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December 30, 2004

ALASKA With Cruise West

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This is Your Year For Alaska

Alaska. The very name means Great Land. And within her borders, encompassing more than half a million square miles, lies a world so vast, so wild, so rich, that you can visit a hundred times and never grasp her scope.

From the deep fjords and hidden coves of the Inside Passage, to the towering peaks of Denali National Park, this is a land of extremes. Majestic mountains. Thundering glaciers. Ancient cultures. Picturesque ports. Vast, sweeping tundra.

Small-ship voyages on Cruise West will share Alaska's secret with you. You'll dance with native children . . . thrill to the crash of calving glaciers . . let your spirits rise with soaring eagles. Each of their eight distinctive Alaska voyages offers unique insights, from the whales in the Inside Passage to the seal and bird rookeries of the Aleutians.

To know all of Alaska is a lifelong journey. To experience the best of Alaska's wonders is the gift of your Cruise West voyage. Begin your adventure now!

DID YOU KNOW . . .

  • That Alaska has more space and fewer people than any of the other 49 states in the U.S. 656,425 square miles and 648,818 people (less than one person per square mile). Compare that to New York: only 47,214 square miles and more than 19 million people (more than 400 people per square mile!).

  • That nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.

  • That 17 of the North America's 20 highest mountains are located in Alaska.

  • That Alaska extends across four time zones, a distance equal to the span from Maine to Washington.

  • That U.S. Secetary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for less than two cents an acre.

  • That the brown bears found along Alaska's coast are the largest living carnivorous land mammals in the world.

  • That Alaska's waters are home to 17 species of whales: including Pacific gray, humpback, beluga, bowhead, and minke.

View more information about Alaska Cruises and Cruisetours!

Taken From Cruise West's 2005 Alaska Brochure

Posted by Denise at December 30, 2004 03:08 PM
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