Endicott Arm is a fjord located in Alaska, United States. It is regularly visited on a Disney Cruise to Alaska. It is visited as an alternative to Tracy Arm fjord. This post will be mostly pictures as Endicott Arm is spectacular!
Even when you visit Alaska in Summer, Tracy Arm is usually inaccessible for large cruise ships due to the heavy amount of ice still floating in the channel and can be quite dangerous to attempt to navigate it. And so cruise lines will make the call to change to Endicott Arm.
After having visited both, I would choose Endicott over Tracy everytime! The biggest and most breathtaking difference is the glacier at the end of the channel. At the end of the Tracy Arm channel is Sawyer Glacier, which is amazing, but has nothing on Dawes Glacier, which is found at the end of Endicott Arm. Dawes Glacier is actually made up of 3 seperate glaciers that form to make one larger, more breathtaking one.
When you visit Dawes Glacier on a Disney Cruise, you will generally spend quite a bit of time at the end of the channel by the glacier. In fact, usually the ship will do a 360 degree turn, so you will be able to have a view no matter where you are. This is one of the most compelling reasons to have a state room with a balcony – the Alaskan scenery helps to justify the extra costs!
There is only 1 tour that is offered through Disney for Tracy/Endicott Arm is the Glacier Explorer. You leave the ship and walk across the gangway to a smaller Catamaran that will take you up close and personal to the glacier.
This tour is absolutely amazing – you get SO close to the Glacier, which is especially spectacular when “calving” – the falling of ice to create Icebergs – happens! You spend about an hour by the glacier, with a naturalist giving full commentary before spending about an hour heading back to meet the ship.
Generally, there are 2 excursions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and they fill up fast!!
Have you been on a Disney Cruise to Alaska before? Did you visit Tracy or Endicott Arm?