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Frommer's Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call
Synopses & Reviews
Cruising is the perfect way to see America's last frontier—wildlife and wilderness abound along the state's breathtaking coastline, and are easily seen from the comfort of a deck chair or observation lounge.
Thoroughly updated every year (unlike the rest of the competition), Frommer's Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call is a compact guide that's on top of all the latest developments and offerings in the rapidly changing cruise industry. Our authors, both leading cruise journalists with years of experience, have compiled candid, first-hand reviews of each cruise line and each ship. The easy-to-use ratings, detailed drawings of each ship, and honest evaluations make it easy for you to find the cruise that suits your budget and your personal style, whether you want a luxury liner with fine dining or a small-ship cruise led by serious naturalists.
You'll also find a nature guide that helps you understand what you're seeing, complete with illustrations of glaciers and the various types of whales. We'll show you how to get the best deals and how to maximize your time in the ports of call—all in one concise, pocket-sized volume.
For an in-depth guide to the rest of the state, check out Frommer's Alaska.
Completely updated for 2000 by two of the country's leading cruise writers, Frommer's Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call remains far and away the most comprehensive cruise guide to the Great Land, with reviews of all the lines and ships, information on all the ports of call and natural cruising areas, and a detailed section on getting the best deal on your cruise. With essays on Alaska history, Native culture, and glaciers, plus an illustrated guide to whale-watching and wildlife, this is the one essential book for anyone visiting Alaska by ship.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
1 Cruising the Great Land: An Introduction.
1 The Best of Cruising Alaska.
2 Alaska 101: A Cruise-Goer's Companion.
1 An Introduction to Southeast Alaska's Native Culture.
2 From Gold Rush to Oil Boom: A Short History.
3 Whale Watching 101.
4 Alaska Wildlife.
5 Glaciers: An Intro to the Ice.
3 Choosing Your Ideal Cruise.
1 The Alaska Cruise Season.
2 The Inside Passage or the Gulf of Alaska?
Shore Excursions: The What, When & Why.
3 Big Ship or Small Ship?
4 Cruisetours: The Best of Both Worlds.
5 Quiz Time: Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Cruise.
4 Booking Your Cruise & Getting the Best Price.
1 Booking a Cruise: The Short Explanation.
2 Booking Through a Travel Agent.
3 Cruising on the Web.
4 Cruise Costs.
5 Money-Saving Strategies.
6 Airfares, Cruisetours & Pre-/Post-Cruise Hotel Offerings.
7 Choosing Your Cabin.
8 Choosing Your Dining Options.
9 Deposits & Cancellation Policies.
10 Travel Insurance.
5 The Cruise Lines, Part 1: The Big Ships.
Carnival Cruise Lines.
Holland America Line.
Norwegian Cruise Line.
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises.
Royal Caribbean International.
World Explorer Cruises.
6 The Cruise Lines, Part 2: The Small Ships.
Alaska's Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises.
American Safari Cruises.
Clipper Cruise Line.
Like a Road Trip, but by Boat.
Preview: Cruise West's Spirit of Oceanus.
7 The Cruise Experience.
1 Preparing for the Weather.
Alaska's Climate, by Months & Regions.
2 Money Matters.
3 Your Very Important Papers.
4 Getting to the Ship & Checking In.
5 Some Vital Statistics of the Typical Cruise Experience.
6 Visiting the Ports of Call.
7 Tipping, Packing & Other End-of-Cruise Concerns.
8 The Ports of Embarkation.
9 Ports & Wilderness Areas Along the Inside Passage.
1 Victoria, British Columbia.
2 Canada's Inside Passage.
Shopping for Native Art.
4 Misty Fjords National Monument.
5 Admiralty Island National Monument.
6 Tracy Arm & Endicott Arm.
7 Baranof Island.
10 Icy Strait, Point Adolphus & Gustavus.
11 Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.
10 Ports & Wilderness Areas Along the Gulf Route.
1 Hubbard Glacier.
2 Prince William Sound.
4 College Fjord.
11 Cruisetour Destinations.
1 Denali National Park & Preserve.
3 Prudhoe Bay.
4 Nome & Kotzebue.
5 The Kenai Peninsula.
6 The Yukon Territory.
7 The Canadian Rockies.
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