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About Haines

If you loved the TV show "Northern Exposure," you'll love Haines. It's the kind of laid-back place you picture when you think about an Alaskan town. The first thing you'll notice when you arrive is how scenically beautiful Haines is. The setting is probably the best of any Alaska town. The town is located on the shores of the Lynn Canal, the state's longest fjord, and surrounded by glacier-covered mountains and rolling hills. Close to town are lakes and rivers.

The population here is only 2,500, and you can easily walk around the town in an hour or two. Only a few cruise ships visit here, which is a big bonus: Haines is not at all touristy (at least not yet). This is a place where you can mingle with locals, chat with a lumberjack at the Pioneer Bar and maybe even hear about how someone had a bear in their backyard the night before.

The first people to call the Chilkat Valley home were the Tlingit. In the 1800s, fishermen -- including Indians and imported laborers from China -- began commercially fishing the waters.

Missionaries arrived later, in 1879, led by S. Hall Young and the naturalist John Muir, and made the area a base for converting the Chilkoot and Chilkat Tlingit tribes to Christianity. The town was actually named for Francina Haines, who was secretary to the Presbyterian Home Missions Board (she never actually visited the town, but helped raise funds for the exploration).

The next chapter in Haines' history was the arrival of prospectors, who began stopping by in 1897 on their way to the Klondike in search of gold; the precious metal was also discovered about 36 miles away in Porcupine, though it quickly petered out there.
Then it was the turn of the U.S. military, which decamped here in 1903 at a time when America was concerned about border disputes with Canada. They chose the place for its protected location and set up the first permanent Army post in Alaska, Fort William H. Seward.

The fort was used until after World War II when it was decommissioned after 42 years of service. The veterans who stayed started local businesses, including a salmon smokehouse and the Hotel Halsingland, established art galleries and funded Indian arts training programs for local kids, including the Alaska Indian Arts Cultural Center at Fort Seward. Preservation efforts were put in place by one group who bought the fort's 85 buildings from the government in 1947 with the goal of turning it into a utopian art and business community – galleries and small shops exist there today.

Haines is also blessed with surrounding natural areas and wildlife in what is known as the "Valley of the Eagles." The area is a magnet for bald eagles, drawn by the warm open water and abundant supply of salmon. More than 3,500 of the birds visit from October to February – during that time a dozen eagles may share a single tree limb. But even during the May to September cruise season there's a resident population of several hundred. And if you head out of town you're likely to see plenty of them – on a bike ride to Chilkoot Lake (about 10 miles from the ship pier) we counted eight bald eagles.

Note: If you aren't on a ship that visits Haines, you can still get here easily on the fast ferry from Skagway. The two communities are both at the northern end of the Lynn Canal, about 35 minutes apart. Haines makes a great side trip, especially if you've been to Skagway before. Roundtrip ferry fares are $54 for adults and half price for kids.


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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Sitka ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    13 Night Cruise to Haines Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Haines
    • Day 7
      Icy Strait
    • Day 8
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Juneau
    • Day 10
      Wrangell
    • Day 11
      Ketchikan
    • Day 12
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Victoria
    • Day 14
      Vancouver
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

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    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Haines

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

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A New Winner - HAL
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Haines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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      San Francisco
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      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Ketchikan
    • Day 5
      Haines
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Endicott Arm
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Francisco
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    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

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    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

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    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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    FCI_Holly
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mediocre Cruise on a Dated Ship but worth it for Hawaii!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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      Soda and Juice
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Sitka, Haines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Haines Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Sitka
    • Day 5
      Haines
    • Day 6
      Juneau
    • Day 7
      Endicott Arm
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Francisco
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    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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    Star Princess Reviews

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

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Star Princess Mexico and Hawaii B2B
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Sitka ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Seabourn Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Haines Route (Seabourn Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 1
      Cruising
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Sitka
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 6
      Inian Islands
    • Day 6
      Icy Strait
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Haines
    • Day 8
      Juneau
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    Seabourn Sojourn - Seabourn Cruise Line

    Pros

    Spacious cabins; ship's smaller size and friendly passenger base foster mingling

    Cons

    Entertainment is limited during the day and a bit of a snooze at night

    Bottom Line

    Long, exotic itineraries, great service, unusual shore excursions in unpretentious luxury

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

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    SW208SW
    Sail Date May 2019
    The good, the bad, and the ugly!
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Hubbard Glacier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Haines Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 6
      Haines
    • Day 7
      Ketchikan
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Victoria
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      San Francisco
    Ship Details

    Star Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.

    Cons

    Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.

    Bottom Line

    Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.

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

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    Eternity69
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointed with this Cruise Ship to say the least!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Relaxing sea time
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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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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Haines

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Wrangell ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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