The cruise ships dock at this tiny hamlet Whittier, most passengers taking a cruise organized excursion to Anchorage. The MS Amsterdam from Holland America line docks in Anchorage town itself. Other ships also use Seward.
The cruise terminal is 60 miles from Anchorage, you can take a bus or train from and to the terminal. Either way you pass the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel: shared by rail and vehicle traffic, when one is inside the other is not; they switch every half hour.
In the port of Anchorage itself: Shuttles, cabs and charter vehicles will connect passengers to downtown Anchorage. Shore excursions also depart by train and motor coach for activities across Southcentral Alaska.
Map of Whittier
Maps of Anchorage and more.
Hotels in Anchorage.
Cruise calendar for this port.
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Only 60 miles from Anchorage, Whittier beckons with all the beauty of Prince William Sound, a place where you learn the real meaning of the word "fjord". The Sound is made up of many deep fjords with tidewater glaciers that calve before your eyes and islands around every turn.
Whittier is also surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States and a vast wilderness.
Visit Whittier and see wildlife, beach comb and pick berries while walking along the harbor or hiking the Portage Pass, Salmon Run or Horse Tail Falls trails.
Whittier is a strange little port town built by the military during World War II that is reached only by boat or through a one-lane tunnel almost 3 miles long.
Whittier has about 180 residents, pretty much all living in the same apartment complex.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Of all the world's cities, Anchorage uniquely combines the conveniences of the modern world with a rugged, natural environment that has all but vanished from populated regions of the world. In Anchorage, you can watch moose in the morning and ballet in the afternoon. You can take a short flight to see some mountain scenery on earth, then be back for fresh seafood at a five-star restaurant.
Anchorage is an urban enclave surrounded by wilderness. Within a few miles of downtown, you can encounter scenes wilder than you'll find in most national parks: wolf packs roaming through a park, rushing mountain streams, and city parks vast enough to forget which century you live in. The world's second highest tides surge against its shores, and North America's highest peak glimmers in the distance.
Most of all, Anchorage is a gateway to adventure. You can experience all Alaska has to offer and never check out of your hotel. Flightsee over Mt. McKinley, fish a wilderness river, or visit grizzly bears via air taxi. See calving glaciers and enormous whales on a day cruise. Hike to a glacier, climb a mountaintop, or drive some of the world's most spectacular highways.
Printable map of Anchorage to take along on the cruise.
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
No cybercafes at the moment.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
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