Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service
Princess Cruises exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness service 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.
Off The Beaten Path Cruisetours
These cruisetours include key benefits of the Denali Explorer itineraries, plus visits to less-frequented regions like Copper River and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, and the Kenai Peninsula.
Connoisseur Escorted Cruisetours
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.
Alaska Cruises: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Everything You Need To Know About The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge® is situated on 200 acres at the junction of the Klutina and Copper Rivers with spectacular mountain views and breathtaking scenery of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Considered one of the most spectacular destinations in Alaska and the largest national park in the United States, Wrangell-St. Elias offers a stunning setting for the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. And with a host of optional land excursions, you can explore all this region has to offer.
If Alaska is “The Great Land,” then Wrangell-St. Elias National Park may be the truest measure of her
stature. And no other place puts you in such wonderful proximity, in such comfort, as the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.® The focal point of the lodge is the Wrangell Room, a warm, central gathering place where you can sit by a fire with friends and take in the view.
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge is the gateway to America's largest national park. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park boasts nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the United States and Kennicott, a historic copper-mining boomtown. This 85-room custom built lodge offers stunning vistas of the Wrangell-St. Elias Range, overlooking the Alaska Pipeline and the confluence* of the Copper and Klutina Rivers.
* The junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width or A flowing together of two or more streams.
Alaska Wilderness Amenities
This premier Princess lodge features a dining area that showcases the breathtaking views. The Wrangell Room, focal point of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, features a staircase leading to a mezzanine with a two-story wall of windows and décor that recalls the region’s mining heritage.
Along with a gourmet menu, our Two Rivers Restaurant provides excellent mountain and valley views. For more casual fare, The Whistle Stop Bar and Grill serves up the same amazing views. And, our Signature Alaskan Cuisine includes mouth-watering appetizers followed by authentic regional entrees.
Alaska Land Excursions
The Copper River region is renowned for its salmon fishing and vast Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There are also river rafting, flightseeing and off-road adventures, historic mining sites and a rich Native history to discover.
Check below to view excursions that interest you most.
Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours
Copper River Country Nature Tour – Enjoy a scenic 25-mile van drive through Copper River Country as your guide offers commentary on the geologic forces that have shaped this area including the volcanic Wrangell Mountains. You’ll also hike with naturalists through the forest and enjoy an interactive presentation of furs and skulls of the local wildlife.
Worthington Glacier Hike – Visit spectacular Thompson Pass and Keystone Falls. After reaching the glacier, strap on a pair of crampons and take a hike with experienced guides.
Helicopter & Flightseeing Tours
Wrangell-St. Elias Air Panorama – Fly over the largest national park in the United States. Wrangell-St. Elias boasts nine of the highest peaks in the country and spans 13.2 acres. See glaciers, lush valleys, rare mud volcanoes and watch for wildlife.
Rafting, Fishing & Boating
Backcountry Whitewater Rafting – This Class III whitewater river trip offers continuous fast rapids and travels the beautiful Klutina River valley and is great for first-timers and families. The drive into your rafting adventure heads along 14 miles of backcountry and your guide will offer interpretation of the geological history of the area and tales of its Gold Rush past.
Copper River Scenic Jet Boat Tour – Visit one of Alaska’s most untouched territories in a luxurious jet boat, complete with digital video screens. As you head down the Copper River, look out for eagles, caribou, wolves and brown bears. Stop for a quick tour to see items from the gold rush days.
Duck Flats Day Paddle – Take an exciting kayaking tour through Duck Flats in Prince William Sound near Valdez. Paddle the calm waters while surrounded by the beauty of the Chugach Mountains while keeping a watchful eye out for marine life and birds.
Klutina Whitewater Jet Boat Adventure – Enjoy the excitement of Class III whitewater as you power 30 miles up the Klutina River in a custom jet. Watch for bald eagles, Dall sheep, trumpeter swans, bear and more. Hear stories of the early settlers who braved glaciers and passes of the Chugach Mountains and the power of the Klutina River.
Jet Boat Salmon Fishing – Enjoy a full day or half day of world-class fishing for king, red or Sockeye salmon. Jet boat up the mighty Klutina River and fish one of the tributaries of the Copper River, with a professional expert guiding novices and experienced anglers alike.
Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise – Enjoy a scenic drive to Valdez where you’ll sail through majestic Prince William Sound and to see the amazing icebergs of the Columbia Glacier. You’ll have the chance to see whales, seals, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife.
Salmon Fishing by Raft – Enjoy a full day or half day of fishing for famous Alaska salmon as you float by raft along the scenic tributaries of the famous Copper River and fish from the riverbanks under the watchful eye of professional fishing guides. For both novice and experienced anglers.
Scenic Wilderness Rafting – Experience a spectacular Class II scenic river adventure along the Gulkana “National Wild and Scenic River” and the Copper River. You’ll enjoy awesome viewing and photo opportunities of the Wrangell Mountains and the abundant wildlife. A great introduction to river rafting as your guides do all the work and offer commentary along the way.
Alaskan Culture & Heritage
Behind the Scenes at the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge – Go behind-the-scenes and learn what it takes to live and work in one of Alaska's most beautiful lodges. Your exclusive tour concludes with a visit to the kitchen where a scrumptious meal created with fresh Alaskan ingredients awaits you.
Dog Sled Demonstration and Ride – Experience the strength and enthusiasm of sled dogs as you are pulled in a wheeled cart through the wilderness by a local musher and his dog team. Learn how the dogs are kept in fantastic shape for the winter sporting events.
Historic Kennicott & Wrangell-St. Elias Flight Adventure – Board a bush plane for a stunning flight over Wrangell-St, Elias National Park en route to the frontier mining towns of McCarthy and Kennicott and wander though their museums, shops and visit the abandoned Kennicott Mine and its 14-story mill.
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Alaska Cruises: National Parks
Possessing half of the
U.S. National Parks, Alaska truly offers some of
Mother Nature’s best work. Stretching across a
staggering 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest
parcel of land, but its sister parks—Glacier
Bay, Denali, Kenai Fjords, and Gates of the
Arctic—share equally in beauty and natural
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Alaska Cruises: Princess Wilderness Lodges
Strategically located at Alaska’s legendary national parks, our 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 Cruises: 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 wilderness adventure.
Alaska Cruises: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
On a bluff overlooking the largest national park, this lodge has a wall of windows featuring dramatic views of Wrangell-St. Elias.
Alaska Cruises: Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
North America's tallest mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the picture-perfect setting for this wilderness retreat just south of Denali National Park.
Alaska Cruises: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
Top-notch salmon fishing is only steps away from this well-appointed lodge set in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Kenai River.
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. "
Larry 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