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the Alaska Cruise
An Alaska Cruise sails through pristine fjords lined with glaciers and snow-capped jagged peaks - and stops at several scenic ports of call.
For locations, see Alaska map below.
and its highlights
The Inland Passage is a coastal area of fjords, channels and other waterways protected from the wrath of the open ocean by islands and other land masses. Most tourists choose the Inland Passage cruise. This normally entails making a 7-day round trip out of Vancouver, B.C. (or Seattle, Washington) to the Inland Passage to see its fjords, glaciers and towns. Highlights include:
Glacier Bay National Park
Noted for its expansive glaciers and interesting wildlife, including whales.
Bordered by a host of photogenic blue-tinged glaciers.
Picturesque, well-preserved town was the gateway to the Klondike during the Alaska gold rush in the 1890s.
Gulf of Alaska
This is also called the Glacier Route. It includes Inland Passage attractions plus glaciers farther north, including those in Hubbard Bay. The cruise consists of a 7-day northbound journey (Vancouver, B.C. to Seward, Alaska) and a 7-day southbound one (the reverse). Few people take it both ways. Most fly the north or south portion.
A big advantage of being in Seward is you can conveniently tack on a 4 to 7 day land tour extension to visit inland places such as Anchorage and Denali National Park (the home of Mt. Denali, North America's tallest peak).
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