We made a bit of a flub some time ago in our article on Alaskan cruising when we stated that no cruise ships call on the city of Anchorage directly. While it’s true that the vast majority of cruise ships dock at the more distant ports of Whittier and Seward, Jack Bonney with the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau was kind enough to inform us that Anchorage does get ships.
While most ships do call on Whittier or Seward, Holland America’s Amsterdam calls on the port of Anchorage directly. The arrivals started in the summer of 2010 and continued last year. The same ship will call on the port of Anchorage seven times in summer of 2012, with the first call in Anchorage of the season set for June 8. The visit is part of a 14-day roundtrip Alaskan Explorer cruise that begins in Seattle. The calls do tend to be longer than those at other ports; with the tides, the Amsterdam spends about 16 hours in port, so guests have time to go gold panning in Girdwood, flightseeing around Mount McKinley or visit the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center and other attractions during the call. We’ve also had ships from other lines tie up at the Port of Anchorage, most recently from Silversea and Oceania.