Welcome to Sitka-speaks for itself.
The ship pulled into Sitka
, Alaska (not exactly sure of the date) and we didn't have any excursions planned. There didn't seem like that much to do there unless you were interested in Russian history. I'm sorry to all you Russians out there, but I'm not really interested in the battle forts and the struggles of the people in Alaska. There is no port in Sitka, so the ship has to use tender boats to get ashore. On our ride, we saw some sea otters. They were very cute, but quickly swam away from the tenders. I took the map that the ship gives you. It has shopping tips and a small map of the area near the dock. I was really excited to go around and see all these historic sites. It turns out, most of the things I wanted to see had been burned down and a marker put in its place. The famous church, St. Michael's Catherdal, is a reconstructed one after a fire. They charge you to go in (not worth the four dollars) and then you can't even take pictures of anything in there. We did hike up the Battle Hill. There was a great view. The original fort was burnt down. Either on accident or on purpose. Other than that, there wasn't anything that spectacular. Things are very expensive in the smaller cities of Alaska, so make sure you have plenty of video tape. I didn't and had to buy a tape for $15 here.