For the first time this summer, we are taking guests to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point as part of new seven- and nine-night itineraries on the Disney Wonder. Departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, these voyages also sail to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord – giving Disney cruisers the ultimate Alaskan experience in America’s Last Frontier.
Located in the world’s largest native Tlingit village of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point offers a variety of cultural experiences, wildlife exploration and nature adventures. Today, I’ll give you my recommendations for Port Adventures that will immerse you in the culture and heritage of this Alaska native owned-and-operated port of call.
Hoonah Sightseeing & Tribal Dance – Your journey begins with a scenic drive through the Tlingit settlement, with the chance to gain perspective into the area’s past and present through narration by a local guide. You’ll learn interesting aspects of life about this small heritage-rich village before arriving at the Native Heritage Center Theater for a lively performance from the Huna Tlingit. Through interpretive song, dance and storytelling, they will proudly share the history and tales of their people.
Ancient Oceans & Newborn Forests Walking Tour – On a 2-mile guided walking tour from the beach to rainforest, you’ll discover the fascinating geology, history and culture of Icy Strait. Your guide – a Tlingit carver and local teacher – will relate the history of the cannery buildings and how the Tlingit people live off the abundant sea. You’ll learn about the Hoonah Tlingit’s use of resources, the coastal rainforest, the origins of plant-based medicines and even how to track animals by observing footprints and vegetation.
Icy Strait Kayak Adventure – This once-in-a-lifetime kayaking experience is a great opportunity to learn more about the area’s history and culture. As you kayak to beautiful Pitt Island and around the Hoonah waterfront, where you may see humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and other marine wildlife, your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the native culture of the Tlingit and the authentic Alaskan village of Hoonah. Guests with an appreciation for culture, wildlife and nature will love this adventure.
In my next post, we’ll look at a few of my favorite Port Adventures where wildlife is the main attraction. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!