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Making the Most of Icy Strait Point
Making the Most of Icy Strait Point
Disney Wonder calls on Icy Strait Point twice in 2017. The ships inaugural visit, on a special 7-night itinerary, is on Wednesday, July 19. All Ashore is 12:00 pm, All Aboard is 6:00 pm. The second visit, on the 9-night itinerary, is Thursday, July 27, with an All Ashore at 8:45 am and All Aboard at 5:00 pm. Although this port had required tendering, a new, floating dock was completed in 2016. Cruisers can now walk ashore along an elevated, covered walkway. The center of Hoonah is a pleasant, 1.5 mile walk along the water's edge from Icy Strait Point, and a shuttle may be available for about $8. Hoonah does have two taxi services: Hometown Cab 907-209-5960 and Hoonah Taxi 907-209-4766.
The attractive Icy Strait Point facility includes a cannery museum and a tribal dance show, along with a variety of gift shops, restaurants and snack bars where the focus is on local seafood, and a nature trail. Downtown Hoonah has little more to add, beyond the authenticity of a town just lightly touched by tourism. Most cruisers will book excursions through the cruise line, and almost undoubtedly, all will be operated by Icy Strait Point and fetch premium prices. The facility is also home to "the world's largest ZipRider" (zipline), a mile-long ride from mountaintop to beach that descends over 1,300 feet along the way. The basic ZipRider-only excursion costs $140 for a single ride. A two-ride package is $179, and several other excursions can be had with a ZipRider add-on. The real focus here, though, is nature, with whale watching (nearby Icy Strait is prime humpback whale territory), sea kayaking, stream and sea fishing, nature hikes, and wildlife walks that may include (but can't promise) bear sightings. Passionate cooks can sign up for In Alaska's Wildest Kitchen, an $80, 90-minute seafood-focused food demo. Though you should book your excursions in advance, there is a tour desk in the Adventure Center by the cruise dock if you have a last-minute urge. On Your Own: About a dozen local businesses offer fishing, whale watching, and/or bear watching charters. See http://www.visithoonah.com/tours_charters.html
Chichagof Island has Alaska's densest population of brown bears ("grizzlies"). Icy Strait Point's guide map includes a warning to those using the resort's nature trails to "Walk in groups and make noise... If you encounter a bear, stay together, make lots of noise, and slowly move away. Do not run..." Otherwise, Icy Strait Point/Hoonah is a very safe place, with a very low crime rate.
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