Alaska is anticipating a big year for people flying in: https://ancairport.com/pr/ak-airports-respond-to-can-cruise-restrictions/
Spring of 2019 I took an Alaska cruise on the Royal Princess. I had a good time, but had a lot more fun on my 2 ferry voyages in October of that year: 1 day and night on the MV Columbia from Sitka to Ketchikan and 2 days and nights on the MV Kennicott from Ketchikan to Bellingham.
No, they're not cheap, but they are crewed by US citizens making a living wage.
Part of the fun is being on a little ship that can wind along narrow pa