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Destination: Alaska

Map of cruise routes in AlaskaAlaska ranks within the top five of the premier cruise destination markets in the United States, according to CLIA.

For many years, Alaska saw incredible growth. In fact, between the years 1997 and 2008, Alaska cruise visitors doubled, growing from 500,000 to more than 1 million. While the growth has calmed, cruise passengers now comprise 56 percent of Alaska summer visitors.

Beginning each May and continuing through September, CLIA Alaska member lines operate 30 large ships in Alaska waters.

Alaska itineraries consist primarily of two routes: round-trip through Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, primarily from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.; and cross-the-Gulf-of-Alaska trips, beginning or ending in Anchorage, primarily via the Southcentral Alaska port cities of Seward and Whittier. The average length of a cruise is seven days.