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The fabled Alaska Inside Passage has been created by millions of years of glacier movements. The results are dramatic and awe-inspiring. On an Alaska Inside Passage cruise, expect to enter an ethereal world of ice, sea and sky, where glittering hulks give way to mountains carpeted in native emerald Western Hemlock trees. Deep fjords are teeming with wildlife, so make sure to head up to the top deck and keep an eye out for whales, porpoises, eagles and more. Mysterious islands drift in and out of view; tendrils of mist drift over blue glaciers. This is the spirit of Alaska; one of the last unspoilt places on earth. The Alaska Inside Passage is situated in the southeast of Alaska, and extends for roughly 500km from north to south. It’s also home to a number of small island towns, as well as Alaska’s capital city of Juneau. This city is completely surrounded by pristine water and towering mountains, and so can only be accessed by boat. This gives Juneau a special, undiscovered feel – a vast contrast to how it must have felt in 1880, after gold was discovered by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris. Other highlights along the Alaska Inside Passage include the Glacier Bay National Park, which is home to over 50 named glaciers and south-eastern Alaska’s highest peak, Mount Fairweather. In the town of Sitka, you’ll find a fascinating blend of native and Russian cultures in the form of a 19th-centiry Russian church, St Michael’s Cathedral, the totem poles of Sitka National Historic Park and the native Alaskan artefacts on show at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Finally, don’t miss Ketchikan on your Alaska Inside Passage cruise. This unassuming town is backed by layers of lush rainforest and has a rich history in both fishing and logging. Immerse yourself in the culture of the town by visiting the salmon fishery.
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