Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

A unique honeymoon or simply an unforgettable romantic getaway is the Alaska inside passage cruise.

Alaska's Inner Passage is not a trip for those looking for nightclubs and working on their tan. It is for those who want to see nature in a way that is rare in today's world, followed by quiet time together on the ship.

The long narrow section of Alaska that extends towards the southeast is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east and south by the Canadian province of British Columbia. Within this strip of land there are 15,000 miles of coast, more than a thousand islands and some of the few places in the world that are still untouched by permanent human habitation. This is where the sea, mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest meet in a spectacular fashion.

Inside Passage Alaskan cruises sail round trip from Vancouver British Columbia. They usually stop in three or four port towns, which may include Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka or Haines.

Although most Alaskan cruise companies travel to similar destinations, the smaller lines may include more wilderness oriented cruises. Your other option for Alaskan cruises is to take a cruise tour. These combine a cruise with a land tour. They are usually the domain of the bigger lines such as Holland America or Princess.

On the other hand, the large ships are not without their disadvantages. Because of their size, they are unable to slow down to allow you to view wildlife. Also, given the amount of people aboard these ships, when they stop at a port, the town is over wrought with tourists.


There are several lines that offer packages on smaller ships that can go further into the shallower passages. These are also areas where pods of whales prefer to gather, so this is a good way to see these magnificent creatures. At least one cruise line offers a partial refund if you do not see whales.

Smaller ships may also be the closest things you can find to a cheap Alaska cruise. Although they lack amenities, they have some distinct advantages. Their size does not intimidate the wildlife and they are able to reach destinations that are more unique than the ones visited by the larger ships. However smaller ships are less stable. If you are subject to motion sickness, be sure to bring a sufficient supply of Dramamine.

Alaska small ship cruises allows you to explore Alaska's Inside Passage where other megaliner ships can’t.

You can explore the passage with Royal Caribbean Cruises or take 7 or 10-day Princess Cruises Inside Passage Alaska Cruise takes you around Alaska's southeastern ports setting out from Seattle, Vancouver or San Francisco.

A Holland America cruise can take you on a 7-Night Inside Passage trip starting from Vancouver.

Stops usually include Glacier Bay, Frederick Sound, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Check out Alaska Cruises website for cruises starting at 549 $

Coastline cruises offer a constant changing vista no matter which side of the ship you are on. One morning might have the ship passing between steep mountainous cliffs; the next will have you facing magnificent blue ice glaciers. The sea passages throughout the region offers haven from the temperamental weather of the open ocean, so these cruises can run during times of the year when even land traffic is limited by snow bound roads.

There are several lines that offer packages on smaller ships that can go further into the shallower passages. These are also areas where pods of whales prefer to gather, so this is a good way to see these magnificent creatures. At least one cruise line offers a partial refund if you do not see whales.

When on an Alaska inside passage cruise, many people believe that they will encounter never-ending snow and ice. While that is the case further north, the Inside Passage is amazingly temperate during the summer. However, during nights or cloudy days, you should have a jacket handy. The air coming from the sea can bring a chill even when the sun is giving you more sun per day than most people have experienced.

Shore excursions are a favorite thing to do on any cruise but the Alaska inside passage cruise offers some unique possibilities then your regular cruise. When the option presents, cruises here have the option of kayaking for their guests. There are classes for beginners and no one goes alone in any case. The exploration of tiny coves and inlets by kayak is a wonderful way to get up close and personal with the sea and shore. With a little luck you can catch sight of bears fishing near river outlets. Sea otters are also something that some people report seeing, often as curious about these strange humans as we are about these little clowns of the sea.

Other excursions can have you hiking through forests that have trees older than any you may have seen anywhere else. The native forests are actually considered a rain forest, with the canopy of leaves and branches providing a deep cover and its own form of weather. Primaeval forest is an apt term to use. With a little footwork you can reach places where there is little to no sound of any human presence, just the wind and calls of birds and animals deep in the woods.

If you do take a wilderness excursion, pay strict attention to any warnings about wildlife. The various carnivores here have learned to avoid people, but if they think you are a threat, you must remember that they were here first. The best way to observe a bear is from a distance.

Explore more romantic ideas for your Alaska vacations or check out secluded romantic cabins, warm fire places, spectacular sunsets and 10 romantic ideas for a unique Alaska honeymoon .


The sea air, the sun, exotic lands and ports of call all combined with the delights of seeing the world with new eyes. Is there a better way to relax than a long leisurely cruise? Check out some Romantic Cruise Ship Vacations for two. You'll be on your way to the honeymoon or romantic getaway of your dreams.

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