358 Sitka Cruise Reviews

Nice tour. Michelle took us to 3 different shops selling local artist's wares. Then we went to her shop. She told us about the differnt types of glass working. We each got to draw our own glass cane. Would have like better package for ... Read More
Nice tour. Michelle took us to 3 different shops selling local artist's wares. Then we went to her shop. She told us about the differnt types of glass working. We each got to draw our own glass cane. Would have like better package for the trip home, mine was just wrapped in some paper. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Loved Sitka- would never take a cruise to Alaska that did not include this stop. Loved that it is still locally owned.The Rainforest Hike was fabulous. Bob, our guide, was very fun and very educational. Highly recommend this trip.
Loved Sitka- would never take a cruise to Alaska that did not include this stop. Loved that it is still locally owned.The Rainforest Hike was fabulous. Bob, our guide, was very fun and very educational. Highly recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
An excellent hike on well-maintained trails/boardwalks at Starrigavan Recreation Area. Three guides for two groups of about 8-9 each. Saw rainforest, estuary/wetlands, and muskeg habitats. Knowledgeable leaders, short bus ride from dock, ... Read More
An excellent hike on well-maintained trails/boardwalks at Starrigavan Recreation Area. Three guides for two groups of about 8-9 each. Saw rainforest, estuary/wetlands, and muskeg habitats. Knowledgeable leaders, short bus ride from dock, well-organized. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Described in my cruise critic. Fun town with lots of great shops. I highly recommend Highliner coffee Shop and the Bayview Pub.
Described in my cruise critic. Fun town with lots of great shops. I highly recommend Highliner coffee Shop and the Bayview Pub. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Get non-profit trip that has a great local experience - very interesting and a full day
Get non-profit trip that has a great local experience - very interesting and a full day Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
It was a tender port. We enjoyed the quiet of the ship.Four of the group took a float plane : two hour trip they enjoyed.Two did a sea otter tour. Saw otters, eagles and a bear.
It was a tender port. We enjoyed the quiet of the ship.Four of the group took a float plane : two hour trip they enjoyed.Two did a sea otter tour. Saw otters, eagles and a bear. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We visited only one place in Sitka, the Alaska Raptor Center, which was well worth it. Spent most of the time in Sitka on the ship.
We visited only one place in Sitka, the Alaska Raptor Center, which was well worth it. Spent most of the time in Sitka on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Sitka is a wonderful place to explore and hike. There were plenty of shops that sold locally made merchandise-YOU HAVE TO SEEK THEM OUT! Avoid the shopping scams by shopping only local made products. There is a lot of stuff made in other ... Read More
Sitka is a wonderful place to explore and hike. There were plenty of shops that sold locally made merchandise-YOU HAVE TO SEEK THEM OUT! Avoid the shopping scams by shopping only local made products. There is a lot of stuff made in other countries-what's the point. The forest is a great hike, we really had fun here. Oh, and eat at the, shoot I forget what it is called. It looks like a white house just to your left when you get to the port, there is a radio station upstairs. We had fish tacos and veggie burrito that were great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Very nice. Excellent museums. Raptor Center a must see. Absolutley one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world.
Very nice. Excellent museums. Raptor Center a must see. Absolutley one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
12-May-2009  We tendered into Sitka without any particular plans for the day. As we arrived at the pier, another ship, the Carnival Spirit was visible, and many tour operators were meeting passengers as we disembarked the tenders. ... Read More
12-May-2009  We tendered into Sitka without any particular plans for the day. As we arrived at the pier, another ship, the Carnival Spirit was visible, and many tour operators were meeting passengers as we disembarked the tenders.  Unfortunately, Sitka was a short day - we had to be back at the tenders by 3 PM, so that limited what you could do as far as tours if you scheduled them yourself.   We ended up having quite the full day.  It started when we decided to join a party of 4 to charter our own private whale watch tour. Captain Rich and his dog Eva were great. We were lucky to see gray whales in the waters off Sitka and lots of cormorants, sea lions, sea otters and a small rock outcropping filled with at least 50 Bald eagles nesting... that was incredible.  The captain poked around the waters to get us the best vantage point possible for the wildlife. It was a three hour tour, cost us $120 per person and it was well worth it as there were only 6 of us on the boat.    After returning to the marina, Captain Rich recommended some places to walk to, the fish hatchery, and the Sitka National historic park. This park is the site of a memorial to the Russians who died fighting during the Tlingit-Russian confiict.  The park was filled with birds singing and was really peaceful. The paths were easy to follow and offered many options to enjoy the park.  There was a visitor center there, and we took advantage of the restroom facilities, but did not enter the center.  My only regret is that we did not have more time there, once we got back to the tender port at about 2:30 PM we had to stand and wait in line a long time to leave.  We were finally on the tender at 3PM.  Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
The only bad part of our trip was taking the Lindblad recommended flight into Sitka put us in too late to participate in any of the day 1 activities in Sitka. We really should have been warned that this would be the case as we were cheated ... Read More
The only bad part of our trip was taking the Lindblad recommended flight into Sitka put us in too late to participate in any of the day 1 activities in Sitka. We really should have been warned that this would be the case as we were cheated out of a day of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Sitka us lacking in good amenities. Needs to improve for cruisrlines
Sitka us lacking in good amenities. Needs to improve for cruisrlines Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Enjoyable boat ride to island but the ATV experience was boring and we saw no wildlife.
Enjoyable boat ride to island but the ATV experience was boring and we saw no wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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
There is no reason to bother getting off the ship in this port. Not enough to see and do. Maybe it's worthwhile if you take an excursion to take you out of town.
There is no reason to bother getting off the ship in this port. Not enough to see and do. Maybe it's worthwhile if you take an excursion to take you out of town. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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
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
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
Stika we did the Sea otter tour with an add on of Fortress of the bears we booked through HAL . We had a fantastic tour of the wildlife on the boat tour . REALLY BAD WAS THE FORTRESS OF THE BEARS > ITS IN AN OLD FUEL BUNKER TANK > ... Read More
Stika we did the Sea otter tour with an add on of Fortress of the bears we booked through HAL . We had a fantastic tour of the wildlife on the boat tour . REALLY BAD WAS THE FORTRESS OF THE BEARS > ITS IN AN OLD FUEL BUNKER TANK > ITS ABOUT 150 FT in diameter with 2 pet bears in it . Cost of admission was $10 at the park but HAL charged us $50 extra to go there Its about 5 min from port . Its a real disappointment Ill never recommend to anyone to do . Its not in a wilderness setting as described . Stika was a great town to tour . We ate in a little restaurant that makes fresh caught fish . I had fish and chips, Halibut. It was the best I think I've had . Its right next to a fresh fish store . They also make PIZZA . The waitress said the get fresh fish daily . We got great deals on souvenirs as stores were having a sidewalk sales with 50 - 75 % off . I got some nesting doll that were $70 for $15 nice little town Read Less
Sail Date July 2010

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