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About Petersburg

Take a snapshot of Petersburg, Alaska, and show it to your friends. They'll probably think it's a picture of a Norwegian coastal village. That's because the fishing town's Norwegian roots are readily apparent. They show through in the town's neat, white houses -- some located on piers and pilings -- which are decorated Scandinavian-style with carefully tended window boxes full of flowers. Scenic tableaus of brightly colored fishing shacks, surrounded by boats in the harbor behind and set against glacier-covered mountains, are as common there as in the Old Country.

Petersburg, located on Mitkof Island in Frederick Sound, was founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrant Peter Buschmann, who came to the area to open a fish cannery. Many of the 3,030 locals still make a living fishing for salmon and halibut in the fish-rich waters. The town has several fish processing operations -- some small and family-owned and others that are larger.

It's a town where everyone knows your name. The toy store on Sing Lee Alley (a tiny street on the water) even has a chalkboard where local children's birthdays are posted each month. Four blocks of Nordic Drive make up the main drag, where you'll find family-owned businesses that include grocery and hardware stores. Beyond that are residential neighborhoods, rain forests and water.

And despite all the blond Alaskans of Norwegian descent you'll meet there, a federally recognized Tlingit tribe also lives in the community. About 7 percent of the residents are of Native American heritage.

Petersburg is an isolated place with its nearest big neighbors -- Juneau and Ketchikan -- each about 150 miles away (10 hours or more by ferry). Not surprisingly, the main attraction for cruise-ship visitors is the surrounding natural scenery and wildlife. The town is only 25 miles from the calving LeConte Glacier, the southernmost saltwater terminating glacier in North America. And hundreds of humpback whales make the Frederick Sound their feeding grounds every summer.

Since only small cruise ships can visit (the harbor is not deep enough for the big ones), you won't encounter crowds in Petersburg. What you will find are friendly locals, cheerfully welcoming visitors to their remote Alaskan outpost.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Misty Fjord, Wrangell ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Hurtigruten
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    12 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Hurtigruten)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Misty Fjord
    • Day 4
      Wrangell
    • Day 5
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 6
      Petersburg
    • Day 7
      Haines
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Sitka
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cordova
    • Day 12
      Cadillac
    • Day 13
      Seward
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    MS Roald Amundsen - Hurtigruten

    Pros

    ** Beautifully designed, environmentally-friendly ship with all outside view cabins

    Cons

    ** Larger number of passengers means you only get one landing per day on polar cruises and dining is in two sittings

    Bottom Line

    ** A sleek expedition vessel with the trappings of a luxurious cruise ship

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    MS Roald Amundsen Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Roald Amundsen is a strikingly beautiful ship. Carrying 530 passengers, 500 in Antarctica, it's bi...

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    p18750
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful Ship and Excellent experience in Antarctic
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    Bodo H.
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A once in a lifetime experience
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Johnstone Strait, Inside Passage ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Ponant
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    12 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Ponant)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Johnstone Strait
    • Day 3
      Inside Passage
    • Day 4
      Misty Fjord
    • Day 5
      Petersburg
    • Day 6
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 7
      Kake
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    • Day 9
      Elfin Cove
    • Day 10
      Icy Bay
    • Day 11
      Cordova
    • Day 12
      College Fjord
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Seward
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    Le Soleal - Ponant

    Pros

    Le Soleal's small size enables it to reach smaller, way off-the-beaten track ports of call

    Cons

    Ship has a decided French air, which might not appeal to all North Americans or Australians

    Bottom Line

    Upscale, small ship experience with maximum time in port

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    Le Soleal Reviews

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    Dining

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    cboyle
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Almost Beyond the Polar Circle
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Horrible Ocean Remodel Cruise
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Seward
    Visiting:
    Cadillac, Haines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Hurtigruten
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    12 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Hurtigruten)
    • Day 1
      Seward
    • Day 2
      Cadillac
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Haines
    • Day 6
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 7
      Sitka
    • Day 8
      Petersburg
    • Day 9
      Wrangell
    • Day 10
      Misty Fjord
    • Day 10
      Prince Rupert
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Aalborg
    • Day 13
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    MS Roald Amundsen - Hurtigruten

    Pros

    ** Beautifully designed, environmentally-friendly ship with all outside view cabins

    Cons

    ** Larger number of passengers means you only get one landing per day on polar cruises and dining is in two sittings

    Bottom Line

    ** A sleek expedition vessel with the trappings of a luxurious cruise ship

    Reviews

    MS Roald Amundsen Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Roald Amundsen is a strikingly beautiful ship. Carrying 530 passengers, 500 in Antarctica, it's bi...

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    Sue2cruis
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Record Breaking Trip
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    Brisbane based Kiwi
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    70.18 Degrees South
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    San Juan Islands, Victoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    14 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      San Juan Islands
    • Day 3
      Victoria
    • Day 4
      Gulf Islands
    • Day 5
      Alert Bay
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Misty Fjord
    • Day 9
      Petersburg
    • Day 10
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 11
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 12
      Inian Islands
    • Day 13
      Chichagof Island
    • Day 14
      Sitka
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Quest - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Industry-leading enrichment and expedition shore excursion programs, expertly delivered

    Cons

    Onboard activities and amenities may not suit traditional cruisers

    Bottom Line

    It's all about the destination and experience; ship and staff excel in this regard

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    National Geographic Quest Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    If you've never traveled aboard an expedition ship before, Lindblad's National Geographic Quest...

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    scallop87
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Discordance between goals of passengers and goals of expedition leaders
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Disappointing- National Geographic Quest / Lindblad
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    San Juan Islands, Victoria ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    14 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      San Juan Islands
    • Day 3
      Victoria
    • Day 4
      Gulf Islands
    • Day 5
      Alert Bay
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Misty Fjord
    • Day 9
      Petersburg
    • Day 10
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 11
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 12
      Inian Islands
    • Day 13
      Chichagof Island
    • Day 14
      Sitka
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Venture - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    New facilities, high-end technology add to enrichment experience onboard and ashore

    Cons

    Amenities and challenging itineraries might not appeal to fans of big, traditional ships

    Bottom Line

    The ship combines expedition with comfortable, luxurious onboard features

    Reviews

    National Geographic Venture Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    0.0/5
    Cabins0.0
    Dining0.0

    One of the biggest adventure cruise lines in the industry, Lindblad has created the perfect ble...

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    mfrantz
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Completely satisfied
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    Sheri Weber
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Expedition with grandchildren
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Juneau
    Visiting:
    Tracy Arm, Petersburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    8 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Juneau
    • Day 2
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 3
      Petersburg
    • Day 4
      Chatham Strait
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Sea Bird - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Sea Bird offers short cruise options with a focus on fitness and wellness

    Cons

    Space is limited, so plan on spending most of your time outdoors and off ship

    Bottom Line

    This is a cozy vessel that encourages offshore activity and socialization

    Reviews

    National Geographic Sea Bird Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Pretty much the only thing Lindblad's 62-passenger, 95-ton Sea Bird and a mainstream mega-ship ...

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    ntex
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful ship....extraordinary trip
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    sallylightfoot
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Small ship - gigantic experience!
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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Fairbanks
    Visiting:
    Denali, Talkeetna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fairbanks
    • Day 2
      Denali
    • Day 3
      Denali
    • Day 4
      Talkeetna
    • Day 5
      Talkeetna
    • Day 6
      College Fjord
    • Day 7
      Valdez
    • Day 8
      Icy Bay
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Icy Strait
    • Day 10
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Juneau
    • Day 12
      Petersburg
    • Day 13
      Wrangell
    • Day 14
      Ketchikan
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Vancouver
    Ship Details

    Star Breeze - Windstar Cruises

    Pros

    Small-ship cruising, port-intensive itineraries

    Cons

    Limited entertainment and enrichment activities

    Bottom Line

    Terrific upscale yet casual cruise line for active travelers

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    Star Breeze Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 212-passenger Star Breeze, which joined Windstar's fleet in May 2015, is a yacht-style smal...

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    Middlesister63
    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Panama Canal-Wonderful Cruise with Friends Bucket List
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Desperately ready for an overhaul
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Juneau
    Visiting:
    Tracy Arm, Petersburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    8 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Juneau
    • Day 2
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 3
      Petersburg
    • Day 4
      Chatham Strait
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Quest - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    Industry-leading enrichment and expedition shore excursion programs, expertly delivered

    Cons

    Onboard activities and amenities may not suit traditional cruisers

    Bottom Line

    It's all about the destination and experience; ship and staff excel in this regard

    Reviews

    National Geographic Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    If you've never traveled aboard an expedition ship before, Lindblad's National Geographic Quest...

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    Mjtjunior
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    My first cruise leaves me hungry for more, literally and figuratively
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Amazing Family Adventure
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Petersburg

    Leaving:
    Juneau
    Visiting:
    Tracy Arm, Petersburg ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Lindblad Expeditions
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    8 Night Cruise to Petersburg Route (Lindblad Expeditions)
    • Day 1
      Juneau
    • Day 2
      Tracy Arm
    • Day 3
      Petersburg
    • Day 4
      Chatham Strait
    • Day 5
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Glacier Bay
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    Ship Details

    National Geographic Venture - Lindblad Expeditions

    Pros

    New facilities, high-end technology add to enrichment experience onboard and ashore

    Cons

    Amenities and challenging itineraries might not appeal to fans of big, traditional ships

    Bottom Line

    The ship combines expedition with comfortable, luxurious onboard features

    Reviews

    National Geographic Venture Reviews

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    Overall