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Your family can revel in Alaska's most charming towns and set sight on Alaska's abundant wildlife in their natural habitats, from breaching 40-ton humpback whales, roaming bears and soaring bald eagles. See Majestic Glaciers & Denali on a Land & Sea Vacation! It's a journey equal parts exhilarating and inspiring. Consider the ultimate Alaska land and sea vacation, featuring a tour director escort, personal service and most meals on land included. Spend 5 to 8 nights on land at Princess wilderness lodges visiting Denali and perhaps, sensational places like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and/or the Kenai Peninsula. Plus great advice for family travel from Certified Alaska Cruise Experts. A land of rugged hills, rushing waters and undisturbed wildlife, Alaska is as big as it is wild. Whether you're watching whales splash in the Pacific Ocean, gazing up at towering ice formations like the Hubbard Glacier or journeying by train deep into the last frontier on Anchorage's Coastal Classic Railroad, Alaska is sure to quench any explorer's thirst.
Family & Multigenerational Travel In Alaska
A Journey for All Ages - Dining Options for Everyone - Perfect for Reunions & Small Group Getaways - Staterooms & Suites to Fit Your Family
Create your Great Land Family Adventure with Alaska Cruises Direct, the Alaska experts. With so much to explore, their are distinct collections to help you customize your perfect Alaska experience. Iconic Alaska Cruises feature the famed Inside Passage and more options for visiting Glacier Bay National Park. If Denali is on your must-see list, choose a Denali Land+Sea Journey that combines your cruise with the most immersive experiences at Denali National Park. For the ultimate journey step off the beaten path and add Cooper River, Kenai or the Yukon's wild frontier to your cruise and Denali itinerary on a Alaskan Cruisetour. We look forward to welcoming your family to the Alaska we have known and cherished for years.
When you embark on a family cruise trip, you'll enjoy the thrills of an unforgettable vacation before you even get to your destination. Easy-to-plan, fun onboard activities are an enticing reason to choose a cruise instead of a land-based vacation for your family getaway. There are a variety of incredible options that the whole family can enjoy, most of which are included in your trip. Each activity is designed with your family's relaxation in mind. On a family cruise, every detail is carefully tended to by staff, so you are free to focus on collecting brag-worthy and life-changing moments.
You don't have to look hard to find wild, untamed beauty in Alaska. Even the sky dances when the Northern Lights come out to play, and each of the glaciers have their own personality. Your family may witness the wonders of breaching whales at Kenai Fjords National Park, or play with brightly colored puffins as you explore the harmony of the Alaskan ecosystem. From the mighty caribou that meander on land at Denali National Park to the seals that own the ocean in Kuskokwim Bay, the web of life is a delicate balance here, and it plays out in front of your families eyes. Cheer on your favorite dog sledding team, or take the family on a crabbing expedition in Ketchikan. No matter your choice of adventure, you'll be amazed by all that Alaska has to offer.
Witness the majesty of new lands from a stunning perspective.
Sailing up to a brand new place and knowing you're about to step into a whole new world is an experience like no other. And to get the most of your Alaska onshore excursions, take advantage of our Certified Alaska Cruise Advisors, an expert traveler who can design bespoke experiences for you and the family based on your preferences. Let your family get in touch with Alaska's heartbeat by way of its cultural heritage. True cultural immersion happens when you open up to a place and allow its rich history to guide you - all you have to do is look around and follow the off-beaten paths You'll leave Alaska knowing, at a deeper level, what it means to be a local - what it really means to be an Alaskan. The best of all is that your family will be exposed to different cultures and ways of living, broadening their understanding of the world. Everywhere you look, there's a chance to learn something about Alaska's history, so make your family getaway a hunt for knowledge, culture and understanding.
Q. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR CRUISING ON HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
A. Infants must be at least six months of age at the time of embarkation. On longer cruises, infants must be a minimum of 12 months of age at the time of embarkation.
Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone who is at least 21 years old. One adult chaperone is required for every five people under the age of 21.
To confirm the minimum age for your cruise, please call us at 800.365.1445
Q. DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS FOR KIDS?
A. For parties larger than two adults planning to travel in the same stateroom, there are reduced fares for kids or extra guests beyond the first and second guest per room offer an exceptional value. Fares vary by departure date and stateroom category purchased, and during select promotions they may be free. (Whether cruise fares are reduced or free for these additional guests per stateroom, the cost of taxes, fees and port expenses per person still applies.)
On select cruises, children 12 or under receive half off in onboard specialty dining restaurants or can select items from a special kids' menu for free.
Many of family-focused shore excursions also offer reduced pricing for kids.
Q. ARE THERE STATEROOMS THAT ACCOMMODATE FAMILIES?
A. Staterooms and suites come in an array of sizes and configurations to fit your family. Family-friendly options include sofa beds, Murphy beds and connecting rooms. Some ships feature dedicated family staterooms with beds for five guests, extra closet space and two bathrooms - one with a bathtub, shower, sink and toilet and one with a shower and sink.
For help finding your ideal stateroom, please call us at 800.365.1445
Q. ARE THERE CRIBS, HIGH CHAIRS AND OTHER INFANT/ TODDLER ITEMS AVAILABLE ON BOARD?
A. A limited number of cribs, high chairs and booster chairs are available on board. Call us to learn about safety concerns and more at 800.365.1445, We recommend requesting a crib at booking or by contacting the cruise line directly
A. On sea days, limited babysitting may be available through Guest Services for children five years of age and under. Cost varies by cruise line but expect to pay at least $10 per hour for the first child and $7 per hour for each additional child. This service is provided by staff on a volunteer basis and may not always be available. Babysitting service is not offered while the ship is in port, although your ship may offer activities for children ages 3-12 between 8:00am and 4:00pm on port days. Babysitting will not be allowed while the parents are off the ship, and in-cabin babysitting is not available.
Q. DOES THE SHIP OFFER ONBOARD PROGRAMS FOR KIDS OR TEENS?
A. On most large cruise ships, supervised, age-appropriate games, sports and activities on board for kids and 'tweens, while teens can enjoy an exclusive venue and special events. Small ships do not have kid or teen venues and may not offers onboard activities. For help finding what onboard programs are available for your cruise please call us at 800.365.144 Viking cruises do not allow children under 18 years old and do not have any facilities onboard to accommodate children. It's a true adults only experience.
A. Their are a variety of entertainment options, daily activities and dining venues for everyone in your family to craft their ideal day. However, there a few age restrictions on board. Guests must be 18 or older to use the designated "adult" pool and 18 or older to use the fitness center, hot tubs and steam rooms. Children wearing any type of diaper, including swimming diapers, or who are not toilet trained are not allowed into the swimming pool and whirlpool areas. Children are welcome at performances and shows but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and must be 18 or older to sit in the first three rows.
Q. WHAT DINING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR KIDS?
A. Children are welcome in any of the dining venues. A special kids' menu may be available at each venue, and can accommodate a variety of dining restrictions and preferences. A kids' menu typically includes favorites such as pizza, chicken strips and mac and cheese, as well as salads, soups and fresh fruit. For your convenience, your cruise line may offer a variety of optional beverage packages that are available for sale to accommodate the varied needs of your family.
Q. WILL MY KIDS BE ABLE TO GO ON SHORE EXCURSIONS?
A. Yes, you'll find a range of experiences to suit the interests and activity levels of everyone in your family. Family-friendly shore excursions give you new ways to discover destinations together. You can book shore excursions directly with the cruise line or to save money, book with a tour company such as Shore Excursions Group.
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On a Princess Alaska Cruise....
Local Guest Speakers - From naturalists, to a "Deadliest Catch" fisherman captain, to a world champion lumberjack and the first female winner of the Iditarod, guests will meet with local experts and hear first-hand how Alaska's unique environment has fueled their lifestyles, passions and professions.
"Glacier Tea" & Beer Tastings - A new celebratory cocktail will also be served up - a take on a Long Island Ice Tea, topped off with Blue Curacao, similar to the brilliant glacier blue color found in Alaska. For beer lovers, a special Alaska beer tasting flight will be offered, featuring blends from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company.
Historical Alaska Display in the Piazza - Guests will enjoy a mini museum exhibit featuring notable images throughout the 50 years Princess Cruises has sailed to Alaska.
For more information and current sale offerings to Alaska visit www.alaskacruisetours-2020.com or contact Alaska Cruises Direct, a certified Princess Travel Advisor at 800.365.1445.
Connect with a like-minded Alaska cruise travelers that are actually experienced ...been there, and done that! They are eager to share their own stories about visiting Alaska, both from the sea and on the land. If you need help, have questions or want more information, talk to them. They are advocates who love Alaska, it's people, wildlife, wonders and wilderness.
We're all about real people. Having real conversations. Real time. With real results. That's why our guests feel speaking to us is so awesome! What could be better than to have someone who could speak with passion about Alaska. 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.
Want an example? Read our latest Alaska Land & Sea Vacation Review of our last trip to Alaska, then give us a call.
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The rates you find for Alaska Cruises and Cruise tours at this website may not reflect the lowest rate available ! Special promotions may be in effect for your departure that could include as an example, FREE Cabin Upgrades, FREE Onboard Spending Money. FREE Shore Excursions Cash, FREE Gratuities, Specialty Dining, Kids Sailing at Reduced Rates, Reduced Deposit Requirements, Fare Discounts and other FREE amenities. Not every sailing has one or more of these Bonus Extra's. So, you will need to call us to find out if your departure includes any of these promotional offers. Call today 800.365.1445
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.
Everyone loves fresh wild Alaska salmon - including Alaska's bears. Here are a few exceptional places to see bears bringing in the catch of the day. Seeing the bears in their natural habitat is a dream activity for many Alaska visitors. And this time of year, as salmon are making their way upstream in rivers across Alaska, is a perfect time to do it. Why? Bears - especially along Alaska's coasts - are congregating to catch a few tasty meals before heading into hibernation later this fall.
Bears + Salmon = Catch of the Day
Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "first city" due to its location at the southern tip of the Inside Passage - it is the first city you reach as you cruise north, and for many visitors, their first introduction to the beauty and majesty of Alaska.
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SEEK THE SUMMIT
The snowcapped summit of Denali can be seen from more than 100 miles away, dwarfing the other mountains of the Alaska Range with its enormity. Fortunately, there are a number of great spots to catch a glimpse of the mountain named The Great One by the Dena'ina Athabascan people. One of the most popular places to go to experience Denali is Denali National Park.
Denali is home to Alaska's Big Five - bears, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, and caribou
Skagway rarely disappoints visitors. A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, many of which are part of the National Park Service-managed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Beginning in 1897, Skagway and the nearby ghost town of Dyea was the starting place for more than 40,000 gold-rush stampeders who headed to the Yukon primarily by way of the Chilkoot Trail. Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass & Yukon Route is a marvel of engineering despite the harsh weather and challenging geography faced by thousands of railroad construction workers. 121 years later we can take you on a journey to see Skagway splendid panorama of mountains, glaciers and gorges; waterfalls, tunnels and trestles. Along the way, you will climb nearly 3,000 feet in elevation in just 20 miles!
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
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Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be. Our job is to put that dream - or as much as possible of it - within reach of you.
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When it comes to planning your trip, Alaskan Cruises & Land and Sea Vacations are more economical than you might think. With a wide range of options and choices, there's a cruise or cruise tour to suit most any budget. " Gather your family, grab your friends - start planning your Alaska cruise today".► Learn More
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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,
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"The rugged grandeur of the last frontier greets you with its jagged peaks, verdant valleys and icy blue glacial waters.
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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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