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About Homer

Homer, "the end of the road," is located about 200 miles from Anchorage on the gorgeous Kenai Peninsula. The town's modern roots date to the 1890s, when con man Homer Pennock attempted to lure others with promises of gold. Homer saw brief success as a coal mining town but was eventually abandoned, due to lack of demand. By 1920, 46 people lived in an area designated as Homer Spit and Vicinity, but it wasn't until the 1940s that it took on the makings of a bona fide town with an airport and general store. These days, more than 5,000 people call the "cosmic hamlet" home, and it is often considered one of Alaska's jewels.

On a clear day, Homer is straight out of a postcard, and from several vantage points, visitors might be able to see all five active volcanoes known as the "ring of fire." The Spit, a geological landform that stretches five miles into Kachemak Bay, has always been a place for travelers and drifters and is now home to campsites, tourism shops, bars and restaurants. Two theories exist for how the Spit was formed: tidal swells or receding glaciers. Either way, it is one of Homer's claims to fame -- that and halibut fishing.

The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby began in the summer of 1986, and since then, the city has been declared the "halibut capital of the world." The annual derby takes place in the summer, and on any given day, fishermen can be seen cleaning and preparing the fresh catch at the Spit. The mild-tasting fish can also be found gracing the menus of seafood restaurants.

Homer has developed into an unpretentious foodie destination, and you'll find outstanding dining options with a wide range of cuisine -- many with local and organic products. The sustainability movement is established in the dining scene in Homer, but it has also found a place in tourism attractions and eco-adventures. Visitors can easily experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the area by kayaking, hiking and on boat trips to Alaska's first state park.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Haines ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Homer 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
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      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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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    In-Depth EXC cruise is unique
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    An old ship in need of renovation
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Skagway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Homer Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Skagway
    • Day 6
      Icy Strait
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      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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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With its mid-sized capacity and classic styling, Holland America's stately Maasdam is a managea...

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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    EXC Circumnavigation Does Not Disappoint
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Wrangell ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Homer Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Inside Passage (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Wrangell
    • Day 5
      Juneau
    • Day 6
      Skagway
    • Day 7
      Haines
    • Day 8
      Icy Strait
    • Day 9
      Sitka
    • Day 10
      Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      College Fjord
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Kodiak
    • Day 14
      Homer
    • Day 15
      Seward
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    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

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Wonderful Itinerary & Ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Wonderful Way to Spend Christmas & New Years
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    • 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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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Seattle
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Icy Strait ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Homer 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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    jagoceaniaregatta
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Average for a so-called luxury cruise liner.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Adventures at Sea
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    • 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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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Oarai, Miyako Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    25 Night Cruise to Homer Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Oarai
    • Day 3
      Miyako Island
    • Day 4
      Hakodate
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Dutch Harbor
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Kodiak
    • Day 14
      Homer
    • Day 15
      Seward
    • Day 16
      Kenai
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Sitka
    • Day 19
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 20
      Haines
    • Day 21
      Juneau
    • Day 22
      Wrangell
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Ketchikan
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      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

    Reviews

    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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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Tokyo
    Visiting:
    Oarai, Miyako Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Homer Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 2
      Oarai
    • Day 3
      Miyako Island
    • Day 4
      Hakodate
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Dutch Harbor
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Kodiak
    • Day 14
      Homer
    • Day 15
      Seward
    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

    Reviews

    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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    REO
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Had a Wonderful Cruise
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Great
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    • Select Dining
      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
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 26 Night
    Cruise to Homer

    Leaving:
    Seward
    Visiting:
    Homer, Kodiak ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    26 Night Cruise to Homer Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Seward
    • Day 2
      Homer
    • Day 3
      Kodiak
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Sand Point
    • Day 6
      Dutch Harbor
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Kushiro
    • Day 15
      Miyako Island
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Tokyo (Yokohama)
    • Day 18
      Shimizu
    • Day 19
      Shingu
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Kagoshima
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Nagasaki
    • Day 23
      Pusan (Kyongju)
    • Day 24
      Karatsu
    • Day 25
      Hiroshima
    • Day 26
      Shikoku
    • Day 27
      Osaka
    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

    Reviews

    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...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    kimleg11
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Travel Group on Windstar
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Daylight Passage of the Panama Canal
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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.