September 23, 2012
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.
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.