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Icy Strait Point

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Overview

Icy Strait Point, located on Chichagof Island (the fifth largest island in the United States; just 22 miles southeast of Glacier Bay National Park), is a great place to view wildlife and learn about the history of Alaska. Nearby this area is Hoonah Village, the largest Tlingit village in Alaska.

What sets this port apart from some of the other more commonly featured Alaskan port cities (such as Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan) is that it is much more unspoiled than them, since it's a newer and generally less-featured option in the cruising industry. This results in a great opportunity to experience Alaska's natural beauty.



Destinations
Icy Strait Point is featured on select Alaska cruise itineraries.


Cruise Lines Departing Here
Icy Strait Point is not a cruise departure port.



Currency
The official currency of the United States is the dollar.


Language
The official language is English.


Tourist Attractions
The Native Heritage Center in Icy Strait Point features a large collection of Tlingit artifacts, and is a great place to learn about the history of the Tlingit peoples through exhibits and live performances.

Honnah Village, located nearby Ice Strait Point, is the largest Tlingit village in Alaska. As such, it's a wonderful place to see and experience their culture as well as enjoy their cuisine and crafts. Also in this area is a lot of wildlife to see. Many of the shore excursions offered by cruise lines in Icy Strait Point feature tours that focus on this village.

The Icy Strait Point Cannery, featuring shops and museums, is one of the most productive canneries in the world. While there guests can experience the storied past of this region.

The world's longest ZipRider cable ride is located in Icy Strait Point. It's 5,330 feet long and (accelerating up to 60 mph) is an adventurous and fun way to experience the outdoors in this port of call. Other "active" excursions include biking treks, fishing (mainly for salmon) and sightseeing via planes.

Taking part in a 4x4 off-road adventure through the mountains of this area is a popular shore excursion often available there. While on this type of excursion you'll have the opportunity to get great views of the surrounding temperate rainforest, and of Icy Strait Point.



Port Location
Cruise ships anchor offshore (in the Sitka Sound) and use tender boats to transport their passengers between Sitka and the ship. Passengers are dropped off right in town, making many attractions within walking distance.
 
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