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.
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.
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
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.
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
Crest poles give the ancestry of a
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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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