Whittier, Alaska is a great port to cruise from or visit, as part of an Alaska cruise. Many more cruises visit Whittier than depart from it. Whittier is about a 90 minute drive from Anchorage Airport, which is the airport that most travelers use when departing from Whittier. Due to its northern location, cruises from Whittier are only available between May and September, and most of them are Alaska cruises.
Princess Cruises and Holland America Line offer a great selection of Alaska cruises that start in Whittier. Ports of call typically included on such itineraries are Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, and there's usually scenic cruising of beautiful areas such as Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay.
If you are interested in combining a cruise from Whittier with a land package that explores Alaska even more in-depth, then an Alaska cruise tour is a fantastic option! Such Alaska cruise tours are currently available through cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. Contact us or view our Cruise Tours section for more information!
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Whittier, AK. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines feature cruises leaving from Whittier, AK. Select a cruise line to view upcoming cruises that they're offering from Whittier, AK:
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Whittier, along with a brief description:
♦ Prince William Sound
Located in the Gulf of Alaska, most of the land in Prince William Sound is a part of the Chugach National Forest (the second largest national forest in the United States). Shore excursions are typically available to this area, giving you the opportunity to experience the area's rock formations, waterfalls and wildlife. It is a very popular thing to do when taking a cruise from Whittier.
♦ Turnagain Arm
Turnagain Arm is one of the most beautiful regions in all of America. Cruises from Whittier typically offer a few shore excursions to this area. While there, you may visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can observe a wide range of wildlife (such as moose, bears and bison) and enjoy amazing views as you travel along the Seward Highway. Another great thing to do in this area is to take a ride on the Glacier Express Tram, where you can take in views from about 2,300 feet in the air.
♦ Portage Glacier
Located in the Kenai Peninsula, within the Chugach National Forest (as mentioned above), this glacier is located about 4 miles west of Whittier. Many cruises departing from Whittier offer sightseeing vessel tours of this majestic glacier, as well as the surrounding region.
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