ALASKA, CRUISE DESTINATIONS
CRUISE PORT SPOTLIGHT: SKAGWAY, ALASKA
AUGUST 28, 2017
Skagway, Alaska is located on the southeast strip of Alaska, and a cruise is a great way to visit this vibrant little city along Alaska’s famous Inside Passage water route.
Skagway is located north of Juneau, Alaska, and is a popular stop for Alaska cruise itineraries sailing the Inside Passage. Skagway is a fun town to wander in since it has an old wild west feel to it thanks to the building facades on the main street and an emphasis put on its gold rush past.
If your cruise stops there, here’s what you need to know about spending a day in this rugged port of call.
Getting into the Port of Skagway
The port of Skagway is a compact port to navigate, making it easy to get around and explore during your time in Skagway. Skagway has three docks and if cruising with Celebrity Cruises, your ship will likely pull into port at the Railroad Dock, which is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the main part of town.
Things to Do in Skagway
The Klondike Gold Rush that began in 1897 played an important part in Skagway’s history. At the Klondike Gold Rush National Park you can learn about this time period and how it influenced the town. This isn’t a typical park as it is more than just greenery – it also includes a historic building area where you can see preserved buildings from the Gold Rush era. The nature highlight of the park is Chilkoot Trail, which leads hikers to the Yukon goldfields. The entire hike is 33 miles one way, so the whole hike is not something you can achieve while in Skagway for a day, but you can explore the part of it close to the trailhead during your cruise port of call in Skagway.
Part of the thrill of Alaska is seeing monstrous glaciers, and Skagway is close to Harding Glacier and Denver Glacier The best way to hike one of the glaciers is to partake in a shore excursion that takes you there, either via train and a hike or a view-filled helicopter ride. You can even do a shore excursion that combines a helicopter ride to Denver Glacier and dog sledding.
A Vintage Train Ride
Amble over to the historic train depot where you can jump on a vintage train run by the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and take it through mass forests and up the mountainside for gorgeous views. Turn your train ride into an adventure with the White Pass Railway and Trail Camp Adventure shore excursion, which adds on a jaunt down to a historic gold rush camp where you can try your hand at panning for gold..
Skagway by Water
Skagway isn’t just known for what’s on land. The water lapping at the port town’s edge is also great for exhilarating recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Eagle Preserve Rafting Wildlife Quest shore excursion gets you out onto the water via an 18-foot raft, which your guide will navigate to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Watch for these majestic eagles flying overhead and also keep your eyes peeled on the shoreline for the chance to possibly see a bear or moose..
How You Can Visit Skagway on a Cruise
The Alaska cruise season goes from May to September. Celebrity Cruises currently has itineraries sailing to the Skagway Alaska cruise port in 2018 on board the Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Millennium, and Celebrity Infinity. Itineraries depart from Seattle, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Seward, Alaska.
To book your Alaska cruise vacation, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.