Alaska Cruise Destination Profiles

The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east.

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Kodiak, Alaska

The Kodiak Island Borough, with a population of 13,900 persons includes The City of Kodiak, seven villages, the U.S. Coast Guard Base, plus several remote camps and lodges. Due to its magnificent green summers, Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle. The population in Kodiak was 6,357 in July 2009.

As part of the Alaska Purchase by the United States in 1867, Kodiak became a commercial fishing center which continues to this day. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline.

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Things to do and see

Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository

The exhibits at this museum display one of the largest collections of Alutiiq artifacts in the state, ranging from a kayaker in his waterproof parka of seal gut to a 19th-century spruce-root hat. Take time to explore 'Sharing Words,' an intriguing interactive computer program that uses village elders to teach Alutiiq words and songs in an attempt to save the indigenous language.

Sightseeing

Floatplane and bushplane companies regularly take tourists to remote areas and wilderness lodges both on the various islands of the Kodiak Archipelago and the Katmai coast for bear viewing, hunting and hikes. Your cruise line offers pre-planned excursions to these areas. Check with your cruise line for trip descriptions and booking information.

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