Why go to Seward?
Salmon fishing, paddleboarding excursions, Exit Glacier and a solid brewery easily fill a day in port
Rainy, gray weather can make outdoor activities rough going; pack appropriately
Seward isn't glamorous, but it serves as a spectacular gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park
Seward Cruise Port Facilities?
There's not much happening right at the cruise dock. But you'll find everything -- shops, restaurants, tourist information and tours -- at the Small Boat Harbor.
Good to Know?
Getting seasick on small boat tours around the islets and inlets of Kenai Fjords National Park. Most operators provide meds if you feel queasy, however be aware the pills may put you to sleep, and you might have to forgo a little glacier viewing to spite the nausea. It helps to watch what you eat and spend some time outside in the fresh air. But if you aren't sure, be certain to take the pills at least a half-hour to an hour before your boat departs the harbor, just to be safe.
Getting To the Port: If you're traveling on your own from Anchorage (the airport gateway), Alaska Tour & Travel has bus service to Seward twice a day (800-208-0200). Salmon Berry Tours (515 W. 4th Avenue; 907-278-3572) offer day tours with your transfer from Anchorage to Seward so sightseeing time isn't wasted. If you don't mind getting up early, the Alaska Railroad departs from Anchorage at 6:45 a.m., and arrives in Seward at 11:15 a.m. Leaving Seward, it departs at 6 p.m. and arrives in Anchorage at 11:05 p.m. (800-544-0552)
On Foot: The two main walking areas are the historic downtown and the Small Boat Harbor. They are within a mile of each other, and both have souvenir shops and cafes. Fourth Avenue is considered "downtown."
By Shuttle: A free shuttle bus runs from the cruise dock to the tour boat docks, Alaska SeaLife Center and downtown (although cash tips are recommended). It's available daily, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The schedule is posted in various shop and cafe windows.
By Car: Taxis gather near the cruise dock or can be flagged down in town. However, there are only a dozen or so in service. For car rentals, call Hertz (907-224-4378; 600 Port Avenue).
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
U.S. dollar. ATMs are available in banks and at Safeway, the local grocery store.