Due to the economic situation, now is the perfect time to take that once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Alaska as Alaskan cruise rates are at an all time low at eCruises.com (http://www.eCruises.com). In comparing today's cruise prices to rates in 2008, customers who book now can save over $750 per stateroom.

For example, a seven-night Alaska sailing onboard Carnival Cruise Line in May 2008 was priced at $789 per person. Today the rates for that same cruise start at $399 - saving couples $780 per stateroom.

"An Alaska cruise departing from Seattle in May of last year onboard Celebrity Cruises cost our customers $769 per person," said Mike Ripka, co-founded of eCruises.com. "This May, customers can book a Celebrity sailing for $499, resulting in a savings of over $600 per couple, proving there is no better time to explore the incredible Alaskan terrain and sea."

"In addition to low priced Alaska cruising, eCruises is continually offering travel incentives for customers including onboard credits, air-inclusive packages, 2-for-1 rates, 'kids sail free' promotions, and free travel protection including free lay off insurance," said Ripka.

eCruises provides FREE travel protection on all sailings that includes FREE lay off insurance which guarantees a full refund for travelers who may loose their job after booking.

Alaska is one of the most sought-after cruise destinations due to its abundance of breathtaking sights. From ice-blue glaciers and crystal clear waters to snow-capped mountain peaks, a cruise through Alaska is a vision like no other. A major highlight is the Inside Passage a 500-mile waterway along the Southeast coast of Alaska and coastal British Columbia encompassing 1,000 islands and incredible glacier views. Alaska also boasts inland adventures offering a detailed look at the flowing rivers and pristine wildlife that comprise America's ultimate wilderness.

Travelers are able to combine both land and sea excursions with exclusive CruiseTours, which in addition to your cruise, provide accommodations at Alaska's finest hotels. Unique sightseeing tours include trips through the countryside onboard hundred-year-old rail cars or visits to the El Dorado Gold Mine. CruiseTours are offered pre or post cruise while offering a variety of itineraries.