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Since 1999, our Certified Alaska Cruise Experts have immersed themselves in extraordinary places all around Alaska, encountered wildlife ranging from Wolf, Moose, Caribou, Eagles, Whales and Bear!
They have spent time exploring the Alaskan culture that draws from many lands, languages and peoples and investigated all the most popular destinations of Alaska; including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Haines, Denali National Park, to name a few.
Took in Alaska both from the sea and shore as well as interior Alaska, firsthand. At Alaska Cruises Direct, we present some of the most authentic and meaningful Alaskan travel experiences that highlight the whales, wonders and wildlife of Alaska.
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There's nothing else like it in the world, an Alaska cruisetour with Princess Cruises.
From the incredible glaciers and charming Inside Passage towns of your voyage, to stays in dramatic Princess wilderness lodges at Denali National Park and beyond, it's certain to be the land-and-sea adventure you've always dreamed of. We look forward to welcoming you and being your host in the Great Land.
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We are eager to share our own "been there, done that" travel experiences that we hope will inspire that thirst within you for discovery and a passion for the wonders of Alaska, America's last frontier!
The strength of our service is our certified travel experts' experience. Our staff are some of the best Alaska experts in their fields: sharing their in-depth knowledge as well as the intimate perspective of their own travel experiences to draw a more complete picture of Alaska and places you can explore.
Alaska Cruises Direct - part of Cruise Direct Online is a national top sales leader when it comes to Alaska cruises and Alaskan land and sea vacations. This opens doors for you, as we have exclusive access to special promotions, unique finds, private deals, and a wealth of information you will need to know, before you go.
At Alaska Cruises Direct, you also hear from other like-minded travelers, whose discoveries you can read about in the pages of guest comments at our website. For example, Walt Stout wrote: "Pat and I returned from an 11 day trip to Alaska. Truly The Last Frontier. We had the pleasure of traveling with 6 of our very dear and close friends, Mike & Susie, Ron & Rachel and Craig & Diane. We saw incredible scenery, moose, mountain sheep and goats, humpback whales, dolphins, and a wolf. We examined Mt. McKinley up close and personal in a small airplane. We watched in awe the calving of the immense glaciers in Glacier Bay. The weather was absolutely beautiful."
With over 65 innovative itineraries, from the least expensive 4 day Alaska Sampler to the most expensive 32 day Ultimate Alaska Cruise, our top-notch Certified Alaska Cruise Experts have a vast amount of resources to draw from, and the privilege of offering you exceptional Alaskan travel experiences carefully selected for their exceptional quality, experience, and value. We are prepared to help you with all details so you can relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the Alaskan places you about to explore.
To get started, just give us a call at 800.365.1445. The call is free, and so is the advice, with never an obligation to book.
Ask all your questions, take all the time you need. If you do decide to travel with us, that's great. But, if not, it's still ok. We enjoy sharing our life's travel experiences with you and like-minded travelers, none the less.
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Meet Raye and Marty Trencher, who are part of an exclusive group of travel agents who are recognized by Princess as Certified Alaskan Cruise Experts, and the Alaska Travel Industry Association, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and knowledge as Alaska cruise planning professionals. No one knows Alaska like they do. From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, and where and what to see, everything you need to know about Alaska and Alaska cruises and cruise tours.
ABOUT PRINCESS CRUISES ALASKA
No other cruise line offers it - Direct-to-the-Wilderness Alaska rail service on most itineraries. Step directly off your Princess ship onto a waiting rail car that delivers you the very same day to your Princess Wilderness Lodge, without needless time spent in transfers. Which means you get more time in the wilderness. When you reach the Alaska wilderness, you'll want to experience as much as possible, which is why we built and operate exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges on the doorsteps of legendary national parks. They are the perfect home base for exploring the Great Land.
Direct-to-the-Wilderness - A Princess Exclusive
A Princess exclusive, our Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service takes you between your ship and the Denali area the very same day for more time to enjoy the wilderness. This private pull by the Alaska Railroad, available on select land & sea vacations, gets you to Denali a full day earlier without an overnight hotel stay en route and all your luggage transfers are conveniently handled.
Princess Rail is offered on most land & sea vacations, featuring glass-domed rail cars, open-air observation platforms to take in all the wilderness, onboard rail guides providing expert commentary and trademark Princess service. There is also full beverage service and delicious cuisine is available for purchase while onboard.
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Located just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park, this lodge is your base camp for adventure. It features an expansive campus of lodging and amenities, including a Great Room with 30-foot high glass windows for stunning views and a spacious deck overlooking the Nenana River. Here guests can go on tours into Denali National Park, raft the Nenana River, experience a thrilling helicopter flightseeing trip, or just enjoy the main lodge and setting. Shuttle service is offered between the lodge and the Denali National Park Visitors Center, the Wilderness Access Center and Horseshoe Lake.
Fannie Q's Saloon
Princess Cruises is introducing the new Fannie Q's Saloon for the 2019 season at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Named after the famous local Alaska pioneer Fannie Quigley, the restaurant is located in the center of the property and features a modern saloon ambience with indoor and outdoor seating, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Just outside of Fannie Q's Saloon and in the heart of the Princess Village at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Fireside Patio debuts with three fire pits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at this new cozy spot.
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Located in Denali State Park just 41 miles from the peak of Denali, the mountain, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness lodge offers spectacular views of the Alaska Range, including both Denali, North America's tallest peak at 20,310 feet, and Mt. Foraker. This is the only lodge where you can view Denali, either from its viewing decks, walking trails or in the cozy Great Room, which features a massive freestanding rock fireplace and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the dramatic scenery.
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
This lodge, with decor recalling the region's mining heritage, is perched on a bluff overlooking Wrangell-St. Elias - America's largest national park and home to nine of the country's 16 highest peaks. Relax in the spectacular Wrangell Room or on the patio and take in the breathtaking scenery - or fish for the prized Copper River salmon. Located just four miles from the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park visitor's center, the lodge has sweeping views of Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn. Take a rafting trip on the Gulkana River, arrange a flightseeing tour or visit the abandoned Kennicott copper mines.
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
Soak in the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, known to locals as "Alaska's Playground." At the lodge, unwind by the wood-burning stove in your bungalow-style guest room or savor the natural beauty from an expansive deck that overlooks the turquoise Kenai River.
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We have been narrowing in on our area of expertise for years, setting out twenty years ago with a single destination - specialty in mind; Alaska...and have been hyper focused on it, since day one. Our efforts include first hand " been there...done that" knowledge, building travel provider relationships that leverage value and savings, personal consulting and unique amenities. Alaska represents our passion and an a result we have become that go-to person to consumers. That's what we're recognized as, and that's what like-minded travelers are looking for. We're not trying to cast a very wide net and have thousands of new customers, offering everything under sun. What we really try to do, is help a limited number of clients plan their Alaska vacation by sharing our knowledge and expertise about their destination. While the high tech race moves forward, old fashioned expert advice is what Raye & Marty offer like-minded cruise travelers who visit Alaska Cruises Direct. There are some things only experience can tell you. While our site highlights many great offers, planning an Alaska cruise is more than just clicking through a list of dates and prices. It's learning all about what there is to see and do in Alaska, and the best way to enjoy your vacation.
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We invite you to expand the horizons of your favorite activities with new experiences. Explore the culture, sights, and adventures waiting beyond the shore in the most active, engaged, and fun ways imaginable.. Every port gives you a world of possibilities as you interact with the locals and choose the dynamic, interactive activities that appeal to you most. It's Alaska in a whole new way!
For the Alaskan traveler who thrives on motion and action, explore a broad range of energetic excursions. You might find yourself on a jogging tour through mountain trails, or on a 4-wheeler back country tour around Denali or even on a canoe trip right up close to a glacier. From a heli-landing trek on a glacier to explore crevasses to hiking in the forest, these included excursions pack real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same. Discover More
Nature & Wildlife
Anchorage: Kayaking in Prince William Sound
Glide through pristine waters on this approximately 3 hour kayaking excursion in Prince William Sound.
Copper River: Worthington Glacier Hike
Take a snow day and hike on the ice blue Worthington Glacier. After reaching the glacier, strap on a pair of crampons, then take a hike.
Denali: Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter
Soar over the Alaska Range for a glacier landing to view icefalls, moraines, ice bridges and glacial pools as well as wildlife.
Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Native Canoe Adventure
Be among the select few, under a limited U.S. Forest Service permit, to travel as Native Alaskans once did by canoe and venture within yards of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier.
Ketchikan: Alaska Wilderness Survival
This epic journey takes you to a wild and secluded island where you'll learn to build a shelter, collect food, and start a fire. Back on the boat, explore the Inside Passage coast with opportunities to discover a variety of wildlife species.
Mt. McKinley: Three Rivers Tour
Board the fully-enclosed McKinley Queen jet boat and cruise along three rivers that offer panoramic views of Mt. McKinley and breathtaking flora and fauna.
Skagway: Horseback Riding Adventure
Escape the hustle and bustle of port and come discover the awe-inspiring Alaska beauty just as the pioneers did on horseback!
Anchorage: Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Tour
Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and travel 140 miles into Prince William Sound to see 26 named glaciers, as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Copper River: Copper Country Discovery Tour
Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Copper River Country. Enjoy a scenic van ride and interpretive discussion with a professional naturalist guide.
Juneau: Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest
Experience southeast Alaska's incredible scenery and amazing natural history on this exceptional wildlife excursion that offers a whale-sighting guarantee.
Ketchikan: Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
Join a 3-hour cruise aboard the Aleutian Ballad from season
two of the TV series Deadliest Catch to learn about the world of commercial fisherman.
Ketchikan: Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flight
After an exhilarating 25-minute flight, embark on a nature walk to Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get an up-close view of black bears.
Skagway: Haines Wilderness River Adventure
A jet boat tour deep into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve offers a true wilderness experience where you may see eagles, moose and bears.
Sightseeing & City Tours Special Interests
Fairbanks: Fairbanks Highlights Adventure
Visit Fairbanks' top attractions - The Morris Thompson Cultural Center, Museum of the North and Santa Claus House in North Pole where it's Christmas year-round!
Juneau: Juneau's Exclusive Highlights
Experience Juneau's most scenic, unique and historic sites from the comfort of a deluxe minibus on this small group adventure.
Kenai: Explore Historic Seward
Take a guided tour along Alaska's only National Scenic Byway to the historic town of Seward, where attractions include the Seward Museum, Alaska Sealife Center, Exit Glacier and more.
Ketchikan: Saxman Native Village & Totem Pole Park
Visit fascinating Saxman Native Village, witness Native dancing and see the craft of totem carving before taking a motorcoach tour of historic Ketchikan.
Seattle: Space Needle, Pike Place Market & City Tour
See Seattle's premier attractions, from the soaring Space Needle to vibrant Pike Place Market.
Skagway: White Pass Scenic Railway
Take a thrilling ride aboard the historic Gold Rush-era White Pass & Yukon Railroad.
Victoria, B.C., Canada: Victoria by Horse-Drawn Trolley Experience the beauty of Victoria by horse-drawn trolley, a timeless tradition and wonderful way to view this historic city.
Denali: Music of Denali Dinner Theatre
Delight in a wonderful, feel-good musical comedy paired with an all-you-can-eat Alaskan dinner buffet.
Fairbanks: Chena Hot Springs
Experience the "hottest" and "coolest" attractions in Alaska - a natural hot springs, ice museum and great dinner!
Juneau: Salmon Sportfishing Adventure
Fish for salmon in one of the most productive fishing grounds in southeast Alaska.
Kenai: Gold Panning with "Prospector John"
Enjoy a true gold panning experience with Prospector John as he takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush, then through the steps of modern and old-time techniques.
Skagway: Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Exclusive Scenic Railway Relive life as a prospector on this tour that takes you back in time to the Gold Rush. Ride the vintage railcars on the historic White Pass Railway with a costumed guide and celebrate your adventure at the summit with a one-of-a-kind Klondike toast.
Victoria, B.C., Canada: Enchanting Butchart Gardens
This 55-acre floral wonderland, featuring themed gardens and meandering paths, is illuminated with colored lights and magical effects.
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Save as much as 10-70% off brochure rates for off peak departures ( select May and September dates ). Other savings available for peak season departures ( June, July August ) Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your cruise selection. 800.365.1445. The prices and descriptions of cruises and tours shown, are suggestions to give you an idea of how much you can do on land and on the sea in Alaska within your budget. The prices shown are just a guide, as there are over 90 combinations of land and/or sea tours to choose from and the cost varies depending upon what cruise line, cruise ship, destination, sailing or departure date you choose. They are meant to serve as a starting point for trip planning, with a variety of options to fit your needs. For example, you can easily combine Gulf of Alaska/Inside Passage 7-day cruise itineraries with a 3 to 7 day land tour to make a 14-day itinerary, from Vancouver to Fairbanks, or reverse the route for most trips.
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