Best Hotels near Anchorage Cruise Port (Whittier Alaska)

Hotels in Anchorage Alaska near Port for Cruise out of Whittier

Anchorage Whittier mountains

Port of Whittier (Anchorage Alaska)

Whittier is located at the base of the Chugach Mountains, at the head of
Passage Canal, approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage in Alaska.

Cheap rates for hotels and affordable motels near the cruise ship passenger
terminal of Whittier in Alaska. Not many accommodations can be found
nearby the port. Most cruise passengers choose to stay in Anchorage AK,
65 miles away from the port. Extend your cruise
vacation with a visit to Denali or Talkeetna.


Where to Stay?

Hotels in Whittier are limited, so we can highly recommend staying in a Anchorage hotel for a night or two. Most cruise passengers, ending or starting their voyage out of Whittier AK, will fly in or out of Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) and choose to stay in Anchorage. If you want to stay closer to the port, some lodging can be found in Girdwood, Summit Lake, Primrose and Moose Pass.

Located around 65 miles northwest of Whittier, the city of Anchorage offers more hotels, shopping and dining options. Most cruise lines conduct check-in in Anchorage, and provide motor coach transportation to the pier in Whittier. When you stay in downtown Anchorage, than the Alaska Railroad Depot is a few blocks away from most properties. Some lodging feature splendid views of the Chugach Mountains or Cook Inlet. Many provide a free 24 hour shuttle service to/from the airport.

Another cruise port within easy reach of Anchorage is Seward, located 126 miles south of the city.

markerProperties in Anchorage Alaska
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Alaska wilderness in Fall
Hotel Alyeska
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Highly recommended 4 star hotel resort located in Girdwood, between Whittier and the city of Anchorage.

Anchorage city and waterfront
The Hotel Captain Cook
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Popular 4 star downtown Anchorage AK hotel, offering comfort and great location. Highly rated by many guests.

Anchorage Alaska city at night
Holiday Inn Express Anchorage
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Budget friendly property located near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (free airport shuttle transfer).

Whittier Cruise Port in Alaska
  • Passenger Terminal – Ship Pier

    The Port of Whittier was originally established as a World War II port of army transport and troops. Today the port plays a crucial role for fishing, freight transport and cruise tourism. The city of Anchorage is 60 miles away from the pier.  The cruise terminal can be found at the mouth of Whittier Creek. Cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises uses the port as a embarkation or disembarkation point. Cruises departing from Whittier mainly end in Vancouver at Canada Place.

    Address : West Camp Road – Whittier, Chugach National Forest, AK 99693

  • Small Fishing Town

    Whittier is a small fishing town, named after the great American poet John Greenleaf Whittier, is the gateway to the Prince William Sound, offering abundant marine wildlife and spectacular tidewater glaciers.

    Cruise ships dock at the southern end of town, at the mouth of Whittier Creek.

    One of the highlights of Whittier is the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America. The 2.5 mile tunnel combines alternate one-way vehicle and rail traffic and links the Seward Highway south of Anchorage with Whittier.

    A must do is a cruise into Prince William Sound. It is a wonderful experience and you can’t get much closer to a Glacier. See sea otters, sea lions, waterfowl, whales, bald eagles, and many more. Maybe you can see some major calving which is spectacular.

    If you want to try something new, an Alaska sea kayak trip is an incredible experience. Don’t forget your camera !

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  • Anchorage AK

    Be sure to plan a night or two at an Anchorage hotel before or after your cruise.

    Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and there is much to see and do in town. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to get a glimpse into the native Alaskan culture or head to Resolution Park for a breathtaking view of the Talkeetnas and the snow-covered Alaska Range.

    Very informative and beautiful is the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. It’s a great museum with art, artifacts, and history of Alaska.

  • Denali National Park or Talkeetna

    If you want to experience Denali National Park or Talkeetna for a couple of days. Several lodging options are available nearby as well. Denali is world famous national park. Take a guided hike, go mountain biking, gold panning, fishing, or take an excursion to Wonder Lake. Denali is about 300 miles from Whittier, or 5,25 hours by car.

    Talkeetna Train Depot and Airport are nearby from most properties. Airplane and jet boat tours are available. Driving distance to Whittier is 3,30 hours. The town is served by the Alaska Railroad from Whittier.

  • Nearest airports – Anchorage Ted Stevens and Fairbanks Airport

    Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport — ANC airport is approximataly 65 miles from Whittier.

    The trip from Anchorage to the port of Whittier will take 1.5 to 2 hours.

    From Anchorage airport you can can travel to Whittier via train (Alaska railroad), private charters, scheduled bus service, cruise line transfer and rental car.


    From Anchorage Airport (65 miles):

    Take International Airport Road east until you reach Minnesota Drive. Then you have to turn right on Minnesota Drive and follow the signs to the Seward Highway south. Follow the Seward Highway for about 40 miles until you reach Portage Glacier Road, then you have to turn left. Continue on Portage Glacier road for approximately 10 miles until it turns into West Camp Road, which is the location of the cruise pier.

    Pre or Post cruise accommodation with free shuttle service to the Airport — many hotels offer a shuttle service to and from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport. The airport, located southwest of downtown Anchorage, is named in honor of Ted Stevens, the U.S. Senator from Alaska serving from 1968 to 2009.

    Fairbanks International Airport — Fairbanks is approximately 8 hours driving from Whittier. Anchorage is about 360 miles away from Fairbanks airport.

    The Alaska Railroad offers daily summer service from Fairbanks each morning to Denali National Park, Talkeetna and Anchorage.

  • Cruise Transfers and Transportation

    Cruise tranfers and transportation from Anchorage to Whittier — there are plenty of transfer options for cruise ship passengers between Anchorage and the cruise passenger port of Whittier.

    Either by road or rail, private charters or scheduled bus service. A nice way to see some of Alaska’s natural beauty is by taking the Alaska Railroad which connect Whittier with Portage and Anchorage. This trip takes about 2,5 hours. Visit for more information.

  • Currency

    The official currency in Alaska is the U.S. dollar. Canadian dollars are also accepted in Alaska as well.

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