"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
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" 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
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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 clothing.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
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.
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 packing plan.
• 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
• 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
• 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 served.
• 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 deposit box.
• If you're planning to buy
t-shirts, hats, etc. on the ship or
ports of call, why not wear them on
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Instead of bringing full-size
toiletries, like a full bottle of
shampoo, save or purchase smaller
bottles and bring only what you
need. Try sealing plastic bottles in
zip-lock bags for added
• 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
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
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
• 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 inside cabin.
• 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
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 in weather!
• Most cruise lines do not permit
you to carry alcohol on board due to
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.
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With an in-depth land tour and a special offer to receive $200 onboard credit*
2013 Northbound Alaska Cruisetour.
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Money-Saving Tip: Booked Directly With The Cruise Line?
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
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
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
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
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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