Alaska Cruise and Tour

with Princess Cruises

Tour Highlights

The magnificence of Alaska includes breathtaking National Parks, stunning glaciers, mighty rivers, blue icebergs, amazing wildlife and fresh Alaska seafood. This is one destination that is so spectacular it has to be seen to be believed!
This cruise and land tour is an ideal way to experience the rugged and incredibly beautiful landscape of “The Last Frontier”. Marvel at the ever-changing glaciers, gaze upon the sea lions as they surround our ship, watch the whales breeching, have a drink in a real saloon, go dog- sledding with a real musher or simply sit back in a deck chair and view the incredible grandeur of the snow-capped mountains and vast glaciers - a breathtaking image you’ll never forget.

The cruise portion of our adventure will be aboard the Coral Princess - a floating resort featuring all the amenities of a resort hotel.

In addition to our 7-night cruise this program also includes a luxury rail adventure, a night at Denali National Park where wildlife is abundant, a night at beautiful Mt. McKinley Lodge and a night in Anchorage. Princess’ award winning shore excursions and fascinating onboard programs will bring the culture and colours of Alaska to life, so in addition to experiencing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, this will be an opportunity to learn about the unique Native cultures of the region as well as fascinating Gold Rush history.

Dining on board a Princess cruise ship is a joyful celebration in the truest sense with every dish “designed for fresh” and crafted to exceed even the most discerning appetites. From hand-tossed pizza to dazzling multi-course gourmet dinners, you will enjoy freshly prepared cuisine that celebrates Alaska’s history.

As for entertainment - dazzling stage sets, performers from around the world, modern hits and timeless classics all join together on board to create lavish productions that can only be seen in the state-of-the-art Princess theatres! There is evening entertainment to suit every mood.

* All shore excursions are optional, and may be purchased in advance on Princess Cruises’ website, or onboard the ship.

Tentative Itinerary

We fly to Anchorage with a change of planes in Vancouver.  Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel for an evening of leisure.  This is Alaska's most cosmopolitan city, with great restaurants and places to explore.
Our motorcoach journey this morning takes us along the scenic George Parks Highway  - one of the most dazzling roads in Alaska, featuring awesome views of Mt. McKinley.  We overnight at the Mt. McKinlay Princess Wilderness Lodge - a true wilderness retreat with a host of recreational activities.  Tonight you may want to enjoy a leisurely dinner at the Alaskan Bar & Grill - a perfect end to a great day in this inspiring wilderness setting.
Another spectacular motorcoach tour takes us deep into the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park for a National History Tour.  Our guide will make stops at points of interest including a view to the Snowy Alaska Range.  Be on the lookout for wildlife - there's plenty of it here!  This evening is free to enjoy one of the many optional activities such as horseback riding, helicopter "flightseeing", river rafting or you may want to see the "Music of Denali" Dinner Theatre - a fun way to learn about local history.
We board the luxury rail cars of the McKinley Express for the scenic ride to Whittier.  The train windows allow for maximum viewing of the awesome landscape.  In Whittier we embark our ship and enjoy our first delicious dinner on board.
Hubbard Glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska extending 76 miles from Mt. Logan in the Yukon.  You will hear the creaks and groans as this very active glacier advances.  There will be exciting moments when huge chunks of ice crash into the bay creating a wonderful sound called "white thunder" by the local natives.
This is the highlight of our cruise.  Under a blanket of silence we gaze upon the ice cliffs and their colours of blue, green and white.  In order to protect the delicate environment only a limited number of permits are issued for ships who meet the strict criteria.  Watch for whales, seals and bears on the shore.
Enjoy the Gold Rush atmosphere of Skagway - home base for the stampeders whose dreams led them to the Yukon.  Explore the historic district on foot or by streetcar.  Consider going on one of the optional tours, like a ride on the narrow-gauge White Pass Railway, or the Skagway Extravaganza which includes panning for gold and the rousing Soapy Smith Show.
A day in Alaska's historic capital.  Perhaps visit the Alaska State Museum which features rare Eskimo and Indian artifacts.  See relics of the gold mines that brought wealth to the town in the early days.
Southeast Alaska's "first city" is as picturesque as they come.  The town is build on pilings over the water and clings to the slopes of Deer Mountain.  Native culture abounds at Totem Bight State Park.
Following all the sightseeing of the past week, a leisure day at sea will be most welcome.  Relax on deck and watch the beauty of the Inside Passage float by as we cruise along the spectacular coast of British Columbia.
We arrive in Vancouver, disembark and fly home.

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