"The Inside Passage gives the most complete overview
of the communities and surrounding wilderness preserves
and parks in Southeast Alaska. Almost every popular small
town in Southeast Alaska will be a part of an an Inside
Passage itinerary, introducing you to Alaskas state
capitol, a Norwegian fishing village, a native town, towns
built on the timber industry, the gold of rush of 1898,
and the historic Russian capitol of Sitka.
The level of variety and charm within the Inside Passage
will leave you never knowing what to expect in the next
port of call, each with its own charm, character and history.
Some destinations can only be visited by a small ship, giving
you a real look at these wilderness towns. Cruise West,
for example, will give you every opportunity to immerse
yourself in the cultures and communities of Southeast Alaska
in the most intimate way possible.
While not in port, you will visit some of the most pristine
and dramatic wilderness areas and parks, such as Glacier
Bay National Park and Preserve, Misty Fjords National Monument,
and Tracy Arm Wilderness Area. These are amongst the most
dramatic locations you can explore in southeast Alaska,
offering the most dramatic views of glaciers and sheer granite
walls reaching 3,000 feet out of the water.
Many photographic opportunities will exist in the Inside
Passage. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and you
have opportunities to spot mountain goats, bears, whales,
porpoise, sea otters, dolphin, and moose.
While visiting many of these ports, there are very special
opportunities to take advantage of. This includes kayaking,
hiking, biking, visits to museums and native cultural centers,
flight seeing, river rafting, train rides, dog mushing and
ice climbing, street walks, and taste testing."
-- from www.AlaskaCruises.com