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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Princess Cruises® Alaska  

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If you’re looking for a cruise vacation that’s a little bit out of the way and a little bit out of the ordinary, make “America’s Last Frontier” your first choice! Alaska is a natural wonder through and through, but the coastal panhandle region Princess sails to is perhaps the most stunning. Where the land meets the water you’ll find not only quaint towns and scenic harbor vistas, but the best of nature — including fjords, wildlife and mountains galore.             

Explore Wondrous Ports of Call

It’s an untamed frontier, a vast wilderness long ago colonized by pockets of humanity who sought unimagined riches and their own land to own. And while more than a century has passed since these intrepid pioneers made their way to Alaska, little has changed in the landscape or in the spirit of the land.

In fact, that’s just one of the reasons so many modern adventurers make their way north, seeking a respite from the hectic pace of their own lives. Alaska offers something that no other destination in the U.S. can a combination of the wild and the exotic, all wrapped up in one magnificent landscape after another. It’s the only place in our country where glaciers calve and whales breach... where bears and moose outnumber the human population, and where eagles soar majestically over mountains and cities alike.

With all the destinations that await you in Alaska, you don’t even have to leave the ship to view the most stunning one. Because as you cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the brilliant ice—blue glaciers that stand in stark contrast to the lush rainforests. Fjords and snowcapped peaks add to the 274 miles of dramatic scenery.

That’s not to say that any of the other places you’ll visit are any less spectacular. Each offers own unique charm and beauty. For instance, Ketchikan offers a blend of Native American culture, frontier charm and artistic sensibilities. It’s not only the ancestral home of the Tlingit tribe, but it also holds the distinction of offering the world’s largest collection of totem poles. An excursion to Saxman Native Village is the perfect place to view these impressive wood sculptures and to experience the Tlingit culture first hand.

Sitka may be one of the most visually stunning ports of call on your journey, framed by the Pacific Ocean and Mount Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano. Today, Sitka is a tranquil fishing village, but it once was part of the czarist Russian Empire. So it shouldn’t be surprising that native Tlingit culture and a domed Russian cathedral are found intermingled in this historic location. In fact, a visit to Sitka Historical Park takes you to the very spot where the Tlingits and Russian settlers battled for “possession” of the land.

You’ll find just as eclectic a cultural mix in Juneau, where the frontier spirit lives on amidst more cosmopolitan sensibilities. Its picture-perfect skyline is dwarfed by the majestic Coast Range Mountains, and the city serves as the gateway to an abundance, of adventures. For avid fishermen, the waters off Juneau are an angler’s dream come true. For the more adventurous, a helicopter glacier trek to the Juneau Ice fields offers an unbelievable experience and unparalleled views of this magnificent glacier. And for those who want to get a taste of Alaska at a more relaxing pace, there’s always panning for gold in the Last Chance Basin.

It’s hard to ignore the gold rush fever that Skagway still instills in visitors as it embraces its frontier spirit. A ride on the historic White Pass Railway can even take you to places where prospecting for gold is still all the fashion. Or you can simply enjoy the breathtaking views and visits to the famous Gold Rush Cemetery and Kiondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Explorations: Anchorage, AK
Located at the upper end of Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska, Anchorage is Alaska's largest community. This popular tourist destination and crossroads for global air travel is only minutes away from the recreational areas bordering the Gulf of Alaska. Guests can choose to take the Grandview Cruise Train excursion which offers an incredible opportunity to view Anchorage's beautiful, pristine wilderness, including the Kenai Mountains.

Explorations: Cruise Glacier Bay
A destination eons in the making, Glacier Bay's pristine landscape makes the top spot on most travelers must-see list. Your Glacier Bay Alaska cruise takes you to this protected national park that is spread across 3.2 million acres in Southeast Alaska and home to 15 active glaciers, numerous seabirds, otters, humpback whales and countless sights. And a Carnival Alaska cruise is the best way to make the most of your time here.

Explorations: Cruise Inside Passage
Located right along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales as you cruise the passage to the historic Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.

Explorations: Juneau, AK
Juneau, Alaska is considered by many to be the most beautiful capital city in the nation. Checking in at just a little over 3,100-square-miles, Juneau qualifies as the biggest American city - geographically, that is. The terrain is hilly and winding, and narrow streets present a small-town quaintness existing side-by-side with cosmopolitan sophistication. You'll find great shopping, fine restaurants and superb museums.

Explorations: Ketchikan, AK
A popular destination along Alaska's famed Inside Passage, Ketchikan is teeming with Native American culture. Home of the largest concentration of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people in the state, this extraordinarily beautiful city on Revillagigedo Island boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles, and an equally impressive selection of museums and cultural centers featuring Native dance, carvings and artifacts. Ketchikan's calm waters and surprisingly gentle climate make it a favorite of sports fishermen.

Explorations: Sitka, AK
Sitka, the only major city on Alaska's Baranof Island, is the beneficiary of three distinct cultures: Tlingit Indian, Russian and American. You'll find relics of all three cultures throughout the area. With the spectacular natural beauty of Sitka Sound, its fascinating history, unique totem park and Mount Edgecomb - a dormant volcano which rises above the harbor - Sitka is definitely a treasure in the Alaskan wilderness.

Explorations: Skagway, AK
As your ship approaches Skagway, you'll see the town resting peacefully at the base of a river valley bordered by the Coast Mountains. The mountains, ranging from 5,000- to 7,000-ft. in height, seem to rise straight up from the saltwater fjord. Once on land, the streets of Skagway draw you back over 100 years, when this idyllic native fishing village was overrun by hordes of prospectors. Today, wooden sidewalks, old-fashioned saloons, quaint gift shops and horse-drawn carriages serve as reminders of the Alaskan Gold Rush days.

Explorations: Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord
One of the most spectacular cruise destinations on earth, Tracy Arm Fjord is actually made up of two separate fjords. Both fjords are over 30 miles long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. With hundreds of waterfalls, giant chunks of falling ice and a huge variety of native wildlife, you won’t even want to blink as you cruise past this natural wonder.

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Totem poles tell stories of historical events. The figures are not gods or demons for worshipping purposes, but rather symbolic, like the figures in European heraldry.

A totem pole usually serves one of four purposes:

     Crest poles give the ancestry of a particular family.
     History poles record the history of a clan.
     Legend poles illustrate folklore or real life experiences.
     Memorial poles commemorate a particular individual.

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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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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