Whittier Cruise Port is the gateway to the famous Prince William Sound and the Chugach National Forest. It is the only port in Alaska without ice. The city is named after John Greenleaf Whittier, an American poet.
Whittier port has a small boat harbour but it is a popular departure port due to the wide range of shore excursions and adventures. The cruise ship schedule is busy in the summer. Whittier Cruise port serves Island Princess, Coral Princess and Diamond Princess.
Whittier cruise terminal
Whittier cruise port is at the Passage Canal head, Prince William Sound part. It is located 62 miles away from Anchorage. The port was established during the World War II to serve originally as a military supply port.
Whittier cruise port is an alternative to Seward cruise port, which is more crowded. It is closer to the airport of Anchorage. You can reach Whittier cruise port from Anchorage by the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system or along the breathtaking Turnagain Arm in the Chugach Range by car (Whittier Access Road and Seward Highway). You will about an hour and a half by a car.
If the transfer is not included in you package you can use the Whittier Shuttle bus or use Avis car rentals from the airport.
The facilities of Whittier cruise port are not much but are enough. The departure and arrival procedures are simple. You can buy food or visit the few shops.
Whittier cruise port is located in the center of a small district for business and housing.
Whittier tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel: the tunnel connects Whittier and Prince William Sound to the the Seward Highway. The highway tunnel to South-central Alaska is the longest one in America.
- Prince William Sound Glaciers: Whittier cruise port is the western gateway to this major attraction. You will be amazed by stunning glaciers and spectacular fjords views. If you like kayaking, try the Prince William Sound waters.
- Wildlife: Whittier cruise port is surrounded by the beautiful Chugach National Forest. Take some time to discover the wildlife in the wilderness.
- Fishing charters and scuba diving.
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: located 10 minutes away from Whittier cruise port terminal by car. You can find wild animals including grizzlies, bison, elk, bears, deer, moose, musk ox, coyotes, birds of prey, foxes, lynx and caribou. The animal are injured or orphaned.
- Portage Lake Glacier: take the Whittier Access Tunnel to reach the glacier and the Begich Boggs Visitor Center. There you can find interpretive display and you will learn a lot about the arctic landscape, the glaciers, the arctic wildlife and the glacier lakes.
The Whittier 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 Whittier, Alaska.
If you lose the Whittier location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Whittier 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 Whittier, 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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