Looking to cruise the Inside Passage and make discoveries along the Alaskan Pacific Coast, picking the type of cruise experience needs to match your travel style. The first place to start is to decide on your vessel; is it a big ship cruise liner or a small ship adventure?
Once you’ve narrowed down some options; and price may have a lot to do with it (with many of the small ship adventures coming in with a hefty price tag), then deciding if you want a one way or return journey of the Inside Passage is next.
If you’ve settled on the big ship cruise experience, the journeys begin from Vancouver, Canada or Seattle, U.S.A and then some from San Francisco (or for a one way journey there’s also the cruise in the opposite direction).
So, what’s the difference with one way versus a return cruise? It’s the distance covered; the one way trip makes it to Seward or Whittier, Alaska whereas a return trip can’t cover as much ground; the last port of call is Skagway, Alaska, and they don’t include Hubbard Glacier.
My experience was cruising on Radiance of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, and it was the one way journey Vancouver to Seward.
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