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 that includes Whittier, AK. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Whittier, AK. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit 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 cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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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