Inside Passage - Canada/Alaska

The Inside Passage provides a natural sheltered sea route extending for more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Seattle northwest to Skagway in Alaska. It comprises channels and straits between the mainland and islands including Vancouver Island and the Alexander Archipelago that protect it from Pacific storms. It must have been astonishing - and frustrating - for James Cook and George Vancouver and other 18th Century explorers who first encountered the bewildering maze of islands and channels that make up what is today called the Inside Passage. Imagine being confronted with a myriad of mysterious channels leading who knew where? All posing the promise of being the magical Northwest Passage. Following each fjord to the interior, the intrepid navigators would encounter massive mountain ranges, towering cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, virginal forests of two-hundred foot tall spruce, while whales, bears, seals, salmon, eagles and other wildlife appeared in such variety and profusion as to be uncountable! But always, in the end, they were stopped by an inevitable face of ice - glaciers pushing inexorably downward to meet the sea. What must have been a mapmaker's nightmare is today cherished as the continent's last great untouched wilderness, harbouring the world's largest temperate rain forest. An Eden of the North that captivates every modern-day explorer. The string of islands that form the Inside Passage creates a protective barrier that offers a supremely serene cruising environment in some of the most dramatic surroundings on earth. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.