Although most cruise passengers opt for an itinerary to the tropical islands throughout the Caribbean, there is much to be seen at the Seward cruise port in Alaska.
Located approximately 125 miles south of Anchorage is this attractive seaside town. In recent years, the town has increasingly become a popular port for Gulf of Alaska cruises. Because Seward is located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, this makes for beautiful sightseeing. Visitors are able to get a real sense of what Alaska offers.
The small shops which make up the town of Seward have much to offer both residents and visitors alike. There is no mistake that the beauty surrounding the town of Seward inspires many to create hand-crafted goods, scenic paintings and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Shops carry these unique specialty items.
For a unique souvenir to take back home, make sure you stop by Hanson's Custom Carvings. Scott Hanson, the owner of the shop, carves his own creations right in his shop, and a visit here to see his work is an experience. Whatever you might want carved, Scott is a talented artist who can create it.
Things To Do
Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, an incredible park which offers visitors all of nature's highlights. From stunning scenery, which includes gorgeous glaciers and fjords, to amazing wildlife, there are many types of excursions you can take to Kenai Fjords National Park. You may even be lucky enough to spot bald eagles or a group of orca whales.
Because Seward is located on a peninsula, it is the perfect area for fishing. Many tour and charter boats offer excursions for those who are out to catch their favorite fish. For those who are serious about fishing and enjoy eating what they catch, the Seward Fishing Company offers to ship your catch via FedEx overnight or package your catch up for your plane ride back home.
If time is of the essence, charter a small plane and enjoy the aerial scenic view of the Kenai Peninsula and the beautiful coastal landscape surrounding it.
Restaurants and Bars
With salmon and halibut being the most popular catch in the Seward area, you can be sure those entreés will be included on most restaurant menus. There are some other specialties you should try.
Along the water's edge of Seward is the Chinook's Waterfront Restaurant, which offers one of the best clam chowders in the area. Fillets cooked-to-order and succulent king crab are also specialties of the house. Chinook's desserts are divine; go ahead and try their homemade blackberry cobbler.
For a unique twist on some classic foods, enjoy a meal at Christo's Palace. From halibut quesadillas to smoked salmon fettuccini, there is a house specialty for everyone to enjoy. Located in downtown Seward at 133 4th Avenue, it is an ideal location for many visitors.
The Salmon Bake Restaurant is another dining gem in Seward and is located on Exit Glacier Road. A favorite of locals, the Salmon Bake offers some of the best seafood dishes in the area. Splurge and order the Captain's Platter, which includes giant prawns, grilled salmon and halibut. Just be prepared to share this large platter.
A stop at the port of Seward allows you to enjoy incredible wildlife up close and to enjoy a quaint relaxed Alaskan atmosphere.