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Nagley's Store in Talkeetna, Alaska

About Talkeetna

With a population of 876, the quirky town of Talkeetna -- located midway between Anchorage and Denali along Alaska's railroad line -- might seem small in size. But this town's big personality -- which was the inspiration behind the drama-comedy television series "Northern Exposure" -- can be found around every corner. If you're not convinced Stubbs -- a large, yellow tabby cat -- was the town's honorary mayor for 20 years.

Talkeetna is located in interior Alaska, so it's not a cruise port, but is included as part of many Alaska cruise tours. Nestled at the base of North America's highest peak, Talkeetna offers one of the best vantage points of Mt. Denali and some of the top flightseeing excursions in the state. As Talkeetna lies at the convergence of three glacial rivers, an overabundance of outdoor activities -- including fishing, riverboat tours and float trips -- accompany the already-vast array of Nordic skiing, hiking and zip-lining opportunities on land.

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Flightseeing Tours: While visitors can catch a glimpse of Denali from town (weather permitting), flightseeing tours offer the best opportunities to see the mountain up close. Denali flightseeing tours depart from the town's local airstrip and offer add-ons like glacier landings and summit tours. If you're lucky, you might even see some climbers summiting the mountain.

Downtown Talkeetna: Back in the downtown area, visitors will find a variety of restaurants, breweries, gift shops and museums among Talkeetna's dirt roads, clapboard storefronts and rustic log cabins. Among them is Nagley's Store -- the town's general store and Mayor Stubbs' office -- and the rapidly expanding Denali Brewing Company.

The Alaska Railroad: The Alaska Railroad -- which operates year-round -- offers transportation between Anchorage and Talkeetna, and on to Denali National Park & Preserve. The journey is a long one, but offers incredible views, dining and bar services, and knowledgeable tour guides.


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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Wrangell ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Talkeetna Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
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      Cruising
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      Ketchikan
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      Cruising
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      Wrangell
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      Juneau
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      Haines
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      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
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      Sitka
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      Cruising
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      Kenai
    • Day 12
      Seward
    • Day 12
      Talkeetna
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      Denali
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      Denali
    • Day 15
      Fairbanks
    • Day 16
      Fairbanks
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    Small-ship cruising, port-intensive itineraries

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    Limited entertainment and enrichment activities

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    Terrific upscale yet casual cruise line for active travelers

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
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    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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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Fairbanks
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    Denali, Talkeetna ... see more
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    11 Night Cruise to Talkeetna Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fairbanks
    • Day 2
      Denali
    • Day 3
      Denali
    • Day 4
      Talkeetna
    • Day 5
      Talkeetna
    • Day 6
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Lynn Canal
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Ketchikan
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Vancouver
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    Star Breeze - Windstar Cruises

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    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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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    Sail Date Mar 2019
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
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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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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Fairbanks
    Visiting:
    Denali, Talkeetna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
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    15 Night Cruise to Talkeetna Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fairbanks
    • Day 2
      Denali
    • Day 3
      Denali
    • Day 4
      Talkeetna
    • Day 5
      Talkeetna
    • Day 6
      Kenai
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Sitka
    • Day 9
      Juneau
    • Day 10
      Haines
    • Day 11
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Wrangell
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • 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

    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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    kimleg11
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Travel Group on Windstar
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • 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

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Fairbanks
    Visiting:
    Denali, Talkeetna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Talkeetna 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

    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
    kafgill
    Sail Date Feb 2019
    Interesting Panama Canal Cruise!
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    Sail Date Jan 2019
    Small Ship, Big Service
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    • 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.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Fairbanks
    Visiting:
    Denali, Talkeetna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Talkeetna 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

    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
    WanderingKiwi
    Sail Date Nov 2018
    Value based cruising on very old ships
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    Sail Date Dec 2018
    Excellent Crew, Good Sized Rooms, Star Breeze Panama Canal Aruba-Costa Rica
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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.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Talkeetna

    Leaving:
    Vancouver
    Visiting:
    Ketchikan, Wrangell ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Windstar Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Talkeetna Route (Windstar Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Vancouver
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ketchikan
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Wrangell
    • Day 6
      Tracy Arm (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Juneau
    • Day 8
      Haines
    • Day 9
      Sitka
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Kenai
    • Day 12
      Seward
    • Day 12
      Talkeetna
    • Day 13
      Denali
    • Day 14
      Denali
    • Day 15
      Fairbanks
    • Day 16
      Fairbanks
    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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    Arling2nGal
    Sail Date Oct 2018
    Great Itinerary!
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    Sail Date Oct 2018
    Only average cruise
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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.

More about Talkeetna

Why go to Talkeetna?

Pros: Offers some of the best flightseeing excursions in the state.

Cons: The town itself is small, with only a few shops, museums and venues to choose from.

Bottom Line: Passengers will enjoy an authentic Alaskan experience, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency in Talkeetna is the U.S. dollar.

Language

English is spoken in Talkeetna.


Talkeetna Cruise Reviews

Royal Princess
Coldfinger49
Sail Date: Aug 2019
This is a very small village that is very walkable with many shops and restaurants. We took a around trip jet boat excursion up the glacial runoff river....Read More
Golden Princess
deb050369
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Tourist town but you must visit the Wildflower Cafe. The best food we had during our Alaskan vacation....Read More
Star Legend
Litljack
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Cutest town on the planet...Read More
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