Arriving By Cruise Ship

 

Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC dock is located in the Cliffside Marina parking lot adjacent to the Whittier Cruise Ship Terminal. Guests cruising to and from Whittier on board a cruise ship have plenty of time in port to enjoy our 26 Glacier Cruise or the Glacier Quest Cruise before or after their 7-day cruise. If you plan to overnight in Anchorage, our evening Sunset Glacier Cruise and Coach Service option is also available.

Check in

Check in for day cruises at our Whittier ticket office and be onboard at least 15 minutes prior to the cruise departure time.

Luggage:

You will be responsible for transferring your luggage between the transportation provider and the cruise ship terminal. During the cruise, your luggage may be stored in our office and then reclaimed after the cruise. The Cruise Ship Terminal is next to our pier which is a very short distance.

Embarking Guests:

Coach Service: The coach departs Anchorage at 9:30 a.m. from the Hotel Captain Cook (downtown location). If you are staying near the airport or at a midtown hotel, please contact our office for the nearest pickup location. The location where you will board the coach must be confirmed at the time of reservation.

Rail Service: The Alaska Railroad operates their Glacier Discovery rail segment between Anchorage and Whittier. Check in is 8:45 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. all aboard! The Alaska Rail Depot is located at 411 W 1st Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad will arrive to Whittier at 12:05 p.m. which allows pently of time to cross the street and check in at our ticket office.

Disembarking Guests:

Day Cruise Coach Service: The day cruise coach service departs at 5:45 p.m. from the parking lot in front of the Phillips Cruises & Tours ticket office. If guests are staying at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, we make a brief stop at 6:45 p.m. before continuing on to Anchorage for drop-off at the Hotel Captain Cook around 7:30 p.m. with additional drop off locations at select hotels in the midtown area or near the airport. The last stop will be at the Anchorage International Airport at approximately 8:00 p.m. which allows an easy connection to flights departing Anchorage after 10:00 p.m.

Rail Service: Boarding begins at 6:15 p.m. and the Glacier Discovery train departs Whittier at 6:45 p.m. The train returns to Anchorage at approximately 9:15 p.m. to the Alaska Railroad Depot on 1st Avenue. A taxi from the rail depot to your next destination is recommended. Alaska cab can be reached at 907-222-2222. 

Evening Cruise Coach Service: The evening cruise coach service departs at 9:45 p.m. from the parking lot in front of the Phillips Cruises & Tours ticket office. If guests are staying at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, the coach will stop there at approximately 10:45 p.m. and then continue on to Anchorage for drop-off at the Hotel Captain Cook around 11:30 p.m. with additional drop off locations at select hotels in the midtown area or near the airport. The last stop will be at the Anchorage International Airport at approximately 11:45 p.m. which allows an easy connection to flights departing Anchorage after 1:30 a.m.

 

Arrival Tips

Upon arrival to Whittier, please check in for your cruise. You'll see our ticket office with a yellow triangle sign on a red roof to your left as you approach the town. Our check-in booth is just a few steps away in the same lot by the Cliffside Marina which is where you'll receive your boarding card for the cruise.

After checking in, we invite you to explore the town of Whittier. Here are a few of our favorite stops:

  • Drop by Lazy Otter for a coffee or salmon spread bagel.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Whittier Fudge Company
  • Seeking some fresh fish or shrimp? Check out Fee's Custom Seafood.
  • Buy a gift for friends and family back home from Log Cabin Gifts
  • Have lunch or dinner at China Sea or Swiftwater Cafe
  • Learn about WWII at the museum next to the Anchor Inn
  • Stay or dine at the Inn at Whittier
  • Stop by Wild Catch Cafe for Kaladi Coffee, breakfast or lunch
  • Check out kayaking options with Alaska Sea Kayakers
  • Watch the daily catch arrive in the small boat harbor
  • Hike a trail, walk the harbor, or just sit and relax or read a book

After your cruise, you may wish to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, located at mile 79 on the Seward highway. This is a great place to view musk ox, moose, wood bison, caribou and even bears!