Sailing into the Port of Anchorage, Alaska by cruise ship is a fairly unique experience. To reach this port, cruise ships must sail 180 miles up Cook Inlet from the Gulf of Alaska. This inlet is named for James Cook, who sailed into it during his 1778 expedition while searching for the Northwest Passage.
In 2017, Holland America Line offers nine cruises that sail into the Port of Anchorage.
Learn more about Anchorage, Alaska
You can see six mountain ranges from Anchorage: The Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna, Tordrillo, Alaska and Aleutian. On clear days in Anchorage, you can also see Denali, North America’s tallest mountain with a 20,320-foot peak that is 130 miles north of Anchorage.
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Things to Do in Anchorage, Alaska
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Places to Stay in Anchorage, Alaska
The Hilton Anchorage (labeled by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry a “two-bear” hotel because of the two bears in the lobby.) This hotel is the close to the Port of Anchorage and the Anchorage Train Depot.
Hotel Captain Cook is a three-tower luxury hotel in downtown Anchorage. Even if you don’t stay here, the hotel’s Crow Nest restaurant and bar offers stunning views of downtown Anchorage, the Chugach Mountains, and Cook Inlet. If you want to find a favorite wine, the hotel’s Whale’s Tail Bistro and Wine Bar offers 32 wines to try via Alaska’s first self-serve wine dispensing system.
Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel The newest hotel in downtown Anchorage.
Westmark Anchorage Hotel A standard hotel with a terrific location on 5th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Across the street, you will find local beer at the Glacier Brewhouse and upscale Italian dining at Orso.
Recommended Cruises that Visit Anchorage, Alaska
While most Alaska cruises do not actually make port calls into Anchorage, there is one 2017 cruise itinerary from Holland America Line that does make a 15-hour port call at the Port of Anchorage. The 14-Day Alaskan Explorer Cruise sails round-trip from Seattle, visiting a number of unique ports. With a 15-hour call in Anchorage, there’s time to explore the city, rent a car and explore a broader area outside of Anchorage, or take the train to see Denali. Check out the detailed itinerary, departure dates and pricing here.
Another, more common way to visit Anchorage is by staying overnight during a land and sea tour. We recommend the 12-Day Double Denali Land + Sea cruise tour from Holland America that includes an overnight stay in Anchorage. Explore the detailed itinerary, 2017 departure dates and pricing here.
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