Inside Passage


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Inside Passage,

natural, protected waterway, c.950 mi (1,530 km) long, threading through the Alexander Archipelago off the coast of British Columbia and SE Alaska. From Seattle, Wash., to Skagway, Alaska, or via Cross Sound to the Gulf of Alaska, the route uses channels and straits between islands and the mainland that afford protection from the storms and open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Snowcapped mountains, forests, waterfalls, glaciers, and deep, narrow channels give the Inside Passage great scenic beauty. It was known to Spanish, Russian, English, and American explorers. It is an important coastal route for Canadian shipping as well as the route generally used by ships sailing between the continental United States and Alaska.
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Norwegian Cruise Line calls weekly in Wrangell, a rustic outpost of the southern Inside Passage, while Holland America Line is a regular in Haines, an artists community on the Lynn Canal.
Seward also serves as a turnaround port for the cruise industry with half of its passengers ending their cruise that sailed north through the Inside Passage and the other beginning their journey south.
Holland America offers numerous seven-night Inside Passage cruises.
From the bottom of Alaska's famed Inside Passage to the top, Southeast Alaska has numerous properties that cater to the upscale angler and/or wilderness enthusiast.
A journey up the Inside Passage probably wouldn't be complete without at least some glimpses of marine wildlife, and 50,000-ton cruise ships are not particularly well-suited to provide them.
Princess will offer more Inside Passage cruising in Alaska in 2004 than ever, with a significantly expanded schedule featuring two of the line's newest and most amenity-filled vessels, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess in Seattle, as well as the return of Regal Princess to Alaska with cruises from San Francisco.
Further, NCL said it will be increasing its deployment in Alaska in 2005 with an additional vessel, bringing its total to four ships cruising Inside Passage itineraries.
Every year thousands take to the nautical waterway called The Inside Passage for their own Alaska pilgrimage.
Many packages include an Inside Passage voyage, a 15-hour daylight trip between Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and Prince Rupert, on the north coast of the British Columbia mainland.
The ships will sail on a favorite Princess itinerary that offers passengers the opportunity to explore the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus cruising through the spectacular scenery of College Fjord, the Inside Passage and Alaska's number one attraction, Glacier Bay National Park.
The newly formed sister brand of American Safari Cruises, InnerSea Discoveries, has just started accepting bookings, including group and charter business, for small-ship experiential adventures slated for AlaskaOs Inside Passage from May to September 2011.
The unique 2,115 gross-register-ton vessel entered service in August of 2003, just in time to steal the season's northern limelight away from the massive cruise ships busily plying the Inside Passage.