Our arrival at Whittier was bittersweet. It marked the end of our cruise and of a great time. Wittier, on first glance seems unremarkable. There are few or no individual homes here. There is a high rise apartment building. There is a very nice harbor and the port is completely surrounded by mountains. The only access to Whittier is by a tunnel through the mountain which is one way only and is shared by train and vehicular traffic, or by water or air (floatplane only). Previously primarily a commercial-industrial port, one of the cruise lines determined that it was a good deep water port which avoided the congestion of nearby Seward and provided a good way to carry cruise line passengers by rail or bus, either to Anchorage to depart Alaska, or on up into Denali National Park. It looks like a nice place to sail or fly into and a nice point of departure for some of Alaska’s wild beauty. And its hard not to argue that it is gorgeous in the early morning.
Posted on September 12, 2010 by LightCentric