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Icy Strait, Alaska Cruise Port

A privately owned tourist spot, the cruise port of Icy Strait Point, Alaska is located on Chichagof Island. Near the small village and largely Tlingit community of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point is, appropriately enough, named after the nearby Icy Strait that's found in Alaska's Alexander Archipelago. The port is owned by Huna Totem Corporation which was formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and is run by approximately 1,350 aboriginal residents. Designed to create authentic wilderness experiences for travelers, the port is a nature-lover's alternative to bigger, glitzier cities. There’s plenty of hiking trails mixed with locally made handcrafted items; shops are typically found within traditional-style buildings created from sustainable timber and put together by Tlingit workers. Activities here include everything from whale watching to flying down a zip line – and everything in between. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Icy Strait Point, Alaska:
  • For folklore fans who want to immerse themselves in a native cultural experience, visit the Native Heritage Center Theater. Here you'll get to see members of the Huna Tlingit Dancers sing, dance, and tell stories while wearing traditional costumes.
  • One of the biggest attractions here is the Cannery Museum. Originally built in 1912 as a salmon processing plant then beautifully restored as a museum, shops, and restaurant, it's a great place for history buffs to take the tour and play-act as a factory worker while learning every step of the canning process.
  • If you're curious about the island's bears, you can pop over to Chichagof Island, home to more than 3,500 coastal brown bears. You might also spot the Sitka black-tailed deer along the way, and it's also an excellent place for birdwatching.
  • On an island surrounded by whales, it's no big stretch of the imagination to want to get closer to them. The Whale and Marine Mammals Cruise takes sightseers to the Point Adolphus area, where you can see orcas and humpback whales while getting information from the onboard naturalist about the behavior and habitat of whales and other area marine life.
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