Cruise Ship Connections

Q: Do you pick up from the ports if I am also doing a cruise in addition to your land tour?

A: We customize land packages and are able to coordinate with a cruise ship arrival or departure from here in South central Alaska. We offer port departures in both Seward and Whittier.

Seward Train to Anchorage

Q: We are arriving in Seward by cruise ship. How long does the train take from Seward to Anchorage?

A: The train from Seward to Anchorage takes 4 hours and departs Seward at 6:00pm. Passengers generally disembark the ship between 7:30am and 9:30am. There are a number of Seward day tours you could do during the day before boarding the train to Anchorage. If you prefer to leave Seward earlier in the day the Park Connection motorcoach departs from Seward at 10:30am and arrives in Anchorage at 1:30pm. If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise the Park Connection departs from the cruise ship dock at 9:45am and arrives into Anchorage at 12:30pm. The motorcoach drops off at the airport or the Anchorage Museum downtown.

Seward Car Rental

Q: We arrive by cruise ship in Seward in June. Can I hire a car in Seward, drive the car around Alaska for 6 days and leave the car in Anchorage? If not, how can we get to Anchorage to hire a car?

A: You can rent a car in Seward and drop it off in Anchorage with Hertz, however it is fairly expensive. I would suggest taking our Park Connection Motorcoach into Anchorage and rent a car there. Be sure to look at the post cruise land packages we offer.  These packages could be customized to fit your time frame.

Hotel Shuttle Service to Whittier Port

Q: Do any hotels offer shuttle service to the cruise ship terminal in Whittier?

A: The cruise ship terminal in Whittier is an hour and a half from Anchorage, so none of the hotels shuttles will go that far. You would have to book transportation by bus (such as the Park Connection motorcoach) or train from Anchorage to Whittier.

Alaska Bus and Train Accessibility

Q: Are the buses and trains Princess Cruises use in Alaska wheelchair accessible?

A: Yes, they can accommodate wheelchairs. You will need to contact them directly to notify them that they will need to accommodate you as not all their coaches, vans, and rail cars have the capability so they have to dispatch them accordingly.

Train Service from Whittier

Q: Our Princess cruise ends in Whittier. Is there train service from Whittier to Anchorage, and what are the departure times?

A: The train departs only one time per day from Whittier and that is at 6:45pm. Since you are coming in on a Princess Cruise you can also use the Park Connection Motorcoach that departs from the cruise ship terminal at 9:45am and arrives in Anchorage at noon.

Whittier Cruise Transfer

Q: What is the price of transportation from Anchorage to Whittier to board a cruise ship?

A: The Park Connection Motorcoach departs Anchorage from the Anchorage Museum at 3:00pm and arrives in Whittier at 5:00pm and costs $65 per person. The Alaska Railroad departs Anchorage at 9:45am and arrives in Whittier at 12:05pm and costs $74 per person.

Seward Cruise Transfers

Q: We are considering taking the train from Anchorage to Seward to get on our cruise ship. I am wondering how we will get from the train to the ship. Do we need to pay for additional transportation to get to our ship?

A: The train depot is a few blocks away from the cruise ship terminal. You can easily walk if the weather is nice. If you would rather not walk you can take a taxi to the terminal. I am including a link to a walking map of Seward. Note, on the map the cruise ship terminal is number 1 and the rail depot is number 3. If you want transportation that drops you off directly at the cruise ship terminal consider taking the Park Connection Motorcoach cruise transfer from Anchorage.

Cruise Transportation to Seward

Q: Is it possible to rent a car in Anchorage and drop it off in Seward? We are travelling from Anchorage to Seward for a cruise.

A: We do not offer any one way rentals between Anchorage and Seward. Hertz is the only company that offers one way rentals between Anchorage and Seward, however they tend to be rather expensive. I would suggest taking the 3:00pm departure on our Park Connection motorcoach service to Seward the day of your cruise. The bus fare is $65 per person and would take you directly to the cruise ship dock. If you would like to go down earlier in the day we also offer a 7:00am departure for $55 per person.

Alaska Cruise Disembarkation

Q: What do cruise passengers do from 12:30am when the ship hits port in Whittier until the motor coach leaves for Anchorage at 9:30am?

A: Although the ship arrives at 12:30am, disembarkation of the ship does not begin until around 7am. Most passengers get off the ship between 7am and 9am. Exact disembarkation times will be provided on board ship based on your departure arrangements.

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