Cruises from Valdez
Valdez is an important ice-free port (pop. 4000) in Alaska, at the head of a fjord 24 km from its mouth at Prince William Sound. It was at the mouth of the sound that Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef and spilled 40-120 thousand tonnes of oi in 1989. The port developed as a gold rush town after it was connected by road to Fairbanks in 1899.
The 1964 earthquake severely damaged the town. Valdez is at the southern terminal of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (built 1974-1977), carrying oil from Prudhoe Bay Oil Field on the northern shores of Alaska.