Seward Cruise Ship Terminal
After docking in Seward, head downtown on foot or opt for shore excursions with port pickup. Dog sled experiences, helicopter rides to nearby glaciers, and even guided nature hikes are possible if you’ve got less than a day to spend in port. Alternatively, leave dry land behind for whale-watching excursions, glacier cruises, and kayaking in Resurrection Bay, all some of the best ways to see Seward’s striking natural surroundings. Half- and full-day tours to Kenai Fjords National Park are also popular.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Seward Cruise Ship Terminal is a popular start and end point for Alaskan cruises; build in time on either side of your cruise to explore the region.
- Families in Seward shouldn’t miss the Alaska SeaLife Center, an aquarium and research facility that’s home to fur seals, sea lions, puffins, octopus, otters and more.
- The weather in Alaska is cold and blustery year-round, so plan and pack accordingly.
- Glacier tours, kayaking, and boat rides are some of the best ways to get to know Seward.
- The Seward Cruise Ship Terminal offers restrooms but little else; head to Small Boat Harbor for cafés and restaurants, where you can also enjoy Wi-Fi access.
How to Get to Seward From the Seward Cruise Ship Terminal
Cruise ships dock in Seward Cruise Ship Terminal, 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) north of the walkable downtown area. For visitors taking boat excursions, a shuttle connects the cruise dock with the tour boat area. For visitors staying in town, walk or grab a cab from the cruise terminal. Alternatively, opt for a shore excursion with round-trip transportation included.
The currency is the US dollar, and there are 20 official languages spoken in Alaska, including English and indigenous languages primarily from the Na-Dené and Inuit-Unangan language groups. There are ATMs and banks in town.