As the name suggests, these itineraries sail solely within the Alaskan stretch of the Inside Passage
Along with stopping in ports, most Inside Passage
cruises include a visit to either Hubbard Glacier or Glacier Bay.
Photo: (1 -- color) Passengers of Holland America's MS Ryndam huddle on the rain-slicked bow as the ship eases toward Hubbard Glacier, the featured attraction of an Inside Passage
Further up Alaska's famed Inside Passage
, located 20 miles outside of Sitka, sits the Barnoff Wilderness Lodge.
With 48 sailings to choose from and more than double the line's previous Inside Passage
capacity, the program continues to offer the convenience of easily accessible home ports.
Compared to the ice- and snow-covered Interior, the Inside Passage
climate is mild.
It includes two train trips (Vancouver to Prince George and Prince George to Prince Rupert), an Inside Passage
cruise, bus or ferry connections from Port Hardy to Victoria to Vancouver, and accommodations in Prince George, Prince Rupert, Port Hardy and Victoria.
Princess' full 2004 Inside Passage
cruise schedule will be released shortly.
waters in 80 years, and now the Empress is the first in Alaskan Inside Passage
waters in more than 100 years.
Wrangell is located about 90 air miles north of Ketchikan, in the Inside Passage
, and has about 2,300 residents.
The couple, who have cruised New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia as well as the Alaskan inside passage
, visited relatives in Switzerland last summer.
The Alaska Cruises section presents details about Princess' two types of cruise itineraries -- the "Voyage of the Glaciers" Gulf of Alaska route and Inside Passage
cruises from Seattle and San Francisco -- and the many attractions on each route.
Each combines a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage
cruise with a land tour of destinations in Alaska and the Yukon.
Beginning in May, American West Steamboat Company's new 235-passenger stern-wheeler, the Empress of the North, offers eight- and 11-night cruises that feature Alaska's Inside Passage
The Matanuska will depart Bellingham on Tuesday evenings, giving travelers more choice for planning their Inside Passage