If you haven’t been to Sitka, Alaska in a few years, you probably remember tendering into the small boat marina in the downtown area. The ship anchored out and you took one of the cruise ships small tender boats ashore. It was a long process and sometimes stretched your patience. In 2013, Sitka built and opened a brand new cruise ship dock at the Old Sitka Dock (OSD). The dock is located about 5 ½ miles outside of and north of town.
Once you leave the ship there are several buildings located in the dock area. A large white tent that houses a pop-up restaurant. Serving live Dungeness Crab, Burgers and Fish and Chips. Plus locally crafted beers. Wifi is available here as well. Prices are steep, just as they are in most Alaskan cities. As you pass the tent then its a short incline to reach what they call a cruise terminal. Housing souvenir, jewelry and fur shops. If you have accessibility issues there is a golf cart that will take guests up the ramp to the cruise terminal.
Shuttle buses are provided by the city and are free of charge. They run every 15 minutes or so and it takes about 10 minutes to get into town. The drop-off point for the shuttle is at the Harrigan Centennial Hall right in the heart of the city.
It’s easy to get into Sitka. Make sure to get off and explore. It’s why you came.