Cruise lines get creative in attempts to fill ships

In an attempt to lure cruise passengers to Alaska in spite of a horrid economy, one Alaska cruise line is dangling the granddaddy of cruise tours.

It's actually two cruises on two different cruise ships -- one traveling north to Alaska, the other one south to Vancouver, British Columbia -- with a couple of days in Anchorage sandwiched in the middle.

It's not two cruises for the price of one, but Holland America Line says the trip is a unique opportunity because other round-trip Alaska cruises on the major lines mean seeing all the same stuff twice. And it is cheaper than most Alaska cruise trips that include a land tour.

The deal is one of many ideas that the cruise lines -- which brought roughly 1 million visitors to Alaska last year -- have hatched in recent months to get tourists to keep coming to Alaska despite the poor economy.

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