Choosing the right cruisetour can be even trickier than choosing the perfect Alaska cruise. Not only do travelers need to choose the cruise line whose ship style suits them best, but each line handles its tours differently -- including meals or not, offering the services of a tour director or just a driver-guide and sponsoring different activities.
Plus, the land tour itineraries are much more varied than the cruise portion of the vacation. Whereas most Alaska cruises hit the popular ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan with some minor differences, each tour offers a vastly different combination of inland destinations and amounts of time spent in each place. You may have heard of Denali National Park and Anchorage, but is it worth your while to spend time in towns you've never heard of, such as Girdwood or Talkeetna?
To whet your appetite for Alaska's secret (and some not-so-secret) charms, check out this photographic journey through popular cruisetour destinations in Alaska.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor