As for embark and debark Whittier is a breeze. We took the train in and it drops you right by the terminal. In fact we were some of the first to arrive. When we left we took a tour and that was well worth it. The portage/wildlife bus tour.
Great little town worth getting off the ship Use the SMART bus $5 each person all day. Takes all over. Went to Jewel gardens $12.50 Each and walked around the gardens. Had tea and crumpets $16 for the two of us. Great time in that town.