Unlike other ports along Alaska's Inside Passage, Wrangell is one of the less traveled, but its small size and dedication to preserving its culture and history are a far cry from "less," as far as what you can explore.
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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.
While many cruisers have their first glimpse of Alaska through bigger ports such as Ketchikan and Skagway, there have always been those who want to take the route less traveled through the Inside Passage. Enter small ships. Able to dock in isolated bays and tiny cities like Petersburg and Wrangell, small ships provide more intensive -- and usually more expensive -- ways to explore Alaska's coast. Life onboard an Alaska small ship, which typically carries fewer than 100 passengers, is a far more relaxed experience than you find on a standard cruise. You wake up to the sound of birds instead of noise from the balcony next door. Your days consist of kayaking or hiking, rather than shopping and taking helicopter tours. Evenings are spent reading in your room or listening to a naturalist talk. And there's no need to buy a new cocktail dress, although you might spend just as much on outdoor gear. Fortunately for adventurous travelers eager to embark on Alaska expeditions, several cruise companies offer these intimate, nature-focused experiences. Even better, the lines are expanding their fleets, as well as their itinerary and excursion offerings. Here's a look at Alaska's small ship cruises and where they're going.
No matter which Alaska cruise line or routing you pick, you'll have opportunities to see wildlife, head to the skies for gorgeous vistas or learn about native Alaskan culture. In addition, all Alaska cruises include visits to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and at least one day of scenic cruising in a fjord or by a glacier. So how do you choose between a typical round trip sailing or a one-way itinerary that begins or ends in Alaska? If you're narrowing down your cruise options, we can help you figure out which trip is best for you with a list of pros and cons.
It's hard not to revert to hyperbole with Alaska. Here lie more than enough towering snow-capped mountains, breathtaking calving glaciers, extraordinary wild animals and quirky (if overtrafficked) frontier towns to wow hundreds of thousands of cruisers annually. With more than two dozen