Whittier Cruises- Northern Alaska Wilds
Well to the north of Alaska is the city of Whittier. During World War II it was a military facility, and it has grown into an important port and tourism centre. The small city is set amongst the incredible scenery of Prince William Sound, and its military roots are obvious in the buildings and feel of the quirky town of 180 residents.
The Cruise Port: Docking in Whittier
Whittier, despite its size, has a new cruise terminal to handle the reasonably high volume of ships. It is at the mouth of Whittier Creek and has great facilities for embarkation and disembarkation- many cruises originate or terminate there. The dock is very close to the few buildings which make up Whittier.
The City: Underground Alaska
Whittier is a strange place! A significant number of the inhabitants live in a single apartment building, a condominium which is rather bleak-looking but functional place called Begich Towers which contains stores, a library, post office, police station and more as well as housing. In the winter, this comes in handy as huge snowfall makes it difficult to venture outside- there are even tunnels connecting the residences with the school building.
The scenery around Whittier is truly spectacular, between the Prince William Sound and the Alaskan wilderness. There is not a lot to do in the town besides visiting Begich Towers or the Prince William Sound Museum, so enjoying the vistas or taking a shore tour is the best bet. Fishing, whale watching and kayaking are popular options.
Cruises to Whittier: Alaska Cruises
Other cruise lines such as Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line offer Alaskan cruises.