Alaska Cruise Vacation Ports of Call
On your Alaskan cruise, you will undoubtedly stop at a few major ports where you'll be given the chance to get off of the ship for a few hours or even the entire day. Exploring the ports of call on your cruise can be one of the most rewarding parts of the vacation. Alaska has a lot to offer, and although your cruise line probably has activities and tours planned, you can also go off on your own adventure - providing that you make it back in time to leave the dock! Here are some of the major ports of call you might expect to visit:
- Anchorage: With almost 300,000 permanent residents (which is 2/5 of the state's total population), Anchorage is Alaska's biggest city and one of the most popular ports of call.
- Visit the Anchorage travel guide to find information about accommodations,, activities, restaurants and bars, and more.
Museums to Visit: the Anchorage Aviation Heritage Museum, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the Imaginarium: Science Discovery Center, the Oscar Anderson house Museum
Cultural Activities: the Alaska Native Heritage Center
Parks and Zoos: the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Kincaid Park, Point Woronzof Park
Other Activities: Knik Glacier Flightseeing, the Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing Tour
- Haines: Located in the Inside Passage, Haines isn't a huge town, but it is a popular port for cruises.
Museums to Visit: the Hammer Museum, the Tsirku Canning Company Museum
Cultural Activities: Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center
Parks and Zoos: Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
- Juneau: Juneau is Alaska's capital (although, it is not the biggest city in the state). It is nestled in the Inside Passage, and many cruises in this area stop there.
Museums to Visit: the Alaska State Museum, the Last Chance Mining Museum
Cultural Activities: Gold Creek, the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, the Alaskan Folk Festival
Parks and Zoos: the Juneau Ice Field, the Hole-in-the-Wall Glacier, the Taku Glacier, the Norris Glacier
Other Activities: Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Hatchery
- Ketchikan: Known as the "Salmon Capital of the World," Ketchikan is one of the southern-most cities in Alaska. It is common to stop here if your cruise departs from Seattle or San Francisco. Use our Ketchikan travel guide to find hotels and lodges, activities, restaurants and bars, and more.
Museums to Visit: the Totem Heritage Center
Cultural Activities: Saxman Native Totem Villiage
Parks and Zoos: Misty Fjords waterfalls, Neets Bay
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