Visit Homer, Alaska for the Halibut on your Alaskan cruise
Homer claims to be the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World”
Be ready to catch a big fish. The record weight of a Halibut caught in Homer is 459 pounds. But it’s more likely the big boy you catch will be in the neighborhood of 100-300 lbs.; not a bad day fishing. This big catch of the day for the group pictured was a 115-pounder. Regardless of the size of fish you catch you’ll have a great day catching Halibut in Alaska’s wilderness. The best part is that at the end of the day you can then leave it up to the fish processor to filet, vacuum pack and flash freeze your catch and have it shipped home.
Homer is on the Kenai Peninsula at the southernmost edge of Alaska at the very end of the famed Alaskan Highway. The easiest to visit this authentic fishing town is on an Alaskan cruise that stops in Homer, or by adding a cruisetour to the beginning or end of your Alaskan cruise that that stops or starts in Seward or Whittier. So fishing is not your thing? There’s much more to do in Homer than fish for Halibut.
If you love being surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges, have an eye for wildflowers and wildlife then you’ll love this town. There are many trails, but the most popular is the Homer Spit.
Homer’s biggest attraction is the Homer Spit, which is a 4.5 mile stretch of land that extends out to the sea. Locals and tourists enjoy the nature walk along the extension out to sea. While on this spectacular hike you can take in views of the Chugach mountain range and ocean at the same time. And, if you want to do some salmon fishing it’s a popular fishing hole.
So how can I get to Homer on an Alaskan cruise?
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ 13-Day Authentic Alaska Cruisetour makes a stop in Homer. You can choose to take the 7-Day Sawyer Glacier cruise first and head northbound from Vancouver. Or, you can take the cruise southbound from Whittier after the land tour. The land portion is a 6-day fully escorted motor coach and railroad tour where you’ll spend a night in Fairbanks, two nights in Denali, a night in Anchorage and a night in Homer.
Holland America’s 14-day Alaskan Explorer cruise sails round trip from Seattle. You’ll get to see Homer as well as Kodiak Island—which very few cruise lines visit. It’s the ultimate cruise-only itinerary which starts in Seattle, and stops at Vancouver Island, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka and Victoria before it returns to Seattle. Click here for a complete list of Holland America’s 2014 cruisetours.
Cruisers can expect a new and improved Homer in 2014
The City of Homer has spent $6 million improving the port to make it possible for more cruise ships to stop in Homer. The residents of Homer are embracing these improvements across the city and are ready to welcome more tourists to their town. It’s going to be a popular new cruise port for Alaskan cruises because it is truly an unexpected Alaskan treasure.
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Thank you City o f Homer for the great pics
Thank you Robert Lutz for the featured picture of your great Halibut catch
Linda Brandt joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in November 2011. She has been working with the marketing team in many capacities. Her new role is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. She studied journalism and writing in college and was a writer for The Campus newspaper for two years at the College of the Sequoias. She is also currently working on her Bachelor’s degree.