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NORTH TO ALASKA IN 2021 ABOARD A CRUISE SHIP!

NORTH TO ALASKA IN 2021 ABOARD A CRUISE SHIP!

(Originally published on May 27, 2021; updated on May 30, 2021)

COVID-19 wiped out Alaska’s cruise ship season in 2020.

According to this story in the Anchorage Daily News, in 2019 1.2 million tourists came to Alaska on cruise ships but that number dropped to a mere 48 visitors arriving in the 49th State by cruise ship in 2020.

But on Monday, May 24, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the “Alaska Tourism Restoration Act” which aims to send more cruise ships to Alaska this summer.

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TAKE A VIRTUAL JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHEAST ALASKA 

TAKE A VIRTUAL JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHEAST ALASKA 

If you thought about cruising through the Inside Passage up to Southeast Alaska this year that idea may not float.

About 70% of scheduled cruises to Alaska in 2020 have been cancelled already, meaning 800,000 passengers won’t be making the trip this year.

Of course, you need not hop aboard a cruise ship to travel from the “Lower 48” to “Southeast” as the Alaska Panhandle is known to its residents.

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Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

I’m an independent traveler.

That means I roam from place to place, and book my lodging and transportation, on my own without paying a tour company to do that for me and without being accompanied by anyone other than my wife.

But sometimes working with a tour company to put a trip together makes sense, as:

  • When you will only be permitted to visit the place, such as the Galapagos Islands, on fully-guided tour.
  • When you will have a much richer experience traveling with guides who “know their stuff” than you would by simply relying on guidebooks as your source of information.
  • When planning a trip to a destination will be so logistically complicated that you’ll end up either not going or spending an inordinate amount of time in-transit rather than having fun with your “boots on the ground.”

Southeast Alaska (known simply as “Southeast” by its residents) falls into the latter category. You can get there and get around on your own, but figuring out how to do so won’t be easy.

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