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: Tips for your Alaska Trip

Whether this is your first or fourteenth trip with Princess, you probably have several questions about the adventures awaiting you in port and on board ship. So we’ve compiled a few of the most common travel questions you might have, to help you prepare for your trip.


 

 
Cool, temperate, hot…?

What type of weather conditions can I expect during my getaway with Princess? Check the handy guide at princess.com. Click the link to “Prepare for Your Cruise,” and scroll down to “Cruise Answer Place — What to Bring?” A convenient chart of “high-low temperatures” by destination will help you figure out just the right items to pack. Of course, it’s always a good idea to bring layers of clothing — perfect for any unexpected change in temperature. It’s usually helpful to take along sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as a swimsuit for dipping into our onboard pools — no matter whether you’re going to a warm or cool climate. For destinations noted for their precipitation, it’s important to include an umbrella or extra windbreaker.

Dining: from Alaska king salmon to baked Alaska

Dining throughout your cruise and cruisetour is a feast for the senses. And all your meals are included on board the ship, except for alcoholic beverages, some specialty drinks, sodas, certain snacks and some alternative dining venues. Delicious, freshly prepared meals are available on board our railcars and at our cruisetour lodges, but all meals are at your own expense unless otherwise specified in the daily tour itinerary.

Boutiques onboard Treasures await your browsing eye in our Boutiques onboard. So be sure to leave plenty of room in your luggage for purchases with tax/dutyfree savings up to 60% off U.S. suggested retail. Princess offers a 5-year guarantee on all fine jewelry purchases and a price match guarantee for all comparable brands ashore. See our Boutiques onboard staff for more details.

Shopping ashore

If you want to shop on shore, check the port shopping maps for a list of suggested stores. Any bargainer worth his or her salt will love this onshore luxury. There’s a shopper’s guarantee for registered purchases at participating stores.

How do I reserve tours?

You’ll enjoy a choice of guided tours in every port of call, each highlighting great places to sightsee, shop and experience local culture. For your convenience, tours may be reserved 120 days in advance of your cruise on a first-come, first-served basis, or they can be purchased on board based on availability. You can view tour descriptions and reserve your tours online by going to princess.com and selecting the Cruise Personalizer.® Please note that space is limited on some tours. On board, the ship’s shore excursion staff can also answer any other questions you may have and help you with additional arrangements. Shore excursions are operated by local, independent companies, not by Princess, and Princess gets a commission on all tours sold. What should I wear on the ship?

You should dress for cruising the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort. Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants, and jogging suits are the order of the day both at sea and on shore in hotter climates. Just remember to bring a sweater or jacket for cool evenings.

For evening dining...

There are two designations for dress codes in our dining rooms: Smart Casual and Formal. When evening dress is Smart Casual, passengers dress as they would for a fine restaurant at home. Appropriate attire includes skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters or blouses for ladies and pants and open-neck shirts for men. Inappropriate dinner wear such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans(with fraying and/or holes), is not permitted in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn at all times. On formal nights, appropriate attire includes evening gowns and cocktail dresses for ladies, and tuxedos, slacks with dinner jackets, or suits for men. Princess offers formal wear rental on all itineraries and this can be arranged prior to your cruise.  

For shore excursions...

You’ll want to bring a sweater, a light jacket, or an all-weather coat, depending on your destination. Due to unpredictable weather, don’t forget a hat or visor and a collapsible umbrella. Please be sure to wear proper clothing for visits to religious sites. You’ll also want low heeled, rubber-soled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear while exploring ashore. What documents do I bring?

You’ll need your cruise Boarding Pass and Travel Summary, and receipts. In addition, you should bring with you a copy of the Cruise Passage Contract. All passengers, including children, must travel with a passport, valid for at least six months from the end of the cruise. You must also present vaccination certificates and other health documents if required for your particular ports of call. If you don’t have the proper documentation, you will be prevented from boarding the flight or vessel without refund of the cruise fare and/or airfare, and you will be subject to any fine or other costs incurred by Princess. Please consult your travel agent for full details regarding documentation, as it is your obligation to determine what documents will be necessary. Remember your medical insurance ID card and travel insurance information as well. If you are traveling with children, please refer to the “Children” section under General Information for additional document requirements.  

What does the price include?

Your comprehensive cruise fare includes onboard accommodations, oceantransportation, meals, some nonalcoholic beverages and mostentertainment. Excluded are meals at some alternative dining venues, meals on hosted land tours unless noted otherwise, transfers and items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, spa services, shore excursions, beverages and some snacks, photographs, gratuities, discretionary hotel and dining charges and medical services.  

Do I need cash on my vacation?

Yet another convenience of cruising with Princess is being able to sign for all of your shipboard expenses, excluding stamps. Casino chips, slot tokens and bingo cards can also be obtained on a casino room charge (for a nominal fee). You’ll receive an itemized statement of all charges the night before disembarkation, and having registered your credit card at embarkation, your onboard account will automatically be settled on the day you disembark with no need to wait in line. We accept the Princess Rewards Visa Card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, Diners Club, Carte Blanche and American Express/Optima. U.S. currency, Canadian currency, British currency, Euro currency and traveler’s checks are also accepted. Those paying by traveler’s checks or cash will be required to leave a $300 USD per person cash deposit with the Pursers/Passenger Services Desk at the beginning of the cruise. Cruisetour passengers will find that traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted in most ports of call.

When will I receive my documents?

Only Princess eTickets offer you the freedom and flexibility to access your booking details any time you want. Upon confirmation of your booking, you can use the Cruise Personalizer at princess.com to review the Passage Contract, view your reservation, complete all required Passenger Immigration information and provide an email address and phone numbers so that we may communicate important pre-cruise information with you. At approximately 120 days prior to the voyage departure date, via the Cruise Personalizer, you will have access to view and reserve the shore excursions offered and book Lotus Spa® appointments available on your voyage. As part of our ongoing commitment to service innovation, Princess no longer mails pre-cruise documents. Instead, to help you plan for your vacation, you will receive a coordinated series of pre-cruise emails. Each email includes customized information about your reservation, interactive content, links to the Cruise Personalizer and Cruise Answer Place at princess.com as well as other helpful advice. Your Travel Summary may be viewed and printed at any time. You may print your Boarding Pass and personalized luggage tags within 75 days of sailing once your booking is paid in full and all required Passenger Immigration information has been provided. With Princess eZAir, you will be able to view your air details immediately on Cruise Personalizer. You may obtain eTicket receipts, make seat selections and more, directly on the airline’s website. If you do not have Internet access, your travel agent may assist you in securing the necessary information or call 1-800-PRINCESS (800-774-6237) for assistance.

Do you provide Express Check-Out?

Like the finest hotels, Princess offers a quick and easy check-out service on board. Just register your credit card at embarkation or at the Purser’s/Passenger Services Desk as early as possible during your cruise.

What should I do about tipping?

During your cruise, regardless of which Princess ship you choose, you will meet staff who provide you with excellent service. Crew members often rotate to different vessels within the Princess fleet which helps to maintain our high standards on every ship. These dedicated workers reflect our philosophy that all crew on all ships are but one family who share in our success. To simplify the tipping process for our passengers, a discretionary gratuity of $12 per person for minisuites and suites, and $11.50 per passenger in all other staterooms per day (including children) will be automatically added to your shipboard account on a daily basis. This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all wait staff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet. For your convenience, this gratuity can be pre-paid before you sail by calling 1-800 PRINCESS and referencing Special Services item number 0597. A 15% gratuity is added to bar charges and dining room wine accounts. This is shared amongst the beverage staff and their support staff. We know you will find these services on board exemplary. Casino dealers and Lotus Spa® personnel do not share in these gratuities, as not all passengers utilize these services.

Do you offer travel insurance?

We strongly recommend the purchase of Princess Vacation Protection travel protection, which covers up to the full value of your trip in case you need to cancel or interrupt your trip. There will be no refund of cancellation or interruption fees by Princess. You must recover such fees from Princess Vacation Protection or other travel protection. For a more complete description of this program, please refer to the Vacation Protection section of this brochure. Additionally, you will want to reference the Princess Vacation Protection information pamphlet for a full listing of the coverage provided. Please contact your travel agent for current rates.

How do I make arrangements for dining room seating and special diets?

Seating arrangements in the dining room are made by request on a first-come, first-served basis. To request Anytime Dining,SM Traditional first or second seating, special diets, or seating with a specific party, it is best to have your travel agent request your arrangements at the time of booking. Your dining arrangements will be shown on your Travel Summary.

What about clearing customs?

At the end of your cruise, customs and immigration inspectors will review your customs declaration form, on which you are to list all of the dutiable articles bought in foreign ports or in the ship’s boutiques. U.S. residents returning to the United States are allowed a duty-free exemption of $800 USD per person, which includes the cost of one liter of alcoholic beverages, if purchased ashore, for each passenger over 21 years of age. Canadian citizens, when out of the country for seven days or more, may bring back up to $750 CAD duty-free. It is recommended that passengers keep their sales receipts handy for declaring their purchases. Food items should not be landed in U.S. ports.

What about celebrations at sea?

When you cruise with Princess, every day is a celebration. But if you’re planning to travel during an anniversary, birthday, honeymoon or other specific event, you can rely on us to pull out all the stops. Simply have your travel agent advise us of such occasions at least three weeks prior to departure, and we’ll be happy to spotlight your event in the dining room or with special packages (some charges may apply).

Are there babysitters on board?

Although private babysitting is not available on any ship, group kidsitting is available for children ages 3-12 between the hours of 10 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Youth Center on select vessels. The charge is $5 USD per hour, per child. Complimentary supervised activities are available in port from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. for youth passengers ages 3-17. Due to limited facilities, group kidsitting is not available on Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess.

How can I be reached at sea?

To provide greater peace of mind while you’re away from home, give friends and relatives the following information on how to telephone you. Call 1-900-329-SHIP from the United States or 1-900-565-2800 from Canada. Note that 900-number telephone services are not available from all areas, and may not be accessible on your home phone. For calls originating outside the United States or Canada, please visit www.princess.com/learn/faq_ answer/onboard/in_touch.jsp for dialing instructions. Calls can also be charged to a credit card in both the United States and Canada by dialing 1-877-656-7447. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card (not Canadian) are all accepted. The cost for each call is $8.95 USD per minute or $11.95 CAD per minute. The 900 service can be used to call or fax the ship. Please include passenger name and cabin number to ensure quick delivery.

 

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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