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Setting sail from Seward
The tiny city of Seward, home to just 3,000 people, enjoys a spectacular setting on the edge of Resurrection Bay, on Alaska's southern coast. Surrounded by the mountains and forests of the Kenai Fjords National Park, it's a great base for exploring the Harding Ice Field and the stunning scenery of the Kenai Peninsula. It's also a hub for activities including sea kayaking, birding and whale watching, and has a pleasant downtown area with plenty of shops and good quality restaurants. If you have time, the excellent Alaska Sealife Centre is also well worth a visit.
The train journey between Seward and Anchorage is a must.
United States: College Fjord
The 1899 Harriman Expedition that first charted this spectacular fjord carried several noted university professors on board, and they named the fjord’s glaciers after prestigious East Coast colleges such as Harvard and Yale.
United States: William Henry Bay (Alaska)
United States: Haines
Beautifully located next to the longest fjord in North America, Haines is one of the most attractive cruise ports in Alaska, surrounded by mountains, forests and glaciers. It’s also home to the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles, and a great place to spot grizzly bears.
United States: Tracy Arm Fjord
The spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord, south of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most awe-inspiring sights, where waterfalls tumble down the sides of the twin Sawyer Glaciers and huge chunks of ice break off and float out across the water. It’s also a wildlife hotspot, with the chance to spot whales, dolphins, eagles, sea lions and bears.
United States: Sitka
Sitka was founded by Russian fur traders in 1799 as the city of New Archangel, and there is still a discernible Russian influence here, including the distinctive St Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral. The town also enjoys spectacular natural surroundings, facing the Pacific Ocean and dramatic Mount Edgecumbe.
United States: Wrangell
Back in its 19th century heyday Wrangell was a lawless gold rush town, and it's still a little rough around the edges, but it's also a very welcoming place, ideal for exploring the surrounding Alaskan wilderness. Take a trip to the nearby Anan Wildlife Observatory for the chance to see black and brown bears at close proximity.
United States: Misty Fjords
The breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument is a 3,570-square-mile swathe of virgin forest and plunging fjords, just to the east of Ketchikan. As the name suggests, the fjords are often cloaked in a fine mist, and the wilderness is home to bears, bald eagles, whales and more.
Canada: Prince Rupert
Arriving by ship in the misty port city of Prince Rupert, on the coast of British Columbia, is a memorable experience. This is an important cultural site for the Tsimshian people, one of Canada’s aboriginal First Nations, and it’s also a wildlife hotspot, home to a grizzly bear sanctuary and the highest concentration of humpback whales in North America.
Canada: Alert Bay
Alert Bay, named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Alert in 1860, is a village on tiny Cormorant Island, just off the coast of the much larger Vancouver Island and part of the ancestral lands of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation. Look out for humpback, orca and gray whales in the surrounding seas, along with white-sided dolphins and sea lions.
Arriving in Vancouver
Cosmopolitan Vancouver is a city that rewards exploration, an eminently liveable place and an easy gateway to the natural beauty of British Columbia. The culinary scene here is a particular draw, with seafood galore and some fantastic Asian restaurants, and the city has also been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. Verdant Stanley Park is a favourite of locals and visitors alike, while Kitsilano's beaches and wooden houses are wonderfully picturesque. Cultural attractions tend to be on a smaller scale than you'd expect from a city of this size, but the thrill of stumbling across one of Vancouver's quirky little galleries is all part of the city's appeal.
Grouse Mountain – just minutes from the centre, and reached via the Grouse Mountain Skyride, a one-mile aerial journey for amazing panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains.
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Where to stay in Seward
If you’re here, you’re probably not stopping long. You get a better choice of hotels in nearby Anchorage.
What to do around Seward
Go kayaking if you can – once you are away from the noise of engines and people, the peace is amazing.
Our favourite hotel in Vancouver
If you’re not committed to the waterfront where the ships come in, we love the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
Stay a little longer in Canada
If you’ve time, set aside a couple of days to travel to Knight Inlet Lodge for bear viewing.