This beautiful guide book to the cruising experience in Alaska includes over 350 maps, illustrations and photos - most in color. This new edition of Alaska by Cruise Ship also has a giant pull-out color map and was updated in 2001. Veteran cruise writer Anne Vipond, with years of experience cruising the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska, provides an insider's look at this beautiful coastline. Drawing on authorities at the Universities of Alaska and British Columbia, this is a reliable reference for passengers. From Seattle and Vancouver to the south to Seward, Anchorage and Fairbanks to the north. Read about Alaska's Russian past, the rough and tumble years of the Gold Rush and the renaissance of Northwest native culture. A detailed chapter of the book deals with the diverse wildlife and also includes special maps to help you locate and identify the different species of whales. Also in this updated edition are all port attractions with maps showing exactly where cruise ships dock as well as comprehensive shore excursion information and suggestions for those who want to explore each port on foot. Home port information also includes hotel recommendations and land tour information.