Seward Cruise Ship Terminal
Seward is a pivotal port for cruises in Alaska. Many ships either start or end their journeys in Seward, using the adjacent Alaska Railroad or Seward Highway to shuttle from Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.
The Alaska Railroad owns approximately 328 acres in a land reserve, which is used mostly for train operations, but also includes Seward Cruise Ship Terminal facilities, the docks and adjacent uplands, all to support intermodal operations.
The cruise ship dock is 736 by 200 feet with docking available on both sides. Each side is equipped with 10 fenders, 12 mooring bollards, and 2 mooring dolphins located 300 and 400 feet from the end of the dock.
Utilities and features include:
- Three 70-foot high mast light towers for illumination
- Both sides have metered potable water connections with flow up to 150 gal/min
- Electrical hook-up 3-phase up to 600 amp / 480 volts
- Partially paved and fully lit parking area
- Circular driveway for bus, shuttle and private vehicle pick-up/drop-off
- Pathway to connect pedestrians to downtown walking corridors
- Paved rail passenger platform offers a safe train-boarding area
The 24,000 square foot Dale Lindsey Seward Intermodal Facility is 240-by-100-foot and connects cruise and other martimite passengers to Seward and beyond. Located at 913 Port Avenue on the Cruise Ship Dock, the facility is available for rent from mid-September to mid-May, when not supporting cruise ship operations. The building has 25-foot ceilings, heated concrete floors, decorated walls, and ample parking. The venue can accommodate 800 for a sit-down event or 1,675 at a standing room event.
There is also a freight dock available, with docking available on one side. It’s equipped with seven fenders and nine mooring ballards. There is one mooring dolphin, accessible via a catwalk, with a single ballard 71.5 feet from the end of the dock.
Other features and utilities of the freight dock include:
- Compacted gravel surface
- Double track extends to end of dock,
- flush with surface
- Top-of-dock elevation: 20 feet MLLW
- Designated front ramp unloading / loading area
- 8000+ sq. ft. paved area with electrical power and water service
- Cranes and boom trucks available through terminal use permit holders
- Four (4) 70-foot high mast light towers for illumination
- Ample space for temporary cargo lay-down and storage
- Fenced perimeter, card access gates and security cameras
All vessels must complete a Berthing Application and provide a manifest at least 96 hours prior to docking. A Terminal Use Permit is required for cargo operations or vessel servicing. The Alaska Railroad docks are open labor docks.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation Seward Terminal Tariff document applies to all vessels using the wharves and /or facilities owned or operated by the Alaska Railroad in Seward. The document outlines the rates, fees, rules and regulations for wharfage, dockage and other terminal services. The most current Seward Terminal Tariff is available online at www.AlaskaRailroad.com.
The Berthing Application, Terminal Use Permit and Terminal Tariff are available from the ARRC Seward Dock Office staff located in the Seward Intermodal Facility.