allows you to step off your cruise
ship in Whittier onto your unique
Princess rail service and arrive at
your Princess wilderness lodge that
same afternoon. Or, on southbound
itineraries, leave the Denali area
and enjoy a direct link to your
awaiting cruise ship in Whittier.
Because fewer transfers and less
time waiting makes for a more
relaxing and hassle-free trip.
Denali Explorer cruisetours include up to four nights at Princess
wilderness lodges at Denali.
Most tours include exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service
and all include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park.
( Optional Tundra Wilderness Tour Upgrade )
On Your Own options have no scheduled activities so you can
customize how you want to spend your free time. 3 days on land from
just $299 more than a 7-day cruise!* With no sightseeing activities
included, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own adventure
with optional land excursions.
These deluxe escorted cruisetours represent the highest level of
service with a tour director on land and most meals included. They
include up to four nights at a combination of both Mt. McKinley and
Denali Princess wilderness lodges, with enhanced sightseeing
experiences, such as the longer Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali
National Park. Plus, there are options to visit the Kenai Peninsula
and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park.
Our Ideal Alaska Cruisetour - A Personal Look-In To Our Vacation
There's no better way to experience Alaska that with a Princess
cruisetour. A cruisetour combines a 7-night Gulf of Alaska cruise with 3
to 8 nights on land for the ultimate Alaska vacation. You'll experience
glaciers, wildlife, national parks, wilderness, the finest lodges and,
of course, a world-class cruise.
our excerpted day by day Journal of The Ideal Alaska Vacation
Sail from Vancouver
Embarkation was a breeze, and we were excited when we found our shore
excursion tickets waiting for us in our cabin. Now we can relax without
standing on line. We made sure we had plenty of film in the camera as we
set sail for Alaska under the Lion's Gate Bridge. We took advantage of
Anytime Dining with a late dinner at the Bayou Cafe' Coral Princess'
exclusive New Orleans restaurant.
Sail The Inside Passage
We slept in this morning and enjoyed room service and the spectacular
view from the comfort of our own private balcony. Spent the afternoon
listening to the naturalists talk about Alaska marine life and whale
watching as we cruised the Inside Passage. I discovered a cozy spot in
the library to read my book and commented to my wife that the ship has
an intimate feel, despite its grand size.
We experienced the breathtaking beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument
with a flightseeing trip that left us awestruck. We learned about
Tongass National Forest from the U.S. Forest Service Ranger onboard.
Then, scheduled a Sweedish massage in the Lotus' Spa before dinner.
We woke up in Alaska's capital with a full day of sightseeing ahead.
Enjoyed a buffet breakfast in the Horizon Court before getting started.
Spent the afternoon on an exciting Mendenhall Glacier float trip. Then,
dropped in to hear a presentation from Libby Riddles, the first woman to
win the Iditarod.
We thoroughly enjoyed our White Pass and Yukon Route rail adventure, an
excursion we signed up for long before the cruise. We then saw a
performance by famous storyteller Buckwheat Donohoe who made a special
appearance on board the ship.
Glacier Bay National Park
We enjoyed a champagne breakfast on our balcony this morning in front of
Margerie Glacier. Listened to a narration by the National Park Ranger
then enjoyed the Taste of Alaska buffet on deck for dinner.
We entered College Fjord and the Captain took us all the way to Harvard
Glacier at the end of the fjord. We passed right next to Bryn Mawr and
Smith Glaciers and saw ice floes all around us. Took plenty of pictures
of the porpoises, sea otters and killer whales swimming through Prince
William Sound. It was absolutely amazing.
Whittier to Cooper River
Our cruise has come to an end, but our adventure is just beginning. Now
it's time to see the "real" Alaska. We enjoyed breakfast onboard, then
disembarked for a scenic catamaran trip across Prince William Sound to
Valdez - Alaska's "Little Switzerland". We saw the terminus of the
Trans-Alaska Pipeline and drove right up to Worthington Glacier and
Bridal Veil Falls on the way to Cooper River. We arrived at the Cooper
River Princess Wilderness Lodge.
We had a day at leisure at the gateway to Wrangell-St.Elias National
park, the largest national park in the U.S. ( as big as six Yellowstones).
Princess' Alaskan Outfitters set up the perfect day for us. I fished the
famous Cooper River while my wife visited the old town of McCarthy and
once thriving turn-of-the-century Kennicott Mines. Even walked right up
to Kennicott Glacier.
We enjoyed the signature Alaskan Cuisine at the lodge and warmed up by
the fireplace as we watched the alpenglow on the mountains.
Cooper River to Fairbanks
We walked the nature trail surrounding the lodge this morning. Then took
a motorcoach trip along the scenic Richardson Highway across the Alaskan
Range en route to Fairbanks. We spent the night at the Fairbanks
Princess Riverside Lodge.
Fairbanks to Denali
We boarded the Midnight Sun Express rail for our journey to Denali
National Park. Breakfast on board with a breathtaking view as a
backdrop. After checking into the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge we
decided on a flighseeing adventure. Landing on a glacier at Mt.
McKinley's base camp.
Denali to Mt. McKinley
We woke up and felt refreshed knowing the great outdoors was just beyond
the lodge. We caught a glimpse of Mt. McKinley as we approached
Talkeetna by motorcoach.
Mt. McKinley to Anchorage
We enjoyed a morning at our own pace on a guided horseback ride through
the wilderness. Then we were off to Talkeetna, where we board the train.
The huge doomed windows and friendly car managers really made the trip
enjoyable. We spend our last night in Anchorage, saying good by to the
friends we met.
Out tour ended this morning in Anchorage. We're getting ready to head
home, but already we're making plans for our next Princess cruise
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Did You Know:
Grizzly bears have been a threatened species
since 1975 in the Lower 48 states? Alaska
however has over 32,000 grizzlies. Considering
Alaska's population is only 670,000, that's 1
bear for every 21 people. Alaska is home to
magnificent glaciers, giant halibut, hardy
outdoorsmen.... and lots of moose. Alaska has 39
mountain ranges. Did you know? The larger ranges
include: Alaska Range, which includes 20,320
foot Mt. McKinley, the continent's tallest peak
, Aleutian Range, a volcano-ridden range on the
Alaska Peninsula, Brooks Range, which is above
the Arctic Circle; the Continental Divide runs
through it and Boundary Ranges, along the
Canadian border of the Inside Passage.
Our trip was excellent. The room, with the
upgrades, was amazing! We saw many eagles (bald
and golden), one bear, many whales, including
one breach, seals, one bear, one wolf, moose and
carribou, and many smaller animals.. If we
travelled during salmon run, we probably would
have seen more bear and eagles. The scenery is
to die for, the vistas spectacular. The ship was
great; service, food, etc were all great. Thanks
for everything. "
Seidler - Island Princess
Ask an Alaska visitor about his or her trip and
you'll likely hear tales about the state's
exotic and awe inspiring wildlife. Chances are,
you'll be regaled with stories and photos of the
encounters with Alaska's wildlife. And who can
blame them? Pictures of Alaska's moose, bears,
caribou, bald eagles, whales and dozens of other
wild species can be a trip's best (and most
memorable) souvenirs. For those who cruise
Alaska by sea, there's the opportunity to spot
the breathtaking breach of a humpback whale or
soaring seabirds such as puffins, terns, gulls,
eiders and many others.
Learn more about wildlife viewing in Alaska