The ship docked in Seward around 6:00 am and we got up early to have one last table service breakfast in the main restaurant; then we left the ship for the last time at 9:30, our assigned time. The disembarkation was timely, orderly, and organized (unlike that in NZ). There were local tour guides assisting with finding luggage and providing transportation. We boarded a free shuttle that went into town to town and dropped us off at the Breeze Inn, our accommodation for the next two nights.
Surprinsingly, we were the only ship in port this time. The cruiship terminal is small, but we learned two or three ships can be accommodated at the same time. This meant the little town would not be overrun with tourists like at most other stops, at least not that day, and we could meander without being crowded…yay! (The Norwegian ship we’d been seeing was in port the next day.)
About Seward from Celebrity Today newsletter: “Seward is a fishing village surrounded by the unrivaled beauty of the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska Maritime National Refuge, Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is not only one of Alaska’s oldest communities; it’s also one of its most scenic. This pictuesque town has a historic downtown district filled with quaint shops and art galleries, and some of the most exciting outdoor adventures imaginable.”
“Seward is located 127 miles from Anchorage on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, on the west shore of Resurrection Bay. It is surrounded by the steep Kenai Mountians, dominated by 3,022-foot Mount Marathon. Behind Mt. Marathon and extending down the coast is the Harding Ice Field, measuring 35 by 20 miles. Flowing from the Harding Ice Field are many glaciers, eight of which are tidewater glaciers, calving icebergs into the sea, reaching the coastline between Seward and Homer”.
Our reason for staying in Seward was to take a Kenai Fjords tour. In fact, that was the impetus for this trip–to compare the fjords we saw in New Zealand to those in Alaska. Both are amazing, but hhere is NO comparison! The NZ fjords are almost unbelievably tall–dwarfing the cruiship, especially the Milford Sound–and were created by ancient glaciers. The Kenai Fjords in Alaska are not so tall or narrow, and are still in the process of being formed by existing glaciers. The active glaciers feeding them make the Kenai Fjords more spectacular. All, however, are awesome demonstrations of the forces of nature. Again, a picture worth a thousand words….
What more can I say?!
The following morning, we took an all-day tour bus from Seward to Anchorage; during that day, we saw another active glacier close up and more amazing sights…stay tuned….