364 Sitka Cruise Reviews

the problem on this place is no pier, you have to take a little boat to get to town...... the town is very natural and not commercial place. National Park is a good place to visit. the town is very small so you can just walk ... Read More
the problem on this place is no pier, you have to take a little boat to get to town...... the town is very natural and not commercial place. National Park is a good place to visit. the town is very small so you can just walk around, no need any tour..... Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We did not book an excursion. We just walked around the scenic little town and enjoyed shopping. Round two of King Crab legs. This time at Victoria's. Delicious!
We did not book an excursion. We just walked around the scenic little town and enjoyed shopping. Round two of King Crab legs. This time at Victoria's. Delicious! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Sitka was a lovely setting with lots of little islands sprinkled around the bay, many just big enough for a house or 2 and a boat dock. I wouldn't mind owning one ;) We walked out to the Raptor center, then around the National ... Read More
Sitka was a lovely setting with lots of little islands sprinkled around the bay, many just big enough for a house or 2 and a boat dock. I wouldn't mind owning one ;) We walked out to the Raptor center, then around the National Historic Park. It's a very do-able walk if you're in reasonable shape to walk. The raptor center was very interesting and we saw some beautiful birds, but it's really more like an educational zoo. The birds are all in caged enclosures. The hike around the National Historical Park was very beautiful. We enjoyed it very much, and we regularly hike around Yosemite NP as comparison lol This was a great port not to do an excursion in. We also went back into town and watched the Tlinget Native Dancers. It was a nice show, but it was a little too much like a stage production for me, with a stage, special lighting, microphones and speakers. I was expecting a little more "native" and a little less "production". Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Wonderful historical town. Well marked sites. Transportation supplied by the town along with commentary. Beautiful scenery!
Wonderful historical town. Well marked sites. Transportation supplied by the town along with commentary. Beautiful scenery! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Cute little town; we walked around, stopped at an authentic Japanese restaurant so my wife could get some good sushi. Had actual crab rather than the "fake" stuff. lots of both tourist shops and small town activities.
Cute little town; we walked around, stopped at an authentic Japanese restaurant so my wife could get some good sushi. Had actual crab rather than the "fake" stuff. lots of both tourist shops and small town activities. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Quaint little town. Very walkable. Very pretty. Russian dancers are all-female and not Russian but are amazing! Loved all the totems. Salmon hatchery had a great touch pool with anemones and sea stars. If you have kids, don't do a ... Read More
Quaint little town. Very walkable. Very pretty. Russian dancers are all-female and not Russian but are amazing! Loved all the totems. Salmon hatchery had a great touch pool with anemones and sea stars. If you have kids, don't do a tour so you can spend extra time with the critters. Little shop/restaurant next door has good chowder and bread. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
none of the excursions especially appealed to us, so we walked around town, had hot chocolate, and purchased most of our souvenirs ( one store had really neat socks in the window and we shopped there).
none of the excursions especially appealed to us, so we walked around town, had hot chocolate, and purchased most of our souvenirs ( one store had really neat socks in the window and we shopped there). Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We caught the local shuttle and stopped at the Sitka Nat'l Historic Park (Totem exhibit and walking loop), and crossed one of the small salmon spawning streams (filled with salmon migrating upstream) by bridge en route to the Sitka ... Read More
We caught the local shuttle and stopped at the Sitka Nat'l Historic Park (Totem exhibit and walking loop), and crossed one of the small salmon spawning streams (filled with salmon migrating upstream) by bridge en route to the Sitka Raptor Center. The Raptor Center is well worth the time and expense. It was wonderful! From the Raptor Center re-boarded the shuttle to town. Town was a bit disappointing. I thought there would be lots of Russian architecture to see, but only St Michael's Cathedral displayed the Russian influence (at least to the non-practiced eye). Others took the sea kayak excursion from HAL and loved it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
I could have done without stopping at this city, it was very small (except for one place we went too)..We went to the church right in the middle of the road and it was so beautiful so much history. We stayed there most of our time reading ... Read More
I could have done without stopping at this city, it was very small (except for one place we went too)..We went to the church right in the middle of the road and it was so beautiful so much history. We stayed there most of our time reading about how it was started but for some reason the people here was not that friendly I guess they didn't like us coming there just to shop. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
It was a gloomy looking day ahead of us in Sitka, with no excursion plan. We headed to shore on an early tender and walked to the Sitka Sound Science Center for a brief walk through. From here we continued on to the totem park and then ... Read More
It was a gloomy looking day ahead of us in Sitka, with no excursion plan. We headed to shore on an early tender and walked to the Sitka Sound Science Center for a brief walk through. From here we continued on to the totem park and then to the Raptor Center, which was really neat. On the way back we walked through the park again and then along the beach to explore the tide pools. After some shopping in town we made it back to the tender area under the O'Connell Bridge just in time to take shelter from an absolute downpour! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Small and quaint town. Enjoyed the church bells and the castle history of how Alaska went from Russian to America hands.
Small and quaint town. Enjoyed the church bells and the castle history of how Alaska went from Russian to America hands. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I like Sitka because it was the least commercialized of all the ports and the national forest was a joy to walk through. The town is small enough for walking, but there are buses / shuttles / bicycle carriages to help you get around. ... Read More
I like Sitka because it was the least commercialized of all the ports and the national forest was a joy to walk through. The town is small enough for walking, but there are buses / shuttles / bicycle carriages to help you get around. Sitka National Historic Park (free admission) is full of great trails. We saw bald eagles everywhere, it was ridiculous. Wonderful scenery that should take you about 2 hours to fully enjoy. The Raptor Center ($12) is right across the street north of the forest and houses at least 30 different eagles, hawks, falcons, owls for you to check out. Good for kids and animal lovers alike. The Bishop's House is supposedly more than 100 years-old but the restoration made it look totally new, which made me kinda disappointed. First floor exhibits are free but 2nd floor costs $3 if i remember correctly. I had a reindeer hot dog (about $5) from one of the street carts and it tasted EXACTLY like a regular beef hot dog. It was good, but i was expecting reindeer to taste different, oh well. Castle Hill offers a good view of the town, harbor, bridge, and snow-capped mountain in the background. a good place to swing by real quick before heading back to your ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Great place to get stunning photos with volcano and fishing boats. Fun museum and totem park nearby. Raptor Center is well worth seeing if you like birds. Ship anchors and you tender in which is like getting a mini excursion for free.
Great place to get stunning photos with volcano and fishing boats. Fun museum and totem park nearby. Raptor Center is well worth seeing if you like birds. Ship anchors and you tender in which is like getting a mini excursion for free. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Sitka is a beautiful place, the islands surrounding it are spectacular. much wild life to watch for.
Sitka is a beautiful place, the islands surrounding it are spectacular. much wild life to watch for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Interesting that our previous two ports were not available to review. FYI, they were Homer and Kodiak. We used HAL's excursions for both stops. One: Seldovia Cruise w/Gull Island (good, but not enough time in Seldovia), and Kodiak ... Read More
Interesting that our previous two ports were not available to review. FYI, they were Homer and Kodiak. We used HAL's excursions for both stops. One: Seldovia Cruise w/Gull Island (good, but not enough time in Seldovia), and Kodiak Sightseeing & Wildlife Cruise (Small and personalized). Now, onto Sitka! In Sitka we chartered Sitka's Secrets to take us out to Saint Lazaria Island, a major bird breeding area 15 miles from Sitka by boat. The wind was high, the water was choppy, and the ride was better than the worst roller coaster. But we made it and saw an incredible breeding island with over 21 species of bird, many of which were new to our life lists (species we've seen). After our thrill ride, we did a bit of shopping in Sitka and managed to find a few gifts for friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Our favorite port. There are some good hiking trails that you can access from the downtown. The hike to the Raptor Center is gorgeous.
Our favorite port. There are some good hiking trails that you can access from the downtown. The hike to the Raptor Center is gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
I did not do the sea otter excursion but those who did said it was awesome. Tons of sea otters (and babies) as well as sightings of brown bears, black bears, and grizzly bears...
I did not do the sea otter excursion but those who did said it was awesome. Tons of sea otters (and babies) as well as sightings of brown bears, black bears, and grizzly bears... Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
take the shuttle to the Raptor Ctr for $5 r/t. Don't buy the $10 all day as you won't use it. The Raptor ctr was $12 and worth it. The stop before the cruise I got off to see the church and we were within a block of the cruise ... Read More
take the shuttle to the Raptor Ctr for $5 r/t. Don't buy the $10 all day as you won't use it. The Raptor ctr was $12 and worth it. The stop before the cruise I got off to see the church and we were within a block of the cruise from this point. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
It was cold and rainy in Sitka. The town has a tired and outdated, left-behind feel to it. I really liked the store called Brenner's - nice clothing for women. We also liked the Sitka Bazaar. Toured the Russian Bishops house and my ... Read More
It was cold and rainy in Sitka. The town has a tired and outdated, left-behind feel to it. I really liked the store called Brenner's - nice clothing for women. We also liked the Sitka Bazaar. Toured the Russian Bishops house and my mom bought some hats/t-shirts and the Ben Franklin which we thought were good prices ($7.99 each for the baseball caps.) Then we got to Ketchikan and saw the exact same hats 3 for $10!! WAIT to buy in Ketchikan unless you must have something that says Sitka. GOOD post office with lots of box-size options for shipping things back and "Free" tape when shipping Priority. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Beautiful little town, very picturesque, Filled with Russian heritage, enjoyed walking to the old Russian cemetery, Some nice shops; HAL I think is the only cruise line that shops there, therefore, it is not very commercial. Beautiful ... Read More
Beautiful little town, very picturesque, Filled with Russian heritage, enjoyed walking to the old Russian cemetery, Some nice shops; HAL I think is the only cruise line that shops there, therefore, it is not very commercial. Beautiful old Russian church. Since HAL is the only cruise line that sails to Sitka, it was NOT crowded. BUT, since there is no ship dock, passengers are tendered to shore....meaning you all take the life boats to get there!! I thought it would take forever, but actually it went pretty quickly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
I have a mixed review of Sitka. One of the reasons that we booked HAL was their friendliness to folks with disabilities. Prior to booking, the sister-in-law (SIL) checked with HAL about this port in particular because it was shown as a ... Read More
I have a mixed review of Sitka. One of the reasons that we booked HAL was their friendliness to folks with disabilities. Prior to booking, the sister-in-law (SIL) checked with HAL about this port in particular because it was shown as a tender port. She advised them that her DH would be in an electric scooter. They assured her that if the seas were calm he would be allowed to take the scooter on the tender provided that he could board the tender independently without the scooter. The evening prior to arriving at Sitka the SIL called the front desk to inquire if the conditions were expected to allow for scooters. She was advised that they would call her back by 7am the next AM. By 8am no one had called, so she did. She was advised that due to sea conditions scooters would not be allowed, however, they would be happy to "rent" her a wheelchair for the day for $95. The 3 of us went into Sitka and left the BIL on the ship. Once on shore we encountered a lady from the ship in a scooter (rented from the same company) on shore. She stated that she didn't call but just came down with her family and they put her on board. The SIL went ballistic. When we returned to the ship she and the BIL went to the front desk and spoke to the staff there. This turned into a huge ordeal, with accusations about making the story up and the like. Not knowing who this woman was (name or cabin) it was difficult to prove the point, and what first started out as a complaint had not escalated into something much more. They were finally able to talk to someone on the Lido deck that had gone ashore in Sitka with their scooter, and was escorted by the cruise director. With their stateroom number in hand another visit was made to the front desk. This time, they spoke with the Safety Officer - the guy who makes decisions. He now tells them that no one, at no time is allowed off of the ship at a tender port on a scooter. WRONG! We know of at least 2 people that were. Instead of admitting that someone somewhere had made a mistake, they left a bottle of wine (gee thanks) in their stateroom. Not sure what the wine means...but it doesn't make up for all of the frustration. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012

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