Cruising Alaska is about more than just moments.
Cruising Alaska is about memories that last
Big, bold and impossibly beautiful, Alaska
stretches beyond the imagination, particularly
in her southeastern seas where many ships sail.
Ancient glaciers glint majestically, as
snow-mantled mountains soar into the cerulean
sky. The deep harbors and frontier towns welcome
visitors with open arms, eager to reveal their
riches. The possibilities are endless, inviting
excursions of untold discovery and delight. Up
north there's a land without fences. Animals
outnumber people, sunlight shines at midnight
and nature reigns. Life is different.
This northern frontier still boasts pristine
landscapes, majestic wildlife and a coastline
that is one of the most enthralling waterways in
PACKING FOR AN ALASKA CRUISE
“The Last Frontier” can be
chilly or warm, wet or dry.
So what should you take?
Well, that depends on your
plans. Here is a
comprehensive list that will
cover you should you decide
to explore Denali National
Park or explore the streets
Clothing and Accessories
Shirts (one per day plus
a spare, unless you have
access to a laundry).
Pants/skirts (one for
every three days, unless
you have access to a
Swimsuit (you may want
to take a dip in the hot
Sweaters (the number you
bring will depend on the
Coat (that layers well
with your sweaters).
Raincoat (that layers
well with your coat).
Hat, scarf and gloves
(depending on the
season). Hats will also
provide sun protection
if you encounter hot
Undergarments (one per
day plus a spare).
Sewing kit for minor
Extra bag in case
souvenir shopping is too
Sleeping mask (the sun
rarely sets in Alaska
during the summer
Two pairs of comfortable
shoes. Your itinerary
will dictate what kind,
but switching off will
save your feet.
Socks (a mix of regular
and extra thick for
those wilderness hikes).
For some people, this is a
very small bag, but not for
most of us. When in doubt,
leave your toiletry bag next
to the sink the day before
and put every single thing
you use into that bag. You
can sort the liquids into
your 3-1-1 bags when you are
sure you have everything.
Medications in their
original pill bottles.
Shampoo, conditioner and
any other hair products.
Comb and a brush.
Razor and shaving
Makeup and makeup
Lotions you usually use.
Chapstick (air travel
Cotton balls and Q-Tips.
Spare pair of glasses,
contacts and contact
solution (as necessary).
floss and mouthwash.
Sunscreen (use this year
Spare 3-1-1 compliant
Remember the days when all
travelers needed was a good
book and a window seat? Well
things have changed, and
most of us can’t leave home
without our gadgets. Make
sure they function with this
Phone and phone charger.
eBook reader and
Tablet and charger.
iPod or MP3 player and
Portable BluRay player
Camera and charger.
Binoculars (lots to see
Curling iron and hair
Batteries for anything
that doesn’t require a
Of course you have your
boarding pass pre-loaded on
your phone. But what if you
forget your phone? Make sure
you have backups for the
Government-issued ID. A
passport covers all
Photocopy of your
passport. Put this
somewhere else in your
luggage. Just in case.
Cash. Keep an emergency
stash someplace safe.
Printed hotel and/or
Any medical records you
could possibly need.
If Traveling with Small
If you’re reading this
paragraph, you know by now
the little darlings
practically require their
own charter flight. Here is
an overview of the
essentials. You know best
what is appropriate for your
Snacks (any flight or
car ride is long for a
Diapers, wipes, and
Change of clothes (you
know you’ll need them
within three hours).
Bottles and a binky.
Chewing gum (can help
older kids depressurize
their ears as the plane
Custody papers if your
children are traveling
with only one parent or
with an unrelated adult.
Is there anything we forgot
to pack into this ultimate
Where you stay in Alaska may matter to you. Both
Holland America and Princess offer lodges and
hotels in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Denali.
Princess also offers accommodations at Cooper
River and Kenai. There are differences between
the two cruise lines. First, Princess owns their
own lodges. ( visit www.princesslodges.com ) So,
the hotel/lodge staff are employees of Princess.
This is important, for seamless continuity of
For more information and to compare Princess,
Holland America, Royal Caribbean or Celebrity
cruise tours of Alaska, visit
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
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Guest Comments & Accolades
"The weather this week was
incredible, 70 and sunny. Lots of whales, eagles, porpoise,
bear, moose etc."
" 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 caribou, 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."
"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 Denali (aka 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
"Raye and Marty Trencher did a stellar job in planning our
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