Posted by AskBob
Posted: December 8, 2009 - 12:23 pm
Q: What is the best mode of transportation when getting off a cruise ship in Seward and going to and around Homer—and then back to Seward? —Renee
A: Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula, is a great town full of character: lots of shops and art galleries, great sea kayaking in Kachemak Bay and arguably the world’s best halibut fishing.
Seward and Homer look close on the map, but they’re separated by mountains and an ice field. Neither the railroad nor ferries connect them, but you still have a few options for getting there. In most cases you’ll need more than a day to do it:
• Rent a car. The 4 1/2-hour drive is gorgeous: Aside from mountains and the Kenai River, you’ll have a good chance of seeing eagles flying overhead and bears fishing in the water. Daily rates from the Hertz agency in Seward (907-224-4378) start at $80 a day, and it’s located two blocks from the cruise port.
• Charter a flight. Plenty of air taxis such as Reeve Air (907-250-4766) and Homer Air, do charter flights, but they can get “spendy,” as it were, depending on how many people are in your party. Reeve will make the 45-minute flight over the Harding Icefield to Homer for $820 one way (that’s for everyone), with it costing just a few hundred more if you return to Seward a few hours later. Likewise, Homer Air would be $900 one way, covering up to 5 passengers.
• Take a shuttle. One great ground option is a company called Stageline, which takes you between Seward and Homer for $66 one-way or $120 roundtrip. Their schedule varies depending on time of year, but they go daily during the summer peak season, and can usually pick people at ports or a local hotel. You can reach them at 907-235-2252, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.