Can anyone recommend an Alaska Cruise vendor that offers cruises which include Sitka as a port call?
Holland America is the only one of the big lines that still goes to Sitka. You'll see from the cruise calendar that most of the high-end lines still do, though (Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea) - sitka.com/local/2013-Sitka-cruise-ship-calen… If you want a small ship, Alaskan Dream Cruises is based in Sitka and runs 8-13-night itineraries.
And HAL's Amsterdam out of Seattle also ports at downtown Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak. It visits Hubbard Glacier the day after Kodiak. They did nine cruises in 2012, but none in 2013. They are back this coming summer for four cruises. My wife and I consider it one of the better cruise itineraries for Alaska (and we are dedicated Princess cruisers).
Thank you...great info
Thank you for the great info
Anyone can "Google" anything and find a paid advertisement in response.. I was asking for a recommendation. Your answer didn't help much.
I loved Sitka, but a one day stop (partial at that) from a cruise ship, was just not enough. I hope that someday I will be able to go and spend a few days there. That said, the 14 day HAL itinerary is a great introduction to Alaska with a taste of many great ports and scenic areas.
Hi GC - I've just recently been researching this exact same thing. All of the information above is spot on. I was ABOUT to book the HAL 14 day cruise to Sitka, Glacier Bay, Homer, Kodiak when I looked into Alaska Dream Cruises further.
As Sitka and Kodiak were our main points of interest for the HAL cruise, we decided on the ADC trip. (NO we don't go to Kodiak but we do go to some pretty remote & special spots in the SE) and we get to spend 2 days in Sitka then explore the South East in a way that won't require any shore excursions before disembarking in Ketchikan and flying back to Seattle. I just feel we're getting a lot more bang for our buck with the ADC trip than we would have from the HAL cruise but we have been to most of the HAL ports previously. It was a real toss of the coin for us but in the end we decided on ADC as we are travelling with our nearly 9yo son and think it will be more of a hands on experience for us all.