Alaska, Hoonah (Icy Strait Point)

Welcome to Icy Strait Point and the town of Hoonah!

Our next port was Icy Strait Point.  We were originally supposed to go to this port earlier in the cruise, but two police officers were shot and killed during this time so the cruise line made a decision to have us port there later in the cruise when things had calmed down.

We all went separate ways at this port.  Some of us walked into the sleepy town of Hoonah; a couple went on a whale watch from the ship’s excursions and the rest went on a whale watch that they set up on their own.

I was part of the group that walked into Hoonah.  Hoonah is the largest Tlingit village in Alaska.  About 70% of its residents are of Alaska Native heritage.  There really is not much there to see so after a brief walk around we ended up back at the port where there was shopping.  We sat by the fire pit and enjoyed watching the zip line.

The dock area that had shopping.

The group that went whale watching did see a number of whales and sea lions.

Sea Lions off the whale watching boat.

After this group did the whale watching, they ended up in Hoonah where they lunched at The Office.  They all raved over how good the crabs were and you can see from the picture below just how big they were.

Of course they had to have beer with their crab lunches.  As I’ve said before, these guys are home brewers and will stop anywhere that has local beers on tap to try out.

I would recommend you look into some excursions while in the port of Icy Strait Point as the town of Hoonah does not offer much in the way of site seeing.

Please join me next week as we cruise past Hubbard Glacier!

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