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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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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Sitka ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Icy Strait
    • Day 9
      Ketchikan
    • Day 10
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Regatta - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service on a ship that's a foodie's dream come true

    Cons

    In rough seas, movement is quite noticeable

    Bottom Line

    A smaller ship that's big on creature comforts

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    You might call Regatta the perfect "Goldilocks" ship -- it's not too big, not too small, but ra...

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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    WESTEAST
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Endicott Arm ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Endicott Arm
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

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    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    ladaallo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not Very Good
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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    • 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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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Sitka, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    9 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Sitka
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 6
      Skagway
    • Day 7
      Juneau
    • Day 8
      Ketchikan
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Seattle
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    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

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    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

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    QuickieGlenn
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst cruise yet
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    ChristmasLegend12
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very Satisfying Cruise
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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

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Juneau
    • Day 4
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Ketchikan
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    mjl125
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    OKAY simply Okay
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    cruisergurl123
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    One of my favourite cruises
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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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 Icy Strait

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

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    stjohnbeachlover
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A cruise I will always remember!
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    sc_parry
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Icy Strait

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Seattle, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Icy Strait Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Seattle
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Icy Strait
    • Day 8
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 9
      Ketchikan
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    MileHighBill
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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    marlowman
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not bad for a good value solo cruise
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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.