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About Sitka

Over the centuries, Sitka -- one of Alaska's most exotic ports -- has reinvented itself over and over again. It's been home to the Tlingit Native Americans, an outpost of the Russian empire and the one-time capital of Alaska. The region is still a center for commercial fishing. Through it all, its residents have always figured out a way to get the best out of their resources. Today, the roughly 8,900 locals still rely on their natural surroundings, but with an eye toward the burgeoning tourism market.

From the moment you arrive, you'll notice that Sitka is different from the rest of Alaska. It's not just the Russian influence that makes the town unique. In addition to the usual commercial fishing and tourism, Sitka's economic livelihood also relies on drinking-water exportation, healthcare and education, including the Alaska State Trooper Academy.

Sitka is located on the west side of Baranof Island -- a 100-mile-long island in the state's panhandle -- and is only accessible by air and sea. The vast Tongass National Forest covers the area outside of town, which only has a roadway along the Pacific coast about 7 miles in either direction. Watching over Sitka from across the sound is Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano and Mount Fuji lookalike.

Although the port's more than 210,000 cruise passengers provide economic stimulus each summer, Sitka is primarily known for the quality and quantity of seafood harvested from its waters and processed in its plants.

Sitka's historic attractions are located within walking distance of downtown. Lincoln Street is approximately 1 mile long, starting at the city's southeast corner (featuring the lookout at Castle Hill) and ending at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center to the north. The street passes by the historic onion-shaped domed architecture of St. Michael's Cathedral and the Russian Bishop's House as it follows the Sitka Sound waterfront and Crescent Harbor (the multi-slip marina).

The other main street is Katlian Street, a road that follows the waterfront of the Sitka Channel, featuring colorful fishing boats, weathered houses and the essence of a working harbor town.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Sitka

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

    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

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    Oosterdam Reviews

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

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    ElEl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses
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    seawife2
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not our cup of tea
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      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Sitka

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Juneau, Glacier Bay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Sitka 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
    Ship Details

    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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    BobbiSox
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Always Love the Southern Caribbean, Holland America Style!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal
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    • 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 Sitka

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

    Pros

    Ship knows its audience and targets it perfectly with entertainment, suites, cuisine

    Cons

    Spa and fitness center are small, high upcharge for unappealing thermal suite

    Bottom Line

    Personalized service, large suites and interesting destinations create luxury experience

    Reviews

    Silver Muse Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    With its 2017 debut, Silver Muse became Silversea's flagship cruise vessel; with 596 passengers...

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    CuteCarms
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Absolutely amazing
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Fantastic!
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    • 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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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Sitka

    Leaving:
    San Francisco
    Visiting:
    Astoria, Oregon , Ketchikan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Sitka Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Francisco
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Astoria, Oregon
    • Day 4
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Ketchikan
    • Day 6
      Sitka
    • Day 7
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 8
      Skagway
    • Day 9
      Juneau
    • Day 10
      Wrangell
    • Day 11
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Victoria
    • Day 13
      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

    Reviews
    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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    roothy123
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Wonderful Itinerary & Ship
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    jagoceaniaregatta
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Average for a so-called luxury cruise liner.
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • 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

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Sitka

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Sitka Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Sitka
    • Day 6
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Victoria
    • Day 8
      Seattle
    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

    Reviews
    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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    tamurfin
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Cruise to Australia & Nz - not good!
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    roothy123
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Wonderful Way to Spend Christmas & New Years
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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.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Sitka

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Sitka, Hubbard Glacier ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Sitka Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Sitka
    • Day 4
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Juneau
    • Day 8
      Icy Strait
    • Day 9
      Endicott Arm
    • Day 10
      Ketchikan
    • Day 11
      Victoria
    • Day 12
      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 ...

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    FairyGodmother55
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Seas were rough, but what a blast!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Highs and Lows of the Sun
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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.