Old Sitka Dock
Sitka’s rugged and remote location in Alaska’s Inside Passage lends itself to outdoor activities and animal experiences. Depart on a full- or half-day tour to see bears, eagles, or whales; opt for guided kayaking excursions in Sitka Harbor and stop off at nearby islands; or stick to the historic city for an independent or guided walking tour. Don’t miss the Sitka National Historical Park or the Russian Bishop’s House in this former Russian settlement and native Tlingit city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Try to be on deck as your ship cruises into port at the Old Sitka Dock, as the views are incredible.
- Old Sitka Dock terminal has restrooms, a gift shop, free Wi-Fi, and a covered terrace.
- Free shuttle buses run from the dock to downtown Sitka, around 6 miles (9 kilometers) away.
- Thanks to its relative remoteness, shore excursions are convenient ways to explore Sitka and the surrounds.
- Old Sitka Dock welcomes passengers to shore with a performance by the New Archangel Dancers.
How to Get to Sitka From the Old Sitka Dock
Most cruise ships anchor at Old Sitka Dock, where regular shuttle buses run from the port to downtown Sitka. Ships docking in Crescent Harbor tender passengers to shore. Taxis are limited but mostly unnecessary, as downtown Sitka is walkable and shore excursions typically include round-trip transportation.
The principal language spoken in Sitka is English, although there are 20 official state languages in Alaska, among them Tlingit and Tsimshian. The currency is the US dollar and there are ATMs in town. Rain is frequent, so don’t forget your raincoat and waterproof shoes.