Alaska Cruise Ship 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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Seward is a very bike friendly community. A paved bike path runs from the downtown business district through the harbor and along the highway to mile 4.5. Bikes are available for rent and there are even guided bike tours of the area.
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Seward is a city situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. Founded in 1903 as the ocean terminus of what is now the Alaska Railroad, Seward prides itself, not only on its natural beauty, but as Alaska's only deep-water, ice-free port with rail, highway and air transportation to Alaska's interior and major urban population centers.
Seward is also the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad. This keeps the port busy with freight coming on and off the trains, but also makes Seward a primary end point for north-bound cruise ships. Cruise ship passengers get off the boats and take the train farther north to Denali or other Alaskan attractions.
Seward was named after William H. Seward, early member of the United States Republican Party, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. As Secretary of State, he fought for the U.S. purchase of Alaska which he finally negotiated to acquire from Russia.
Learn about natural hazards common to Alaska
Seward Webcam by Major Marine Tours
Things to do and see
The City of Seward
Seward is unusual among most small Alaskan communities in that it has road access in the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, which also brings it bus service. Cruise ship passengers get off the boats and take the train farther north to Denali or other Alaskan attractions. Seward City Map
The Aurora Borealis
The aurora borealis otherwise known as the northern lights, is created from charged electrons and protons striking gas particles in the atmosphere. The color and shape of the aurora varies according to how hard the gas particles are being struck. Auroras occur most frequently in the spring and fall because of the tilt of the planet. However, because of almost continuous daylight or twilight during the summer, the aurora is best viewed in fall, winter or spring.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Take the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road.
One of Alaska's most accessible glaciers.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Take a boat tour of the park to see a variety of sea life such as otters, sea lions and puffins.
Chugach National Forest
Famous for Kenai River King salmon, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, home to moose and other wildlife.
Town of Kenai
Rich in history and culture, and tour the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, a National Historic Landmark.