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About Icy Strait

One of Alaska's newest cruise ports, Icy Strait (just outside of Hoonah) opened in 2004 so local communities and giant cruise corporations alike could profit from visitors eager to experience America's "last wilderness." The native Tlingit Corporation Huna Totem owns Icy Strait Point, and in conjunction with cruise line partners and investors, they've created a cruise port with some of the highest passenger satisfaction levels around.

The demand for a slice of "real" Alaska has only increased in the years since -- shore excursion offerings in Icy Strait more than doubled from 2015 to 2019. Facilities have expanded and increased over the years -- Huna Totem owns 23,000 acres. In 2020, Icy Strait will debut a second dock and their largest yet -- the Wilderness Plaza -- built in conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Line. No matter how big the port expands, the company is careful about the tiny details that preserve its nature-focused ethos; you'll never see a tour bus until it's time to board.

The facility -- just down the road from Hoonah, Alaska's largest Huna Tlingit village, and 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park -- has been a lifeline for the community, providing a much-needed alternative source of income for locals afflicted by a downturn in their traditional businesses of fishing and logging. Millions of dollars have been invested in creating facilities that offers cruise travelers an authentic "wilderness experience" and a refreshingly non-commercialized alternative to the usual run of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Sitka.

What they've created is an attractive destination expressly for cruisers that's manmade but not commercialized. Icy Strait offers pretty woodland walks, an insight into Tlingit history and culture, a wide range of back-to-nature adventures and high-quality restaurants. Upmarket craft shops feature artisan crafts and locally made goods like woodland berry jam and confectionery, rather than the "made in Taiwan" goods so prevalent in, say, Juneau. Buildings are constructed from sustainable local timber and built by local Tlingit workers in traditional style.

Although the port receives ships from many cruise lines, officials -- have wisely limited ship calls to ensure high passenger satisfaction. This will shift slightly when two ships are accommodated at a time, heading into the 2020 cruise season.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 1
      Puget Sound (Cruising)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
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    Eurodam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Midsized ship with great dining, entertainment and enrichment options, and good service

    Cons

    Busy Lido Market and spa reception; tired Club HAL spaces for kids; challenging internet

    Bottom Line

    Perfect combination of modern amenities and entertainment with traditional ship ambiance

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    Eurodam, which debuted in 2008, is a classic example of Holland America's attention to architec...

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    TrynitiDejavu
    Sail Date May 2018
    First Cruise Ever
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    Les2
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Boring Cruise Ship
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Ketchikan
    • Day 6
      Icy Strait
    • Day 7
      Juneau
    • Day 8
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 9
      Skagway
    • Day 10
      Sitka
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Victoria
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Los Angeles
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    Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Lots of options for dining, drinking and swimming, and a high ratio of balcony cabins

    Cons

    Some of the decor is not as modern as other ships in the region

    Bottom Line

    A great all-rounder for passengers of all ages

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    Golden Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    Todh barber
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointed
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    hen302
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very good value for money - a good average cruise ship
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • 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

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Inside Passage, Ketchikan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Juneau
    • Day 6
      Skagway
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 8
      Seward
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    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.

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    Celebrity Millennium Reviews

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

    Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls,...

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    ashstreet
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Unbelievably good experience....thank you Celebrity Cruises
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    AvgMom2
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Millennium’s 14-Night Cruise to SE Asia from HK in Dec
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    • 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

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Seward
    Visiting:
    Hubbard Glacier, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Seward
    • Day 2
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Skagway
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Inside Passage
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.

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    Celebrity Millennium Reviews

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

    Celebrity Millennium is not one of those glitzy, brand-new mega-ships with rock climbing walls,...

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    VincesDeeDee
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great Cruise & Nice Ship
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    kmsrld
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    14 night Asia Cruise from Shanghai
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • 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 Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Inside Passage, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage
    • Day 3
      Icy Strait
    • Day 4
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 5
      Juneau
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Inside Passage
    • Day 8
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent fine dining, active bar scene, quiet spaces to relax and robust suite perks

    Cons

    Anyone not traveling in suites (the vast majority) are excluded from certain bars and restaurants

    Bottom Line

    One of the most sophisticated, stylish and contemporary mainstream cruise experiences

    Reviews

    Celebrity Eclipse Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in March 2020 when the ship w...

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    linnibelle
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Perfect weather
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    packedcountdown
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    You can count on Celebrity for a wonderful cruise experience
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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.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Skagway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Anchorage
    • Day 9
      Homer
    • Day 10
      Valdez
    • Day 11
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Juneau
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Maasdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Intimate atmosphere pairs well with unique itineraries

    Cons

    Shows signs of age in some areas

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for those who prefer a mid-sized ship

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    frontline
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Comically bad
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    lyndarra
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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