Skagway’s a small town. The entire population is less than 1000 people — that’s less than one third of the Crown Princess’ guest capacity. This is the ship we cruise on for our Best of Alaska cruisetour. During the summer tourist season though the population swells up, doubling in size.
Although small in size, Skagway is rich in history. It all started with the Klondike Gold Rush (1896 to 1899) and was known as “the roughest town on earth.” A walk through the town takes about half an hour to an hour, depending on your speed. You’ll pretty much see everything the town has to offer in this time.
You may be wondering then what you can do to make the most of your time there, particularly if you’re on our Best of Alaska cruisetour (the ship is docked there from 7 am to 8:30 pm).
A must-do when your ship is in Skagway is an optional excursion we offer, a 7.5 hour train ride to Fraser, British Columbia on the Yukon Bus and Rail excursion. This 28-mile journey is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
The railroad was built in the Gold Rush era in 1898 and offers amazing panoramic views of glaciers, mounatains, valleys, waterfalls, and tunnels. One of our Cruise Specialists, Wes Ewing, wrote about it in this post. Also check it out on our shore excursion site.
Learn about our next Best of Alaska cruisetour destination next week. If you’re interested in joining us this season for this experience, speak with one of our Alaska Cruise Specialists at 1-800-565-2784.