We had been contemplating the idea of an Alaska cruise and when family friends invited us along on their Cunard Queen Elizabeth trip we were in (anything to escape the heat of TX in July & August). The Cunard website leaves much to be desired in terms of ease of navigation but we managed. Embarkation was smooth and hassle-free...we actually arrived about 1.5 hours earlier than our stated time at Canada Place just to check things out and turns out the passenger line was short, the place was swarming with staff, so they let us check-in/board well-ahead of schedule. Our bags were quickly in our stateroom in the time it took us to go through check-in and security.
ROOM & BATHROOM:
Our inside stateroom was level 6 aft port side (right next to the ginormous suites at the very back of the ship) and it was a perfectly quiet location with little noise. QE has 3 stairways/lifts so it's not a long walk to get to one of them. It was cozy but other than sleeping we didn't spend a lot of time there. There were plenty of coat hangers in our closets and space both in the closet and under the bed for storing our luggage. The footlockers and nightstand drawers were plenty spacious as well. The shower is relatively narrow so larger/wider folks might find it tough to reach all the spots so that's why I gave it 4/5 stars. The beds were super comfy (a bit toward the firm side which we like).
It's a really small town...not much to really see or do. Kayak Chilkoot Lake or go fishing.
We got to within 150 yards of the Hubbard Glacier and the weather was perfect. One of the highlights of our trip!
Honestly, could have skipped this port and would have been fine. Highly commercialized and expensive. Nice 1.5 mile walk to town but otherwise not much if you're not paying the overpriced adventures.
Go to the state capitol tour...it's free and totally worth money you didn't pay! Seriously! Walkable city with plenty to see and do. We took our helicopter/dogsled tour here.
Visited Totem Bight State Park ($5/person entry fee) via the Silver Line bus service.
Do the Deer Mountain Trail Hike...it's a little outside of town but the views are worth it.
Nice walkable town. The Sitka National Park was a great visit.
Do the free parliament tour...it's worth it.
My first impression was - "Wow it's EXPENSIVE here!" My second was "Stanley Park on bikes in awesome!"
It has a lot to offer and the public transit here is very good!