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Popular Alaskan Cruise Ports:
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The biggest and most modern city in the state with heaps of attractions and outdoor activities. Many cruise lines like Princess anchor in at Whittier. It is about 60 miles from Anchorage but allows you to do all the tours on disembarkment. Some of the tours are only available for guests staying in Anchorage after their cruise because of time restraints.
Prince William Sound from
$179.00 gets you on a high-speed catamaran into into Prince
William Sound with lunch. This place has more tidewater
than anywhere else in North America and a rich marine life.
Kayaking in Prince William Sound is for the more adventurous for around
$129.00 put you on a Portage Glacier
Cruise where you can find out about Wildlife Conservation. This famous
ice sheer wall has mammoth blocks of ice break off into the
is worth a visit with it's Wildlife Conservation Center & Tram.
drive to Turnagain Arm and Cook Inlet offers spectacular views of
The Mt. Alyeska Tram which rises 2,300 feet ti views of hanging glaciers and streams, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are also options.
Rich in humpback whale experiences, glaciers and the huge snow capped mountains which dominate this spectacular cruising area.
Cruise Ship Tour of College Fjord Alaska:
Glacier Bay National Park:
at the base of Takshanuk Mountain's great for viewing brown
bear's salmon dinner. Get your camera out and get on a tour.
jet boat tour is another option. Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a
pristine preserve with lots of eagles. About $80 will get you on a tour.
is a Chilkat village where you can experience Native Alaskan
culture, including traditional food and dance. See animals
wolverine a Kodiak bears and wolves for about $80.
old gold town, Juneau now with a population of 30 000 is a popular
stopover with most cruise lines. Like many Alaskan towns, it is
surrounded by glaciers and a nature wonderland.
Mendenhall Glacier is miles long and across
and there are a few tours that will include it in their itinerary.
While Whale Watching from April to November there are hundreds of humpbacks which
and also more than a few Orcas at times.
A Glacier Flight offers the opportunity to see the Juneau Ice fields and ice falls from the safety of the sky
The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery is where salmon swim upstream from mid-June to October. You watch from an enviro-deck.
Glacier Gardens is a 50-acre garden in a temperate rainforest.
Where else do you get a chance to go Dog Sledding?
Tours begin at about $70 while it can cost hundreds to do a combination of bears, whales and flights.
Ketchikan is noted for it's Native culture, including a huge collection of totem poles, salmon and closeness to Misty Fjords National Monument.
Potlatch Park recreates
a 19th-century village includes with 5 homes.
Misty Fjords National Monument is where the granite walls offer views to lakes and 1,000-foot waterfalls.
Totem Bight State Park is where you can view
the 14 totem poles and experience the Tlingit and Haida Indian cultures.
Saxman Native Village allows you to see the local culture in action with Native dancers and art in the making.
Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center is where you can view American bald eagles.
Creek Street is a historic part of the old gold rush town.
Tours begin at about $30 for a guided walk of town while other options like a Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Walk & Crab Feast,
Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion, Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour, Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise
Coastal Wildlife Cruise, Misty Fjords Seaplane Exploration, Alaska, Bear Adventure & Flight, Back Country Jeep & Canoe Safari, Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure or a Rainforest Island Nature Walk & Seahawk Adventure can cost more.
Sitka, Alaska rocks as a bit of an adventure place, but also offers other top attractions.
Whale Park is a boardwalk area where you can sometimes hear humpback whales.
The Russian architecture of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox
Cathedral from 1848 is a must for art lovers.
A Wildlife Cruise here will allow you to view a variety of bald eagles, whales and other interesting marine life.
Sheldon Jackson Museum celebrates Alaska while Sitka National Historical Park holds the totem poles.
Gold Fields Skagway was has connections to the Yukon and to
the Klondike. Today you can see the White Pass & Yukon
Route Railroad of go to the Klondike Summit
more than 3000 feet above.
in Canada is a beautiful place to enjoy a tour. This is a port where
you can enjoy amongst other things a : Skagway City Tour,
Klondike Summit, Yukon & Suspension Bridge, White
Pass Scenic Railway, Saloon
& Salmon Bake, Yukon Jeep
Adventure, Horseback Riding
Adventure, Musher's Camp & Sled Dog
Rock Climbing & Rappelling, Takshanuk Mountain Trail
Glacier Point Wilderness Safari, Glacier Lake
Railway & Klondike Summit and Glacier Discovery by Helicopter.
Sledding with Glacier Flightseeing will set you back about $500.00
These are some of the more popular Alaska ports of call and places where Alaska cruises will depart from. The ports are in Anchorage, College Fjord , Cruise from China, Glacier Bay, Haines, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Straight Point, Inside Passage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kobe, Misty Fjord, Nome, Prince Rupert, San Francisco, Seattle, Seward, Sitka, Skagway, Tracy Arm, Valdez, Vancouver, Victoria Canada, and Whittier.