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When the world opens up, areas that offer wide, sprawling space will be most attractive. This positions Alaska perfectly.

Cruise bookings are reportedly looking strong in the second half of the year, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA). And while it may not be a record-setting year, it will be a year to remember, says the ATIA. Highlights include:

Lindblad Expeditions is setting sail to The Last Frontier in 2021 with four ships, three new itineraries traveling along Alaska’s Inside Passage and a new land extension in Glacier Bay.

Victory Cruise Lines will be debuting here in summer 2021 with its ship, Ocean Victory. The itinerary is an optional 12 or 13 days. The Alaska Insider will travel along Alaska’s Inside Passage with stops in Ketchikan and Wrangell while traveling from Vancouver to Sitka, or vice versa.

American Cruise Lines, which has the largest 100 percent U.S. flagged fleet in the U.S., offers three itineraries in Alaska on board the line’s new, small coastal ship, the 175-passenger American Constellation: the 8-day Southeast Alaska; the 11-day Alaskan Explorer; and the 15-day Alaska Inside Passage. The latter includes visits to Seattle—the ship departs from Fisherman’s Terminal, sailing the Puget Sound; the picturesque waterfront town of Anacortes in WA; Friday Harbor, a secluded coastal fishing village in WAS; Ketchikan, located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska; and Haines, where passengers can kayak on Alaska’s Chilkoot Lake, among other ports of call. For inspiring views, there are sailings along the Strait of Georgia; the Queen Charlotte Strait; the Inside Passage and Frederick Sound, and Glacier Bay, among others.

Alaskan Dream Cruises will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with its new sailing, the North to True Alaska Expedition. This 6-day itinerary will cruise through Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and visit ports in Sitka, Skagway and Juneau.

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