Seward, Alaska, Resurrection Bay
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Seward, Alaska, Hubbard Glacier
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Seward, Alaska, Kayaking
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Seward, Alaska, Fly fishing
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Seward

Seward, Alaska, Sunny Cove State Marine Park, Sea Otter Photo credit: iStock.com / RobsonAbbott | Sea otter

Once cruisers disembark in Seward, they step right into a bustling Alaskan harbor town that’s home to attractions, shops, galleries, and restaurants. The harbor is also the starting point for glacier cruises and fishing charters as well as sea kayaking. No wonder the local motto is “Alaska starts here.”

What We Love

Exit Glacier: Several hikes of varying difficulty depart daily from the Exit Glacier Nature Center in Kenai Fjords National Park. Walk on a glacier and soak in the dazzling blue wall of ice. 

Alaska SeaLife Center: Right on the shores of Resurrection Bay, this facility’s two-story glass-sided tank gives visitors a glimpse of sea life above and below the water.

Best Known For

Seward Harbor: Seward has a substantial charter fishing fleet that goes out to catch silver salmon, king salmon, and halibut.

Kenai Fjords National Park: Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Once there, you can view many of the 40 glaciers that flow from Harding Icefield (the largest ice field in the United States) and view the abundance of marine wildlife.

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Who It's Best For

Anglers: Depart on a chartered fishing boat for a truly Alaskan fishing adventure. Depending on the time of year, you can take home everything from silver salmon to black bass to red snapper to halibut.

Kayaking Adventurers: Drop in by water taxi, paddle your way to nearby tidewater glaciers, or stay close by in Resurrection Bay. Any daily outing might prove to be perfect for spotting orca whales, Dall’s porpoise, sea otters, and more.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

You Have to Work for the View: To access the best view of Harding Icefield, visitors take a steep, four-mile trail from Exit Glacier. Plan on spending six to eight hours to complete the trip.

Things Book Up Fast: If you are planning on extending your time on either end of your cruise, arrange for a hotel early. Seward is getting more and more popular and hotels do sell out.

Matt Villano

Matt Villano is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for The Wall Street Journal.

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