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Raye & I are a husband and wife team with more than 30 years experienceMy Photo cruising the world. Our mission is plain and simple. To provide real-life accounts and expert advice, not just a flood of information. We literarily have cruised "round the world", sailing thousands of nautical miles, visiting ports of call, inspecting ships, sampling itineraries and critiquing shore excursions... And now we hope to pass on that knowledge and information to you. Our stories offer the best possible Alaska cruise options based on your lifestyle, interests, budget, travel experience, etc....plus we'll point out where to get group rates( without joining a group!), free upgrades, shipboard credits and other amenities or discounts. Get advise about tipping; packing for Alaska; clothing; flights and schedule options; shore excursions, proper immigration documentations and much more. We tell you how to avoid travel scams and common travel mistakes, and share insights on the latest Princess Alaska cruise news and how it affects your vacation planning.

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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.

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


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Your Ultimate Princess Alaska Cruise Guide. What To Know. Where to Go. What to See. Where To Save. Find the best Alaska cruise deals. Latest news. Tips and tricks to have a successful Alaska cruise vacation.

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Alaska Cruise Packing Tips

From May through September, temperatures range from 40°F to 70° F during the day and drop into the 30’s and 40’s at night. The best way to prepare for this range of temperatures is to dress in layers and to be prepared for anything from bright sunshine—don’t forget those sunglasses—to light rain.

Here’s a list of items to include when packing for an Alaska trip.

Waterproof jacket
Wool or fleece sweater or liner
Turtleneck or a comfortable protective long sleeve shirt
Comfortable footwear suitable for hiking and walking in wet conditions (Be sure to break in new shoes before your trip.)
Good socks
Warm hat/rain hat
Insect repellent
Travel umbrella
Good camera with extra batteries and variety of film speeds
Spare memory card and battery for digital cameras
Travel-size binoculars
Day pack/backpack

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Shop the best Princess Cruises Alaska cruise deals departing from Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Whittier (for Anchorage) Compare online deals & exclusive extra's.

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Cruisetours that depart from Fairbanks, Anchorage, Vancouver or Seattle.

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What Can I Do When I Get To A Princess Lodge?

Just about anything you can think of -- by land, sea or air! Excursions range from easygoing to high energy and offer in-depth experiences tailored to your interests.

Check out the variety of activities available.

2013 - Military and Vets Save on Alaska Cruises

Did You Know? Year round, Princess honors United States. and Canadian Active Military and Veterans with up to $250 onboard credit which can be applied to just about every cruise, even discounted ones! Call us at 800.365-1445 for all the details. Learn More...


While other companies sell cruises and other forms of travel, we focus exclusively on shore excursions. We utilize this expertise to select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts in the most cost effective manner for our customers. Since we are not a large cruise line catering to thousands of customers per day, our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.

ALASKA Shore Excursions Sale

Save up to 50% vs cruise line prices on shore excursions. View Excursions & Hot Deals for your specific Cruise Itinerary. Get the details at The Shore Excursions Group

Skagway, Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Ketchikan Shore Tours, Trips and Excursions


Alaska Interactive Cruise & Travel Map

To help you plan for a wide range of spectacular Alaska vacations, we’re proud to offer you this exclusive Princess Alaska map, This full-color 24" x 18" map is available FREE for viewing online and can be printed out for future reference. It brings the true expansiveness of the Great Land to life and illustrates how we can can show you all the best of Alaska.

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Alaska The Last Great Frontier


The Last Great Frontier

From the majestic glaciers and breathtaking vistas to the abundant wildlife and historical sites, Alaska is an unforgettable adventure. Read the latest Cruise Traveler Magazine Articles on Alaska
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Domed Glass Rail Cars

Princess "Direct To The Wilderness" rail takes you from the ship to Denali in style!
Majestic Views

Majestic Views

What a View! Huge wrap-around glass-domed windows provide awe-inspiring views of spectacular sights such as the towering Alaska Range, scenic Matanuska Valley, Hurricane Gulch, raging rivers and lush forests.
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Whales, Wonders and Wilderness... That is Alaska!

Alaska is a grand American Vacation destination you don't want to miss! We hope these stories help you plan your travel to Alaska. Learn More: Alaska Cruise Tips: About Alaska
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Four Great Ways to See All the Best of Alaska

Seeing all the best of Alaska has never been more accessible!

Did You Know?
Princess offers a variety of land & sea vacation experiences, from options that start from just $299 more than a 7-day cruise, up to fully escorted programs that include a tour director and most meals.

: Denali Explorer

Their most popular option includes up to four nights at Denali and sightseeing activities with most featuring exclusive Princess rail service

: On Your Own

Starting from just $299 more than a 7-day cruise, these options give you the flexibility to create your own adventures.

: Off the Beaten Path

Visit Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, the Kenai Peninsula, plus dazzling Denali National park

: Connoisseur

Deluxe escorted options that include a tour director, most meals and multiple days at Denali and beyond.

Alaska Cruises and Alaska Cruise Tour Videos

So incredibly beautiful, you'll think you stepped into a painting. This is Alaska as seen from the panoramic perspective of your dazzling Princess cruise ship...

This is Alaska as seen from the panoramic perspective of your dazzling Princess cruise ship. Monumental glaciers are natures draw and Alaska's waterways reveal more of these thrilling Ice Age giants than anywhere else on earth. Alaska's Inside Passage is one of the most scenic sea-lanes in the world, home to bald eagles, whales, sea lions, otters, brown bears, mountain goats and flocks of seabirds. Plus you'll visit a variety of flavorful ports of call full of rich history and native culture.

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Alaska Insider Tips

Find the best Alaska cruise deals. Latest Alaska Cruise News. Tips and tricks to have a successful Alaska cruise vacation. Such as our Ultimate Alaska Packing List. The definitive cruise guide. A must read, before you plan your next cruise...read about exciting locales in Alaska Destinations Uncovered..or read about readers favorite cruise lines that sail Alaska. Find cruise deals and consumer reviews. Add your own comments, write an article. Post to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. Share the experience.

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Cruise tours for groups offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land. All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. Here  is information about Alaska's favorite places. From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone.

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