It may have been a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000....but at that price a bargain whichever way you consider it.
Now, of course, it is a exceedingly popular cruising region, in some ways the North American equivalent of cruising the equally breathtaking Norwegian Fjords. Whilst the cruise industry has discovered and embraced Alaska as a cruise destination, taking a cruise with a major cruise line is not the only way to enjoy the region.
Alaska also has their equivalent of Norway’s Hurtigruten service. In Alaska it is possible to travel on the Alaska Marine Highway (Alaska State Ferry), an unforgettable trip on one of their fleet of 11 state ferries. They sail along 3,500 miles of scenic waterways stretching from Washington state to the Aleutian Islands.
Alaska is a vast expanse at 656,425 square miles, much of that roadless. The Alaska Marine Highway makes up a large part of Alaska’s highway system, covering 3,500 miles. It is a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road, the only marine route with this designation. Their fleet of 11 state ferries travel the scenic waterways stretching from Washington state to the Aleutian Islands.
Another distinctive aspect of an Alaskan cruise, are the drawings of Rie Munoz which can be found in many shopping outlets. Her distinctive artwork is colourful, carefree, unpretentious, full-of-life, and original.