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Alaska's call of the wild – with tame prices

But what you do come to Alaska’s Marine Highway for is the glaciers, the boats, the bears and the beers.

Every year, thousands of wealthy retirees and other dull people, shuffle on and off cruise ships that tour Alaska’s coast for shuffleboard, cabaret and exorbitant prices.

But being neither dull nor particularly wealthy, you’ll be choosing the clever way to see it all – the dramatic coastline, the historical towns, the wildlife and the wilderness – without spending thousands, with your multi-stop ferry ticket which will set you back a mere $160.

On board the MV Taku, you can pitch your tent on deck and sleep under the stars – an option that is most definitely not available on a cruise ship. Then head into Sitka and trek into the wilderness. Something to note though; bears also like the wilderness. But it’s O.K. –the forestry service have issued a survival guide: If a brown bear makes contact, ‘you should play dead’. If it is a black bear, however, ‘do not play dead! Fight back vigorously! Never play dead with a black bear!’ – how you tell the difference between a brown and a black bear - since they both look like a kind of cinnamon colour, is your own lookout.

Air Canada, AirCanada, flies from London and Vancouver to Prince Rupert, where you can catch an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry, AlaskaStateFerries.

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