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.

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Denali Explorer & On Your Own Cruisetours

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.

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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.

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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. 


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Alaska Cruises: Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Everything You Need To Know about the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Overlooking the turquoise Kenai River, the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge® offers the serenity of a wilderness retreat nestled deep in an emerald forest. The Kenai Peninsula is known as “Alaska's Playground,” and you’ll soon discover why as our lodge is your gateway to explore the rivers, pristine fjords, lush mountains and beyond.

You can spend your time here fishing for prized salmon, river rafting, hiking and more with a variety of optional land excursions. In the evening, return to the comfort of a crackling fire, and feast on local delicacies, all special features of the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.


Alaska Wilderness Amenities

Each bungalow-style guest room includes vaulted ceilings made of naturally finished wood, a cozy sitting area with a wood-burning stove and private porch. The main lodge boasts a crackling fireplace surrounded by chairs for relaxing and visiting with friends. Just beyond is an expansive deck, overlooking the Kenai River valley and nearby mountains.


Alaskan Dining

Enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare outdoors or inside at Rafter's Lounge. Continue to the Eagle's Crest Restaurant where the magnificent views, stone fireplace and tempting Signature Alaskan Cuisine make dining an unforgettable event.

Alaska Land Excursions

Just minutes from our Kenai lodge campus, you’ll find world-famous fishing, scenic float trips and river rafting along Kenai River’s beautiful turquoise water, as well as spectacular hiking opportunities. 

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge - Description of Property

General Information
The Kenai Peninsula has been called "Alaska's Playground" and the lodge is the perfect place from which to take advantage of its lush forests and salmon-rich waters.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is the gem of the Kenai Peninsula. Nestled within the Chugach National Forest near Cooper Landing and the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, this cozy wilderness lodge is a true Alaskan getaway. Overlooking the stunning turquoise Kenai River, it's everything from a romantic escape to the site of your next corporate retreat or special celebration.
A leisurely two hour drive south from Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm and beyond takes you to a place of exquisite beauty; a region rich with flora and fauna and dotted with charming towns. An area so delightful that Alaskans themselves often refer to the Kenai Peninsula as Alaska's playground.

Each of the 86 bungalow-style rooms has been designed for the utmost in comfort, relaxation and romance. Vaulted ceilings made of naturally finished wood, cozy sitting areas with wood-burning stoves and private porches help make any occasion memorable.

Hot Tub hours 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
*No pets allowed

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge - Activites

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge offers a variety of optional excursions. The activities listed below can be booked at the Outfitter Tour desk.

Alaska Husky Spirit Excursion to Historic Seward  Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise  Kenai Upper River Sportfishing 
Kenai Nature Hike  Explore Cooper Landing & Gold Panning Adventure with Prospector John  Kenai Scenic Float  Cooper Landing Trail Ride 
Kenai Canyon River Rafting       

Kid-Friendly Activities
Many of the Optional Land Excursions are appropriate for children. Please refer to the Alaska Optional Land Excursions brochure or for age requirements. The lodge also offers free activities that are great for children.

Shuffleboard Card/Board Games 
Horseshoes  Walking Trails 

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Located on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in Cooper Landing, and nestled among 43 acres on the banks of the Kenai River, the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge offers all the luxuries of a small resort in a relaxing wilderness setting. This peninsula, renowned as a sportsman's and scenic paradise, offers a spectacular setting amid fabulous mountain and river views. Optional activities include nature hikes, sportfishing, river rafting, and sightseeing day cruises to the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Building History
Construction began summer 1989 and the lodge opened in May 1990. Additional rooms and facilities were completed summer 1991. A ten room expansion was completed in July 1994 at a total cost of $7.6 million. A second ten room expansion was completed in May 1995. Conference room space expansion was completed in spring 1996. A third expansion of 16 additional guest rooms was completed in September 1999.

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Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, Discover

2011 Operating Dates
May 21 - September 13

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Number of Staff

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge - Lodge Amenities

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is the gem of the Kenai Peninsula, a true Alaska getaway. The main lodge features vaulted ceilings and an inviting fireplace surrounded by chairs for relaxing and visiting with friends. Just beyond the lobby is an expansive deck, optimal for viewing the Kenai River valley and nearby mountains. Indulge in a soothing soak and enjoy the serenity of this special part of Alaska from one of our indoor or outdoor hot tubs.
  • Free Wireless Internet Access in the Main Lodge Great Room (Computer Kiosk in main lobby) 
  • Espresso stand
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center
  • Outfitter Tour Desk
  • Guest Laundry Room
  • General Store
  • Walking Trails
  • RV Park
  • Books & Games
  • Bungalow style rooms with private porches and vaulted ceilings

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Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours

Cooper Landing Trail Ride – Experience the stunning beauty of the Kenai Peninsula on horseback as expert guides lead you on a leisurely adventure that provides picturesque views of the Kenai Lake, snow-capped Kenai Mountains and the Copper Landing Valley.

Kenai Nature Hike – Stretch your legs on a leisurely five-mile guided nature hike through verdant meadows of wildflowers, past mountain creeks, a spruce forest and wildlife habitat. Your naturalist guide will give you insight on all the natural beauty you see along the way.

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Kenai Canyon River Rafting – For the thrill seeker, this exciting 20-mile rafting trip has it all-wildlife, scenery, a gentle float and exhilarating rapids, followed by a picnic lunch. You’ll also head through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where viewing opportunities are incredible.

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise – Travel to Seward for a cruise to the unspoiled wonders of Kenai Fjords National Park, where a wide range of marine life will be on spectacular display. Cruise through ice floes as you approach one of the area’s numerous glaciers and marvel at the sight of glaciers calving into the turquoise waters.

Kenai River Scenic Float – Experience the natural beauty of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a scenic river-rafting trip. An experienced guide will lead you on an 11-mile float along the Kenai River as you watch for eagles, moose, Dall sheep and more.

Kenai Upper River Sportfishing – Experience world-class fishing amidst dazzling mountain scenery onboard a non-motorized drift boat or raft as you angle for Kenai’s famed trophy-sized fish. Depending on the season, you may fish for Sockeye salmon, Dolly Varden or rainbow trout.

Alaskan Culture & Heritage

Alaska Husky Spirit – Enjoy a lively  evening show at the lodge with dog musher Lorraine Temple and her huskies. Hear tales of the trail, dog mushing, the Iditarod and her own “going to extremes” talks. A slide show and dog harnessing demonstration is as informative as it is entertaining.

Explore Cooper Landing & Gold Panning Adventure – Spend a day among the forest and mountains, taking in the sights of Cooper Landing.  Visit the local museum and see a sled dog kennel, pan for gold and later, tour a pioneer cemetery.

Explore Historic Seward – Enjoy the stunning scenery along Alaska’s only National Scenic Byway and learn about the history of the area as you travel to Resurrection Bay and the city of Seward. Known as the “Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park,” you’ll have time to explore the historic old town, browse the art galleries, museums and quaint shops and sample the local cuisine.

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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 wonders.

Alaska Cruises: Glacier Bay National Park
Set on the state's southeastern coast, this glacier-rich territory is equally abundant in snowcaps, fjords and wildlife.

Alaska Cruises: Denali National Park
Breathtaking vistas, spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities and the venerable Mt. McKinley, North American’s tallest peak, explain why this is one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. And you’ll enjoy it while staying at our two comfortable Princess wilderness lodges in the area.

Alaska Cruises: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Spectacular vistas and magnificent mountain ranges, winding rivers, glaciers and miles upon miles of forest define Wrangell-St. Elias, the nation’s largest national park.

Alaska Cruises: Kenai Fjords National Park
Known as “Alaska’s Playground,” the Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska is rich with native flora, fauna and gorgeous ice -sculpted landscapes and fjords. It’s famous for its great sports fishing, river-rafting and more.

Alaska Cruises: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Located north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range, this wide swath of tundra is unparalleled in its beauty.

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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.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

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.

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Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

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.

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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

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.

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Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

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.

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