Nice Way to the Cruise Ship

We took Alaska Cruise Transfers from our hotel in Anchorage to Whittier cruise docks for an NCL cruise, stopping at the Alaska Wildlife Park on the way. The company boasts the only full-size bus service, and our coach that picked us up was indeed a nice full-size tour bus with onboard restroom that apparently nobody needed. The “Anchorage City Tour” part was driving around to other hotels to pick up passengers, and not going around downtown. That was fine with us as we had already seen downtown Anchorage the day before.

The bus went to a few other hotels and then hit the Seward Highway south. The narration on the way to Whittier was informative and humorous, played off a CD of a professional-sounding spokesman timed to narrate the place the bus was passing through. The driver was a young Anchorage native who chimed in some comments along the way. We stopped at a pull-off for a photo opportunity, the animal park, and at Portage lake for another photo opportunity. The weather was overcast and occasionally rainy, so being outside wasn’t great, but the drive was still scenic and interesting. The last “thrill” was going through the 2.7 mile Anton Anderson tunnel. The company performed exactly as they said, and we were quite satisfied with the service. They were as cheap as the cruiseline, and they picked us up right at our hotel, so we didn’t have to go back to the airport to get the cruiseline’s transfer bus, nor miss the wildlife park, which was somewhat interesting. 09/13