A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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Cruise the Inside Passage or many other scenic destinations.
Have you, as an Alaska resident, thought of taking an Alaska cruise? A friend and I thought we'd do just that! What could be easier than seeing Alaska by cruise ship?
Potential passengers have raised questions about the health conditions aboard cruise liners amid reports of viral infections. It may be reassuring to read reports about health inspections, including those of ships sailing in Alaska's waters.
These cruise lines serve Alaska. Their southern ports include Seattle, Wash.; San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif.; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Cruise ship passengers find plenty to do in each port along the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska.
Passengers see the Last Frontier's rugged and wild coast
The Inside Passage is Alaska's biggest cruise destination, but popular cruises also visit Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.
Passengers are treated to heroic, historic and romantic scenery, plus sightings of Alaska's most majestic wildlife: whales, bald eagles and bears.
Round-trip passengers on one-week Alaska cruises embark at Seattle, Wash., or in Vancouver, British Columbia. The routes usually run the length of the Inside Passage and back.
One-way passengers often board at Seattle or Vancouver and travel as far as Seward or Whittier, Alaska. Once they're back on land, they board a bus, train or car for their further travel and usually fly home from Anchorage or Fairbanks. The trip is also made in reverse for south-bound travelers.
The Inside Passage is also known as the Panhandle and as simply "Southeast."
Prince William Sound, tucked into the underbelly of Alaska, holds abundant wildlife and glaciers, including Columbia Glacier. Cruises heading to Whittier travel through part of the Sound.
Cruises in the Gulf of Alaska visit Seward and Kodiak.
In addition to these weeklong cruises, there are local day cruises, especially in Juneau, Whittier and Seward. These visit glaciers and search for whales and other wildlife such as eagles, bears, sea lions and sea otters.