369 Sitka Cruise Reviews

Sitka is just beautiful. you have to be in your balcony when your pulling up- it looks like the ship is going right into the town!! we didn't have an excursion here- we just walked around and had a few drinks. again more souvenir ... Read More
Sitka is just beautiful. you have to be in your balcony when your pulling up- it looks like the ship is going right into the town!! we didn't have an excursion here- we just walked around and had a few drinks. again more souvenir shopping. we actually boarded earlier than the time allocated- we were hungry we had dinner reservations and had to get ready. Reason why you should really plan out the day taking everything into consideration!!! Now I know for next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
The weather really cut into this port, it was raining as if we were in Northern CA in January. We took a great excursion that had us biking and hiking. However the weather cut into our exploring this town. It is cute, and the church is ... Read More
The weather really cut into this port, it was raining as if we were in Northern CA in January. We took a great excursion that had us biking and hiking. However the weather cut into our exploring this town. It is cute, and the church is worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
No dock so you must tender to get there, so that's not ideal. Nice wildlife excursions but the town is so-so.
No dock so you must tender to get there, so that's not ideal. Nice wildlife excursions but the town is so-so. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Here we took the tender and went into town and walked to the Sitka National Historial Park. Sitka was the only port that we had rain in. The park was very interesting with the Tlinglit and Haida totem poles
Here we took the tender and went into town and walked to the Sitka National Historial Park. Sitka was the only port that we had rain in. The park was very interesting with the Tlinglit and Haida totem poles Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Raptor Center, Russian Dancers and St Michael's Russian Orthodox Church were wonderful. Locals were helpful And friendly. Not enough time in port
Raptor Center, Russian Dancers and St Michael's Russian Orthodox Church were wonderful. Locals were helpful And friendly. Not enough time in port Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
JUNE 24 If you put a gun to my head, and said, "Move to Alaska," I'd say, "Okay, Sitka." But I wouldn't need a gun put to my head; Sitka is charming. It is large enough to feel like a proper town, but smart ... Read More
JUNE 24 If you put a gun to my head, and said, "Move to Alaska," I'd say, "Okay, Sitka." But I wouldn't need a gun put to my head; Sitka is charming. It is large enough to feel like a proper town, but smart enough to stay uncorrupted by the cruise industry. A few years ago, some developers wanted to build a dock large enough to accommodate large cruise ships. But the citizens voted it down. Only ships willing to anchor out in the harbor and tender in passengers come here. Sitka still has gift shops and jewelry stores, but in far fewer numbers than in Juneau or Ketchikan or Skagway-- all of which feel like "Epcot Alaska." Sitka savors of authenticity and hard-won prosperity. No big excursions today. I will admit to being tempted by a local man standing on the the dock (dog at his side) holding a sign reading "Sea Otter Expeditions," but Sitka has enough history and character that just walking around town is entertainment enough (at least for us). We enjoyed the small museum at the National Historical Park, walking the totem trail, and tidepooling along the beach (no starfishes this time). It was grey and foggy and drizzly and chilly all day. The Alaska Raptor Center was interesting. They rehabilitate injured birds-- eagles, mostly, but also owls, hawks, terns, puffins-- pretty much any bird native to Alaska-- and when possible, release them back into the wild. Not a lot to see here: several outdoor habitats for the birds, and one large indoor area, but I did not mind the $12 admission fee; it goes to a good cause. We walked-- still in the rain-- back to town. We explored Castle Hill-- site of where Russia officially handed the keys over to the US, and also of where, several decades later, the first flag with 49 stars was raised, marking Alaska's official statehood. We stopped in a chocolate shop, and then tendered back to the ship. We decided to stay casual, and went to the Terrace for supper. Tapas, sushi, a few entrees, and lots and lots of desserts. We put a serious dent in all those desserts. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
I mentioned this above. I would suggest you do a little reading about Sitka before you go so that you can appreciate and enjoy the history of this city. Don't miss the the world biggest dandelions, reallly.
I mentioned this above. I would suggest you do a little reading about Sitka before you go so that you can appreciate and enjoy the history of this city. Don't miss the the world biggest dandelions, reallly. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
We did the Bike & Hike tour, it was good and they tell you alot about the local flora and fauna. I recommend you can just rent bikes for $25 and ride on your own if you want, there is a main road that leaves the city along the coast, ... Read More
We did the Bike & Hike tour, it was good and they tell you alot about the local flora and fauna. I recommend you can just rent bikes for $25 and ride on your own if you want, there is a main road that leaves the city along the coast, goes up to Whale Park (didn't see any whales, it is a scenic overlook) It is a hilly road along basically a highway with wide shoulders. Or you can walk to the raptor center, and walk through the park that has the totem poles, all within walking distance of the port. We went to the museum that is in the library. Take a look at the house on the point that you can see from the library, we saw about 8 eagles nesting there and flying all around. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
In Sitka we did the dry suit snorkel which was a hoot. More vegetation to view than wildlife except for starfish. Recommend this tour for those interested in a 30-35 minute experience.
In Sitka we did the dry suit snorkel which was a hoot. More vegetation to view than wildlife except for starfish. Recommend this tour for those interested in a 30-35 minute experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
What a great town - weather was rough so not a good day for exploring but lots to do - great local crafts and excellent shopping overall. We spend the last 3 hours in our room because the view of the island full and I mean full of bald ... Read More
What a great town - weather was rough so not a good day for exploring but lots to do - great local crafts and excellent shopping overall. We spend the last 3 hours in our room because the view of the island full and I mean full of bald eagles - they were flying within 50 feet of our room - amazing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Sitka - Nice town. Had to tender ashore and back again since there is no docking for a liner. If you want something unique, try the local jams and jellies at Simple Pleasures by the harbor. They had a sale of any six 4 oz jars for $25 with ... Read More
Sitka - Nice town. Had to tender ashore and back again since there is no docking for a liner. If you want something unique, try the local jams and jellies at Simple Pleasures by the harbor. They had a sale of any six 4 oz jars for $25 with samplings. The Sitka National Park with totems and the site of a battle with the Russian America Company vs. the local tribe. A contract post office is in the downtown area. Saw the one grocery store just to see the prices....very high! Everyone liked Sitka over Juneau. Could have used more hours here. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Great port. Enjoyed whale watching and walking around town. Went to see the Totem Poles which were neat. We had a nice time in Sitka.
Great port. Enjoyed whale watching and walking around town. Went to see the Totem Poles which were neat. We had a nice time in Sitka. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Our first trip to Sitka. We went kayaking which is my husband's new hobby and my first experience. It was fun -- we saw eagles and a bear. The city is very quaint and walkable. Again, beautiful weather to just wander around.
Our first trip to Sitka. We went kayaking which is my husband's new hobby and my first experience. It was fun -- we saw eagles and a bear. The city is very quaint and walkable. Again, beautiful weather to just wander around. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Great walking city with lots to do and see.
Great walking city with lots to do and see. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
Very quaint. Our fourth visit. We love Sitka and have met some very nice locals that have been there their entire lives and love to talk with people from the lower 48 states.
Very quaint. Our fourth visit. We love Sitka and have met some very nice locals that have been there their entire lives and love to talk with people from the lower 48 states. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
The ports of Busan, Vladivostok, Petropavlosk & Kodiak were not listed but very easy to get to as we opted for our own sightseeing. Busan in Korea had a free shuttle bus to downtown 25 mins away Vladivostok, you are right at the city ... Read More
The ports of Busan, Vladivostok, Petropavlosk & Kodiak were not listed but very easy to get to as we opted for our own sightseeing. Busan in Korea had a free shuttle bus to downtown 25 mins away Vladivostok, you are right at the city Petropavlosk was a tender & you could walk 15 mins to the city Kodiak & Sitka also a tender & you are right in town Sitka was a lovely place but only 5 hrs there to see the township & Raptor Centre. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
I was amazed with the beauty of Sitka, Alaska. The town is absolutely charming, not too touristy. The Raptor Center was definitely worth it. I recommend walking there from the port, you will see so much more of the town and parks. We took ... Read More
I was amazed with the beauty of Sitka, Alaska. The town is absolutely charming, not too touristy. The Raptor Center was definitely worth it. I recommend walking there from the port, you will see so much more of the town and parks. We took a 2 1/2 hour kayaking tour and were blown away with the beauty around Sitka. I highly recommend the kayaking for a more "nature" experience. It was by far my favorite port on the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We were going to sign up for one of the bike tours HAL offered but we weren't sure about what we would do if it rained. We got to Sitka on a beautiful day so we just went to the Yellow Jersey bike shop and rented two bikes for $27 ... Read More
We were going to sign up for one of the bike tours HAL offered but we weren't sure about what we would do if it rained. We got to Sitka on a beautiful day so we just went to the Yellow Jersey bike shop and rented two bikes for $27 each and he gave us a map and told us how to get to Blue Lake which is where the bike tour was going (for $119 each). Anyhow it was a great ride, beautiful scenery and for those less adventurous the is a paved bike path along the coast east of town, that since it is along the coast, is relatively flat. After our ride we turned in our bikes and had a nice walk around town visiting the Bishops House and the Russian Church. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We walked around town and checked our email on the free municipal Internet. A one mile walk took us to the Totem park and a easy walk through a rain forest. It is a beautiful town and well worth a visit.
We walked around town and checked our email on the free municipal Internet. A one mile walk took us to the Totem park and a easy walk through a rain forest. It is a beautiful town and well worth a visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Sitka was our favorite port! If you are able, try to explore Sitka on foot. The Oosterdam dropped anchor in Sitka Sound and we used a tender to get us to the O'Connell Bridge Visitor's Dock. I suggest picking up a "Sitka ... Read More
Sitka was our favorite port! If you are able, try to explore Sitka on foot. The Oosterdam dropped anchor in Sitka Sound and we used a tender to get us to the O'Connell Bridge Visitor's Dock. I suggest picking up a "Sitka Through 4 Seasons" Book at the dock. It is free, and it has a wonderful walking tour map inside. From the dock, we walked up Northeast up Harbor Drive to Lincoln Drive. This is a lovely walk past the Crescent Harbor Dock and St Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. We passed the Sheldon Jackson Museum and started our trek through the temperate rain forest at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor's Center and Totem trail. The park's trail takes you by the site of a Tlingit Indian Fort and many Tlingit Totem poles. There is also a battle site where the Tlingits fought with the Russians in 1804. We took the trail to Sawmill Creek Boulevard where we followed the yellow bird's feet to the Alaska Raptor Center. Our family loved the Raptor Center where we got to see numerous birds of prey. We were lucky enough to be there at the right time as they brought out an immature bald eagle who was born with a beak deformity. It was almost as big as its trainer! After leaving the Raptor Center we walked back down Lincoln to Harbor drive and past St. Michael's Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church. We ended our exploration at Castle Hill. Baranof's Castle was the site of the transfer of Alaska to the United States. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Did a private wildlife tour with Captain Davey (puffinsandwhales.com). It was a four hour tour that showed us whales, puffins, sea otters, eagles. We went to St. Lazaria Island and it is an amazing place. Dress warmly, it gets cold out on ... Read More
Did a private wildlife tour with Captain Davey (puffinsandwhales.com). It was a four hour tour that showed us whales, puffins, sea otters, eagles. We went to St. Lazaria Island and it is an amazing place. Dress warmly, it gets cold out on the water. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Very quaint! Sea Otter and Fortress of the Bear excursion was worth every penny!
Very quaint! Sea Otter and Fortress of the Bear excursion was worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date May 2011

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