The Anchorage Port is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. At night, you'll likely catch a glimpse of the popular Northern Lights. And while the sun is up you'll admire it's amazing reflections on the region's crystal clear waters. The port is also filled with the best shopping, fine dining and wildlife-related attractions.
Much of the shopping at port is inspired by the Alaskan wilderness. There are dozens of fine shops within walking distance of the Anchorage port of call. Native crafts in the stores depict the mammals and birds of the area. Certain factory shops also sell items that have been actually used for hunting wild creatures in the Alaskan wilderness. For example, the Ulu Factory is a shop that sells an updated version of the old ulu knife.
If you're in the market for clothes shopping while in Anchorage, you should ask directions to the Dimond Center, a shopping mall that claims to be the region's favorite mall. Size wise, it's definitely the largest shopping center within Anchorage, containing 200 shops, an ice rink, a bowling alley and nine cinemas.
Things to Do
After your cruise ship arrives at the Anchorage cruise terminal, don't miss out on the chance to get a bird’s eye view of the Alaskan wilderness. You won't want to miss out on the opportunity to ride on a float plane, a pastime unique to Alaska. The ride provides a first class view of Alaskan forests, where you'll likely see bears, wolves, salmon and other wild animals in their native habitat.
If your preference is to stay grounded, then you might want to spend some time at the Alaskan Native Heritage Center. There you'll enjoy theaters and special exhibits. The Center’s smokehouse exhibit, combined with its carving center, could make you a bit hungry.
Restaurants and Bars
The Anchorage cruise port has plenty of restaurants that offer meaty fare. The Arctic Roadrunner is where the local residents often find their protein source. Another popular restaurant is Dianne’s World, located in the Robert Atwost Building. If you want both food and drink, then try the Glacier Brewhouse.
Of course you should not leave Anchorage without tasting some of its delicious seafood. Look to your menu for mention of Prince William Sound oysters, Kachamak Bay oysters, Alaskan king crab, fresh halibut and wild salmon.
The Fancy Moose restaurant, located on the edge of Lake Spenard, is worthy of a visit. The restaurant is family-friendly and also has a full service bar. However, do not go there expecting to eat moose meat, as the menu only includes light meals.
Alaska has especially recently gained notoriety for its smooth and delicious beers. Two breweries you won't want to miss while at port are Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse and Snow Goose Restaurant and Brewery. Humpy's has been voted best bar in Anchorage and boast the region's best selection of beers on tap.