Princess Cruises - Alaska 2018
Experience Alaska with Princess Cruises
Whether it is your first cruise to Alaska or your fifth, the wonders never cease to amaze, from towering glaciers and chiselled granite cliffs to miles of forested shores and waters teeming with marine life. Princess has been sailing these waters for decades and we take more people to Alaska than any other cruise line. Join us in 2018 on an extraordinary adventure and see why we’ve been awarded “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” for nine consecutive years by Travel Weekly.
VOYAGE OF THE GLACIERS: People come to Alaska to see glaciers and our top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers 7-day cruise, between Vancouver, B.C., and Anchorage (Whittier) offers two glacier-viewing experiences, including Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and either massive Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. You’ll also visit three gold-rush era towns, including Icy Strait Point on all Northbound Island Princess voyages.
THE INSIDE PASSAGE: Only Princess offers departures from Los Angeles (12 days) and San Francisco (10 days) that sail Alaska’s famed Inside Passage with a day of glacier viewing and at least three ports of call. There are also 7-day sailings from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
GET TO KNOW ALASKA ON BOARD: Only Princess offers North to Alaska, our award-winning enrichment program that brings local personalities on board, like lumberjacks, Iditarod champions and storytellers, to share their insights on what it’s like to live in the Great Land. Guests will also be delighted to meet sled dog puppies in the Piazza, and dine on Signature Alaska Cuisine, and if you hook it on a Princess excursions, we’ll cook it in our galley to your liking with “Cook My Catch!”
On our top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, it’s all about the ice — glaciers, some of nature’s greatest spectacles. And you’ll see these colossal frozen rivers in all their thundering, calving glory at beautiful Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and either College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier
The voyage of the glaciers
- Glacier Bay National Park — named one of the 7 Cruise Wonders of the World by Condé Nast Traveller.
- A second glacier-viewing experience among the 16 glaciers at College Fjord, or Hubbard Glacier — the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska.
- Sail over 500 miles farther north across the Gulf of Alaska and into Prince William Sound.
- Visit Gold Rush-era towns as you cruise the Inside Passage.
Cruising the inside passage
The Inside Passage, part of every Alaska itinerary, is one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Experience miles and miles of untouched, unspoiled nature that includes countless islets, glacier-capped peaks and soaring granite cliff walls accented with cascading waterfalls.
- Glacier viewing at either Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm Fjord.
- Calls in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, with optional tours including historic tours, salmon fishing or hiking on a glacier.
- An evening in Victoria, B.C., home to spectacular Butchart Gardens. Available on select itineraries.
Cruisetours the best way to see Denali
The best way to see the heart of Alaska is on a Princess® cruisetour, which combines a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, scenic rail travel and multiple days touring Alaska by land with stays at Princess-owned wilderness lodges. You can cruise first or start with a land tour. There are options for every taste and activity level.
For most people, Alaska is a dream holiday — a once in a lifetime adventure that tops many a bucket list. And when you travel so far you don’t want to miss a thing. Which is why Princess offers a wide range of cruisetours that combine a 7-day cruise with scenic rail travel and multiple days touring Alaska by land. It’s simply the best way to see the best of Alaska!
It’s our most popular cruisetour type — Denali Explorer. Choose from a variety of options to match your interests, each offering a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 6 nights on land. All itineraries feature a Natural History Tour into Denali National Park, plus a Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise and a Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks (if applicable).
On your own
Their On Your Own cruisetours are the perfect option for the independent minded traveller. Three to four nights on land, without prescheduled sightseeing activities, allow you to customise how you want to spend your free time.
Off the beaten path
With our Off the Beaten Path cruisetours, you’ll experience the best features of our Denali Explorer holidays plus time at our remote Princess® Wilderness Lodges located on the Kenai Peninsula near dazzling Kenai Fjords National Park or Copper River just outside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Hosted by a tour director, with most meals included and enhanced sightseeing, these holidays feature the highest level of service. Enjoy five to eight nights on land, visiting not only Denali but also other legendary locales, such as Copper River and/or the Kenai Peninsula.
Princess has a diverse group of cruisetours, combining the best of land and sea, which lets you see Alaska your way.
DOZENS OF OPTIONS: There are more than 22 cruisetour itineraries to choose from in 2018, each featuring Alaska’s top two attractions — Glacier Bay National Park and six-million-acre Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest mountain. There are also cruisetours that include Wrangell-St Elias National Park and/or Kenai Fjords National Park, as well as deluxe escorted tours that include the expertise of a tour director for an even more enriching experience.
EXCLUSIVE RAIL SERVICE: Only Princess offers Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service that takes you from your ship to our exclusive wilderness lodges in the Denali area in the same day, for more time exploring and less time in transit.
SPECTACULAR WILDERNESS LODGES: At the doorstep of legendary national parks sit our exclusive Princess-owned wilderness lodges, the ideal location for exploring Alaska. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, fresh Alaska seafood and unbelievable views.
GET TO KNOW ALASKA: On your cruise and on land, you’ll experience North to Alaska, our exclusive award-winning enrichment program that features local personalities, like mountain climbers, an Iditarod champion and a storyteller, who share their insights what it’s like to live in the Great Land. Guests will also be delighted to meet sled dog puppies in the Piazza, and dine on Signature Alaska Cuisine, and if you hook it on a Princess excursions, we’ll cook it to your liking with “Cook My Catch!”
Contact us for full details of the Princess Cruises Alaska 2018 season. Traditionally the Alaska Season runs from May through September, talk to us about the best time to take a voyage to this stunning region.