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All of the Alaska you most want to experience
So incredibly beautiful, you'll think you stepped into a
painting. This is Alaska for 2016-2017 as seen from the
panoramic perspective of your dazzling Princess cruise ship.
Monumental glaciers are natures draw and Alaska's waterways
reveal more of these thrilling Ice Age giants than anywhere else
on earth. Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the most
scenic sea-lanes in the world, home to bald eagles, whales, sea
lions, otters, brown bears, mountain goats and flocks of
seabirds. Plus you'll visit a variety of flavorful ports of call
full of rich history and native culture. Explore more of Alaska
by both sea and land in one seamless vacation, plan an authentic
vacation that goes beyond the expected. Think wild, and search
for bear, moose and caribou in Denali. Feel a part of Alaska's
individualist lifestyle as you visit port communities of Juneau,
Ketchikan Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka or Haines. Or join in
Fairbanks' Midnight Sun events during summer solstice. In
Alaska, our Cruise Tours give you hundreds of unique moments to
capture, keep and treasure forever.
It’s like you’ve always imagined, only better – a land of epic
attractions where superlatives aren’t enough
to capture the majesty of its towering mountains, sparkling
waters and Ice-Age glaciers. Only Princess® offers such a
variety of ways to see the Great Land that ensures your vacation
is a dream come true.
Land & sea adventures that combine a 7-day cruise with multiple
days on land, each visiting the state’s top two wilderness
attractions – Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks.
Exclusive Princess®-owned and operated wilderness lodges located
near some of Alaska’s best national parks, including Denali,
Kenai Fjords and Wrangell-St. Elias, at 13.2 million acres, the
largest park in the U.S.
Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service – a Princess® exclusive –
takes you between your ship and their Denali-area lodges the
very same day, for more time at Denali and less time in transit.
Dazzling scenery-filled cruises visit glaciers, pristine
waterways and frontier-era ports. The Voyage of the Glaciers
itinerary is the
only cruise to offer Glacier Bay National Park and a second
glacier viewing experience, in either College Fjord or
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Majestic rivers & ice blue
They’re a highlight of any Alaska
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
creak, crack and fall from the face of
a tidewater glacier. And you’ll have a
chance to check it off your bucket list
every Princess® Alaska vacation.
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
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.
Adventure in the first person
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.
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 the
By air, enjoy a thrilling landing on a glacier, sightsee by
helicopter or airplane, and even sail high above
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
• Uniquely Alaska adventures include watching a
lumberjack competition, attending a Native dance
performance, golfing on the open tundra or enjoying
an authentic salmon bake.
The friendly face of the frontier
Many of Alaska’s Gold Rush-era towns
retain their frontier flavor, with
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.
fishing camp and
rich heritage as
home of the
Monument is a
In Juneau, the charming state capital, you’ll find shops, cafés
and the storied Red Dog Saloon. Just outside town is the famous
urban Mendenhall Glacier.
Ketchikan, the self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World,” is
situated around a vibrant harbor and famous Creek Street, where
shops and cafés 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
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
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.
A journey through Alaska's historic heart
Between your ship and the Denali-area
Princess® lodges lie 500 miles of
most scenic, unspoiled wilderness.
the route of the historic Alaska
built between 1903 and 1923. And when
you travel between lodge and ship by
you’ll have a front-row seat for each
every dazzling vista.
Princess Rail is a feature of most land & sea vacations, with
many offering exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service
that takes you between your ship and the Denali area the very
same day, for more time enjoying the wilderness and less time in
Glass-domed rail cars with open-air observation platforms let
you take in all the splendor, watching for wildlife like bear,
eagles and moose.
Onboard rail guides provide expert commentary and point out
attractions like the 265-foot-tall Hurricane Gulch bridge and
the awe-inspiring Matanuska Valley.
You’ll enjoy the same trademark Princess® service you find on
their ships and in their lodges on your unforgettable rail
journey through Alaska’s heart.
The supersized allure of Denali
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.
Most visitors to
Denali, want to
see four animals
The park is also
home to 37
marmots and Dall
sheep, to foxes
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.
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.
Learn more about Denali National Park & Preserve
It’s all about location at Denali
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.
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® service.
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.
A window seat of epic Mt. McKinley
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.
Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge Video
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.
the doorstep of America’s biggest park
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 Wilderness Lodge Video
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
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.
pristine playground of Kenai
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Video
“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
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
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