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When your cruise terminates in Seward, what airport do you fly home from? I assume it's Anchorage. Is it a bus or train from Seward?

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6 minutes ago, sasset said:

When your cruise terminates in Seward, what airport do you fly home from?

Anchorage, unless you have chartered or own a plane.

 

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14 minutes ago, DWhit said:

If you can fit it in your schedule, take the train from Seward to Anchorage.  The views and scenery are wonderful.

Thanks. It looks like there's only one train a day, at 6PM. I know the sunsets later there, but it seems tke last hour and a half or so would be in the dark.

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34 minutes ago, sasset said:

Thanks. It looks like there's only one train a day, at 6PM. I know the sunsets later there, but it seems tke last hour and a half or so would be in the dark.

Yes that might be a problem.  Its been a few years ago, but as I recall we arrived in Anchorage in the dark, but we saw tons of beautiful scenery before dark  The first parts of the trip are the most spectacular I think.   We finished our cruise in Seward in mid-August.

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1 hour ago, sasset said:

When your cruise terminates in Seward, what airport do you fly home from? I assume it's Anchorage. Is it a bus or train from Seward?

 

You can purchase transportation to Anchorage airport o buy one  shore excursion with drop off at the Airport

Kenai Fjords Cruise with Lunch and Airport Drop-Off in Seward, Alaska | Celebrity Cruises

Kenai Fjords Cruise with Lunch, Sealife Center and Airport Drop Off in Seward, Alaska | Celebrity Cruises

Kenai Fjords and Glacier Cruise with Lunch and Airport Drop-off in Seward, Alaska | Celebrity Cruises

 

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Sunset tonight in Anchorage Aug 30, 2021 is 9:11pm. We are doing the Seward/Vancouver next June. We plan on renting a car in Anchorage and driving to Seward.

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3 hours ago, sasset said:

Thanks. It looks like there's only one train a day, at 6PM. I know the sunsets later there, but it seems tke last hour and a half or so would be in the dark.

 

 

While Seward has a short runway there is no commercial air service.  Unless you know someone with a small private plane you will fly out of Anchorage.

 

Celebrity will offer motor coach transfers from Seward to Anchorage.  There are also several private companies which also offer transfers.  Some of these motor coach transfers include a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  As already mentioned, some of the cruise line transfers offer Kenai Fjords excursions, while others will be just the motor coach transfer.

 

A second popular option is the Alaska Railroad.  The 6 PM run mentioned by "sasset"is the regularly scheduled run which is operated daily during the summer.  Folks who select this option book directly with the  ARR.  This run goes from the Seward ARR station to the Anchorage ARR station which is located downtown.

 

In addition to the daily 6 PM rail service, on days when a cruise ship docks in Seward, there will be a special ARR run between Seward and the Anchorage.  This cruise ship chartered run leaves Seward early in the morning and does not end at the ARR downtown Anchorage station but instead ends at the Anchorage airport.  This option is booked through the cruise lines and cannot be booked directly with the ARR so it will not appear in the ARR schedule.

 

And finally, another option is to rent a car.  

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28 minutes ago, Northern Aurora said:

 

 

While Seward has a short runway there is no commercial air service.  Unless you know someone with a small private plane you will fly out of Anchorage.

 

Celebrity will offer motor coach transfers from Seward to Anchorage.  There are also several private companies which also offer transfers.  Some of these motor coach transfers include a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  As already mentioned, some of the cruise line transfers offer Kenai Fjords excursions, while others will be just the motor coach transfer.

 

A second popular option is the Alaska Railroad.  The 6 PM run mentioned by "sasset"is the regularly scheduled run which is operated daily during the summer.  Folks who select this option book directly with the  ARR.  This run goes from the Seward ARR station to the Anchorage ARR station which is located downtown.

 

In addition to the daily 6 PM rail service, on days when a cruise ship docks in Seward, there will be a special ARR run between Seward and the Anchorage.  This cruise ship chartered run leaves Seward early in the morning and does not end at the ARR downtown Anchorage station but instead ends at the Anchorage airport.  This option is booked through the cruise lines and cannot be booked directly with the ARR so it will not appear in the ARR schedule.

 

And finally, another option is to rent a car.  

Thanks. One way car rental about $500. The charter train sounds good. Didn't see that as an option on the Celebrity site.

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2 minutes ago, sasset said:

Thanks. One way car rental about $500. The charter train sounds good. Didn't see that as an option on the Celebrity site.

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There is only one major car rental company in Seward and their one way rental prices are indeed high.  

 

There will be a Celebrity chartered ARR  run from Seward to the Anchorage airport.  It departs from a siding right beside the Seward cruise terminal.  I can't remember what time it leaves, but have been finishing breakfast when the final call for the RR is announced throughout the ship.  

 

When Celebrity opens it for booking there will be information about what time folks can book flights home.   While it takes 2 to 2.5 hours to drive between Anchorage and Seward the ARR route doesn't exactly run parallel to the highway.  While the highway has lovely scenery, the section where the ARR diverges from the highway is considered extremely scenic by many.  The ARR run takes about 4 hours, so if the train departs from the siding at Seward at 7:30 am it will reach the Anchorage airport about 11:30 am.

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55 minutes ago, sasset said:

Does Celebrity run this train Anchorage to Seward too?

 

What has happened in the past is generally a predictor of the future.  In the past Celebrity has chartered the ARR to run a morning  train departing from the rail siding beside the Seward cruise ship terminal to the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport.  This charter is done only on days a ship docks in Seward and only folks who are on the cruise ship can book it.  This run is separate from the "regular" daily summer ARR run from the Seward ARR terminal to the ARR Anchorage terminal which is located in downtown Anchorage (not at the airport).

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1 hour ago, Jim_Iain said:

Pre-Covid they ran it to the Airport

 

I am sensing some confusion here, and am not clear air Jim understands that the "it" he is referring to is a cruise ship chartered rail run.  

 

The cruise ship chartered railroad runs transit between the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport and a siding beside the Seward cruise ship terminal.  Again, the ARR only does these runs on cruise port days, and they are chartered by the cruise lines so tickets are sold by the cruise lines.  The special chartered runs do not stop at the downtown ARR terminal but instead use a short spur line between the main ARR line and the airport.

 

The 6 PM trip mentioned by our OP in post #4 is the daily trip offered during the summer by the Alaska Railroad.  It uses the main ARR track and does not use the spur to the airport.  It does not make a stop at the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport.  It runs between the downtown Anchorage ARR terminal and the Seward ARR terminal.

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On 8/30/2021 at 10:09 AM, bigbenboys said:

Sunset tonight in Anchorage Aug 30, 2021 is 9:11pm. We are doing the Seward/Vancouver next June. We plan on renting a car in Anchorage and driving to Seward.

In June the sunset will be noticeably later! First time we were taking the cruise from Seward to Vancouver, our children were young and we could not get them to bed because sunset was so late (and we were all so excited for the cruise! )

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On 8/30/2021 at 2:10 PM, Northern Aurora said:

 

 

While Seward has a short runway there is no commercial air service.  Unless you know someone with a small private plane you will fly out of Anchorage.

 

Celebrity will offer motor coach transfers from Seward to Anchorage.  There are also several private companies which also offer transfers.  Some of these motor coach transfers include a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  As already mentioned, some of the cruise line transfers offer Kenai Fjords excursions, while others will be just the motor coach transfer.

 

A second popular option is the Alaska Railroad.  The 6 PM run mentioned by "sasset"is the regularly scheduled run which is operated daily during the summer.  Folks who select this option book directly with the  ARR.  This run goes from the Seward ARR station to the Anchorage ARR station which is located downtown.

 

In addition to the daily 6 PM rail service, on days when a cruise ship docks in Seward, there will be a special ARR run between Seward and the Anchorage.  This cruise ship chartered run leaves Seward early in the morning and does not end at the ARR downtown Anchorage station but instead ends at the Anchorage airport.  This option is booked through the cruise lines and cannot be booked directly with the ARR so it will not appear in the ARR schedule.

 

And finally, another option is to rent a car.  

 

On 8/30/2021 at 2:53 PM, Northern Aurora said:

 

There is only one major car rental company in Seward and their one way rental prices are indeed high.  

 

There will be a Celebrity chartered ARR  run from Seward to the Anchorage airport.  It departs from a siding right beside the Seward cruise terminal.  I can't remember what time it leaves, but have been finishing breakfast when the final call for the RR is announced throughout the ship.  

 

When Celebrity opens it for booking there will be information about what time folks can book flights home.   While it takes 2 to 2.5 hours to drive between Anchorage and Seward the ARR route doesn't exactly run parallel to the highway.  While the highway has lovely scenery, the section where the ARR diverges from the highway is considered extremely scenic by many.  The ARR run takes about 4 hours, so if the train departs from the siding at Seward at 7:30 am it will reach the Anchorage airport about 11:30 am.

 

On 8/30/2021 at 4:25 PM, Northern Aurora said:

 

What has happened in the past is generally a predictor of the future.  In the past Celebrity has chartered the ARR to run a morning  train departing from the rail siding beside the Seward cruise ship terminal to the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport.  This charter is done only on days a ship docks in Seward and only folks who are on the cruise ship can book it.  This run is separate from the "regular" daily summer ARR run from the Seward ARR terminal to the ARR Anchorage terminal which is located in downtown Anchorage (not at the airport).

 

On 8/30/2021 at 6:37 PM, Northern Aurora said:

 

I am sensing some confusion here, and am not clear air Jim understands that the "it" he is referring to is a cruise ship chartered rail run.  

 

The cruise ship chartered railroad runs transit between the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport and a siding beside the Seward cruise ship terminal.  Again, the ARR only does these runs on cruise port days, and they are chartered by the cruise lines so tickets are sold by the cruise lines.  The special chartered runs do not stop at the downtown ARR terminal but instead use a short spur line between the main ARR line and the airport.

 

The 6 PM trip mentioned by our OP in post #4 is the daily trip offered during the summer by the Alaska Railroad.  It uses the main ARR track and does not use the spur to the airport.  It does not make a stop at the Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport.  It runs between the downtown Anchorage ARR terminal and the Seward ARR terminal.

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We just want to praise and thank you, "Northern Aurora," for having the patience (and for sharing so much of your free time) to explain these important facts to everyone.  We never knew this info before -- and we had always decided to avoid flying to Anchorage because it was so far from Seward (about 125 miles).  We will have to re-think it some day.

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