Alaska's Inside Passage
Alaska's Inside Passage is a popular cruise, and cruisetour, destination for travelers who want to see Alaska's amazing wilderness.The Inside Passage is a coastal route in the far southeast part of Alaska (starting near Puget Sound in Washington State, passing through Canadian British Columbia, finally ending near the Alaskan Panhandle). Many isolated communities live near Alaska's Inside Passage, though this is somewhat of a misnomer, as the very same communities are visited by many cruise ships throughout the year.
Alaska's Inside Passage makes up the Southwest region of Alaska, and was the center of activity during Alaska's 19th century Gold Rush. Also known as the "Panhandle," the Inside Passage is known best for breathtaking views, bountiful wildlife, lively native cultures, fascinating history and extraordinary hospitality.
Most cruises to Alaska's Inside Passage are 7-10 days long and are the best way to experience the Alaskan terrain! You can enjoy many activities at the follwing ports:
Juneau - Enjoy helicopter tours of Mendenhall glacier, or you can catch the bus to the national park and hike the vast mountain trails of Nugget Falls around the lake. You can also take the tramway to the top of Mount Roberts for a panoramic view of Janeau. Want some more leisurely activities? Enjoy local shops selling goods particular to Alaska (gold jewelry, fur, carved ivory). Or stop by one of the local restaurants and bars for some Alaskan King Crab.
Ketchikan- Misty Ketchikan, also known as the "Salmon Capital of The World." This port offers an abundance of activities: kayak in Misty Fiords,or hike up Deer Mountain, and then relax by browsing the local shops and galleries.
See the list of cruiselines below to determine your options for great cruises to the Alaskan Inside Passage.