Sail Date: June 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
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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
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: July 2011
There are plenty of interesting things within walking distance. We found some wonderful shops including a sewing shop, a candy shop and a quaint drugstore. This is where we bought most of our souvenirs and gifts for our family at home. ... Read More
There are plenty of interesting things within walking distance. We found some wonderful shops including a sewing shop, a candy shop and a quaint drugstore. This is where we bought most of our souvenirs and gifts for our family at home. There were also many little historic spots with lots of placards explaining the significance. Also beautiful vistas and photographic opportunities. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2011
Our favorite stop on our Alaskan cruise. Very quaint little town with lots of neat shops and rich in history. We spent part of the day hiking on the trails with beautiful scenery and the other part visiting historical sites and shopping. ... Read More
Our favorite stop on our Alaskan cruise. Very quaint little town with lots of neat shops and rich in history. We spent part of the day hiking on the trails with beautiful scenery and the other part visiting historical sites and shopping. Everyone was very friendly. Wi-Fi access is throughout the town for free. Just as the store clerk told me, "you can just plop down anywhere in town to get free internet access!" She was right! Dont' miss getting off the ship at this great town! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We did not book an excursion in Sitka, and we were fine. But, you do have to wait for a tender boat. If you want all the time you can get, book an excursion just to get on a boat sooner. We boarded a tender around 11, after waiting for ... Read More
We did not book an excursion in Sitka, and we were fine. But, you do have to wait for a tender boat. If you want all the time you can get, book an excursion just to get on a boat sooner. We boarded a tender around 11, after waiting for about 25 min. (You get a numbered ticket for a boat and go when your number is called). It was faster than I thought. If you're a walker, you can walk everywhere- we did. All the way to the Raptor Center, which is great. We also did the Sitka National Historic Park, which is free and very interesting. We saw the Russian cathedral, it was okay- a $5 'donation' per person is mandatory. (??) We ate lunch at the Larkspur cafe, it was so good and relaxing. We did take a shuttle back from the Raptor Center, and the driver recommended Two Chicks and a Stick for lunch as well. This town is very beautiful and charming. No more time is needed there than you receive for the call. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Day 4 was in Sitka. It was drizzly, but not too bad. We went around on our own again, as the excursions were either a repeat of our last trip or not suited to our interests. Sitka was a quaint little town, quite interesting, and we managed ... Read More
Day 4 was in Sitka. It was drizzly, but not too bad. We went around on our own again, as the excursions were either a repeat of our last trip or not suited to our interests. Sitka was a quaint little town, quite interesting, and we managed to walk by St. Micheal's Cathedral, as well as tour a Russian Museum, which we'd seen in the excursions. We also found a shop that sold Russian dolls (the kind that comes apart and has lots of 'babies,' which was fairly interesting. We also had to tender to port, but that wasn't a big deal, the system was fairly efficient and worked fairly well. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We also loved Sitka. The weather wasn't the best but not too bad either (gray day with some light rain). We did the morning on our own, going to the Raptor Center (very informative guides there. You join a group that comes in for a ... Read More
We also loved Sitka. The weather wasn't the best but not too bad either (gray day with some light rain). We did the morning on our own, going to the Raptor Center (very informative guides there. You join a group that comes in for a guided tour or you can do it on your own), Russian Bishops House, the Russian Church, and a few shops. I highly recommend the Russian Bishops house. They do tours every half hour. Very informative and interesting. You will gain an overall understanding of Sitka's history. Sitka was more spread out than I had imagined based on reviews I have read on CC. We ended up getting a taxi to go to the Raptor Center in order to save time and do all we wanted to do. At 1:00, we had a kayak tour with Sitka Sound. This was the first time we kayaked and it was fun but their online information is misleading. Our tour guide gave us very little info while kayaking and we only saw one sea lion, one eagle, and a few starfish. Do this tour if you want to kayak but not if you want to see wildlife or learn about the area. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
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
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

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