of gold during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Plan a shore excursion to visit these historic towns. In Skagway, take a tour on the Klondike Trail, and visit unique places like the "Red Onion Saloon." Sitka was settled by Tlingit natives, and is an interesting combination of Russian and Native Cultures. You may see Sea Otters, Sea Lions, and other species. Considered to be the most beautiful seaport town in Alaska, Sitka is definitely worth a visit.

Things to See

Petersburg is the summer home to hundreds of fishermen from all over the world; drawn to the town for the excellent pay. the town was settled by Norwegians and has a distinctly Norwegian style. Visitors can go to a performance of Norwegian dancers, rather than taking an optional shore excursion. Tourism is the second major industry in Petersburg and thousands of tourists are drawn there each summer.

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