369 Sitka Cruise Reviews

Booked independant tour with Captain Davey on the Esther G for a 4 hour wildlife tour.And wildlife is what we saw from Otters to Whales and Eagles to Puffins.Plenty of time to explore Sitka on our own  
Booked independant tour with Captain Davey on the Esther G for a 4 hour wildlife tour.And wildlife is what we saw from Otters to Whales and Eagles to Puffins.Plenty of time to explore Sitka on our own   Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
4X4 drive to the Black Sand Beach was excellent. The staff were well educated and experienced. This is not an excursion for the young only. My husband and I enjoyed walking barefoot in the water on the beach. We would definately plan to ... Read More
4X4 drive to the Black Sand Beach was excellent. The staff were well educated and experienced. This is not an excursion for the young only. My husband and I enjoyed walking barefoot in the water on the beach. We would definately plan to return to Sitka for an extended vacation. The boat captain was a joy and pleasure - he attempted to show us as much wild life as possible. The two young men on the covered 4x4 cycles were a pleasure to talk with. The van driver gave us a wonderful tour and showed us around before and after the excursion. THIS IS A MUST FOR SITKA VISITORS. Be sure to stop by the American Legion for a cold beer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Sitka is a tender port, so may be tough for people with mobility issues. It is a beautiful little town and allows visitors to explore more of Alaska's natural beauty without being overwhelmed by jewelery stores. We went on a tour with ... Read More
Sitka is a tender port, so may be tough for people with mobility issues. It is a beautiful little town and allows visitors to explore more of Alaska's natural beauty without being overwhelmed by jewelery stores. We went on a tour with Capt. Davey (Esther G Sea Taxi) and had a great time. The Puffins were very cute! Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
3.5- Scenic town, but not a lot to do. Recommend going on a wildelife viewing trip here to see whales. A good place to pick up a small russian doll fairly cheap. Town is easy to see in about two hours, plenty of time for excursion and ... Read More
3.5- Scenic town, but not a lot to do. Recommend going on a wildelife viewing trip here to see whales. A good place to pick up a small russian doll fairly cheap. Town is easy to see in about two hours, plenty of time for excursion and seeing the town. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
My husband quite enjoyed Sitka but I wasn't as thrilled. The scenery was nice, the shops were cute, but there wasn't much in way of a walking tour, so we were in the residential areas and such. There was a guy renting out kayaks, ... Read More
My husband quite enjoyed Sitka but I wasn't as thrilled. The scenery was nice, the shops were cute, but there wasn't much in way of a walking tour, so we were in the residential areas and such. There was a guy renting out kayaks, and if my family wouldn't have been with me, we likely would have done that, but I wanted to keep track of where everyone was. The tendering process went very,very smoothly and was actually quite quick. It just made keeping track of everyone a little more difficult and as such I don't think I enjoyed the port as much. I don't believe that that was one free thing to look at except a couple of grave site and a part of the fort. There was one unique shop that had whale baleen and pelts and teeth of different animals in it that I thought was very interesting as the gentleman in there represented some of the native people and explained about harvesting the animals, the use of all parts of the animal...that was very unique. There is also a marine biology center to the right of harbour that is walkable and kinda neat as they have some hands on displays for a donation. There is a neat looking museum along the way too. There is also a marine biology center to the right of harbour that is walkable and kinda neat as they have some hands on displays for a donation. There is a neat looking museum along the way too but we didn't have time to check it out and see how much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
At Sitka we toured on our own and caught the Russian dancers and the totem poles at the National Park. We fell in love with the architecture and rich history of this little town. It was fun to explore - but we had enough time here - I ... Read More
At Sitka we toured on our own and caught the Russian dancers and the totem poles at the National Park. We fell in love with the architecture and rich history of this little town. It was fun to explore - but we had enough time here - I think we would have enjoyed a wildlife excursion more. We had an expensive, greasy lunch at Victoria's. Maybe it just seemed that way because we had gotten used to the food and the service on the boat. They have a little drug store near the dock with a very helpful pharmacist and a lot of sundry supplies. They also make the best milk shakes in town! The wait for the tenders back to the ship was long. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Very small town. Not a lot to do for all day unless you book an excursion.
Very small town. Not a lot to do for all day unless you book an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Whatever you do, allow some time to visit the totem park. It's a short walk from the dock and the trails in the park offer outstanding views, a serene atmosphere and an amazing collection of totem poles along the trails. It's ... Read More
Whatever you do, allow some time to visit the totem park. It's a short walk from the dock and the trails in the park offer outstanding views, a serene atmosphere and an amazing collection of totem poles along the trails. It's also a great spot to take a picture of the ship at anchor in the harbor. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
This was our first time in Sitka, so we wanted to see as much as possible. We went to the Raptor Center, Saint Michael's and got to see Russian dances(OK, they were American, but they did Russian dancing). Great tour just about enough ... Read More
This was our first time in Sitka, so we wanted to see as much as possible. We went to the Raptor Center, Saint Michael's and got to see Russian dances(OK, they were American, but they did Russian dancing). Great tour just about enough time at all the places. The weather was cloudy and a bit cold. It did sprinkle a little but not much. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
This is a very quaint small town that is a pleasure to walk about and tour. The highlight for us was the Raptor Center where we saw bald eagles and other birds of prey.
This is a very quaint small town that is a pleasure to walk about and tour. The highlight for us was the Raptor Center where we saw bald eagles and other birds of prey. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Sitka was wonderful. Charming. We had to take lifeboats to get into the harbor because it's too small to accommodate the ship. Our bus driver was a young kid who took us to a salmon spawning stream. We stood on this bridge overlooking ... Read More
Sitka was wonderful. Charming. We had to take lifeboats to get into the harbor because it's too small to accommodate the ship. Our bus driver was a young kid who took us to a salmon spawning stream. We stood on this bridge overlooking a small stream and watched the salmon spawn and die. It was incredible. I think that was the highlight of the whole trip. Then we saw a master totem carver at work. Again, amazing. But the most wonderful thing was when we went to the community center in Sitka and watched these women dance their Russian dances. And then the bus driver, and two other people, came on stage and sang the Alaska state song. I had tears in my eyes! It was a simple, charming, and totally endearing experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
We choose not to do any organized activities here. Instead we walked around town then stopped in at a restaurant to eat. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant. The restaurant wasn't anything to write home about. We both had ... Read More
We choose not to do any organized activities here. Instead we walked around town then stopped in at a restaurant to eat. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant. The restaurant wasn't anything to write home about. We both had clam chowder - it was average. We also had an order of their onion rings which were amazing. Not much help here since I don't know the name of the restaurant. Average port. We heard several people talking about the sea otter tours and how great they went. One even had great luck spotting all types of wildlife - eagles, bear, whales and sea otters. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Our excursions here were the Sea Otter Wildlife Tour and the Fortress of the Bear. The Sea Otter Tour was amazing. The guides were incredibly knowledgeble and attentive. We saw whales, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles, ... Read More
Our excursions here were the Sea Otter Wildlife Tour and the Fortress of the Bear. The Sea Otter Tour was amazing. The guides were incredibly knowledgeble and attentive. We saw whales, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles, jellyfish--all in very close proximity from the small boat we were on. It was cold out that day, but you were able to stay inside the vessel in the heat if you wanted and they had hot drinks available to warm you up if you were outside. I got tons of wildlife pictures and information that I will remember for a long time. That was a great tour crew! Fortress of the bear is a short trip to a rehabilitation center for bear cubs. They were cute and we got a lot of pictures of them playing together. You don't get close to them though. The information about how they came to be there and why a rehab center like that one is important was the real value of the tour. We did a lot of shopping in Sitka too. Sitka Rose Gallery and Wintersong Soap Company were my favorite. They are in the same building down Lincoln Street. I got a lot of 'made in alaska' stuff there to take back as gifts for friends and co-workers. 5-6 dollars each for little sea otter candles, soaps with alaskan themes... all great! If I were wealthy, I would have bought some of the art there too. You'll find lots of beautiful items there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
This is a tendered in port. It was a port that we had nothing booked but found many vendors once we arrived on shore. There was a mini bus tour that took us on a 90 min tour of Sitka's rain forest and the surrounding parks, and salmon ... Read More
This is a tendered in port. It was a port that we had nothing booked but found many vendors once we arrived on shore. There was a mini bus tour that took us on a 90 min tour of Sitka's rain forest and the surrounding parks, and salmon runs. It was a bargain for $20. The tour guide was well versed in ecology, and the economy. She was an amateur photographer (quite good) who knew where the eagle nests were. Sitka was a very nice port and was a port that would not allow the cruise lines to buy up all the retail space. They voted to keep it locally owned. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Liked this little port the best of the three we visited. Quaint, charming, not overrun with jewelry stores. Went on the Raptor excursion and had a great time. The birds are beautiful. We also saw a delightful Russian dancing crew who were ... Read More
Liked this little port the best of the three we visited. Quaint, charming, not overrun with jewelry stores. Went on the Raptor excursion and had a great time. The birds are beautiful. We also saw a delightful Russian dancing crew who were great fun. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Sitka was our favorite town. The National Park was great – the park ranger gave an interesting guided walk on the battle of Sitka. Also Castle Hill is full of history notes and good views. The Raptor Rescue Center was also a cool thing. ... Read More
Sitka was our favorite town. The National Park was great – the park ranger gave an interesting guided walk on the battle of Sitka. Also Castle Hill is full of history notes and good views. The Raptor Rescue Center was also a cool thing. I didn’t really want to go initially but we really liked seeing the bald eagles up close. The church is worth a quick stop too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
I love the Russian history of Sitka and the Raptor Center is very interesting. The scenery (as in all of Alaska) is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
I love the Russian history of Sitka and the Raptor Center is very interesting. The scenery (as in all of Alaska) is beautiful and awe-inspiring. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Sitka, is a beautiful place ! We liked this town the best. We had an early tour with Esther G Sea Taxi, or Puffins and Whales with Davey Lubin. He met us at the pier. We had to take the early tender from the ship. No problem there. We had ... Read More
Sitka, is a beautiful place ! We liked this town the best. We had an early tour with Esther G Sea Taxi, or Puffins and Whales with Davey Lubin. He met us at the pier. We had to take the early tender from the ship. No problem there. We had a wonderful excursion, and saw puffins, whales, bear ,eagles, birds and just the beauty of Sitka. Wonderful. He serves some to die for cookies too! We walked around Sitka and had lunch at a small cafe. Good food. Bought a few items, jacket, jewelry etc. Enjoyed this town alot. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
Good weather, pretty scenery. Took Sea Otter and Wildlife cruise. The only time I felt a little seasick despite wearing patch. Crew said to let them know if we felt seasick. I did and they gave me some type of ginger chew which worked ... Read More
Good weather, pretty scenery. Took Sea Otter and Wildlife cruise. The only time I felt a little seasick despite wearing patch. Crew said to let them know if we felt seasick. I did and they gave me some type of ginger chew which worked pretty quickly. Naturalist on board was very informative. Crew did a great job of being on the lookout for wildlife. We ended up seeing a whale, deer, many sea otters, and many eagles. Crew gave out snacks and drinks. We had a great time. Had to use tenders to get to/from town which was no problem at all. Enjoyed walking around and met some nice locals. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
Booked a fishing expedition ahead of time (strongly recommended) with Jeremy Serka of Glory Days charters out of Sitka. Caught our share of king salmon and some rockfish. Only four fishers on the boat no frills but professional, well ... Read More
Booked a fishing expedition ahead of time (strongly recommended) with Jeremy Serka of Glory Days charters out of Sitka. Caught our share of king salmon and some rockfish. Only four fishers on the boat no frills but professional, well worth the money. They meet you at the dock with processing info, take the fish, and it magically appears at your door a few days later (extra charge of course, shipping frozen FEd-X is high). Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
Warning, this is tendered port. Take in the history of this place - the Russian heritage. There are many good nature tours. The surrounding isles and mountains are especially picturesque on sunny days.
Warning, this is tendered port. Take in the history of this place - the Russian heritage. There are many good nature tours. The surrounding isles and mountains are especially picturesque on sunny days. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
The name Sitka means "people on the outside of Shee", and "Shee" is the Tlingit name for the Baronof Island. Sitka is only accessible by air or sea. Sitka is well known for it's spectacular scenery, abundant ... Read More
The name Sitka means "people on the outside of Shee", and "Shee" is the Tlingit name for the Baronof Island. Sitka is only accessible by air or sea. Sitka is well known for it's spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich cultural history. Sitka was colonized by the Russians in 1799 and that Russian influence remains strong today. The Russian Orthodox Church remains present with the historic Cathedral of St. Michael standing tall in the downtown area. St Michael's was built in 1848 and remains intact today. We did not book an excursion here but simply strolled the streets taking the culture and history in. There is a great National Park in Sitka and if you enjoy a nice leisurely hike this is the place to do it. There are many totem poles to see in this area. Read Less
Sail Date August 2009

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