Adak Island is one of the Aleutian Islands (Andreanof Islands group) in Alaska. The port town Adak (population around 400) is the USA's westernmost and the Alaska's southernmost municipality. Adak Island has length of 55 km (34 ml), width of 35 mk (22 ml) and a total area of 711 km2 (275 ml2), ranking making it the USA's 25th largest island. In the "USA top 10" largest Alaskan islands are Kodiak Island, Prince of Wales Island, Chichagof Island, St Lawrence Island, Admiralty Island, Nunivak Island, Unimak Island and Baranof Island.
- In Aleut the word adak (adaq) means "father".
- The vegetation on the island is at lower elevations only and mostly tundra (no trees) - low-lying flowering plants, berries, grasses, mosses. The weather is harsh - strong winds (gusts in excess of 120 mph / 190 kph), cold temperatures (20-60 F / −7 to 16 C), extensive fogs, frequent clouds, cyclonic storms and rains (260+ rainy days per year). The highest elevation is Mt Moffett (northwest end) - 3924 ft (1196 m).
- Adak Island was settled by the Aleut people for thousands of years. In the 18th century Russian explorers visited for the first time the island, but didn't make permanent settlements. During WWII, the Japanese Army took control of the Aleutian Islands Attu and Kiska, from where they air-bombed the US base at Dutch Harbor (on Amaknak Island, Unalaska). In response, the USA started a military campaign that required the construction of bases to launch operations from the western Aleutian Islands. Adak was the island chosen for building an airfield. Flight operations started in September 1942. In May 1943, US soldiers landed on and conquered the Attu Island (2300 Japanese and 550 Americans died in the battle). When US soldiers landed on Kiska Island in August 1943, they found that the Japanese were evacuated by their naval forces, right after the Adak battle. During the WW2, Adak Island was populated by approx 6000 US military personel.
The town of Adak is on Kuluk Bay, located approx 1200 ml (1930 km) southwest of Anchorage AK and approx 450 ml (724 km) west of Dutch Harbor AK. Flight time from Adak to Anchorage is over 3 hours (depending on weather). Adak is on the same latitude as Vancouver Island (BC, Canada).
Highlights: Hiking on the tundra
Adak Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Adak Island dock (anchor) at Adak - port town on the eastern coast.
Port Adak Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Adak Island, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|29 June, 2019|
|Le Soleal||At Sea|
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