Princess Cruises will have six ships navigating Alaskan waters next summer. They will offer multiple itineraries, onboard cultural and culinary experiences, and a variety of land and sea options for travelers looking to explore the state further.
The cruise line’s signature Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary will be offered onboard three ships; Coral, Star, and Island Princess between Anchorage and Vancouver. Cruises through the Inside Passage, with its picturesque shores and quaint towns, will be offered on Ruby and Emerald Princess from Seattle, and Grand Princess from San Francisco.
While aboard the ships, guests will be able to experience authentic activities through the North to Alaska program. It features Cook My Catch, where guests can return from fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their own catch of the day, and the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where Alaskan sled dog puppies are brought onboard for guests to play with. While ashore, guests can listen to mountain climbers tell tales of conquering Denali in the new Hudson Theater at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Princess’ Land & Sea Vacations will offer a variety of ways for guests to dive deeper into the culture and landscape of Alaska. These tours are combined with a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise and include stays in the cruise line’s wilderness lodges, rail service, and visits to both Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park.
Options for Land & Sea Vacations include:
- Denali Explorer – The cruise line’s most popular land and sea option features multiple night stays at either the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. There is also an opportunity to explore Fairbanks and/or Anchorage.
- On Your Own – This flexible itinerary is a good option for budget-minded travelers. Tours follow similar routes as Denali Explorer options, but don’t include pre-planned excursions, so travelers can customize what they want to do.
- Off the Beaten Path – These itineraries take guests beyond Denali to more remote regions of the state such as the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
- Connoisseur – These tours provide an extremely immersive experience with the cruise line’s highest level of service. They include a professional tour director, most meals included, and enhanced sightseeing of America’s last frontier.
- Heart of the Rockies Plus Rail – This 14-night cruisetour begins in Calgary and includes rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer. The land tour is combined with a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise aboard Star Princess and includes most breakfasts and dinners. Overnight accommodations are offered at Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
All 2017 Alaska cruises and Land & Sea Vacations are open for booking.
Featured photo courtesy of Princess Cruises.