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About Seward

Seward is a picturesque harbor town sporting the catchy motto "Alaska starts here." What that means is that Seward really is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, a vast treasure trove of marine life. It's the launching point for kayaking and fishing adventures. And it's the start (or end) of the Alaska Railroad and the historic start of the famous Iditarod sled dog race.

You'll find Seward about 125 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula and standing at the head of Resurrection Bay. For most cruisers, it's an embarkation or disembarkation port (but there's plenty of ways to spend your time with one day in Seward). You'll likely fly into Anchorage to meet your ship, or arrive in port after a cruise tour to Denali. True, the port of Whittier is closer to Anchorage and is challenging Seward for cruise traffic, but there's no comparison when it comes to sightseeing, staying and playing. More than a quick port stop or mere point of embarkation, Seward makes a handy, not to mention charming, base for exploring the peninsula and its quirky small towns.

It's well worth spending two or three days poking around this area. It offers a taste of the best of what you've come up north to experience -- calving glaciers, gorgeous fjords, wildlife spotting on land and sea, husky dogs and the great outdoors. If you're into fishing, casting for salmon doesn't get any better than on the Kenai River. You can drive to Kenai to browse through the galleries and shops. Soldotna is home to Kenai River Brewing Company. Artsy Homer is doable in a long day.

Seward was named for President Lincoln's secretary of state, William H. Seward, the main man in negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. Not everyone was happy about the deal. Some dubbed it "Seward's folly." The city was founded in 1903, thanks to its envious position as a year-round ice-free harbor. It is well situated for transporting freight arriving by rail from the interior. It was (and still is) the end of the line for the Alaska Railroad, which is currently considering plans to move the tracks even closer to the cruise terminal.

That's good news for cruisers. You can easily get there from the Anchorage airport by more ways than one. If your ship embarks in Seward, you'll likely have a group transfer to the port by motor coach. Independent travelers can make arrangements to get to Seward the same way or they can come by train. If you want to drive, one-way Hertz rental cars are available for the pretty, two-and-a-half-hour road trip from or to Anchorage.


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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Seward

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Seward Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Hubbard Glacier
    • Day 6
      Seward
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Petropavlovsk
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Hakodate
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
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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.

    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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    QuickieGlenn
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Worst cruise yet
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    OKAY simply Okay
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Seward

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Seward Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Juneau
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Seward
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Petropavlovsk
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Hakodate
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Yokohama
    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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    cruisergurl123
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    One of my favourite cruises
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    ChristmasLegend12
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Very Satisfying Cruise
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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 Seward

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

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    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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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Average cruise, some good, some not so good
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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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

    ** 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 Seward

    Leaving:
    Seward
    Visiting:
    Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Seward 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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    MileHighBill
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not bad for a good value solo cruise
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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
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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 Seward

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Inside Passage, Ketchikan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Seward 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
    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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    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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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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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.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Seward

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Seward Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Seattle
    • Day 2
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Icy Strait
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Seward
    • Day 8
      Kodiak
    • Day 9
      Homer
    • Day 10
      College Fjord
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Sitka
    • Day 13
      Outside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Victoria
    • Day 15
      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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    SherwoodCruiser
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful vacation!
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    WESTEAST
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Splendid cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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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 Seward

    Leaving:
    Seward
    Visiting:
    Sitka, Juneau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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