Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. Sophisticated yet rugged, the city enjoys one of America’s most majestic natural settings. During the months of May to September Anchorage is a popular cruise destination for local and international visitors alike.
With more than 60 surrounding glaciers, 480 kilometres of wilderness trails and 6 mountain ranges, Anchorage is a natural adventure wonderland. There are an abundance of activities on offer, from touring Mt. McKinley to spotting bears in the Alaskan wilderness.
Beyond the adventure excursions, downtown is filled with galleries, specialty shops and a number of delicious seafood restaurants.
Major cruise lines visiting Anchorage use the ports located in the nearby towns of Whittier and Seward. The Whittier and Seward Cruise Ship Terminals cater for ships up to 205 and 510 metres long respectively. Combined, an average of 80 ships dock in each year.
Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal
The Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal is located approximately 100 kilometres southeast of Anchorage and Anchorage Airport, and 1 kilometre from downtown Whittier.
Seward Cruise Ship Terminal
The Seward Cruise Ship Terminal is located approximately 200 kilometres from Anchorage and Anchorage Airport, and 2.5 kilometres from downtown Seward.
Facilities at both the Whittier and Seward Cruise Terminals are focused primarily on transportation services.
Whittier Cruise Terminal
- Tourist information including guidebooks and tour brochures.
- Easy access to downtown shopping, restaurants and hotels.
- Easy access to a range of transport services.
Seward Cruise Terminal
- Easy access to a range of ground transport services.
- Tourist information, shops and restaurants nearby.
How to Get Around
Given that the Whittier and Seward cruise ship terminals are located some distance from Anchorage, there are a variety of transfer options available. These include those offered by the cruise lines as well as public train, bus and shuttle services.
Travel times from Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal
By train (station located adjacent to the terminal)
- 2.5 hours to Anchorage
By bus/shuttle (stop within walking distance of the terminal)
- 2.5 hours to Anchorage
Travel times from Seward Cruise Ship Terminal
- 4 hours to Anchorage
- 3 hours to Anchorage
The best way to get to Anchorage Airport from both Whittier and Seward cruise terminals is by shuttles organised by your cruise line, or by private car transfer services that are best booked in advance.
- 1.5-2 hours from Whittier
- 2.5-3 hours from Seward
- Currency: The local currency in Anchorage is the US Dollar. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50-cent denominations, as well as one-dollar coins. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
- Time Zone: Anchorage uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is 9 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-9). During Daylight Saving Time (AKDT) it is 8 hours behind (UTC-8).
- Weather: Anchorage has a subarctic climate with strong maritime influences. Average temperatures range from 18 degrees Celsius in summer (June to August) to -6 degrees Celsius in winter (December to February).
- Anchorage Museum - Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum offers a fascinating exploration into Alaskan history and culture. Through its expansive collections of artifacts, artworks, photographs, objects, publications and maps, the museum manages to create a rich and intimate understanding of Alaskan life.
- Paddlers’ Real - Based near the Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal, Paddlers’ Realm is a company specialising in kayak tours. Experienced local guides lead you into the incredible beauty of Prince William Sound, a setting characterised by pristine water, glacial peaks, lush greenery and an abundance of exotic wildlife.
- Coastal Trail - Spanning 17 kilometres each way, the Coastal Trail in Anchorage offers a great introduction to the city’s natural surrounds. Picked up at various points, the trail provides breathtaking views of downtown Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains, Mount McKinley and Fire Island. It truly is a walk, or ride, to remember.
- Resurrection Bay Tour - Jump off the cruise ship and into something smaller for an experience of inimitable beauty. Departing close to Seward Terminal, Resurrection Bay Tours offer a gateway into Alaska’s famed natural landscape. Perfect for families and independent travellers, the tours encounter a world of jagged cliffs, alpine glaciers, exotic marine life and more.