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    Jeana Guest

    Icy Strait Point

    Has anyone been to Icy Strait Point? Royal Caribbean lists it in their itinerary on the Southbound Alaska cruise. Is this a port??? What is there to do there?





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    GloBug Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    I bought a great book that will tell you everything you want to know. It's called ALASKA BY CRUISE SHIP by Anne Vipond. It's an excellent book, a complete guide to cruising Alaska, and has indepth coverage of the Inside Passage and glacier cruises. All the ports of call are covered, as well as shore excursions, land tours and native culture.

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    Yukon Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    Icy Strait Point wasn't a cruise port when that book was published, though. Other than the excursions that Royal Caribbean lists, there doens't seem to be much.

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    GloBug Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    Other than a few mentions on 3 pages, it really doesn't say much, you are right!

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    kitsy Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    check out the cruisecritic.com message boards. There is a lot of information there about icy strait, even from some of the natives living there. Sounds like a beautiful place.

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    Hoonah_Tlingit_Boy Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    WASAA IYATEE (How are you?) EVERYONE? I hope the new year has brought great things to all and that your families are healthy and happy. My Tlingit name is Koo Hook (english name Howard) and I am born and raised in Xunaa (Hoonah, Alaska), where Icy Strait Point is located. I'd like to offer myself as an ambassador to the people and place where the spirit of Alaaqsaq (Alaska) is strong and true, answering any questions that our future and past guests might have. I realize that there is little information out there about the largest Tlingit community in the world, and it's new purpose-built cruise destination, Icy Strait Point. Please, by all means, feel free to ask any questions that you might have, and I'll do the best to fill you in and get you prepared to experience our home.

    GUNALCHEESH! (Thank you)

    Koo Hook

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    Shipsbelle Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    WASAA IYATEE Koo Hook?

    I have a few questions for you.

    1. What are some of the experiences we might enjoy in Icy Strait Point?

    2. Is the whale watching good there? If so, what time of year is best to see them?

    3. Do the ships tender or is there a dock?

    4. How large is the town? Can you rent a car and drive around or is it best to do organized tours?

    5. Since this is a fairly new port for the cruise ships is it not as "touristy" as the other long time Alaska destinations?

    6. What do YOU do in Icy Strait Point? I mean, what is your job there?

    I have more questions, but I'll save them for another post!

    GUNALCHEESH for coming on here and offering your native expertise! I'll be watching for your reply.

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    Hoonah_Tlingit_Boy Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    HI BELLE! Gunalcheesh for posting......now to answer your questions......

    1. There are MANY experiences to pursue at Icy Strait Point. A list of the excursions on the cruiseline websites is a great start - but there are many things to do aside from the tours. You could enjoy the waterfront and sit calmly on the beach watching for the ABUNDANT wildlife in this area....there were many times our guests got to see keet (killer whales) and yei (humpback whales) swim right parallel to the shoreline.....you could walk one of two great nature trails at your own leisure...they'll take you through a second growth forest towering with Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees...you can meander talking to my Tlingit people that have inhabited this place for nearly 10,000 years (as far as science can tell us)...and much more.....

    2. The whale watching is OPTIMAL here....the largest congregation of humpback whales in the Southeast Panhandle culminate at Pt. Adolphus - where the catamarans will take you on your whale watch........I've been going there for years and it NEVER disappoints me or ceases to amaze me.....it IS the best whalewatching anywhere to be found in this part of the world.....

    3. The ships do tender into Icy Strait Point. There are no facilities equipped to dock vessels of that size.....I think it's a bonus because it really pits you in the thick of it all, not to mention the ride here is filled with possibilities....

    4. Hoonah is populated by 886 people, of which roughly 70% is Alaska Native.....if you wish to meander yourself and rent a car, you might want to check out www.buynpack.net These folks offer a few vehicles for rent, so I'm sure if you schedule ahead of time, it's quite possible! The island is the 3rd largest in Alaska - next to Kodiak and Prince of Wales......so all options are open...there are networks of roads that take you to great beaches and secluded vistas. The organized tours are great as well, all you have to do is sit and ask questions!!!!

    5. Hoonah and Icy Strait Point are far from touristy.......you'll still have the opportunity to experience the true "rawness" of an Alaskan community populated by it's original inhabitants - the Tlingit. You aren't going to find streets overflowing with jewelery and t-shirt shops.....everything that operates when you are here, continues to support the people of Hoonah when our guests are home for the winter.....

    6. My job at Icy Strait Point is a good one...I'm a renaissance man so I do many things....but I'm mostly on these boards simply as a member of the community of Hoonah...my original intention was to answer questions accurately and portray my people and our home with intergrity, pride and poise. I took early notice of innacurate posts by people of other communities (ie. Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway) and immediately intercepted so that all information and portrayals were coming directly from the horses mouth....MINE!

    I hope that these answers are sufficient Belle, and I look forward to any other questions you may have about Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska. Your asking questions provides great information for everybody!!!!!

    AAT TLEIN GUNALCHEESH!!

    Koo Hook

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    Xpose Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    Hi Koo Hook! Is there a specific company you recommend for whale watching in Icy Strait Point? I will be there the first part of Sept.

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    Jeana Guest

    Re: Icy Strait Point

    Koo Hook,

    Thank you for some great information! Here are some questions for you:

    If you want to fish for salmon and/or halibut, what time of year is the best chance to do that?

    Who would you recommend for guide fishing?

    How do you get your catch sent back home?

    Are mosquitos a big problem and if so, what time of year are they the worst? When do they start for the season?

    thank you.

    Jeana

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