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  Everything you need to know before you go  to Alaska and then some!

Your Alaska Questions Answered, Plus Our 2017 Princess Alaska Guide

 

 

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. Sailing on a cruise ship is just the beginning of any Alaskan Adventure. The absolute magnificence and splendor of Alaska can only be fully realized by experiencing  Alaska whether it is by air, land or sea, exploring the wonders of Alaska will be a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Thinking about taking a cruise in Alaska? No one brings more people to the Great Land than Princess, the #1 cruise line in Alaska as voted by travel experts like the Travel Channel, Travel Weekly and Cruise Critic, and you can see all the best attractions of this amazing destination with a variety of cruises and Land & Sea Vacations.

 


 

 

 

What could make the Great Land even better? Princess Cruises new “North to Alaska!” program, immersing you in everything Alaska, from the region’s famous seafood to a Klondike gold rush festival and a host of local guests.  

A Taste of Alaska.
Experience the finest fresh local seafood — in our dining rooms, specialty restaurants and special themed events on deck — and sample specialties from the best local eateries like the Alaska Fish House, Tracy’s King Crab Shack and the Skagway Fish Company.

The Klondike Festival & Midnight Sun Party.
Delight in performances from the gold rush days, sled dog presentations, Tlingit art projects and more — culminating with a fun-filled top deck Midnight Sun party.

Alaska for kids!
Alaska Explorers youth program features activities like our Jr. Ranger Program, panning for gold, and the Deadliest Catch Crab Sort Challenge.

The Real Alaskans.
Be treated to an exciting multi-media presentation on the life and adventures of Alaskan lumberjacks and listen to “Tales from the Wild” with New York Times bestselling author and renowned storyteller Nick Jans as he shares the poignant story of Romeo the wolf.

Returning favorites.

Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the grueling Iditarod dog sled race, comes aboard to tell her inspirational tales as well as hilarious storyteller, Steve Hites and knowledgeable onboard naturalists.

 

Shark Week.
It’s not just one week any more. Celebrate all summer long with fun games and activities like “Guess the Number of Shark Teeth,” “Did the Shark Eat It?”, 4-D models and more!


Animal Planet for Kids.
Learn about Alaskan wildlife, enjoy dress up, put on a puppet show, and get artistic with new arts and crafts.

 

Note: activities may vary from cruise ship to cruise ship.

 


 

Onboard the Princess Cruise Ships that Sail Alaska
 

North to Alaska!
It’s everything Alaska — right on board! Taste Alaska’s seafood, hear its stories, learn about its culture and meet its fascinating people with this exciting new program.


Tales of the Deadliest Catch.
As seen on the popular Discovery program, Deadliest Catch, Captain David Lethin and his shipmates from the Aleutian Ballad share their true-life adventures and experiences in the Bering Sea in pursuit of crab.

Discovery at Sea Experiences.
Princess and Discovery Communications™ are bringing Alaska to life with new games and activities inspired by the shows you love – plus Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ Recommended and Exclusive shore excursions. Test your knowledge of Alaska, sea life, stars and more. Search for Bigfoot, try to bust myths with experiments inspired by MythBusters and take the How It’s Made backstage tour of how production shows come to life on board a ship.

 

 


 

Princess Cruises Alaska Itineraries

 

Alaska Cruises

7 -10 day Alaska Cruises:
Many of Alaska’s greatest glaciers and most beautiful scenery can only be experienced by sea, and Princess offers a variety of itinerary options so you won’t miss any of the splendor.
•   Our most popular option, the signature Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary between Vancouver and Anchorage (Whittier), features two stunning glacier viewing experiences and three fabulous frontier ports. See page 5 for details.
•   Inside Passage sailings roundtrip from Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., or San Francisco combine friendly towns like Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, with glacier viewing. 
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7 day Inside Passage or Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska Cruises

from Whittier ( Anchorage ), Vancouver, Seattle or San Francisco

 

 


 

Alaska Land & Sea Vacations [ cruisetours ]

 

10 - 15 day Alaska Cruise Tours:
To see the most of Alaska, choose a Land & Sea Vacation. A Land & Sea Vacation combines a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with three to eight nights on land at some of Alaska’s best wilderness destinations.
•   Select from more than 20 unique Land & Sea Vacations, from those with more flexibility to deluxe escorted options.
•   Each Land & Sea Vacation visits Alaska’s undisputed top two attractions — Glacier Bay and Denali National Parks.
•   Exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service takes you on a scenic journey between your ship and our two Denali-area lodges.
•   Stay at Princess-owned Wilderness Lodges near Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

 

Denali Explorer Alaska Land & Sea Vacations
One of the most popular Alaska Land & Sea Vacations is Denali Explorer. And it offers a variety of options to match your interests and schedule. Enjoy a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 6 nights on land, including up to 4 nights in our Denali-area lodges. All itineraries feature a Natural History Tour into Denali National Park.
• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise
• Stays at authentic Princess wilderness lodges
• Options to Fairbanks and/or Anchorage
• Natural History Tour into Denali National Park (option to upgrade to Tundra Wilderness Tour at additional cost)
• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks
(if applicable)

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Off The Beaten Path Alaska Land & Sea Vacations
Visit some of Alaska’s best National Parks on our Off the Beaten Path tours. You’ll experience the best features of the Denali Explorer vacations plus time at Princess wilderness lodges located on the Kenai Peninsula near dazzling Kenai Fjords National Park or Copper River just outside massive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise
• At least two nights in the Denali area, plus the Kenai Peninsula or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
• Princess rail service
• Stays at Princess wilderness lodges
• Natural History Tour into Denali National Park (option to upgrade to the Tundra Wilderness Tour at additional cost)
• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks (if applicable)

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Connoisseur Deluxe Escorted Alaska Land & Sea Vacations
Connoisseur, the ultimate Alaska vacation! Hosted by a tour director with most meals included and enhanced sightseeing, these vacations feature the highest level of service. Enjoy 5 to 8 nights on land, visiting not only Denali but also other legendary Alaska locales like Copper River and/or the Kenai Peninsula.
• 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise
• At least two nights in the Denali area
• Options to the Kenai Peninsula and/or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
• Princess rail service
• Most meals included
• Stays at Princess wilderness lodges
• Tour director on land tour
• Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park
• Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks
(if applicable)

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These People Will Love Princess Cruises to Alaska
 

    Who wouldn’t?  Princess Cruises provides Alaska vacations to suit just about everyone. From 7 day Inside Passage and Voyage of the Glaciers cruises, to 3 -8 day Inland Alaska tours, before or after your cruise that include motor coach and rail travel with stays at Princess owned Wilderness Lodges. Visiting Denali National Park, Kenai or Copper River. Learn More.

     

    North to Alaska!
    It’s everything Alaska — right on board! Taste Alaska’s seafood, hear its stories, learn about its culture and meet its fascinating people with this exciting new program.
    Princess Cruise Ships that sail Alaska.

     

    Perfectly Refined Princess Cruises knows how to deliver a luxury experience, as well as the best Alaska focused onboard enrichment activities, that contribute to a memorable Alaska cruise vacation.

    Cruise tours for groups offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land. All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. Here  is information about Alaska's favorite places. From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone.

     

    Small Groups: Family or friends can save when they travel together. All it takes is 3 cabins ( 6 people ) to take advantage of Alaska Cruises Directs' exclusive "Mini-Group" rates. Learn More.

     

    Alaska Up Close
    Don’t just witness Alaska from the ship — see it up close with an array of exciting shore excursions. From leisurely nature walks and native performances to vigorous hikes and zip line adventures, there’s something for every taste and level of activity. Fish for salmon or ride a military-issued Hummer into the Alaska wilderness, try your hand at dog sledding or gold panning, take a flight seeing adventure or watch a lumberjack demonstration — experience Alaska firsthand with a great choice of shore excursions. Learn More

     


     

    Alaska Activities & Adventures

    “Highlight of our Alaskan Cruise” Review of Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
     

    Nature & Wildlife

    Anchorage: Kayaking in Prince William Sound
    Glide through pristine waters on this approximately 3 ½-hour kayaking excursion in Prince William Sound.
    Copper River: Worthington Glacier Hike
    Take a snow day and hike on the ice blue Worthington Glacier. After reaching the glacier, strap on a pair of crampons, then take a hike.
    Denali: Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter
    Soar over the Alaska Range for a glacier landing to view icefalls, moraines, ice bridges and glacial pools as well as wildlife.
    Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe Adventure
    Be among the select few, under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit, to travel as Native Alaskans once did by canoe and venture within yards of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.
    Ketchikan: Alaska Wilderness Survival
    This epic journey takes you to a wild and secluded island where you’ll learn to build a shelter, collect food, and start a fire. Back on the boat, explore the Inside Passage coast with opportunities to discover a variety of wildlife species.
    Denali [Mt. McKinley]: Three Rivers Tour
    Board the fully-enclosed McKinley Queen jet boat and cruise along three rivers that offer panoramic views of Mt. McKinley and breathtaking flora and fauna.
    Skagway: Horseback Riding Adventure
    Escape the hustle and bustle of port and come discover the awe-inspiring Alaska beauty just as the pioneers did – on horseback!
    Anchorage: Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Tour
    Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 named glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife.
    Copper River: Copper Country Discovery Tour
    Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Copper River Country. Enjoy a scenic van ride and interpretive discussion with a professional naturalist guide.


    RECOMMENDED
    Juneau: Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest
    Experience southeast Alaska’s incredible scenery and amazing natural history on this exceptional wildlife excursion that offers a whale-sighting guarantee.
    Ketchikan: Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour
    Join a 3-hour cruise aboard the Aleutian Ballad from season
    two of the TV series Deadliest Catch to learn about the world of commercial fisherman.
    Ketchikan: Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flight
    After an exhilarating 25-minute flight, embark on a nature walk to Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get an up-close view of black bears.
    Skagway: Haines Wilderness River Adventure
    A jet boat tour deep into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve offers a true wilderness experience where you may see eagles, moose and bears.

     


     

     



    Sightseeing & City Tours Special Interests

    Fairbanks: Fairbanks Highlights Adventure
    Visit Fairbanks’ top attractions – The Morris Thompson Cultural Center, Museum of the North and Santa Claus House in North Pole where it’s Christmas year-round!
    Juneau: Juneau’s Exclusive Highlights
    Experience Juneau’s most scenic, unique and historic sites from the comfort of a deluxe minibus on this small group adventure.
    Kenai: Explore Historic Seward
    Take a guided tour along Alaska’s only National Scenic Byway to the historic town of Seward, where attractions include the Seward Museum, Alaska Sealife Center, Exit Glacier and more.
    Ketchikan: Saxman Native Village & Totem Pole Park
    Visit fascinating Saxman Native Village, witness Native dancing and see the craft of totem carving before taking a motorcoach tour of historic Ketchikan.
    Seattle: Space Needle, Pike Place Market & City Tour
    See Seattle’s premier attractions, from the soaring Space Needle to vibrant Pike Place Market.
    Skagway: White Pass Scenic Railway
    Take a thrilling ride aboard the historic Gold Rush-era White Pass & Yukon Railroad.
    Victoria, B.C., Canada: Victoria by Horse-Drawn Trolley Experience the beauty of Victoria by horse-drawn trolley, a timeless tradition and wonderful way to view this historic city.
    Denali: Music of Denali Dinner Theatre
    Delight in a wonderful, feel-good musical comedy paired with an all-you-can-eat Alaskan dinner buffet.
    Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs
    Experience the “hottest” and “coolest” attractions in Alaska – a natural hot springs, ice museum and great dinner!
    Juneau: Salmon Sportfishing Adventure
    Fish for salmon in one of the most productive fishing grounds in southeast Alaska.
    Kenai: Gold Panning with “Prospector John”
    Enjoy a true gold panning experience with Prospector John as he takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush, then through the steps of modern and old-time techniques.
    Skagway: Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Exclusive Scenic Railway Relive life as a prospector on this tour that takes you back in time to the Gold Rush. Ride the vintage railcars on the historic White Pass Railway with a costumed guide and celebrate your adventure at the summit with a one-of-a-kind Klondike toast.
    Victoria, B.C., Canada: Enchanting Butchart Gardens
    This 55-acre floral wonderland, featuring themed gardens and meandering paths, is illuminated with colored lights and magical effects.

 


 

What’s Included On Princess Cruises Sailing in Alaska

 

Exclusive PRINCESS® Offerings For 2017
There's musical productions by one of Broadway’s most successful talents, delicious dining created just for Princess by one of the world’s hottest chefs, luxurious upgraded beds and much more in store.

Acclaimed chef Curtis Stone is all about fresh. Try his tantalizing cuisine in our dining rooms, at The Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone, and at SHARE, a specialty restaurant on select ships.

Musical Magic
New and original theatrical productions created exclusively for Princess from Stephen Schwartz,
the Grammy,® Tony® and Academy Award® winning composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin.

Discovery at Sea
The Discovery at Sea™ partnership continues to expand your horizons with the new Style at Sea
with TLC featuring tips from fashion expert Stacy London to experiences inspired by the Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ programs you love.

Sweeter Dreams
Let your stateroom become a sleep sanctuary with our new Princess Luxury Bed, developed with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV design personality, Candice Olson.

 

A Stateroom For Every Taste and Budget

Whether you’re looking for more room or a great value, Princess® has a stateroom to match. All staterooms feature fine standard amenities, including: comfortable queen or two twin beds, refrigerator, flat-panel TV, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, 100% cotton, high thread count linens, complimentary 24-hour room service and digital security safe. Typical cabins shown below. May vary from ship to ship.

Suite Mini-Suite Balcony Ocean View Inside

 


 

 

"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"

 

Princess Cruises Alaska Reviews To read a review of a particular ship, click the link under "Read the Review." If applicable, our Live Voyage Reports offer a day-by-day overview of an actual cruise onboard. In some cases, there may be more than one report, to be sure to see if your favorite destination is represented.

 

Alaska Cruise Tour Review
7 Nights - 8 Days Anchorage to Fairbanks plus a 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise

This is a review of the land portion of a cruise tour that would involve a 7 day Northbound or Southbound Alaska Cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage or from Anchorage ( Whittler port ) to Vancouver, plus a 7 day land tour. Princess Cruise Ships that tie into this type of land tour are Island Princess, Coral Princess or Star Princess.
Northbound Cruise Ship Itinerary: Vancouver, British Columbia | Ketchikan, Alaska | Juneau, Alaska | Skagway, Alaska | Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | College Fjord, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska , Then a 7 day land tour. Shorter land tours as few as 3 days, plus the 7 day cruise are also offered.  And when you travel between ship and lodge by Princess' Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail, ( an exclusive to Princess ) you'll have a front-row seat for each and every dazzling vista. Getting to the wilderness of Denali is now quicker and easier.
Southbound Cruise Ship Itinerary : Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska | Hubbard Glacier, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Skagway, Alaska | Juneau, Alaska | Ketchikan, Alaska | Vancouver, British Columbia. Shorter land tours as few as 3 days, plus the 7 day cruise are also offered
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Alaska Cruise Tours: Princess Wilderness Lodges

Strategically located at the doorstep of Alaska’s legendary national parks, Princess wilderness lodges offer excellent accommodations, authentic Alaskan dining experiences, and the same warm, welcoming service that you’ve come to expect on every Princess Cruises vacation.

 

 

Alaska Cruisetours: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Nestled in a prime location near the entrance to Denali National Park, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your Alaska wilderness adventure.

 

 

Alaska Cruisetours: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

On a bluff overlooking Alaska’s largest national park, this Alaska wilderness lodge has a wall of windows featuring dramatic views of Wrangell-St. Elias.

 

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Alaska Cruisetours: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

North America's tallest mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the picture-perfect setting for this Alaska wilderness retreat just south of Denali National Park.

 

 

Alaska Cruisetours: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Top-notch Alaskan salmon fishing is only steps away from this well-appointed lodge set in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Kenai River.


 

"The Salmon Capital of the World," Ketchikan remains a popular Alaskan tourist destination as a result of its rich cuisine and culture. Shore Excursions Group offers you numerous opportunities to get a taste of Ketchikan's unique and delectable history of food.

Ketchikan shore excursion tours take you on adventures to explore the culture of the southeastern most city in Alaska. Whether it is by air, by land, or by sea, you can catch glimpses of Ketchikan's bears and see the historical traditional Indian totems that dot the area and are a major part of Ketchikan's culture.

 


 

Juneau Shore Excursions

Skagway Shore Excursions

Ketchikan Shore Excursions

 

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