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: Denali National Park

From the moment you step off the Alaska Railroad at the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, you'll be surrounded soaring snowcapped mountain peaks and endless wilderness teeming with amazing wildlife, from bear to moose, eagles, Dall sheep and more. This park defines the Alaskan experience so Princess Cruises includes it on every Alaska land and sea vacation. And you can see it up close on a variety of optional Denali National Park Tours or explore the best of the region on optional land excursions.

Towering above it all is the venerable Mt. McKinley, the highest point in all of North America. At 20,320 feet, its summit beckons more than 1,000 climbers each year who brave the elements for the chance to scale its majestic face. Fortunately, the climate isn't a factor for guests of Princess Cruises, who can relax at one of our two exclusive, custom-built lodges - the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Denali Untouched

Located 240 miles north of Anchorage, Denali encompasses six million acres of forests, tundra, glaciers and mountains - that's larger than the entire state of Massachusetts. Yet only 90 miles of main road traverses the park, leaving the moose, caribou, sheep and bears free to roam a wide area of land untouched by man.

Alaska Wildlife Sightings

A good pair of binoculars helps with ample opportunities for animal sightings, whether it’s a Grizzly foraging for berries beyond or a Golden Eagle soaring above. In autumn, a ready supply of blueberries, cranberries and crowberries keeps the wildlife active; much like the blooming wildflowers during the summer attracts shutterbugs in search of that perfect shot.

Muldrow Glacier Tundra

Denali is one of the few places where visitors can come in contact with the Alaskan tundra. Meaning a "vast, rolling, treeless plain," the tundra starts at 2,500 feet and extends up and along the massive Alaska Range. Crossing a portion of the tundra is the Muldrow Glacier, which descends 16,000 feet from the upper slopes of Mt. McKinley and comes to within one mile of the park road.


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Denali National Park Tours

Choose your own park tour! Most Princess Alaska land and sea vacations include an exciting tour through the park, plus Princess offers the flexibility to choose your preferred experience from three unique tour options. If your cruisetour does not include a Denali Park tour, you can reserve it separately through Princess.

Park tour options include: Denali Natural History Tour, Tundra Wilderness Tour and Kantishna Experience. Select the appropriate Denali National Park tour experience for you!

Denali Natural History Tour

Duration: Approximately 6 1/2 hours
Price: $99 per person

Tour Highlights:
  • Fully narrated tour that focuses on the rich history of Denali National Park
     
  • Travels to Primrose Ridge (Mile 17) for scenic and wildlife viewing opportunities
     
  • Includes a screening of “Across Time and Tundra”, a film that depicts development of the park road and early visitor experiences
     
  • Stop at Savage Cabin to visit a rustic, back-country shelter used by rangers for decades
     
  • Alaskan Native Presentation
     
  • Possible opportunity to see Mt. Mckinley (weather permitting)
Recommended for:
  • Passengers who are interested in Denali’s history, culture and nature
     
  • Passengers who have limited time in Denali and want to more thoroughly experience their lodge and/or land excursions
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  • Passengers who prefer to have more free time in Denali
Tundra Wilderness Tour

Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Price: $154 per person

Tour Highlights:
  • Comprehensive, fully narrated tour that travels deep into Denali National Park (Mile 53)
     
  • In-depth information about the history of the park with plentiful wildlife and photography opportunities
     
  • Travels over Sable Pass to scenic Polychrome Overlook
     
  • Stony Hill Overlook provides opportunities to see Mt. McKinley (weather permitting)
     
  • Note: The Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour is seasonally offered in place of the Tundra Wilderness Tour when the park road is not fully accessible due to weather.
Recommended for:
  • Passengers with 2-night stays at Denali
     
  • Passengers who want a deep Denali Park experience
     
  • Passengers who enjoy motorcoach travel
Kantishna Experience

Duration: Approximately 14 hours
Price: $204 per person

Tour Highlights:
  • All day tour that travels to the end of the park road (Mile 91)
     
  • This tour is guided by a National Park Service Interpretive Ranger
     
  • Explore the old gold mining town of Kantishna and learn about its history
     
  • Stop at the restored home of Fannie Quigley and learn about the early settlers
     
  • Visit the Eielson Visitor Center and Wonder Lake
     
  • Abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing
     
  • Possible opportunities to see Mt. Mckinley (weather permitting)
     
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  • Note: This tour does not operate when the park road is not fully accessible due to weather.
Recommended for:
  • Passengers with 2-night stays at Denali
     
  • Passengers who want to travel to the end of the park road
     
  • Passengers who enjoy motorcoach travel
Other Helpful Information
  • To change the Denali Park tour on an existing Alaska cruisetour booking, please have your Travel Agent call Princess. The price difference will be applied to your booking. Changes must be made 14 days prior to departure.
     
  • You may also choose to opt out of the tour altogether. The price will be credited to your booking.
     
  • Don’t wait; availability is limited. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Not all requests can be accommodated.
     
  • A snack and hot beverage is provided on the Natural History Tour.
     
  • Box lunches and beverages are provided on the Tundra Wilderness Tour and the Kantishna Experience.
     
  • Wheelchair accessible buses are available, and all stops are wheelchair accessible.
     
  • Children under 4 years and/or 40 pounds are required to be in a child safety device (car seat) to ride on buses. Passengers must bring their own child safety device.
     
  • Tour buses are school buses and are not equipped with restrooms. Buses will stop approximately every 90 minutes for restroom breaks.
     
  • Park road is not paved and travels through beautiful Alaskan wilderness – wildlife is not guaranteed.
     
  • Privately owned vehicles are not permitted into the National Park.
     
  • Suggested items to bring include warm clothes, rainwear, insect repellant, camera, binoculars, and personal medications as necessary.

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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.

For more information about Alaska's National Parks visit the National Park Service or Alaska Geographic
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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. "

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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