Valdez is a port city located in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, the U.S. state of Alaska. The city covers a total area of approx 717,6 km2 (277,1 ml2) and has a population of around 3,980 people (2010 census).
- Valdez is one of the most important cruise ports in Alaska. The port of Valdez was named after Antonio Valdés y Fernández Bazán ((1744-1816, Spanish Navy Minister) in 1790.
- A former Gold Rush city, Valdez is located at a fjord's head situated on the eastern side of Prince William Sound. Port Valdez didn't flourish until after the Fairbanks road link was built in 1899. It suffered damage during 1964 Alaska earthquake, and lies close to the site of the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill of 1989.
- Valdez is a notable fishing port, both for sport and commercial fishing. Freight moves through the city bound for Alaska's interior. Sightseeing of glaciers and marine life, together with heli skiing and deep-sea fishing, support the tourist industry in Valdez.
- Oil from Trans-Alaska pipeline is loaded on ships at Valdez oil terminal. There are 14 aboveground crude oil storage tanks situated at the terminal, and 3 to 5 oil tankers depart from Valdez oil terminal each week. Over 15,000 tankers full of oil have left since the pipeline started work in 1976.
- Valdez city is connected to Alaska's interior by Richardson Highway. It is a port of call in Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. North of Valdez city on the highway lies Thompson Pass, featuring spectacular waterfalls and glaciers close to the highway. Thompson Pass is also popular for tricky driving conditions during the winter months.
- Valdez Airport, also popular as Pioneer Field, is serviced by only one airline, Ravn Alaska.
- Valdez hosted the early 1990s WESC (World Extreme Skiing Championship). There are 5 heli-ski outfits that are based in greater Valdez area.
The Valdez cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Valdez, Alaska.
If you lose the Valdez location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Valdez cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Valdez, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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