Hi Raye. "Wanted to thank you
for your help in our Alaska trip. Can't tell you how
much we enjoyed going back to my home for 2 years.
The cabin worked out very nicely. The window was
more than adequate. In fact we noticed that very few
travelers were using their balcony so the money
saved was a good decision. Your advice on the White
Pass Railway was really appreciated. It'll be
difficult to take another cruise that would be as
rewarding as this one was. But we may try again next
Summer or the year after, Any really really great
bargains show up let me know. Thanks Again."
Did you know the most overlooked way to stretch your
dollar is to form your own Alaska cruise group.
Traveling with family or friends, can lower
costs enough so you can travel even when the economy
is not that good.
Every company needs that small advantage,
something to set you apart from your competitor.
Through our mini-group program, we are able to
offer even first-time cruisers discounts, cabin
upgrades, onboard credits and amenities that
help you save money and give us a competitive
Call us and find out how. 800.365.1445
" Raye, still unpacking and catching up on sleep but
we wanted to thank you for all your help in planning
our Alaska trip. We all had a wonderful time. The
weather was more than ideal. Landscapes, day trips,
wild life and the cabin were perfect. If only we had
more time to take full advantage of everything.
Thanks for all your suggestion and expert advice. We
could not of done it without you (or if we did, not
nearly as well). So many places to see in the
world, but if we head out by ship again, we'll
definitely be in touch. "
Pat and Eileen Gallagher
Island Princess July 2011
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Our 2014 Alaska
program offers travelers a full range of
cruise and cruise tour options whether
you want to explore Denali National Park
in depth, plan independently, enjoy the
attention of an expert guide, or venture
off the beaten path to places like
Copper River, Kenai or Prudhoe Bay.
A telephoto lens
or a built-in
zoom is strongly
Know how to use
all of the
may have just a
few seconds to
aim, focus and
quicker you can
do that the more
likely you are
to catch that
Use a high
If you use a low
on your camera,
it will reduce
your options for
the images. In
as an example:
If you plan to
to 8X 10 or
larger, using a
You will need
them to spot
adequate. A 7x50
or larger size
You will need
it. They are
hours, go in
in July or
For the best
in May and
Park is very
brown in May
Alaska is not a
zoo with animals
on display. The
gather nearby as
a cruise ship,
train, or bus
wildlife to see
in Alaska -
seals, to name a
ships are not
close enough to
shore to see
Learn how to
wildlife - know
what animals you
want to see,
know what their
habitat is, and
learn how to
from a distance.
Photo Gear you'll
need for Alaska
Whether you're taking a
photo cruise such as a
Whales and Wilderness
trip or traveling on
your own by plane and
ferry, here's a
suggestion on what to
pack. You'll need at
Your DSLR and as
many lenses as you
depending on the
size of your sensor)
or longer telephoto
wildlife and distant
wide-angle to tele
etc.) for a variety
of subjects, from
Macro lens for
Polarizing and split
Plenty of memory
cards and a back-up
Monopod to help
steady your camera
when using a long
You may also want a
tripod for landscapes,
stay-dry bags for rainy
days and kayaking
teleconverters for extra
reach, and fisheye and
other specialty lenses
to expand your creative
Prefer to travel light?
Just bring a superzoom
camera. For instance,
using her Canon
PowerShot S5 IS's 12X
built-in zoom, a woman
standing on deck next to
me got pictures of a
brown (grizzly) bear and
her two cubs foraging on
the shore that looked as
if they were taken from
a few feet away. And for
getting fine detail in
nearby subjects, compact
cameras often allow you
to get every bit as
close as a macro lens
Bring warm and lightweight
From May through September, temperatures
range from 40°F to 70° F during the day
and drop into the 30’s and 40’s at
night. The best way to prepare for this
range of temperatures is to dress in
layers and to be prepared for anything
from bright sunshine—don’t forget those
sunglasses—to light rain. Here’s a
list of items to include when packing
for an Alaska trip.
Be prepared for
Be prepared for rain, and fog during
your vacation. Bring a plastic
poncho or other rain gear.
Wool or fleece sweater or liner
Turtleneck or a comfortable protective long sleeve shirt
Comfortable footwear suitable for hiking
and walking in wet
conditions ( Be sure to break in new
shoes before your trip.)
Warm hat/rain hat
Good camera with extra batteries and variety of film speeds
Spare memory card and battery for digital cameras
onboard are casual. To be most
comfortable, we recommend:
Jeans or slacks
Several sweaters, a jacket, a windbreaker and a raincoat
Low-heeled shoes for deck activities
Don't forget your swimsuit, camera and a pair of binoculars (towels are provided)
Casual: Dresses or slacks and blouses for women, sport shirts and trousers for men
Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men
Formal: Cocktail dresses for women, suits and ties or tuxedos for men (you can arrange to rent a tuxedo onboard)
Packing for your cruise vacation can be one of the worst parts of a cruise. The only thing I can think of that I dread more is unpacking when I get home! Through the years, I have learned that a packing
list is essential. Maybe it's my advancing age or just that I have learned "the hard way" by forgetting some essential item and then having to purchase it at double (or more) the price on the cruise ship or in a port
One important packing tip -- If traveling with a companion or spouse, divide your checked items into two (or more) suitcases.
That way, if one is lost, you will both have some clothing to wear! It would be terrible for your spouse to have all of his clothes and you to have nothing but your carry-on. Also, be sure to carry-on anything that you cannot live without for a couple of days (or more), just in case your luggage is lost or delayed.
Use this list as a starter and modify it for your personal tastes. Some essentials and general items follow of this page, and I have a separate list for
Women Pack More Clothes Than Men
Women going on holiday take twice as many clothes as they actually need, a new survey has revealed. For years, husbands and boyfriends have been bemused by the amount of clothes their female partners crammed into suitcases. And now a new survey commissioned by P&O Cruises has confirmed what they always suspected - that half the garments never get used. However, a leading psychologist today said that the 'over-packing' should not be seen as a fault as it demonstrates women's ability to plan for every eventuality. Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology at Lancaster University, said that women only packed too many clothes because they had greater foresight than men. "Women are planners and they look at every eventuality. They are also likely to think 'better to be safe than sorry'. This is why they pack so many clothes when they go on holiday. And what's wrong with packing too much? It's better than packing too little which is what men are likely to be guilty of'' he said.
carry-on bag and will be available at all times.
More Packing Tips For
• Always ask your
cruise agent about any specific
clothing needs for your particular
ship. Some ships have special
requirements that may affect your
• Although you can
purchase many items on ship or in
cruise ports, you will often pay a
heavy premium, and may not find
exactly what you need. For example,
film for your camera will cost
significantly more once you leave
home and you may not find the size
or speed you require.
• Try to pack
clothing that is re-usable on the
cruise. For example, a men's blazer
may be used on a formal night if
packaged with the proper shirt &
tie. The same blazer can be used
with an open-neck shirt or a
less-formal shirt and tie for an
informal night. A formal skirt can
be mixed with different blouses
and/or jackets for varying effects.
• Formal nights are
not necessarily extremely formal.
Some passengers, who enjoy dressing
up, will go all out with tuxedo's,
long gowns, etc. On most seven-night
cruises, this is not necessary. The
majority of men wear a suit or
blazer with white shirt and
conservative tie on formal nights.
Many women wear cocktail dresses,
fancy dresses, or suits. It’s like
getting dressed for a nice wedding.
Young boys can wear nice slacks with
a shirt and a tie. The more
expensive the ship, the more likely
that formal wear will be worn.
• Many ships have
self-serve laundry and ironing
facilities in addition to the
available washing and/or dry
cleaning. Sometimes it makes sense
to do a load or two during the
cruise rather than pack enough of
everything for your entire trip.
• It's quite possible
to avoid getting dressed up during a
cruise. How? Simply plan to eat your
evening meal in the Lido restaurant
during formal nights, or have room
service that night. You can even
have a snack and a nap at
dinnertime, and enjoy the midnight
buffet in casual attire. If you're
interested in a totally casual
cruise, ask your cruise agent how
the line you've chosen handles
casual evening meals. By the way,
Lobster tails are commonly served on
one of the formal nights. If that's
important to you, ask your waiter
which night the lobster will be
• If you choose to
travel with expensive jewelry, use
the purser's safe when you're not
wearing it. Although room safes are
available on many ships, only
valuables locked up in the purser's
safe are covered under the ship's
insurance (check you cruise
contract, usually supplied with your
cruise documents). Frankly, we'd
recommend leaving your very
expensive and/or priceless jewelry
at home, or in your bank's safe
• If you're planning
to buy t-shirts, hats, etc. on the
ship or ports of call, why not wear
them on your cruise? You'll cut down
on the amount of clothing you'll
bring, and you won’t need to plan
for extra space on your trip home.
If you under-packed (unlikely), you
can purchase additional clothing
during the cruise.
• In the tropics, use
light cotton clothing as often as
possible. You'll be cooler and more
• Plan your carry-on
load carefully. A larger carry-on
bag (within airline carry-on
requirements) is useful so that you
can comfortably carry a change of
clothing. Keep your carry-on bag
safe when you're in the airport;
never leave it unattended.
• Carry all
documents, medicines, essentials,
and valuables with you in your
carry-on. If your main article of
luggage is lost or misplaced, can
you exist with what you're carrying?
• Do not plan to find
space for a garment bag on an
aircraft. Better to carefully pack
your clothing in a suitcase than to
jam it into an overhead compartment.
• Instead of bringing
full-size toiletries, like a full
bottle of shampoo, save or purchase
smaller plastic bottles and bring
only what you need. Try sealing
plastic bottles in zip-lock bags for
• Zip-lock baggies,
preferably the thicker freezer-type,
are great for keeping things dry,
especially when you go to the beach.
You can stuff your credit cards,
driver’s licenses, cash, etc. in
them and keep them safe inside your
bathing suit. We recommend
double-bagging them and you won’t
have any problems with leakage.
• There are several
reasons to bring your cell telephone
with you on the cruise: 1) If you
run into delays, you can call your
cruise agent, airline, limo service,
etc. without standing in line for a
telephone; 2) You can use your
telephone on the ship before it
departs, and while it is still close
to land; 3) You can make calls on
the day you return. A cell phone is
great for calling a cab or a ride
from home, or making arrangements
with friends who are already ashore;
4) Many ports have cellular service
so that you can make calls directly
without finding a phone booth.
Cellular rates are usually much less
than the ship's satellite rates.
Some common cruising areas have
surprisingly good coverage (The
Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, and Grand Cayman, to
name a few), and if you have free
roaming as a part of your service,
the call might even be free; 5) You
never know how a cell phone will
help you in transit should an
emergency arise. It gives someone
else the ability to call you, which
is sometimes invaluable.
• Since many ships
are installing e-mail and internet
capabilities, you may wish to bring
along a list of important e-mail
addresses and web site URL's.
Although this can get expensive, you
might find it worthwhile,
particularly if you keep close track
of an investment portfolio or have
important e-mail messages.
• If you really
depend on a hair dryer, plan to
bring your own. Even if the ship
provides them, you may not find them
to be powerful enough to handle your
needs, particularly if you have long
or heavy hair.
• A pair of personal
communications devices (as kids, we
used to call these walkie-talkies)
is useful in keeping track of your
traveling companions on the ship. As
ships become larger, it becomes more
difficult to keep track of one
another. This is a perfect tool for
young teenagers (check your battery
supply!). Some ships even offer them
for rent during the cruise.
• A few emergency
items are useful, particularly the
flash light. It's nice to know that
you have an extra light for your
room, and it could come in very
handy should your ship develop some
temporary generator malfunctions.
You’ll also want to take a
nightlight if you’re staying in an
• For Alaska and
Northern Europe: Replace shorts,
t-shirts, and short-sleeve shirts
with warmer counterparts. Although
you may wish to have one set of
warm-weather clothing for afternoon
wear on a warm day, you'll be more
comfortable with warmer clothing.
• For Alaska: You can
dress down just a bit. Jeans are
acceptable/desirable for daytime
wear. Bring rain wear, waterproof
footwear, wool socks, a warm
sweater, a wind-proof shell, warm
gloves, and a stocking cap. Although
you may not NEED this much if the
weather is warmer, cold (low 50's),
windy and rainy weather is not
uncommon along the coast of Alaska.
• For Northern
Europe: Temperatures can be cool
during the summer, particularly in
the evenings. Baltic cruises tend to
be dressier. A warm sweater and
gloves might be useful, particularly
in late August. Absolutely bring an
• For the
Mediterranean: Summer temperatures
are similar to the Caribbean.
Spring/Fall are cooler and more
formal. Winter Cruises in the Med
can be very cool, although snow/ice
are not likely.
• For Bermuda:
Weather is beautiful from May
through October, although cruising
to/from New York or Boston can be
quite cool in early and late
seasons. Bermuda is in the Gulf
Stream, while New York and Boston
aren't, so be prepared for a change
• Most cruise lines
do not permit you to carry alcohol
on board due to customs regulations.
remain few places on earth where you
can truly breathe. Where space is
measured not in feet or miles, but
in endless horizons. A place where
nature is so powerful, so dramatic,
a personal encounter can change you
forever. This is Alaska.
and honored that
the true travel
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If you booked your Alaska cruise or cruise tour directly with the cruise line, you could be paying too much. Even if you are currently under deposit, call us and find out if we can save you money, provide insider knowledge and extra benefits such as shipboard credit, cabin upgrades and more. It's easy to do. You keep all the arrangements you made, including your cabin assignment and possibly get a much better deal! Call us for details 800.365.1445
Whales, Wonders and Wilderness... That is Alaska!
Alaska is a grand American Vacation destination you don't want to miss! We hope these stories help you plan your travel to Alaska.
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 Passage.
Our signature Denali Explorer cruisetours include up to four nights at our Princess wilderness lodges at Denali. Most tours include our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service and all include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park. ( Optional Tundra Wilderness Tour )
On Your Own options have no scheduled activities so you can customize how you want to spend your free time. 3 days on land from just $299 more than a 7-day cruise!* With no scheduled sightseeing activities included, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own adventure with optional land excursions.
Off The Beaten Path Cruisetours
These cruisetours include key benefits of our Denali Explorer itineraries, plus visits to less-frequented regions like Copper River and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, the Kenai Peninsula or Prudhoe Bay above the Arctic Circle.
Welcome to a Summertime adventure with an ocean-inspired cruise and an exhilarating land tour of Alaska. Alaska...where Summertime memories last forever.
These deluxe escorted cruisetours represent the highest level of service with a tour director on land and most meals included. They include up to four nights at a combination of both Mt. McKinley and Denali Princess wilderness lodges, with enhanced sightseeing experiences, such as the longer Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park. Plus, there are options to visit the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park.
Experience the breathtaking views Alaska with great balcony stateroom savings!
2013 Alaska cruises and cruisetours
Save up to $1,000 per stateroom*
Free balcony upgrades**
10-day Alaska cruisetours from just $898* or Free Balcony Upgrades** from $1,448 per person*
Did You Know?
The most popular cruisetours and most desirable balcony, midship, starboard or port side locations and mini-suite staterooms book up early. Plan at least 9 months before, to get the best prices, ships, and staterooms.
Additional information about cruises to Alaska and Princess Cruises is available through Alaska Cruisetour Experts, a professional travel planner, and Princess Certified Alaska Expert by calling 800.365.1445, or by visiting the company's website at www.alaskacruisetourexperts.com
Experience even more of Alaska’s natural wonders and enjoy a complete escape — with the exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service. From your ship, step onto waiting luxury railcars, bound north for Denali. Enjoy Alaska’s natural wonders en route, and arrive in time for dinner at one of our wilderness lodges — a full day earlier than on other cruisetours.
Download a brochure about the Direct To The Wilderness rail service.
Huge wrap-around glass-domed windows provide awe-inspiring views of spectacular sights such as the towering Alaska Range, scenic Matanuska Valley, Hurricane Gulch, raging rivers and lush forests.
Princess rail cars are rated as Alaska's number one rail experience.
360-degree-view double-decker dome cars
Large open-air observation platforms.
Full service dining salon.
Meals prepared to order.
Alaska Cruise Tips for 2013
by Raye & Marty Trencher
Cruise Traveler Magazine
Some of the ports and destinations that we recommend you visit on your
next Alaska 2013 Cruise include ports of call to Juneau, Skagway, Sitka,
Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Haines, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay,
Sawyer Glacier just to name a few great places to visit. You can
embark and disembark from five major ports;
(SB), the Port of
We are often asked: "when is the best time to visit Alaska?" Summer's the best time of year to explore Alaska's spectacular wonders — from ice age glaciers and frontier towns to miles of unspoiled scenery.
And the bays and mountains of Alaska are best appreciated from your elegant cruise ship, domed
railcars and deluxe motorcoaches. This 4 month sailing season offers the best opportunity to take in
the breathtaking beauty and landscape of Alaska and to view its varied wildlife. where you can have a chance to see them up close. Look closely and you may see many eagles (bald and golden), bear, whales, including those in a breach, seals, wolf, moose and caribou. If you travel during salmon run,
you probably will see more bear and eagles. The scenery is to die for, the vistas spectacular.
season, then it is to cruise during the peak travel months months of June 2013 Alaska Cruises , July 2013 Alaska Cruises and August 2013 Alaska Cruises. Why? Prices go up as the summer goes on, so you will find the cheapest deals during the first two weeks of May. The weather will be much cooler than in August, but you could save over $1000 a couple by visiting Alaska during the off-peak period. Your chances of seeing more wildlife, including salmon, moose, bears , caribou and eagles on longer tours of the state's National Parks.
We are also asked: "When is the best time to book a cruise to Alaska? "
How can I save the most money, see what I want, and still stay on
budget? " If you book early, at least 6 months to year before
departure, you will get the best discounts and accommodation choices for
2013 Alaska cruises. The same thing goes for
2013 Alaska Cruisetours.
The very best deals offered are just around the time the cruise lines
announce their Alaska cruise and cruisetour programs for the following
year. Mid-March is when most cruise lines open their books for
reservations for the following year. As the Summer goes on, and
availability shrinks, prices go up. Unlike the Caribbean in
winter, there are a limited number of cruise ships that sail Alaska's
waterways, so capacity does sell out fast for the best dates, rates and
accommodations. Cruisetours are limited to the size of a motorcoach (
around 40 guests ) and sell out much faster than if you just
booked a cruise only without a land and sea vacation. To get the best
deal, discounts, cheap fares and best stateroom accommodations, book
early. Browse the web, check your Sunday papers, cor all around to
find the discounts, special offers, kids fly free or reduced rate
promotions, 2 for1 deals and other incentives, such as past guest
offers, or military discounts that can save you money. Let us help
you plan your next
Alaska 2013 Cruise or Cruisetour vacation.
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"Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's majesty and meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Amid unsurpassed grandeur and serenity, the true wilderness of Denali is calling."Catch sight of a humpback whale or wolf pups frolicking in the snow. Alaska is as rustic and romantic as one could ever imagine. Whales, Wonders and Wilderness...
When you plan your Alaskan vacation, do you plan to encounter a striking landscape, a place so expansive that it shelters more than six hundred-fifty species of flowering plants and thirty-seven mammal species?
Do you envision your Alaskan tour to include a dizzying six million acres filled with large caribou, moose, and grizzly bears, and offset with startlingly small flowers, miniaturized to suit Alaska's short growth season?
We tried to keep it a secret, but the word got out. Now it's your
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