We'll be cruising on the Sun Princess from Seward to Vancouver in Mid May. We'll be flying into Anchorage and then traveling to Seward. Has anyone taken this cruise before and if so, what is the travel time to Seward and approximate arrival time. The Sun is scheduled to leave at 10:00 p.m.
We were hoping for some free time in Seward before sailing.
If you rent a car in Anchorage and drive directly to Seward, the
travel time is approx. 2 hrs, depending on your speed. A better
way is to take your time and stop at the visitors center near the
Portage Glacier. Also there are a numberofbeautiful scenic stops
on the highway. The arrival time of your flight wll determine the
entire trip. Seward is a unique town, but you can "look it over"
in a short time. ENJOY
Les must have really been moving! It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours if you stop for a couple of quick photos. You can't see Portage glacier from the road, but you can see the Visitor Center which is well worth the visit. On the way out of Anchorage, you can get some wonderful views of Turnagain Arm and might see some beluga whales. If you're real lucky, you'll see the bore tide move it's white frothy wall along the width of the arm. It's a real experience!
If I remember correctly, the bus takes approx 3 hours, allowing for a rest stop.
Other things to see near Portage are the bird sanctuary and the Big Game Animal Park. Closer to Seward (10 miles out) is Exit Glacier. If you drive to Seward, be sure to take about an hour to go up the trail. Exit Glacier is unique because it's the most accessible Alaskan glacier. If you can take a day, you can hike the trail near the glacier up to the Harding Ice Field.
Assuming you're taking the bus, I'd recommend sitting on the right side. In Seward, the Sea Life Center is worth going to and spending a couple of hours. This is a research center that was majorly funded by Exxon's contribution (so to speak) after the famous Valdez incident. From town, you can walk along the small boat harbor and see the glaciers on the mountains that surround Resurrection Bay. There are lots of cute shops and very friendly people in Seward, so just wandering around is worth the time.
If you go a couple of days early, the wildlife cruises out of the bay take you along the Kenai Fjord to some beautiful tidewide glaciers and give you the opportunity for some whale watching. By the way: the train takes between 4 1/2 and 5 hours from Anchorage Depot to Seward and it stops right at the dock. Have a wonderful cruise!
Hertz is only company with one way rentals from Anc to Seward and rated quoted was well over $200 plus taxes for one day! Bus is best deal. Time is 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Our HAL cruise leaves at 8PM and the bus leaves about noon from Anc.
: the train takes between 4 1/2 and 5
> hours from Anchorage Depot to Seward and it stops right at
> the dock. Have a wonderful cruise!
For clairfication the train schedule is 4 hours 20 minutes, and unless you are taking the cruise contracted train- it does NOT take the dock spur but stops at Seward depot- a short cab ride to the ship.
> Hertz is only company with one way rentals from Anc to Seward
> and rated quoted was well over $200 plus taxes for one day!
> Bus is best deal. Time is 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Our HAL cruise
> leaves at 8PM and the bus leaves about noon from Anc.
It may be the "best deal" money wise but the worse "deal" otherwise. You are missing the many worthwhile stops along the way and many sightseeing opportunities. The train is also more scenic than the Seward Highway- $55pp direct booked.
We are currently discussing the train, car and bus pro's & con's. I favor the train, however, we don't know what our flight schedule is for arrival in Anchorage. The Sun Princess is scheduled to depart Seward at 10:00pm. Should we decide to arrive a day early into Anchorage, then we should have time to drive. If anyone has taken this southbound cruise before, your advice will be appreciated.
We're flying out of Tampa, Florida. Last year we took the northbound cruise and flew out of Fairbanks to Minneapolis then on to Tampa. We haven't received our cruise package as of yet, so I'm still in the dark about our flight.