We were taking the Alaska Railroad train to Anchorage and it leaves at 6pm. We had to vacate the ship by 9. (They were militant about it!)😳 I highly recommend the train and if you can, splurge for the fancy car with a glass roof and dining car below... all inclusive. It's more, but what views and the food!!! Best food we had all week was in the train! Anyway, we booked a whale watch and salmon bake buffet. It was great, but didn't leave til noon. We were sweating the return trip because we were worried about not making our train! But, all of the tour folks are used to this and work together. The train is literally across the street from the boat dock. The company, Major Marine Tours was great. We highly recommend them! We saw all kinds of wildlife.
Visited: May 26, 2017
Please, take the train from Anchorage (6:45am) to Seward. Remember to check in one hour early, they will check your luggage and they will be waiting for you at your stateroom! Amazing! However, don't forget to bring a heavy coat (see below). The train is 4.5 hours non-stop beautiful scenery. We also had breakfast at the train cafeteria, which has an amazing window for the view. We ended up staying near the cafeteria for the rest of the trip to take pictures. When you arrive at Seward (11:05am), I highly recommend the Kenai Fjord tours. The advantage of the small boat (as opposed to the big cruise) is that it can get A LOT CLOSER to the glaciers and wild animals. Seriously, breath-taking! Also, don't forget to leave a heavy coat out of the checked luggage at the train station. We didn't realize it would be so cold on the sea (the temperature forecast was quite deceiving). The tour crews were kind enough to lend me a blanket. So very nice of them.
Visited: May 22, 2015
We took the train from Seward. Highly recommend this tour it was about 4 hours but worth every minute of it. We spent two days in Anchorage and did many more things afterwards.
Visited: Jun 29, 2018
We concluded out cruise in Seward and found it to be a beautiful city with friendly people. While there we did an all day boat tour to the glaciers in the area. We saw many whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, puffins,etc. We hope to return to this beautiful place some day.
I love Seward. Lots to see and do. Hike to Exit Glacier- visit the Sealife Center- take a cruise with Major Marine or Kenai Fjord Cruises, (better value than the tours offered by the cruise line) - take a fishing trip. There is a free shuttle ( school bus) that does a loop around town and runs about every 1/2 hour. We like to take it to the Sealife Center and walk back to the harbor on the shore path of Ressurection Bay.
Visited: Jul 24, 2017
The train from Anchorage to Seward is a must do. Saves time checking in and the sites were spectacular.
Visited: Jun 06, 2016
We stayed two days in Seward before boarding. Really enjoyed this town. Lots of history and things to do. And not too commercial like some of the other ports. We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast. It was called Sunshine House. http://asunshinehouse.net/ The breakfast is wonderful. And the owners are really super people. There were 4 of us so we basically had the run of the house. Great place to stay if you need a place in Seward.
Visited: Aug 26, 2018
Was surprised by this port. Beautiful day. Did not expect much while waiting for the evening train to Anchorage. I was wrong... Otters love to play in the harbor. Went on the 3.5 hour wildlife cruise with Major Marine Tours... WOW. They were great for such a short tour, we saw humpbacks feeding, sea lions, puffins (cool beautiful birds), and much more. Bring a good camera and good lens if you want great pictures as the boats are not allowed to approach to closely but awesome just to see these. Highly recommended. Not so impressed with the GoldStar Service on the train to Anchorage. If I did that again, I probably wouldn't pay the extra for the Goldstar with dinner service. We were served dead last just before arriving in Anchorage at 10pm because one of the kitchens was unusable and people take there time dining at the few tables you are ushered to in groups. Also, the curved glass in the dome car is not great for taking pictures and the outdoor landings for viewing are crowded. I spent most of my time taking picture from the downstair opening between cars where there was nobody.
Visited: Jun 29, 2018
Free Yellow School Bus Shuttle with stops around town and they also take your luggage as well. Picked us up at the train station. We used this to get around during our brief stay. Give tip many of them are veterans. Also the Sea life Center is a great stop. Souvenirs here are higher priced than the other stops.
Visited: Aug 28, 2015
The was our port of debarkation. We boarded a train, which was our transfer to Anchorage was the best idea that our agent recommended!! This train excursion had full windows in a dining/bar car so we could order food, coffee, cocktails. Best of all the porter/tour guide/waiter provided us with history, markers, points of interest and the wildlife to see along the route, even saw a glacier. This made for an amazing last look of this beautiful wilderness before getting to big city and a bonus point is the train actually pulled right up to airport!
Visited: May 17, 2019
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