The 49th State, the largest in the U.S., is perfect for cruisers, with numerous opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, as well popular ports such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that's not accessible by car. Or travel further north to the Kenai Peninsula and nearby Anchorage, a perfect jumping-off point for cruise tours to Denali, Fairbanks and Canada's Yukon. Maybe you'll see a bear!
The anticipation leading up to my second cruise -- to Alaska -- nearly killed me. The day my travel documents arrived from Princess Cruises I raced home, plopped down on my living room couch and read through them page by page. I booked my shore excursions, memorized Sapphire Princess' deck plan, read member reviews here on Cruise Critic (we have the best readers in the world!), and researched our beautiful 49th state online and in travel books.