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    Spring Birding, Wildlife & Photography – 12 days/11 nights

    May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - May 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am

    7,150$ per person

    The sheltered waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound are home to families of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Steller’s Sea Lions and playful pods of Dall Porpoises. Over 4,500 Sea Otters call the Sound home, whilst on land live Grizzly and Black Bears, Mountain Goats and Moose. In early May, huge numbers of migrating waders and waterbirds stop off here to refuel, many timing their arrival with the sudden glut of food created by the annual spawning of the herring. White-billed Divers are fairly common, Pacific Divers are numerous and large flocks of mixed scoter and Long-tailed Ducks fill the bays. Flocks of Surfbirds pick herring roe from the rocky shoreline alongside Wandering Tattlers, whilst nearly the entire world population of around three and a half million Western Sandpipers stop over to feed on the vast mudflats of the Copper River Delta! These transient migrants join, albeit briefly, an equally exciting range of breeding birds including Tufted and Horned Puffins, Kittlitz’s Murrelet, Varied Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow and the rare Red-faced Cormorant … all backed by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Americas! This unique 14-day holiday will be split into two parts. Firstly, we stay in the small coastal community of Cordova to enjoy the huge concentrations of waders that flock to the Copper River Delta in early May. We then board the MV Discovery, a comfortable 12-berth motor vessel, for a 7-night wildlife and scenery cruise around Prince William Sound.

    Highlights

    • 7 nights exploring Prince William Sound on board a small 12-berth motor yacht
    • 3 nights in Cordova timed to coincide with hundreds of thousands of migrating waders
    • Small group of only 10 people (plus guides)
    • Mammals including Sea Otter, Black & Grizzly Bears, Mountain Goat, Orca and Humpback Whale
    • Visit colonies of Tufted Puffins & other seabirds
    • Spectacular glaciers and dramatic scenery
    • Timed for the annual spawning of the Pacific Herring
    • White-billed Diver, Surfbird, Harlequin Duck & Aleutian Tern
    • Explore the fjords & bays by Kayak
    • Led by expert naturalist guides

     

    General Itinerary:
    May 5: Arrive to Cordova (on own); overnight Cordova (included)

    May 6, 7: Explore the Copper River Delta

    May 8: Board the Discovery and start our voyage

    May 9 – 14: Explore the numerous bays and fjords of Prince William Sound

    May 15: Final day of voyaging.  Return to the port of Whittier and transfer to Anchorage.  Accommodations included.

    May 16: Check out of accommodations

    For a more specific itinerary, click here.  

    Details

    Start:
    May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
    End:
    May 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am
    Cost:
    7,150$
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    Departure from

    Port of Cordova
    City of Cordova, AK United States + Google Map
    Website:
    http://www.cordovachamber.com/

    For Questions, Brochures and Reservations: Call us at (800)324-7602 (or outside the United States at +1 907-202-1017)

    • Captain and Crew

      Discovery Voyages is a family operation headed by captain and naturalist Dean Rand. He is joined by carefully chosen guides and crew members in order to enrich your experience, both on board the Discovery and as you sail through Prince William Sound. Read More »
    • The M/V Discovery

      M/V DiscoveryMeticulously fitted to combine the finest blend of comfort and utility, the 65-foot classic working yacht gently sails you into one of the world's richest marine environments. Because of its small size, the Discovery can sail into quiet coves and navigate ice-bound channels that larger boats must avoid, letting Discovery passengers get an up close and personal view of glaciers and marine wildlife impossible on a larger cruise ship. Read More »
    • Prince William Sound

      More than three thousand shore land miles of bays, coves and deep fjords comprise the prized seacoast region of Alaska's famous Prince William Sound. Exceeding the combined area of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, this sheltered waterway contains the greatest diversity of habitats found along the entire Eastern Pacific Coast, including the world's northernmost temperate rainforest. Read More »
    • Fine Dining

      A tantalizing menu of carefully prepared, home-cooked meals await you on the Discovery. Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon, sockeye salmon and or halibut, oysters, shrimp, and rockfish, served with fresh quality fruits and vegetables, homemade breads & rolls, soups, and more. Read More »