Many visitors to Alaska arrive or depart on a cruise ship, a fantastic way to see the coastal areas of this beautiful state. The typical seven-day northbound Alaska cruise transits the scenic Inside Passage, stopping at various ports of call along the way before heading across the Gulf of Alaska, ending in either the communities of Seward in Resurrection Bay, or Whittier, in Prince William Sound. Southbound cruisers will depart from Seward or Whittier, and end seven days later in Vancouver, B.C. or Seattle. Are you looking for the right way to do a cruise transfer?
What is a cruise transfer tour?
What lots of cruise passengers don’t realize is that Anchorage, and the nearest international airport, is located quite a distance from the disembarkation points of Whittier and Seward (1.5 and 2.5 hours, respectively). And so, securing transportation to activities, land tours, or flights is an important link in cruise planning. A cruise transfer tour is a great way to make the best of the transfer from the cruise port to Anchorage, stopping for sightseeing, food, and landmarks. And of course, the drive is spectacular.
How does a cruise transfer tour work?
Stopping or starting your cruise in the ports of Whittier or Seward? An excellent way to continue the journey is through our cruise and transfer tour, showcasing the history, environments, and people of Southcentral Alaska.
We’ll pick you up in Anchorage or at the cruise ship dock in a clean, comfortable van. Then, with a local driver-guide, spend the next several hours getting to know the history, cultures, and landscapes of Southcentral Alaska. From exploring Alaska’s largest city Anchorage to a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, this fully-private adventure is tailored toward guests’ interests and abilities and can be customized to meet the needs of any traveler.
A cruise transfer tour isn’t just a “ride” to the ship, hotel, or airport, it’s an opportunity to see and learn about an area with people who live, work, and play here. There will be plenty of time to stop, take photos, and stretch your legs on one of the many trails between Anchorage, Seward, and Whittier.
For guests arriving in Seward, choose activities ranging from a walk along the waterfront of this quaint fishing town to a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center, the state’s only marine wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. Whittier also has a wealth of options for excursions, from day cruises close to the many glaciers of Prince William Sound to kayaking, fishing, and hiking. Whittier-arriving guests will also stop in the ski resort community of Girdwood and take an optional tram ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska, where sweeping views of the Chugach mountain range and Turnagain Arm are visible in the distance.
Those embarking upon their cruise in either Whittier or Seward will travel south from Anchorage along the Seward Highway, making stops in Girdwood and at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before continuing on to their ship. Guides take their time and provide plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife and photographing the incredible scenery of Southcentral Alaska.
Let our expert guides do all the driving and navigation while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the mountains, coastlines, and wildlife that has made Alaska famous. We’ll even take care of your luggage!