Alaska: What to See, What to Skip

Many cruise itineraries will take you down the iconic Inside Passage. But 2013 might be the year to ride the Alaska Marine Highway, celebrating 50 years of service. This 3,500-mile route connects Bellingham, Washington to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and is a veritable lifeline to some 30 communities, many of which are not connected by roads. The views are stunning, and with a unique promotion this year -- visitors can win travel through a monthly Golden Ticket giveaway -- they can also be free.

Take a Seat at the Chef's Table, Skip the Jerky

Alaskan cuisine at its best just got easier to savor. The popular Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan launched its Chef's Table for 2013. The nightly four-course menu will change with each catch of the day. If wild salmon, halibut, black cod and Dungeness crab make your mouth water, pull up a seat.

Stay on a Luxury Cruise Liner, Skip the Igloo

Fulfill the fantasy of floating past majestic icebergs, orcas and humpback whales while having the luxurious amenities aboard an Alaskan cruise. Major cruise lines such as Celebrity and Princess are adding more ships and departures to Alaska in 2013 and, with more cabins to fill, we're expecting extra deals, especially for May and September travel.

Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo. Alaska is one of Travelzoo's Top 5 WOW Deal Destinations for 2013. For bargains on Alaska cruises, check this out.

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