1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2009
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
1 Helpful Vote
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: April 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: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2010
Wow, Totems, views, and Salmon Berries Yum! The Totem Park used a phone service where you could call from your cell phone and get a narrative on each totem as you walk the path from totem to totem. It was great.
Wow, Totems, views, and Salmon Berries Yum! The Totem Park used a phone service where you could call from your cell phone and get a narrative on each totem as you walk the path from totem to totem. It was great. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our only tender. We visited the raptor centre, The rehabilitation work they do was very interesting although there were not that many birds to see. Nonetheless very enjoyable. We walked down to the National Park and their totem poles. Nice ... Read More
Our only tender. We visited the raptor centre, The rehabilitation work they do was very interesting although there were not that many birds to see. Nonetheless very enjoyable. We walked down to the National Park and their totem poles. Nice stroll through the forest although there were no salmon in the Indian River. Nice totems. The town was very pretty and we found a great bar near the bridge full of friendly locals where we enjoyed Halibut kebabs and more Alaskan Amber. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We tendered into Sitka from the ship. This process went fairly smoothly, as they had people disembarking based on excursion times. The weather was overcast and 55 degrees. We did go on a 3 1/2 hr guided bus tour. First stop was the ... Read More
We tendered into Sitka from the ship. This process went fairly smoothly, as they had people disembarking based on excursion times. The weather was overcast and 55 degrees. We did go on a 3 1/2 hr guided bus tour. First stop was the historic Michelangelo church. We weren't there for long, just long enough to see it. The driver took us on a short bus tour of the city, pointing out normal tour bus highlights. Then we went to the raptor center. The kids enjoyed this. There is an up-close interview with one of the trainers and a bald eagle in a small room. We were able to take pictures and ask questions. There are a variety of eagles and raptors at the facility to see. Next, we went to the community center to see the Russian dancers. The show was about an hour. The older girls enjoyed it. I was out in the hall with the baby most of the time. Lastly, we went to totem pole park. We didn't spend much time here, as it was almost 1 and the kids were getting hungry. There is a fair amount of easy hiking you can do. We did a short loop, got some pictures, and walked to town for lunch (we didn't want to wait for the driver to come pick us back up.) Two highlights of Sitka were all the eagles and our lunch at The Bayview. The eagles were everywhere! Fun for us and the kids! We have a family connection in Sitka, and we had lunch with her at The Bayview. It's just a great place for sandwiches, salads, soup, etc. I would highly recommend it. She said it is a locals favorite! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Sitka was the second port of call. No shore excursions. We were in walking distance of the sights we wanted to see. The Eagle Raptor was a must for us to see. The Archangel Dancers give us view of the Russian Heritage.
Sitka was the second port of call. No shore excursions. We were in walking distance of the sights we wanted to see. The Eagle Raptor was a must for us to see. The Archangel Dancers give us view of the Russian Heritage. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Small Alaska town that retains its original charm and hasn't been trashed. Visit the Russian church while you're there and browse the art galleries. The Sea Otter Quest was a fantastic excursion, with really knowledgeable and ... Read More
Small Alaska town that retains its original charm and hasn't been trashed. Visit the Russian church while you're there and browse the art galleries. The Sea Otter Quest was a fantastic excursion, with really knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalists onboard - terrific. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
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

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise