Book Description: Updated for 2012, A Rich and Unique Cruise Guide. Award winning author and mapmaker Joe Upton spent 20 years exploring the NW coast as a commercial fisherman and journalist, collecting stories, taking photos, making maps, and catching fish. In this book with over 300 color photos and included large illustrated map, he has assembled all the information you need for your Alaska cruise. Includes detailed information on excursions, wildlife, walks, ports of call, cruise planning tips, where to look for whales, and much more. But the enduring popularity of this book is because in addition to being a fully informational guide, it is filled with Joe's wonderful Alaska stories. Upton's maps are displayed on many ships.