Icy Strait Point is a destination that has been developed by Royal Caribbean as a destination that is used by both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. This is our second trip to this port and although quaint, there is not much there to do there. If you just want to get off the ship and stretch your legs, this is a good place to do so. A walk on the beach may allow you the opportunity to spot whales that swim close to the shore. If you want to spend the money, you can do the zipline tour (booked onboard). If you are afraid of heights (like me) you can view those participating in this attraction as they finish their descent from one of the fastest ziplines anywhere - supposedly reaching speeds of around 60 miles/hour. There are plenty of places to sample local seafood while there and you can grab a latte at the coffee shop. There is a cannery museum that you can wander around and take pictures as well as plenty of shopping for souvenirs. Next to the cannery buildings is a small graveyard where some of the first white settlers to that area are buried. It is surrounded by a white picket fence. A nice broad boardwalk around the waterfront starting at the dock hugging the beachfront and ends at the zipline area. However you can carry on the gravel trails and backtrack through the forest and that snakes it way back towards the ship. A Native American Longhouse offers a piece of local culture (booked onboard) at the end of the trail. This being our second time around wanted to take a trip into the nearest town of Hoonah to see if there was something different worth viewing or shopping for. We paid for the bus on shore, a short walk from the cruise ship dock. The bus driver was very friendly and funny. The cost of this bus was expensive for the distance travelled - you can walk to town as it is probably only about 2 kilometers distance. Once reaching Hoonah, there really was not much there to look at but a small fishing village with a marina - it was quaint, but very similar to the villages we were used to throughout the BC coast. It was interesting walking through the town and meeting locals who were very friendly and accommodating. There was a couple of shops and eateries in town, if you feel you haven't had enough of a seafood fix on the ship. The buses are fairly regular - about 1/2 - 3/4 hour between each bus (same driver). After 1/2 hour, we had seen pretty much all there was to so so we were able to catch the next bus back.
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