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Anchorage, Alaska, US

From ice-blue glaciers to beluga whales and the famous bore tide, a single cruise to Anchorage, Alaska will considerably shorten any nature-lover’s bucket list. Nestled between mountains and the Cook Inlet terminus, near many national and state parks, this hospitable haven is one of the best places to see Alaska wildlife. A city moose roaming the streets (there are about 1,500) is a regular sight and views of whales, puffins, otters, and Dall porpoises going about their days is just a short excursion away. Cruises to Anchorage are a must for those that want some of the most incredible bear viewing in the country.

Although the wildlife is reason alone to cruise to Anchorage Alaska, the culture of the city itself is worth exploring. Almost half of the state’s residents live in Anchorage, a population that largely comprises military members, Alaska Natives, adventurous transplants from the “lower 48,” and oil industry workers. Coffee and espresso huts dot every corner and fresh halibut, smoked salmon and reindeer dogs are among the local eats.

Anchorage is a year-round town. On some clear, dark nights during winter, the Northern Lights dance above. In spring, thousands of flowers planted by the city bloom to celebrate the season’s anticipated arrival. Summer brings the Midnight Sun where days can stretch to 19 hours. Take an  Alaska cruise  to Anchorage to discover national parks, scenic glaciers, unique landscapes and wildlife.

Outdoor activities abound in Anchorage. Adventurous locals (there are a lot of them in Alaska) enjoy skijoring, a sport where a person is pulled on skis by dogs or sometimes horses. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Flattop Mountain Trail inside Chugach State Park offer hiking, biking, and wildlife sighting opportunities. Book an  Anchorage cruise shore excursion  and explore top destinations.

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Alaska Cruises from Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, serves as an exciting starting point for your Alaskan cruise adventure. Nestled between majestic mountains and sparkling waters, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of urban amenities and access to breathtaking natural wonders, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey through the Last Frontier. Explore a variety of Alaska cruises in 2024 departing from Anchorage , including itineraries from and Hurtigruten , among the most well-known cruise lines. Ships usually depart from the Anchorage Cruise Terminal in the late afternoon, allowing ample time for passengers to check-in and settle aboard their cruise ship.

The best time to take cruises from Anchorage

The best time to visit Anchorage and experience both cruises and the city is during the summer months, from May to September. This period offers the warmest weather, longer daylight hours, and a higher chance of clear skies, providing ideal conditions for both cruising and exploring the city. The summer months also coincide with the peak cruise season, ensuring a vibrant atmosphere in the ports and a wide range of cruise options to choose from. Additionally, this time of year offers numerous outdoor activities, cultural events, and festivals, allowing you to immerse yourself in the lively spirit of Anchorage. Explore cruises from that depart in the months of

Duration of cruises from Anchorage

Cruise Lines offer itineraries from Anchorage that range from to days. You can choose cruises lasting from depending on the length of your holiday.

Cruise to Alaska from Anchorage Schedule 2024

The ship schedule for the year 2024 includes numerous exciting voyages from Anchorage, the picturesque capital city of Alaska, to various enchanting destinations across the beautiful state. Embark on an unforgettable journey aboard luxurious cruise ships, and experience the breathtaking natural wonders, rich wildlife, and charming coastal towns that Alaska has to offer. Explore magnificent glaciers, witness majestic humpback whales, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of this remarkable region. Whether you're seeking thrilling adventures, serene landscapes, or cultural encounters, the ship schedule for 2024 from Anchorage to Alaska promises an extraordinary travel experience filled with unforgettable memories.

Anchorage serves as an excellent starting point for your Alaskan cruise, offering a harmonious blend of urban amenities and access to breathtaking natural wonders. Explore the city's vibrant downtown, partake in exciting outdoor adventures, and indulge in delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Anchorage, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the spectacular landscapes of Alaska.

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Alaska cruises, cruise packages that include land tours , and cruise shore excursions are famous for visiting America’s “last frontier.” Whether you want to enjoy the diverse amenities available on larger cruise ships or customize a more intimate small-ship cruise for a few dozen of your closest friends and family, the experts at Alaska Tours can help you create the perfect Alaska cruise vacation.

Small Ship Cruises in Alaska

Whether your focus is cultural heritage, outdoor activities, or quiet luxury, Alaska Tours’ small-ship cruise offerings aim to please you. Itineraries start and end in Alaska and range from 7 to 14 nights. These itineraries include sights and experiences you won’t find on the larger ships, including up-close wildlife viewing, smaller coves and bays, and off-the-beaten-track communities. How small is small? These ships accommodate between 26 and 86 guests. While they may not have an onboard casino or multiple restaurants, they feature top-notch dining, spa facilities, naturalists, and plenty of guided activities like kayaking and hiking.

Inside Passage Cruises in Alaska

Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage is one of the most popular cruises in the world due to the dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and calm, protected waters in this region of Alaska. Quirky and colorful coastal communities add to the charm of an Inside Passage cruise. The entire southeast region in Alaska is part of the largest national forest in the country ( the Tongass National Forest ), which means outdoor recreation opportunities are nearly limitless.

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour Packages

One-way cruises can be combined with land tours to Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, and beyond. The wide range of room types on larger ships fits almost any budget, and an extensive menu of tours in each port highlights the region’s best.

Glacier Bay National Park Cruises in Alaska

This is the crème-de-la-crème of the Alaska cruising experience. Eight-day I nside Passage cruise itineraries start and end in Juneau. Along the way, itinerary highlights are more about experiences than locations. At Icy Strait, humpback whales are plentiful; an onboard hydrophone will allow you to listen to and see them. Enjoy mountain biking through the temperate rainforest when you go ashore on one of the many secluded islands along the Inside Passage. Roll out your yoga mat for a blissful experience as you glide quietly through Glacier Bay National Park. Some onboard amenities include gourmet food, a wine bar, and a spa. You can also charter an Alaska yacht for a private cruise if you so desire.

Alaska Day Cruises

Maybe you’re traveling independently in Alaska or are arriving or leaving from an Alaska city where you can enjoy a day cruise. Hop aboard! Wildlife, whale watching, and coastal views can all be yours on an Alaska day cruise.

Alaska Cruise Shore Excursions

A great way to experience Alaska is to hop off your cruise and take a land-based shore excursion to see Alaska’s fascinating ports. The sky’s the limit with options for touring Alaska’s famous National Parks, viewing diverse landscapes, hiking to glaciers, or photographing wildlife!

With all this in mind, the question isn’t whether to cruise Alaska; it’s when to do it and how often!

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Glacier and Wildlife Turnagain Arm Tour

Length: 8 hours

Starting at: $249 / pp

Enjoy the intimacy of a small group on an Anchorage day tour as you travel along the Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the country. A professional Alaska tour guide will... Browse itinerary

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Anchorage

Length: 14-15 hours

Starting at: $369 / pp

On this day trip from Anchorage, travel to Seward, Alaska, early morning by motorcoach, then depart on a wildlife and glacier cruise into Kenai Fjords National Park. This seacoast area in Southcentral Alaska is famous for its rich... Browse itinerary

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Denali & Glacier Experience

Duration: 6 days

Starting at: $1919 / pp

By train, travel along the scenic Seward and Portage Glacier Highways before entering the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the second-longest tunnel in North America. On arrival in Whittier, embark on the 26 Glacier Cruise with lunch. Enjoy viewing... Browse itinerary

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Length: 6 hours

Starting at: $219 / pp

On this exciting day cruise from Seward, hop on this unforgettable glacier and wildlife boat trip into Kenai Fjords National Park! This Alaska national park boasts abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. As you cruise... Browse itinerary

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Northwestern Fjord Glacier and Wildlife Cruise

Starting at: $270 / pp

Travel from Seward on this day trip deep into the heart of Kenai Fjords National Park to the magnificent Northwestern Fjord on this full-day Alaska whale watching, wildlife, and glacier cruise. Watch for wildlife while cruising through Resurrection... Browse itinerary

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Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise from Anchorage

Length: 10-11.5 hours

Starting at: $303 / pp

This full-day Alaska glacier cruise adventure in Prince William Sound begins with a coach or rail transfer from Anchorage to Whittier. Whittier is the gateway to beautiful Prince William Sound, home to large glaciers and wildlife and one... Browse itinerary

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Alaska Fjords and Glaciers Cruise

Duration: 8 days

Starting at: $5800 / pp

Beginning in Juneau or Ketchikan on Alaska's Inside Passage, this adventure cruise sails through Dawes Glacier, the Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal, and Misty Fjords National Monument. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of... Browse itinerary

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

Starting at: $167 / pp

This Valdez day tour with a glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board, you can view Prince Williams Sound’s diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. Learn... Browse itinerary

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Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler Cruise in Fairbanks

Length: 3 hours

Starting at: $106 / pp

The perfect Fairbanks day tour combines river views and Alaska Native history and traditions! Climb aboard the Riverboat Discovery III for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise into Alaska’s history. Travel the Chena and Tanana Rivers on Alaska’s only authentic... Browse itinerary

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

Starting at: $4400 / pp

Discover Alaska on this seven-night adventure cruise round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Tracy Arm and Frederick Sound. Guests enjoy daily guided opportunities to experience the wildlife and landscapes of this impressive... Browse itinerary

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Alaska’s Glacier Wilderness with Glacier Bay Cruise

Starting at: $6100 / pp

This seven night adventure cruise in Alaska's Inside Passage sails round trip from Juneau. Destinations include Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Kuiu Island, and Frederick Sound - a prolific summer feeding ground for humpback whales. Guests enjoy... Browse itinerary

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise (Extended)

Length: 7.5 hours

Starting at: $261 / pp

On this full-day Seward day tour, you will be treated to an extended wildlife and marine life cruise as you travel through Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chiswell Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Watch for Stellar sea lions,... Browse itinerary

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Discovery Voyages – Alaska’s small-ship cruise specialists exclusively navigating the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, located near Alaska’s largest city – Anchorage, since 1992. Our carefully crafted itineraries, friendly & knowledgeable guides, gourmet meals, and historic 12 guest capacity working yacht all contribute to the incredible Discovery Voyages experience.

Our voyages feature hiking & kayaking, glaciers, photography, whale watching and wildlife viewing, birding, as well as Land & Sea adventures and private family & friends charters.

3-Day Classic Discovery Voyage

Far from the crowds of conventional high-volume tourism, our personal approach offers a genuine and intimate encounter with Alaska. It’s an eco-friendly way to explore Alaska’s gorgeous and diverse marine environment. Our 65-foot steel hull vessel can voyage into quiet coves and navigate ice-bound channels that larger boats must avoid, letting Discovery passengers get an up close and personal view of glaciers and wildlife that is simply not possible on a larger cruise ship.

Brown Bear Photography Tours With Hugh Rose

Join us on unforgettable Land & Sea Adventures as we combine a cruise in the waters of Prince William Sound with either exploring the vast beauty and unparalleled wildlife of Denali National Park, or venturing west for extraordinary viewing of huge coastal brown bears feeding on salmon in a location only accessible by air — two journeys unlike any others!

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Enjoy the endless views from our walk around deck, a glass of tea with a book in our charming lounge, and watching floating ice or sea otters out your porthole located just above waterline in one of six cozy cabins.

No stone goes unturned with the 25 page annual inspection by the US Coast Guard which assesses every aspect of vessel safety from construction and condition, safety equipment, to the qualifications of crew onboard.

Humpback and orca whales, sea otters and harbor seals with their pups, Steller sea lions enticing play, black bears fishing in the steams, and over 220 species of birds including characteristic puffins and regal bald eagles!

M/V Discovery was designed specifically to travel Alaskan waters. Alongside a steel hull, she was engineered to create a smooth ride, and a draft allowing access over shoals that larger vessels cannot cross.

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Highly recommended.

Our trip was outstanding. Dean, Megan, and the rest of the crew are very knowledgeable about the region and constantly monitor conditions to provide the best possible experience at any given time. We saw an array of wildlife and awe inspiring scenery.

Being aboard the Discovery, a small vessel with a storied past, one feels immersed in, rather than removed from, the immediate environment. The crew is very attentive, and the food was fresh, creative, and delicious; beautifully presented and accompanied by a very nice selection of wine.

If you’re interested in an immersive experience with knowledgeable guides in an intimate setting I don’t believe you can do better than a trip with Discovery Voyages.

The trip of a lifetime!

The owners of the Discovery, Dean and Meg, were so accommodating and helpful. Dean got a sense for what the group wanted to do and tried to cater to everyone’s interest and activity level. The two guides, Phyllis and Hugh, were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. We did a lot, saw a lot, learned a lot, and in general had an amazing week. Meg worked her magic for three meals a day in the kitchen and the food was fantastic with lots of fresh seafood and accommodations for everyone’s dietary restrictions. I loved that there was a lot of quiet time to read or sit outside and take in the magnificent scenery. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who is okay staying on a small boat.

Great adventure. Worth it!

I loved every minute of our adventure. The weather was less than desirable, but I don’t think we missed a thing. Our chef, Meg, was creative and patient. There were eleven of us, and she pleased everyone. The adventures, included kayaking, photographing amazing wildlife, walking among the glaciers, and learning do much about Prince William Sound. The nature aspect of this trip was beyond beautiful. As a side note, the group we were with was terrific. We all got along great, chatted the entire time, and played a memorable game. Would I do this again? In a minute.

A magical experience.

The Captain and Crew of the Discovery made us feel special during the entire voyage. Their knowledge of the region, the hidden coves, the history, and the culture, all made for a magical experience. I can truly say that this trip exceeded my already high expectations. My two sons and my father-in-law also joined and they were equally impressed.

The Best Voyage Imaginable

The entire crew (Dean,Meg,Erin & Will) were awesome. PWS is a beautiful but also immense region, so the decades of experience of these folks took us to locations little known to lesser mortals. The Discovery itself was a comfortable, if compact, ship. Fully equipped not only with kayaks, “Zodiacs “ & rain gear but also with cozy quarters and Megs great meals! With just 10 other guests, we developed warm and lasting friendships.

This was the trip of a lifetime

This was the trip of a lifetime. Not hyperbole, just truth. Every single staff person was amazing. Captain Dean not only piloted expertly, he was a fountain of information. Tori and Ashley were wonderful on all outings, sharing knowledge while still always making sure everyone of us were comfortable physically. Finally, Meg. Hmm, not enough words for her mastery in the kitchen. Thank you all for your expertise and care.

This trip was unbelievable

This trip was unbelievable! So exciting to watch the glaciers and so much wildlife. Just the experience of being on the boat in beautiful Prince William Sound surrounded by beauty night and day was a lifetime high point. The guides were so knowledgeable and patiently helpful. The food was outstanding. Captain Dean and his wife Meghan were wonderful people to travel with. You won’t find a better adventure.

This was one of the most incredible and mind-blowing vacations!

This was one of the most incredible and wonderful vacations I have ever taken. It was a constant series of “Once-In-a-Lifetime” experiences. The crew was so knowledgeable and personable. To see Alaska from the comfort and mobility of the Discovery boat, set a new standard of travel….so unique, personal and experiential. Oh, did I mention the gourmet food Megan serves? OMG! Mind blowing! Thank you Dean & Megan. I simply loved the entire trip you created for your guests.

A Family Adventure

This was truly an adventure of a lifetime! Being on a six cabin boat allowed views and experiences that you could never get from a cruise liner. Dean, Megan & crew were amazing. We saw up close so much wildlife & learned so much about Prince William Sound. Megan provided unbelievable gourmet meals & were beautifully presented. The scenery, kayaking, and hiking was outstanding. Memories for a lifetime! Thank you Discovery!

An awesome Alaskan experience!

This was an awesome experience!! You can visit Alaska on one of the cruise ships with 4000 passengers or you can experience Alaska on a small ship like the Discovery. We were able to go ashore and hike twice, and we were able to go out and kayak amongst the ice flows, otters and harbor seals. Wen were also able to get up close and personal with the glaciers. Dean and Meg, the owners are awesome and take very good care of everything, including all gourmet meals!! This is the only way to go to Alaska!!!

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Visit Anchorage on a Cruisetour

Surrounded by the snow-capped Chugach Mountains, Alaska’s largest city is an exciting cosmopolitan destination with all the natural wonders and quintessential hospitality you’d expect in the Last Frontier.

When you visit Anchorage, you’ll experience the city’s atmospheric restaurants and craft breweries, or explore one of the area’s many glaciers and see wild moose. Dive deep into Native Alaskan culture at the local heritage center, or marvel at ivory beluga whales plunging into open waters with the continent’s highest peak, Denali, as the backdrop.

On your cruise to Alaska , extend your vacation with a Cruisetour to experience Anchorage’s natural and cultural attractions.

Top Sights & Attractions on an Alaska Cruisetour to Anchorage

Alaska native heritage center.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is an excellent introduction to the traditions and culture of the native people of Alaska. The state is home to many different native cultures, and walking through this in-depth museum will teach you about their history, culture, and traditions.

Discover Alaska’s Big Apple

Due to its award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, and fascinating museums, Anchorage has earned the title of "Alaska’s Big Apple". During the summer months, enjoy everything the city has to offer under the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon where you’ll enjoy up to 19 hours of sunlight during the day.

Go Kayaking at Eklutna Lake

One of the best things about Anchorage is its close proximity to state parks and coastal trails. Head to the Chugach Mountains and discover Eklutna Lake, a gorgeous spot where you can kayak on serene waters while surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas.

Hike through History

Embark on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, one of Anchorage’s most popular hikes, which takes you away from the city’s bustling downtown. Walk, bike, or rollerblade through fragrant forests, spot moose, explore the fault line of the city’s 1964 earthquake, and see beluga whales right off the coast.

Watch a Salmon Run

Witness a thrilling salmon run at a hatchery in the heart of the city. From late July through August, you’ll have the chance to spot big Chinook salmon as they make their way upstream to breed. There are several viewing spots from the city’s downtown, including a walkway bridge over Ship Creek and a viewing dock on the Potter Marsh boardwalk.

Look for Bears at Katmai National Park

Take a short plane ride to Katmai National Park, one of the best places to spot brown bears in the wild. Watch brown bears hunt for sockeye salmon in the Brooks River while perched above one of the park’s safe and scenic viewing platforms.

Expand the Land Portion of Your Land & Sea Package with Land Excursions in Anchorage

An Alaska Cruisetour is a great way to experience the best of the state’s interior. Discover the lively city of Anchorage and its beautiful surrounding wilderness by embarking on an optional land excursion. There’s a wide array of excursion options to suit all types of travelers, from exploring the downtown area to going on nature-filled expeditions into the mountains nearby.

Spot Glaciers & Wildlife from Above

On a flightseeing tour, you’ll get a jaw-dropping view of Alaska’s majestic glaciers, mountains, and wilderness. Alaska is home to the busiest floatplane base in the world, and climbing aboard one of these exhilarating water and air vessels is a special Alaskan experience.

Sample Local Craft Beer

Discover the burgeoning craft beer scene of Anchorage with a tour guide, who will give you an inside look at local breweries and the people behind them. Sample local brews and find a new favorite beer.

Places to Eat and Drink in Anchorage

Snow City Cafe

Snow City Cafe is a local favorite that serves brunch all day long. Savor meals like eggs benedict and french toast, or choose a vegan or gluten-free option. You’ll be surrounded by work from local artists displayed on the wall as you dine.

Glacier Brewhouse

Enjoy fresh Alaskan seafood, grill specialties, and an ice-cold pitcher of beer at Glacier Brewhouse, a popular restaurant and local brewery. Choose from a generous selection of ales, lagers, and pilsners.

Simon & Seafort’s

Simon & Seafort’s is an Anchorage landmark offering visitors an unrivaled dining experience. Order beer-battered fish and chips, fish tacos, or sea scallops while admiring the gorgeous panoramic views of Cook Inlet, Mount Susitna, and the Alaskan Range.

History & Culture of Anchorage

Anchorage was a bit late to the Gold Rush population boom because of its location so far north and the difficulty of arriving there. That all changed in 1915 when the nation’s first (and only) federally owned railroad was constructed to get newcomers from the tidewaters of southeast Alaska to Anchorage.

It wasn't until World War II, however, that Anchorage’s population truly boomed, helping to turn it into the large Alaskan city it is today. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, two military bases were built near Anchorage. The city’s growth continued in the 1970s with the discovery of oil. 

Natural resource extraction and military bases still serve as the main economic drivers in Anchorage, along with tourism. To experience Anchorage’s culture today, jump on a bike for an outdoorsy way to explore the town, take part in song and dance traditions of the Native population, and learn about how the land still plays such a large part in the life of locals.

Transportation in Anchorage

Car services including rentals, taxis, and ridesharing services are available in Anchorage. You can also find city buses that go around town. The bus system in Anchorage is called People Mover, and it’s the largest public transit provider in Alaska. 

If you’re traveling to or from Seward, buses are the way to go. If you’re on one of our Alaska Cruisetours you’ll be escorted between the two cities on a comfortable tour bus. 

Shopping in Anchorage

Grizzly’s Gifts is a great place to browse for souvenirs. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the large, second-story grizzly statue above the shop’s entrance. Another notable gift shop is Kobuk, which is the oldest gift shop in Anchorage. 

Find Alaskan-influenced pieces and cultural works of art for sale at the uniquely stocked Anchorage Museum Store. When shopping in Anchorage, look for Native heritage art, dried salmon, and locally made candy. As an added bonus, all of the purchases you make in Anchorage are tax-free.  

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The official currency in Anchorage and the rest of Alaska is the U.S. Dollar. You’ll find ATMs dispensing cash in the city center. If you plan on heading into more remote areas around the city, it’s best to get cash out beforehand. Most businesses accept credit cards. 

Expect to leave a 15% to 20% tip in restaurants, for taxis, and at bars. If you’re ordering from the counter at a coffee shop, loose change is appreciated if there’s a tip jar. 

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How to Get to Anchorage Airport from Seward, Alaska

S o your Alaska cruise ends in Seward, but you have a flight out of Anchorage that evening. How do you get to the Anchorage airport from the Seward cruise port? Don’t worry, it’s really easy!

You have a few options for getting from Seward to Anchorage: you can book a transfer bus or private van, you can ride the train, or you can rent a car and drive yourself.

Each option has its own benefits, and your choice may depend on when your cruise docks and when you need to be at the airport.

Making the trip from the Seward cruise port to the Anchorage International Airport doesn’t have to be stressful! I’ve got plenty of tips to help you plan this last leg of your journey and put an eventful end to your Alaska cruise.

How Far is it from Seward to Anchorage?

It’s a 125-mile drive from the Seward cruise port to Anchorage airport. Whether you drive yourself or book a transfer, you’ll be taking the scenic Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway and an absolutely beautiful road trip.

And if you choose to ride the rails, don’t worry — you won’t be missing out on any of the scenery!

By car or bus, the trip from Seward to Anchorage takes about 2.5 hours, depending on traffic.

By train, the trip from Seward to Anchorage takes about 4 hours.

Bus or Van Transfer from Seward to Anchorage

There are plenty of companies that offer coach, bus, and van transfers from the Seward cruise port to the Anchorage airport. You can book through your cruise line or you can book a local company direct.

These transfer companies have schedules that will fit in with your cruise docking times. They often include a driver-guide who will tell you more about the area as you drive, and many include additional stops on the way to Anchorage. Companies include Park Connection Motorcoach and Alaska Cruise Transportation ACT Big Bus .

This is the option we chose on our Alaska cruise. We took this Seward-to-Alaska transfer bus which had options for a simple direct transfer, a transfer with one stop, and a full-day tour with multiple stops. We chose the transfer with one stop so that we could see bears and moose at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center .

Top Transfers from Seward to Anchorage Airport

  • Alaska Crafted Tour and Cruise Transfer – Port of Seward
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  • Private Transportation: Seward to Anchorage

Train Transfer from Seward to Anchorage

The Alaska Railroad Coastal Classic has a train that runs daily from Seward to Anchorage. The rail journey passes the scenic Turnagain Arm, the Kenai Mountains, active glaciers, and inaccessible wilderness.

This 120-mile historic backcountry route is one of the most scenic rail rides in Alaska.

There are Adventure Class services that have large picture windows, and Gold Star services with second story seating with domed windows and a viewing deck. Along the journey, you can expect to see glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, mountains, wetlands, and wildlife.

The train journey takes 4 hours. Service from Seward to Anchorage is only offered in the evenings during the summer , departing at 6 p.m. and arriving around 10:15 p.m. This means it’s only a good choice for those with very late flights out of Anchorage or flights the next day.

Getting to the train station from the cruise ship terminal is really easy. It’s just a short walk, and Seward is very walkable!

Renting a Car from Seward to Anchorage

The drive from Seward to Anchorage Airport is about 125 miles and 2.5 hours. You can definitely make this drive yourself if you want to rent a car in Seward .

Many agencies will allow one-way car rentals from Seward to Anchorage .

Getting to a rental car agency from the cruise ship terminal is really easy. It’s just a short walk, and Seward is very walkable!

What Sights are Between Seward and Anchorage?

The trip between Seward and Anchorage is very scenic. Whether you’re driving yourself or opting for a guided transfer, you have tons of options for stopping off and enjoying the sights.

For much of your drive, you’ll have the beautiful Turnagain Arm on one side and the Chugach Mountains on the other. There are plenty of turnoffs along the way if you want to stop for a quick photo opp.

In Girdwood, you have the Alyeska Tramway aerial tram that takes you soaring over glacier, mountain, and water views.

You also have the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center takes in orphaned and injured animals, like bears, moose, bison, and reindeer.

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Make the most of your vacation to Alaska! Check out these other Alaska travel guides to plan your perfect trip:

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  • What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise: Ultimate Guide

Ready to visit Anchorage, Alaska? Plan your trip with these tips.

  • Book Your Flight: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner , my favorite flight search engine.
  • Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Anchorage using Expedia.
  • Start Packing: Check out my packing list resources so you’re prepared for your trip.

Are you making the trip from Seward cruise port to the Anchorage Airport? Let me know in the comments below!

The post How to Get to Anchorage Airport from Seward, Alaska appeared first on Paige Minds The Gap .

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Sitka and Juneau residents propose hard caps on cruise ships as tourism grows

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Passengers from the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas cruise ship wait to board buses into Sitka's downtown at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (Michelle Theriault Boots / ADN)

On June 18 a group of Sitka residents submitted a proposed cruise ship-limiting ballot measure to city officials for legal review.

Two days later, in Juneau, a different group of Alaskans submitted the last batch of signatures needed to put a different limit on the local ballot this fall.

With as many as 1.6 million cruise ship tourists expected to visit Southeast Alaska this year, a growing number of the region’s residents are seeking to put hard limits on the industry.

That comes even as Juneau prepares for a softer, voluntary limit that would be the first of its kind in Alaska.

In Sitka, it’s the third time that local residents have tried to put a limit on the ballot. Two prior attempts were rejected by the city’s attorney.

After those failures, organizers created a nonprofit, raised money, hired an attorney of their own, and are trying again with a new draft.

Klaudia Leccese is president of Small Town SOUL, the new nonprofit. She believes Sitka residents are fed up with overcrowding.

“I’m generally not much of a rabble-rouser. I’m a retired social worker,” she said.

This year, as many as 9,300 cruise ship passengers will visit Sitka on its busiest days, more than the town’s population of about 8,400. On 75 days, the number of tourists will be greater than half the population.

Sitka has only 14 miles of paved roads, and Leccese said the traffic caused by tour boats and tour buses has gotten out of hand. Lincoln Street, at the heart of downtown, is sometimes closed because the crowds are too large.

Tour buses run from one end of the town’s road network to the other, shuttling between the cruise ship dock and Fortress of the Bear, where animals live in captivity.

She said she and her husband frequently take their small boat down the coast for a getaway, but even there, they’re awoken by the wakes of passing tour boats.

“You go, wow, I think these wildlife and fishing charters are just a few too many,” she said.

The newly drafted Sitka proposal would limit the number of cruise ship passengers to 300,000 per year, with no more than 4,500 per day. Sitka is expected to see about 600,000 cruise tourists this year.

Small ships — those with fewer than 250 passengers — wouldn’t be included in the limit. That would protect locally run companies, including Alaskan Dream Cruises , which is based in Sitka.

Large ships wouldn’t be allowed before May 1 or after Sept. 30, and the city Assembly could shrink that window.

“Some businesses are uncomfortable with cruise ships starting in April,” Leccese said, because high school and college students — who make up much of the seasonal workforce — aren’t yet available.

Sitka officials are reviewing the proposed measure for legality and will respond by July 2, the city clerk’s office said. If the measure passes legal muster, backers would need to gather 334 signatures to place it on the local October ballot. To call a special election, 556 signatures would be needed.

In Juneau, a proposed ballot measure would install “ship-free Saturdays,” forbidding large ships from landing on that day.

Karla Hart, one of the measure’s backers, said supporters had needed 290 more signatures on their petitions after a preliminary review, and on Thursday, she drove to city hall to drop off 427 more.

If the signatures are certified, the initiative will be on Juneau’s Oct. 1 municipal ballot .

“We should be good to go,” Hart said.

Originally published by the Alaska Beacon , an independent, nonpartisan news organization that covers Alaska state government.

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Alaska Cruises from Seattle

Experience the great land on a 7-day alaska inside passage cruise from seattle.

Follow in the footsteps of the Yukon Gold Rush on an Alaska cruise from Seattle to some of the world’s most scenic wonders. With convenient weekend departures and proximity to the Great Land, a cruise to Alaska from Seattle allows you to leave when you want, and spend less time getting there.

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Ports

When you cruise to Alaska from Seattle, encounter unique ports of call that are rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

  • Endicott Arm
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Endicott Arm is a jewel in Alaska’s crown. This 30-mile waterway is surrounded by cliffs, valleys and dozens of waterfalls. Icebergs and harbor seals decorate the water below while Dawes Glacier soars into the sky above. Revel in the beauty of Mother Nature’s masterpiece and listen closely as the scenery whispers secrets of times long ago during your cruise to Alaska.

When you cruise to Alaska with Princess, sail through one of the most iconic locations in the Great Land — Glacier Bay National Park. Listen to Margerie Glacier’s signature crack and boom rumble across the waves. Bring binoculars and scan both the shore and the waves for wildlife like brown bears and migrating whales while Park Rangers teach you the history and geology of the park.

Juneau is unlike any other city in the United States. With no roads connecting it to the rest of Alaska or North America, it is truly a protected destination. Founded as a gold mining town and now the state’s capital, Juneau has one foot in history and one in the future. Embark on a whale watching tour, or sail past Mendenhall Glacier on an Alaska cruise.

Known for its timber, Ketchikan hosts the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where athletes throw, race and chop their way to victory. Explore one of the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Pole Heritage Center, or stroll along Creek Street. As the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan’s waters make for incredible fishing. Cast your rod into a sea of opportunity on a cruise to Alaska.

Seattle is known as "The Emerald City" thanks to its green forests and lush surroundings. Pike Place Market buzzes with merchants while coffee shops house locals drinking espresso in America's coffee capital. Climb the Space Needle and enjoy the Seattle skyline, or explore the history of Pioneer Square, the city's oldest neighborhood — only when you cruise to Alaska from Seattle.

Once the gateway to Alaska's Gold Rush, Skagway strikes a dramatic image nestled between the water's edge and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of miners with a ride on a scenic train along the famous White Pass route through coastal mountains. During your Alaska cruise, explore the Yukon's pristine wilderness, pan for gold with professionals or meet sled dog puppies in training.

At first glance many mistake Victoria for an English coastal city or northern European town. Full of greenery, pubs and Victorian architecture, it's difficult to believe that this was a tent city full of rough and tumble miners just 150 years ago. On a cruise to Alaska, explore the Butchart Gardens, tour the pub scene and taste some of the local brews or sail the bay for a whale-watching adventure.

Wrangell is a charming and scenic harbor known for its local fishing industry. It is not as bustling as larger ports in Alaska and maintains its historic charm and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Explore its historic downtown and learn about the local culture and Native heritage while in Wrangell.

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  • Convenient Weekend Departures  — With departures available on weekends, embark on an Alaska cruise from Seattle on a day that fits your schedule.
  • Voyages to World-Renowned Glaciers  — A seven-day Alaska cruise is all you need to visit some of the region’s must-see sights – like Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park or Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm Fjord.
  • Four Extraordinary Ports of Call  — Step into Alaska’s historic ports on an Inside Passage cruise with Princess®. Visit gold-rush era Skagway, salmon-rich Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria, B.C.
  • Roundtrip Airfare  — Worry-free booking on your roundtrip cruise to Alaska from Seattle means more time relaxing amidst glacial wonderlands and less time figuring out how you’ll get home.
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Glaciers feel alive. They groan, creak and shudder on their march to the sea, punctuated by the booms and crashes of "white thunder" — a sound that echoes across the water when ice calves into the ocean below. On an Alaska cruise, let us show you Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier.

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Alaska's seafood is famous, and we bring the best to you with locally inspired dishes from the state’s best eateries. With Cook My Catch excursions, catch your own salmon or halibut with the help of a local expert, and in the evening our talented chefs will prepare your haul for your dinner — a Princess exclusive. From ship to shore, the best is at your fingertips on our Alaska cruises.

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Unique Alaska Cruise Experiences

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Travel back in time and pan for gold like a prospector during the Gold Rush or see the Northern Lights in the planetarium. At the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, explore our treehouse and enjoy unmatched views of Denali. Or savor tree-inspired bites at our very own Sappy Hour. Dive deeper into what makes the Great Land special on your cruise to Alaska.

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Anchorage cemetery tour celebrates the contributions of past Black leaders

June 28, 2024 by Leigh Walden, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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On one of the nicest Saturdays so far this summer, about 200 people competed for space surrounding a tombstone at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.

Their host for the afternoon: Cal Williams.

For over two hours, Williams led the lively group on a journey through the cemetery, recounting the lives of prominent Black Alaskans who are now buried there. It was the second annual “Soul in the Cemetery” Juneteenth event — an opportunity for the community to not only celebrate Black history in Alaska and the lives of Black leaders, but also to remember elements of change that residents continue to work toward today.

“As I visit these graves,” Williams said, “it causes me to reflect on how much more they could have given if they were still here and the great joy and wonders of what they did in the time that they were here.”

Williams is a longtime Alaska resident who personally knew many of the people highlighted on the tour. At each grave on Saturday, he introduced the individual laid to rest there to the crowd.

The group’s first stop: the tomb of Elgin Jones, who founded the multi-cultural publication, The Anchorage Gazette. And in his later years, he worked tirelessly with Kids Kitchen, a group estimated to have served over one million free meals to local children in need.

Williams then welcomed members of the crowd who knew Jones to recount the impact he had on Anchorage. Several people vied for the microphone. They remembered Jones as someone who deeply loved helping children and who worked through all sorts of logistical challenges to do his work in aiding them.

“Brother Elgin…went by the rule of: If you’re gonna do it, do it right for the children,” said Rev. Wilbert Mickens of New Hope Baptist Church.

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The tour continued to the graves of a variety of other notable Black leaders including Richard and Anna Watts, Helen and Toby Gamble, Johnnie L. Gay, Rebecca Kinney and Rev. William B. Lyons, Sr. Their impact within Alaska spanned many realms of life, from hairdressing to chairing the Anchorage branch of the NAACP to carpentry to serving as the president of the Licensed Practical Colored Nurses of Louisiana.

At the grave of Helen Gamble, Robin Cole Barden introduced some of the interwoven life stories of the late Gamble and her family.

“Helen Gamble got here by my grandfather. He drove Helen Gamble from Oakland, California,” he said. “Before it was a state, when it was a territory, it was a total different land, total different community. And they thrived here because of that. Once it became a state with federal law there were Jim Crow laws and so the African Americans in Alaska and in Anchorage had to rebuild to thrive.”

Williams said so many people don’t know that part of Alaska’s history, and that’s why this tour is so special.

“Oftentimes many people have asked: I didn’t know that there were Black people here because most of the books that we’ve seen and most of the advertisement and PR about Alaska did not include — not only Black people, but not Native people,” Williams said. “And so today we acknowledge that by our presence, we appreciate those who have called upon us to pay tribute to those who have gone before us.”

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Those honored throughout the event are just a fraction of the Black Alaskans who did work to build a robust Black presence in Alaska —  work that event organizers say is ongoing.

It’s important work, said Ted Ellis, acting chair of the 400 years of African American History Commission , a federally appointed committee established in 2019 with the goal of rediscovering the 400 years of history since Africans were first brought to English colonies in 1619. Ellis and other members of the group attended Saturday’s tour.

“It’s so critically important that we realize the legacy of those who have come before us,” he said, “that we preserve those memories and those stories, that we take that and we share that and we grow and we do better as we continue to move toward excellence.”

One of the leaders that continues this work is Williams himself. The commission recognized him during the event as one of America’s 400 African American History Keepers. Williams has lived in Alaska for decades, is a past president of the NAACP Alaska chapter and committed activist working toward Black advancement nationwide.

“It is humbling and exciting to do this work,” Williams said. “I’m so happy that Darrel Hess came up with the crazy idea of going and visiting graves in this cemetery that entombed African Americans who made significant strides in development here in Anchorage, Alaska.”

Williams and the organizers of Soul at the Cemetery say they look forward to many more events to come.

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