The Inside Passage

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, 1997, the three of usEd, Chris, and Chris's mother Anneboarded the Holland America Line's m.s. Nieuw Amsterdam and embarked from Vancouver, British Columbia, sailing north between the Canadian mainland and Vancouver Island, then along the Canada coast and up the Inside Passage, which winds through southeast Alaska.

As you can see, southeast Alaska is far removed from the main part of the state. The mountains which line the coast plunge into the sea, forming deep passages, easy for ships to navigate. 

A cruise through the Inside Passage affords spectacular views on all sides, and it's the only way to see this part of Alaska.



Saturday, 9/13   Embark from Vancouver.
Sunday, 9/14   Cruise the Inside Passage.
Monday, 9/15   Arrive at Juneau, capital city of Alaska.
Tuesday, 9/16   Visit Skagway, gateway to the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
Wednesday, 9/17   Spend the day at Glacier Bay National Park.
Thursday, 9/18   Arrive at Ketchikan, a bustling frontier town.
Friday, 9/19   Cruise southward down the Canada coast.
Saturday, 9/20   Disembark at Vancouver.