Under steam or sail, amid puffins or whales, cruising the USA ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Coastal and inland cruises allow travelers to see domestic sights from a fresh angle. In Alaska, smaller vessels get closer to the state’s natural wonders. Monika Wieland Orca on watch in the cold Pacific Northwest waters. Lake Superior beckons on a Great Lakes itinerary. Small charters and big ships explore coastal Maine. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Hiking on Molokai is playtime off a cruise ship. The American Queen plies the Mississippi River. One Chesapeake Bay bounty is soft shell crabs. Patricia Borns for the Boston Globe Intracoastal sailors may see a shrimp boat in Georgia.