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Whittier, Alaska (Photo: Troutnut/Shutterstock)

About Whittier

Where? You're forgiven if you've never before heard of Whittier. Although it's a gateway to the glacier- and wildlife-filled Prince William Sound, most people have had no reason to go there. Except -- and this is a big except -- Whittier has experienced a boon as an alternative embarkation and disembarkation port to ship-crowded Seward. Princess Cruises primarily homeports ships here for the entire Alaska season.

Despite the sound views, quaint it's not -- the feel is very industrial and military. (The town holds a strategic position on the Alaska Railroad and at the head of a deep fjord; during World War II, it was a key port in the defense strategy for the state.) Weather is often nasty, with whipping winds and lots of rain, particularly in the winter.

Still, the tiny city of about 200 residents is a natural benefit for cruise lines sailing Alaska itineraries, actually more than an hour closer to Anchorage than Seward. (It takes about 90 minutes to get to Whittier from the Anchorage airport.) This means hundreds of thousands of cruise passengers are a part of the Whittier scene each summer.

How an increased cruise presence has changed this scene is unclear. What visitors will find today, however, is a really odd-ball place, where nearly all residents live in a single, 14-story concrete apartment building. (Most others live in a second building.) Kids in the apartment building don't even have to go outside to go to school in winter. A tunnel leads to their classrooms. (The average amount of snow on the ground on any given day between December and April is 33.8 inches!)

Getting into town is, however, one of the highlights of a visit: The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is like no other. You enter what looks like a Swiss Chalet structure and ride for 2.5 miles on a railroad track through the narrow pass cut into a mountain. The tunnel is actually shared by rail and vehicle traffic -- when one is inside, the other is not; they switch every half-hour.

If you are planning an overnight stay before or after your cruise, we highly recommend staying in Anchorage because there is much more to see and do in town, and there are more accommodation options. However, with Prince William Sound just steps away, there is plenty for cruisers to do with a few hours to kill in Whittier. Included are a few suggestions for what to do with one day in Whittier if you are feeling a bit adventurous.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Icy Strait, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Icy Strait
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    Ship Details

    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

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    Coral Princess Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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    Raybit
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing cruise - great ship!
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    The Turners
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Great Antarctica cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
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      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    Ship Details

    Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

    Cons

    Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

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    Grand Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    When Grand Princess debuted in 1998, the line billed it as "the biggest, the fastest, the most ...

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    toads45froggy
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Honeymoon for the Ages
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Nice short cruise.
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Icy Strait, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Icy Strait
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    • Day 9
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 10
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 11
      Skagway
    • Day 12
      Juneau
    • Day 13
      Ketchikan
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

    Bottom Line

    Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd

    Reviews

    Coral Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Coral Princess blends the exotic (an international staff, elegant Italian restaurant, celebrity...

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    JudeSund
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Amazing Antarctica but a few disappointments along the way
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Antarctica is amazing but itinerary can fluctuate!
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    Ship Details

    Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule

    Cons

    No aft pool

    Bottom Line

    Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising

    Reviews

    Royal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Like other Princess Cruises ships, Royal Princess embraces many traditional components cruisers lo...

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    Bwana Tom
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Cruise with the San Francisco 49'ers
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We expected more
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      College Fjord
    • Day 8
      Whittier
    Ship Details

    Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

    Reviews

    Pacific Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5

    Pacific Princess offers some of the line's more exotic itineraries in Europe, Asia and South Am...

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    seanugget
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Pacific Princess Dream Come True!!
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    cllindse
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Best cruise ever on Princess
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Whittier
    Visiting:
    Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Whittier
    • Day 2
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 3
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Juneau
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Grand Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast

    Cons

    Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

    Reviews

    Grand Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    When Grand Princess debuted in 1998, the line billed it as "the biggest, the fastest, the most ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    waylyn
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic staff, great food, interesting ports
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    JavaJunkie22
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Just so-so
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Whittier
    Visiting:
    Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Whittier Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Whittier
    • Day 2
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 3
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Juneau
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Royal Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of dining options, many game shows and busy daily schedule

    Cons

    No aft pool

    Bottom Line

    Modern ship with a traditional take on cruising

    Reviews

    Royal Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Like other Princess Cruises ships, Royal Princess embraces many traditional components cruisers lo...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    hernantk
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Great Cruise, Beautiful Ship, and Awesome Cruise Director!
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    Xertes
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Had a royal good time
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Whittier

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    View Cruise Info
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