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Prince William Sound
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Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is a large, protected sound located in the Gulf of Alaska in the United States. It is bordered by the Chugach National Forest to the east, the Kenai Peninsula to the south, and the Alaska Peninsula to the west. The sound is home to a variety of wildlife, including whales, sea lions, seals, otters, and seabirds.

Prince William Sound is an important part of the Alaskan landscape and has been the site of many important historical events. In 1778, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy visited the sound and named it after the future King William IV. In 1889, the United States acquired Alaska from Russia and established the Alaska Territory. In 1964, the Good Friday earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused extensive damage throughout the sound. The damage was so severe that many of the towns and villages were abandoned.

The sound is a popular tourist destination and is known for its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. The sound is home to several national parks and wildlife refuges, including the Chugach National Forest, the Kenai Fjords National Park, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The sound is also a popular destination for boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Prince William Sound is also an important part of the region's economy. The sound is home to many fishing and processing plants, as well as several oil and gas platforms. The sound is also home to several ports and harbors, including the Port of Valdez, the Port of Whittier, and the Seward Marine Terminal.

Prince William Sound is a stunning part of Alaska's landscape and has a rich history. It is home to a variety of wildlife and is an important part of the region's economy. The sound is a popular destination for tourists and is a great place to explore the beauty of Alaska.

Excursion tips for a day in Prince William Sound

As a tourist in Prince William Sound, USA, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the best things to do:

1. Take a boat tour of Prince William Sound and explore the stunning coastline.
2. Go fishing for salmon or halibut in the sound’s abundant waters.
3. Hike to the top of one of the many mountains in the area for a breathtaking view.
4. Go kayaking or canoeing around the many islands and inlets.
5. Visit one of the many historical sites, such as the historic Russian settlement of Port Graham.
6. Watch for wildlife such as sea lions, whales, sea otters, and bald eagles.
7. Take a scenic drive down the Seward Highway and explore the small towns and villages along the way.
8. Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center and learn about the local marine life.
9. Spend the day at the beach or go beachcombing for treasures.
10. Enjoy the local cuisine and sample some of the fresh seafood.

Experience Prince William Sound with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Prince William Sound. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound in the USA experiences a temperate marine climate with cool, wet winters and mild, relatively dry summers. In winter, temperatures range from an average low of 28°F (-2°C) to an average high of 39°F (4°C). Snowfall is common, with an average of 60 inches (152 cm) per year. In the spring, temperatures range from an average low of 33°F (1°C) to an average high of 46°F (8°C). Rainfall is common and the area receives an average of 51 inches (130 cm) of precipitation per year. In the summer, temperatures range from an average low of 45°F (7°C) to an average high of 57°F (14°C). Rainfall is less common, with an average of 16 inches (41 cm) per year. In the autumn, temperatures range from an average low of 34°F (1°C) to an average high of 47°F (8°C). Rainfall is common, with an average of 48 inches (122 cm) per year.

Cruise weather for Prince William Sound

Our weather forecast for Prince William Sound helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 14.3 °C
min: 13.4 °C
16.6 m/s
17.6 m/s
99.3 %
24.1 m
85.3 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 14.0 °C
min: 12.5 °C
25.2 m/s
44.6 m/s
100.0 %
12.6 m
91.1 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 12.8 °C
23.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
99.2 %
15.8 m
91.2 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 12.7 °C
18.4 m/s
19.4 m/s
98.4 %
15.9 m
91.1 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 13.6 °C
min: 13.2 °C
11.2 m/s
12.6 m/s
89.5 %
16.8 m
85.8 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 12.8 °C
10.8 m/s
11.5 m/s
65.5 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 15.6 °C
min: 13 °C
19.4 m/s
21.2 m/s
30.0 %
23.9 m
68.5 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 13.1 °C
19.7 m/s
23.9 m/s
63.8 %
21.7 m
78.1 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 12.3 °C
28.4 m/s
31.3 m/s
100.0 %
14.5 m
78.9 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 13.7 °C
min: 12 °C
14.5 m/s
13.2 m/s
57.6 %
23.6 m
70.4 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 12.2 °C
26.6 m/s
34.2 m/s
95.9 %
18.5 m
78.7 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 11.3 °C
41.0 m/s
47.9 m/s
100.0 %
7.0 m
86.0 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 10.7 °C
46.4 m/s
59.8 m/s
99.8 %
7.0 m
83.6 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Prince William Sound

Would you like to travel to Prince William Sound on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Prince William Sound.

Scheduled ship calls in Prince William Sound, United States of America
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 9th 2024 Friday, 9th of Aug. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 10th 2024 Saturday, 10th of Aug. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 17th 2024 Saturday, 17th of Aug. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 19th 2024 Monday, 19th of Aug. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 8th 2024 Sunday, 8th of Sep. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 13th 2025 Friday, 13th of Jun. 2025 MS Westerdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 14th 2025 Saturday, 14th of Jun. 2025 MS Westerdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 5th 2025 Friday, 5th of Sep. 2025 MS Westerdam 12:00 am 12:00 am

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