Downtown Anchorage seen with the Alaska Range to the north.
Ken Graham

New Vessel Joining Phillips Fleet

Monday, March 11, 2019

As the 2019 summer season approaches, Phillips Cruises & Tours announces that the Bravest, a 127-foot high speed catamaran, is on her way to Alaska to join their first-class fleet of vessels. Formerly in service with NY Waterway, the Bravest brings a legacy of daily ferry service and was one of the emergency responders during 9/11 providing transportation off Manhattan. When the Bravest arrives to Whittier, Alaska, her days will be spent exploring the glacier-filled fjords of Prince William Sound.

“We are very pleased with the refit and commend the team lead by Whittier Operations Manager - Captain Gary Sommerfeld, for carrying this project through to completion. We are eagerly anticipating her arrival to Whittier in late April,” said Bob Neumann, company owner.

Outfitted with large picture windows that wrap around the seating areas, the Bravest will be one of the most comfortable passenger vessels in the Alaska day cruise industry. The attention to detail is impressive including USB charging stations at every table to easily recharge cameras, modern colors and a sleek stylish design. Spaciously outfitted, the capacity on the Bravest will provide 286 guests with seating on two levels. Among Alaskan mariners, Phillips Cruises is well known for their smooth cruising fast cats and the Bravest won’t disappoint. With a cruising speed of 32 knots, guests will be able to see the glaciers and wildlife of Prince William Sound very efficiently. Not only is the Bravest fast, her new home port of Whittier, Alaska, is a quick 90-minute drive south of Anchorage along one of the most scenic highways in the world that connects Anchorage to Whittier via North America’s longest shared rail and vehicle tunnel.

“The popularity of our 26 Glacier Cruise continues to grow every year,” said Bob Neumann. “To meet the demand, we are adding the Bravest to that route, so more guests have an opportunity to enjoy spectacular Prince William Sound. Not only will they enjoy a smooth cruise on board our safe, comfortable, and fast catamarans, but we are the only company that guarantees no seasickness or your money back.”

Alaskan-owned Phillips Cruises and Tours operates from Whittier Alaska which is accessible by car or connects easily with transfer service by coach or rail from Anchorage and Girdwood. Each day cruise includes a delicious hot meal, narration by a Chugach Forest Service ranger, and the company’s exclusive no seasickness guarantee. As leader in the Alaska tourism industry for decades, through steady reinvestment, dedication to excellence demonstrated by their professional highly skilled crew and outstanding customer service and reservations team, Phillips Cruises and Tours is positioned as one of the premier tour operators in Alaska.