Icy Strait Point is a tourist destination located on Chichagof Island, just outside Hoonah Alaska. It is privately owned and named after nearby Icy Strait (Alexander Archipelago, southeastern Alaska). Icy Strait Point is privately owned (by Huna Totem Corporation). The company itself is owned by around 1500 Alaskan Natives.
Generally, Icy Strait Point is simply a landing point for Alaskan cruise shore excursions.
The best-known (and most booked) tour here is the ZipRider. The zip-line completes its run close to the docking facility and was constructed by the owner Huna Totem Corporation.
- ZipRider was opened in May 2007. The zip-line has length of 1620 m (5330 ft), ranking it the world's longest.
- ZipRider has 6 ziplines. After the launch, passengers quickly accelerate to up to 60 mph (97 kph) soaring 300 ft (100 m) above the rainforest. The experience is definitely one-of-a-kind and a must-do in the region.
- With 6 lines, up to 6 passengers can descend at once, which also makes the activity great for families and small groups.
- The ZipRider excursion starts right after the cruise ship disembarkation, followed by shuttle bus transfer that includes scenic drive to Hoonah Mountain's top. Along the ride, passengers can enjoy wildlife viewing - bears, deer, eagles are often seen along the route. The coach travel also includes several vantage points - Hoonah, Port Frederick, Icy Strait. In clear weather can be seen Glacier Bay National Park's peaks in the distance.
- Once on top, guests take a short walk through the rainforest to the ZipRider's launching tower. Upon reaching it, guests are given a safety briefing then are organized into 6-person groups. After all of them are seated and secured (via harnesses) they take-off. The zip-line is both adrenaline-loaded and adventurous activity as it offers the majestic Alaskan scenery to enjoy.
- At the ZipRider's end there is a break-activated landing area located right on the beach at Icy Strait Point.
- Be sure to bring warm clothes and raingear. The facility doesn't allow open-toe shoes. Among the requirements for using the zip-line there is also a weight limit - guests must be between 75-275 pounds (34-125 kg) and to be comfortable with heights. The ZipRider is not recommended for people with back or neck problems (injuries), and also for pregnant women.
Another popular shore excursion in Icy Strait Point is to search for brown bears on Spasski River. Sightings happen often, but as all things in Nature are not guaranteed. Bald eagles are also frequently seen in the region. Whale watching excursions are also often booked, as the facility is close to the Point Adolphus - feeding area for humpback whales.
The whale watching excursion goes to Point Adolphus (protected marine area). A 24-passenger boat is used for the tour. The wildlife viewing includes whales, sea lions, harbor seals. Eagles and brown bears can be seen along the coastline. There is a guarantee if you don't see at least 1 whale they will give you USD 100 cash refund at disembarkation. The whale watching excursion's duration is between 4,5-5 hours. Layered clothes and waterproof outerwear are recommended.
Among the more "extreme" Alaskan cruise experiences offered from Icy Strait Point is the ATV Expedition adventure. This is a guided tour that also starts with bus travel - this time through Hoonah en-route to the departure site located high in the hills. Upon arrival, local guides provide the safety briefing before boarding the Kawasaki's 4x4 Mule. Follows the adventurous rugged drive through the forest. Along the route there are numerous stops to enjoy the region's scenic scenery - valley, mountain, and the ocean. Along the trail, the accompanying guide often stops to explain the region's history. Licensed drivers can drive the vehicle. This tour's duration is approx 3,5 hours. Requirements are the same as for the ZipRider, plus a min age requirement (6 yo).
Highlights: Hoonah, Tlingit Indian settlement, historic cannery
Icy Strait Point cruise terminal
Large-sized cruise ships to Icy Strait Point Alaska anchor near Hoonah and their passengers are transported via the ship's tender boats.
A docking pier was opened in 2016. The new pier is approx 35 km (22 ml) from Glacier Bay AK.
In front of the new dock was built the Adventure Center serving as a tourist center, lounge (waiting hall) and tour booking office (for booking Alaskan shore excursions, such as wildlife viewing - whales, bears, also selling ZipRider tickets).
The Icy Strait Point cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Icy Strait Point, Alaska.
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Port Icy Strait Point 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 Icy Strait Point, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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When Norwegian Pearl docked in Icy Strait Point yesterday, she was the first cruise ship to use the new 400-foot-long dock of the Alaskan port...May 12, 2016
Last week, an installation of a new floating pier started at Icy Strait Point, a seasonal destination along Inside Passage in Alaska Native village...June 13, 2015
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