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Welcome to a summertime adventure with an ocean-inspired cruise and an exhilarating land tour of Alaska. Alaska...where summertime memories last forever.
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Explore the rugged Inside Passage and breathtaking Gulf of Alaska, and marvel at spectacular marine life and dazzling glaciers. National Park rangers and Alaska experts come onboard to to enhance your experience and give you a deeper understanding of Alaska Dazzling glacier and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Our Denali Explorer land and sea vacations combine a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 6 nights on land, and up to 4 nights at our Denali-area lodges. Most include our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between ship and lodge. All include the National History Tour into Denali National Park.
Between your ship
and the Denali-area
lie 500 miles of Alaska's most scenic, unspoiled wilderness.
It's the route of the historic Alaska Railroad, built between 1903 and 1923. And when you travel between lodge and ship by exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail, you'll have a front-row seat for each and every dazzling vista.
Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in North America' more than 100,000 glaciers, 3 million lakes, 6,640 miles of coastline, 33,904 miles of shoreline, and more than 70 potentially active volcanoes. From Alaska's majestic beauty to its staggering array of wildlife, it is truly a unique destination.
Alaska Cruises Direct offers travelers a full range of cruise and cruise tour options from all major cruise lines including Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Oceania, Regent and Crystal Cruises. Choose from 3 great ways to See Alaska ( over 16 ships, 350 sailings & 68 Cruise tours ) or if you know what you want, Request a FREE Cruise or Cruisetour quote now!
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Say Alaska and a variety of images and impressions come to mind: towering mountains, watchable wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless wilderness, vibrant Native culture, leaping salmon, hardy outdoors; America's last frontier. Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be. Our job is to put that dream - or as much as possible of it - within reach of you.Alaska cruising is affordable, only the memories are priceless! When it comes to planning your trip, Alaska Cruises & Cruise Tours are more economical than you might think. With a wide range of options and choices, there's a cruise or cruise tour to suit most any budget.
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Why choose this option:
> Convenient roundtrip travel
Glacier viewing experience
> Cruise the scenic Inside Passage
> Visit Southeast Alaska ports
> Exclusive Alaska enrichment programs
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7 days from Vancouver or
Why choose this option:
> Glacier Bay National Park on all sailings
> Additional glacier viewing
>Cruise the scenic Inside Passage
> Cruise 500 miles further north across the Gulf of Alaska
> Visit Southeast Alaska ports
> Exclusive Alaska enrichment programs
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7 day cruise from Anchorage or Vancouver + 3 to
8 nights on land
Why choose this option:
> Experience everything our one-way cruise offers plus Visit Denali National Park
> Ride the Alaska Railroad in Princess' glass-domed rail cars on most options
> Stay at Princess owned wilderness lodges
> Exclusive Alaska enrichment programs
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|Princess Cruises, voted the Best Cruise Line in Alaska 7 years running by the readers of Travel Weekly, is making the #1 cruise vacation experience in Alaska even better. In 2015, guests will experience even more of the Great Land as a series of new, authentic Alaska experiences onboard Princess cruise ships. From world famous Alaska seafood, to a Klondike gold rush festival, to guest speakers from Discoveryís Deadliest Catch, the journey North to Alaska brings the best of the Great Land onboard. Learn More|
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All About Alaska
An Alaska Cruise...where a balcony cabin and a spectacular train ride become front-row seats for one of the most breathtaking shows in nature.
"Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling. Catch sight of a humpback whale or wolf pups frolicking in the snow. Alaska is as rustic and romantic as one could ever imagine. Whales, Wonders and Wilderness"
Majestic Rivers & Ice blue Glaciers
They're a highlight of any Alaska vacation, and one of the reasons you came - the towering rivers of slow-moving ice known as glaciers. Among life's most dramatic sights is watching a building-size iceberg creak, crack and fall from the face of a tidewater glacier. And you'll have a chance to check it off your bucket list on every Alaska vacation.Learn More
> Glacier Bay National Park features several monumental tidewater glaciers, including the massive 21-mile-long Marjorie Glacier. This pristine 3.2-million-acre park is a highlight of all Voyage of the Glaciers sailings and more than half of the Inside Passage itineraries.
> College Fjord, in Prince William Sound, boasts 16 breathtaking tidewater glaciers named after Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools, like Harvard, Vassar and Yale, while Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska.
> Found at the headwaters of the narrow and beautiful Tracy Arm Fjord are the epic twin Sawyer Glaciers.
> Other glaciers in Alaska invite exploration, from Juneau's famous "urban" Mendenhall Glacier and the Matanuska Glacier en route to Copper River to those glaciers you can land on via helicopter or plane, hike or kayak to, or flightsee above.
There are certain things in Alaska you must experience - salmon fishing in a quiet river, watching a family of bears forage for berries, or admiring a Native craftsman carving a totem pole. And you won't miss a thing with nearly 100 land excursion tours and over 150 shore excursions visiting each area's best attractions.Learn More
> By land, embark on a
wildlife safari to spot Denali's "big five" - bear, wolf, moose, caribou and Dall sheep
- ride on a vintage
Gold Rush-era train or set out on an ATV excursion into
> By air, enjoy a thrilling landing on a glacier, sightsee by helicopter or airplane, and even sail high above the forest canopy on a zipline.
> By sea, fish for halibut or king salmon, join a whale watching cruise, set out with Bering Sea crab fishermen, kayak through a fjord or snorkel in clear northern waters.
> Uniquely Alaska adventures include watching a lumberjack competition, attending a Native dance performance, golfing on the open tundra or enjoying an authentic salmon bake
Many of Alaska's Gold Rush-era towns retain their frontier flavor, with colorful Alaskan Culture & Heritage storefronts, wooden sidewalks, vintage
saloons, and the vibrant influence of Native cultures. These are places that exemplify the friendly and unique character that has always defined the Alaskan people.
> In Juneau, the charming
state capital, you'll find shops, cafes and the storied
Red Dog Saloon. Just outside town is the famous urban
> Ketchikan, the self-proclaimed "Salmon Capital of the World," is situated around a vibrant harbor and famous Creek Street, where shops and cafes abound.
> Rustic Skagway retains its authenticity as the "Gateway to the Yukon," offering attractions such as a ride on a Gold Rush-era railroad and lovingly restored storefronts, wooden sidewalks and local characters.
> The "Golden Heart City" of Fairbanks, established with the discovery of gold on the Chena and Tenana Rivers, is a feature of the land portion of certain cruise tours and pairs frontier charm with unique experiences like a sternwheeler riverboat cruise.
> Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is beautifully situated on the Cook Inlet, and offers a scenic setting with shopping, restaurants and cultural institutions such as the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.
Lording above the untouched forests, pristine meadows, austere tundra and abundant wildlife is North America's tallest peak, Mt. McKinley, the crown jewel of dazzling Denali National Park.
And you can experience it all from the unique perspective of two different Princess wilderness lodges and various touring options at Denali on every land & sea vacation.
Alaska's most popular destination, Denali National
Park includes over six million acres of natural wonders.
> Monumental Mt. McKinley - at 20,320 feet - will inspire your imagination. And you can explore the mountain from Princess Denali-area lodges by helicopter, plane and hiking.
> A thriving wildlife preserve, Denali is home to grizzly and black bears, herds of caribou,
Dall sheep,, moose,,wolf packs and 169 species of resident birds.
> On most cruise tours, a tour into Denali National Park is included. Choose from four options including a Natural History Tour, Tundra Wilderness Tour, Kantishna Experience and Windows into the Wilderness Tour.
Did You Know?
Most visitors to Denali, want to see four animals in particular: moose, caribou, wolf and everybody's favorite: the brown, or grizzly, bear. The park is also home to 37 species of mammals, ranging from lynx, marmots and Dall sheep, to foxes and more.
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No matter where you may be at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you'll always find the vistas of glorious Mt. McKinley inspiring. Whether you're gazing through the huge windows in the Great Room or relaxing out on the deck, this lodge is all about the view.
> Take in the mountain from meandering paths outside the lodge, or with a glass of wine from the massive windows in The Great Room.
> Hearty dining in venues like the Grizzly Bar, the 20,320 Alaskan Bar & Grill or the refined Mountain View Restaurant lets you enjoy the views without leaving the comfort of the lodge.
> Optional excursions you may enjoy include a jet-boating adventure, horseback riding on mountain trails, flightseeing and glacier landings on nearby Ruth Glacier.
Located just one mile outside the entrance to Denali
National Park, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is a
perfect home base for exploring one of America's
greatest parks. Settle into the many comforts of your
lodge before setting out to discover the splendors of
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge Video
Amenities at this lodge include the inviting Great
Room where you might relax by the wall of windows and
massive stone fireplace, a river view deck, grounds and
pathways perfect for strolling, and attentive Princess
> Sample authentic Alaskan cuisine at the King Salmon Restaurant, Base Camp Bistro and Lynx Creek, and enjoy delightful dinner theatre at the "Music of Denali" show.
> An array of optional adventures into the park range from a husky homestead tour to whitewater rafting to a once in-a-lifetime flight to Mt. McKinley.
Learn more aboutMt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, Cooper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge
At over 13 million untouched acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the United States. And the rustic Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge is a home away from home for discovering all the trails, mountains, glaciers and streams of this majestic nature preserve.
Copper River Princess
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> Wrangell-St. Elias boasts nine of the 16 highest peaks in the U.S., including the 18,008-foot Mt. St. Elias.
> The striking architecture and decor of the lodge evokes the design of the region's fabled copper mines, and is exemplified in venues like the comfortable Wrangell Room, the Two Rivers Restaurant, the Whistle Stop Bar & Grill and an inviting terrace outdoors.
> Attractions and activities here include a tour of the historic Kennecott Copper Mine, fishing for Copper River salmon or whale watching in Prince William Sound.
Known as "Alaska's playground," the picturesque paradise of the Kenai Peninsula is where many Alaskans choose to vacation. You'll understand why when you arrive at the iconic Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and other nearby attractions.
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> The turquoise Kenai River provides the backdrop for this cozy lodge featuring cabin-style rooms with their own decks and wood-burning fireplaces.
> Dine in comfort with great views at the casual Rafter's Lounge or the Eagles Crest Restaurant offering Alaska--inspired fare.
> Opportunities for adventure include river rafting, wildlife viewing in nearby Kenai Fjords National Park, Lake Clark bear viewing and sport fishing for king salmon.
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