By train, motorcoach or shuttle, reaching the dock in Seward or Whittier, Alaska is a breeze. Just don’t nap on the ride down; you’ll miss one of the most scenic trips in Southcentral Alaska.
Many cruise lines offer motorcoach service to or from Anchorage. Contact your cruise provider to find schedule and rate information. If that’s not an option, experienced van, limousine or scheduled bus services can be hired at affordable rates and can handle large or small groups, families or individuals. There’s more to it that getting from A to B; many companies offer narrated trips that highlight the area’s history and wildlife.
Anchorage is connected to both Seward and Whittier by the Seward Highway and the Alaska Railroad. Once south of Anchorage, both highway and railroad – follow the coast of Turnagain Arm and skirt the Chugach Mountains. Watch the water for a glimpse of beluga whales or Dall sheep. If the timing is right, you may also see a bore tide, a tidal change that rushes along in a wave at 10 miles an hour and can be 6 feet tall.
Whittier is 60 miles southeast of Anchorage off the Seward Highway. The town has 300 fulltime residents, and is on the far end of North America’s longest combined automobile/railroad tunnel. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel stretches 2.5 miles. On the Whittier side of the tunnel, you’ll find not just a cruise terminal, but a gateway to the wildlife and glaciers of Prince William Sound.
Seward is another 60 miles beyond Whittier. The Seward Highway and rail line climb into the Kenai Mountains and over Moose Pass, with sweeping views of forested valleys and mountain lakes, and end in Seward, surrounded by the natural wonders of coastal Alaska and Kenai Fjords National Park. Cruise ships dock at the north end of town on Port Avenue. The small boat harbor where glacier and wildlife tour boats depart is less than a mile south.