With a reluctant first-timer cruiser? Head to Alaska

Trying to get a spouse, friend, or family member to enjoy a cruise with you? Certain destinations have more appeal to first-timers than others. Alaska often appeals to folks who aren’t wild about the tropics, or who want to mix education with relaxation on their travels. Cruise ships offer access to parts of Alaska’s Inside Passage that you simply cannot reach via other transportation. And these ships often attract a more adventuresome and cerebral crowd than party-oriented cruises to the Caribbean or up and down the Mexican Riviera.