Posted April 7th, 2013, 09:31 PM
Last edited by PennyAgain; April 7th, 2013 at 09:32 PM
The type of cruise passenger comes to Alaska to shop at a Diamond's International will be disappointed in Hoonah/Icy Strait Point. In the early 1970s, just before we were married, my husband worked one summer out of Ketchikan, and his reaction the first time he saw Hoonah was that Hoonah looked just like Ketchikan in the early 1970s, before Ketchikan became so touristy.
As I was in Ketchikan in the 1970's, I can relate. The first cruise ships (HAL and Princess) were making their runs. They were tiny ships by today's standards but were well run and squeaky clean. I arrived in Ketchikan on the long ago Veedam (HAL) and the port visit was pleasant and the town very quiet. I took myself for a long walk.
I used that cruise as transportation from Vancouver to Juneau (as far north as the cruise ships went back then) and flew on to Anchorage. The one way trip on the Veendarm was about $200 double occupancy. I wanted to see South East Alaska. I spent several days in Juneau at the old Baronoff Hotel. The flight to Anchorage included a spectacular take off above Mendenhall Glacier.
I enjoy using cruise ships as one way transportation north to Alaska as the time on the cruise gives me the geographic and emotional separation I need to enjoy Alaska.