The Port of Seward
Seward is an important port for Alaska cruises. It is significantly farther north than other Alaska cruise ports and for many cruises it’s a turn-around port, meaning the end of one cruise and the start of another. It’s biggest attraction is that it’s a departure city for the Alaska Railroad which travels from Seward to Fairbanks, through Anchorage with a station at Denali National Park. The combination of a cruise with a trip to Denali is a major draw for passengers seeing Alaska. Seward is actually a small town but it has some amazing sights and attractions.
Where Your Ship Docks
The Seward boat harbor has a dock capable of handling large cruise ships and it is only about a half mile into town. On the other side of the Marina are excursion boat tours for trips on Resurrection Bay, whale watching and trips to glaciers. Just outside the marina is the Alaska Railroad facility.
Visitors can only travel to Seward by bus, rental car, cruise ship or Alaska railroad. While Seward has an airport there is no real scheduled commercial flights. If you are embarking or disembarking in Seward you will fly from Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) in Anchorage. Anchorage is 120 miles from Seward, and the trip to Seward can take anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on how you travel. Transportation is via train, motor coach, limos and cars for hire, and rental cars.
Alaska is a state and the currency is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are welcome and there are ATM machines available.
Resurrection Bay – Don’t just pass through Seward as there are some opportunities to see some of the real Alaska here. Seward sits at the end of Resurrection Bay which is a remarkable place to see Alaska wildlife both on its shores and in the water. It’s highly recommended to take a boat excursion on Resurrection Bay.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska’s largest public aquarium and Alaska’s only marine mammal rehabilitation facility, located in town on the shores of Resurrection Bay.
Tours to Exit Glacier a glacier from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains and Kenai Fjords National Park’s biggest attraction being one of the most accessible valley glaciers in Alaska.
Tours To Denali. These are mostly booked through the cruise lines as each cruise company owns touring train cars that are carried by the Alaska Railroad trains. These multi-day excursions can go in two directions and travel across Alaska, spending two or three days at Denali National Park and usually begin or end in Fairbanks at the International Airport. If you are considering a cruise to see Alaska don’t pass up the Alaska Railroad trip through Denali.