Just booked the Coral Princess for June 6. We are planning to spend 4 or 5 days on land after. We want to go to Denali and Sewerd. My first question is what would be the easiest way to go from Whittier to Sewerd. Thinking that my best use of time. Than go to Anchorage and rent a car.
Time is necessary and 4 days is not enough for both areas. So I suggest a one way car with Avis or Harley's, yes costly but the best use of your time. I would attempt to be at the rental office in Whittier by 8am and out through the tunnel, at the 9am opening.
Head to Seward- about 2 hour drive. If you are really short on time, consider the 11:30a Kenai fjords boat tour, but best would be an overnight here and the early tour the next day. The afternoon drive to Anchorage. Next day, head to Denali Park, 2 nights is needed here with the park shuttle to at least Fish Creek. Consider a stop in Talkeetna, or overnight - easy drive back to Anchorage, key is a late night flight for en extra touring day.
Probably not, since you are sailing into Whittier, you are loosing time there. If you really want to max. your time, go with HAL and get in/out Seward. Then you do have time for sightseeing both Seward and Denali Park with your timeframe. Going north- day in Seward- train same day after Kenai Fjords boat tour, overnight in Anchorage, rental car pick up, drive to Denali Park 2 nights, 1 night Talkeetna, either coming or going, 1 night Anchorage- home.
South, overnight Anchorage, 1 night Talkeetna, 2 nights Denali Park, overnight Anchorage, day of sailing, train to Seward, Kenai Fjords boat tour, onto ship.