In many ways a "DIY Alaska cruise" using the Marine Highway System sounds more intriguing than a traditional Alaska cruise.
I took an overnight ferry in Alaska instead of a big cruise. It was a cheaper, no-frills way to see the same beautiful scenery I would on a mega ship.
Insider's writer took a state ferry in Alaska's Inside Passage instead of a cruise and would gladly book again. It cost $282 for a private cabin.