See All the Best of Alaska – Explore the Great Land by Sea and Land
One of the most wonderful things about exploring Alaska with Princess is how easy it is to fulfill all your dreams. You can cruise for seven to 10 days along pristine waterways and marvel at towering glaciers, or you can “see it all” on an array of land & sea cruisetour vacation packages that combine a cruise and a visit to legendary Denali National Park and beyond, revealing a whole other Alaskan experience.
Princess offers a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise between Vancouver, B.C. and Whittier that introduces you to the Inside Passage’s best ports of call — Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau. You’ll also explore the spectacular vistas of Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier. Princess also has convenient 7- to 12-day Inside Passage sailings roundtrip from Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles that tour picturesque Tracy Arm Fjord.
But Alaska’s magnificent glaciers and spectacular coastline tell only half of the story — the heart of the Last Frontier lies 500 miles inland, where you’ll find Denali National Park, towering Mt. McKinley and remote, untouched areas that will take your breath away.
The best way to see all the best of Alaska is with a Princess land and sea vacation, which all include visits to the Denali area and a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. On one seamless land and sea vacation you’ll experience Alaska’s top two attractions – Glacier Bay and Denali national parks. You’ll also enjoy scenic Princess rail travel through the heart of the wilderness and stay in comfortable Princess-owned wilderness lodges that serve as your home base for exploring this special place.
Whether you want to focus on Denali National Park, venture deeper into Alaska wilderness or travel with a professional tour director, Princess offers four unique options that let you personalize your Alaska experience to your interests:
Denali Explorer: Princess’ most popular land and sea vacation, the Denali Explorer, combines our spectacular 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers sailing, and at least two nights in our Denali-area wilderness lodges with a tour into the park. Our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service takes you from port in a glass-domed railcar directly to Denali, giving you more time to explore this stunning park and its abundant wildlife.
On Your Own: Do you enjoy planning your own adventure? Perfect for the independent-minded traveler, the On Your Own itineraries are affordable options offering more free time to explore on your own or you can tailor your vacation with a variety of optional excursions.
Off the Beaten Path: Intrepid explorers like to make tracks of their own and Off the Beaten Path options visit Denali and also venture to less-frequented, such as the Kenai Peninsula, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and remote Prudhoe Bay above the Arctic Circle.
Connoisseur: The ultimate way to enjoy the Great Land, these options offer our highest level of service, which includes a professional tour director and most meals on land are included. They combine incredible highlights of the Denali Explorer with options to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Kenai Peninsula.
Whether you cruise or choose to venture deeper into the heart of Alaska, Princess will help immerse you in the destination through its award-winning North to Alaska program which brings the color, culture and flavors of the Great Land to you on board and on land.
You’ll have the chance to meet the REAL Alaskans onboard and ashore! Learn about life aboard the Aleutian Ballad with Captain David Lethin from Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” hear first-hand the exhilarating tales from the mountain climbers who have conquered Denali or Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the grueling Iditarod 1,1150-mile sled-dog race. National Park rangers and naturalists, even lumberjacks, also come aboard to help you learn more about this special place.
Plus, with Puppies in the Piazza, a NEW addition to the North to Alaska program, you’ll meet (and cuddle) some of Skagway’s newest sled dogs onboard as they prepare for a life of dog mushing!
And for you foodies craving to try Alaska’s famed seafood, there is quite a treat in store. Princess had teamed with local hotspots to bring specialty dishes on board like crab cakes from Tracy’s King Crab Shake in Juneau, fish tacos from the Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan and seafood chowder from the Bonanza Bar & Grill in Skagway. Plus if you “catch it” Princess will “cook it” with their Cook My Catch program. You reel in in a fish on a Princess shore excursion and a Princess chef will prepare it for lunch or dinner in the galley to your personal specifications. From the ocean, to your table – it doesn’t get much fresher than this!
And to ensure you get the most out of your time on land, Princess has partnered with two of the most trusted names in travel, Discovery and Animal Planet to bring you fascinating shore excursions, including experiences you can only get with Princess. You can visit a Husky Homestead Tour in Denali, Land on Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, tour a totem pole park and native village from Ketchikan or go gold panning in Skagway. And there are options to view wildlife from whales to bears, go kayaking, flightseeing or even take leisurely cruise on a nostalgic Sternwheeler. Whatever your interest, the options are practically endless.
AAA Travel can help you plan an unforgettable Alaskan cruise. Call 1-800-444-8691 to speak with one of our expert agents. If you prefer, you can visit a nearby AAA Travel branch for more information.