Discounts on Alaska products are deep on land and sea

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*logoThe deals from Alaska's travel suppliers keep rolling in, as the industry tries to combat the overall drop in bookings this season with discounts aimed at convincing recession-weary consumers to take a cruise or land tour to Alaska.

Cruise lines, for example, have dropped fares to unprecedented levels to fill cabins during the make-it-or-break-it summer season.

A recent promotion on eCruises.com, for example, priced seven-night Alaska cruises aboard Carnival Cruise Line in May for $399 per person.

The same cruises in May 2008 were selling for $789 per person, according to the online cruise seller.

"An [seven-night] Alaska cruise departing from Seattle in May of last year aboard Celebrity Cruises cost our customers $769 per person," said Mike Ripka, co-founder of eCruises; this May, he said, customers can book a seven-night Celebrity cruise in Alaska for $499 per person.

Cruise lines are not alone in offering steep discounts.

From May through September, ferry passengers traveling the Alaska Marine Highway System to or from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, will receive 10% off ticket prices. Call (800) 642-0066 or visit FerryAlaska.com.

Kingfisher Charters & Lodge in Sitka is offering $300 off a four-night, all-inclusive trip that includes lodging, daily guided fishing trips, meals and airport transfers. Call (800) 727-6136 or visit www.kingfishercharters.com.  

In hopes of keeping prospective Alaska travelers informed of what deals are available, the Alaska Travel Industry Association created www.alaskashottestdeals.com.  The site is updated regularly as member suppliers roll out new promotions.

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