While other companies sell cruises and other forms of travel, we focus exclusively on shore excursions. We utilize this expertise to select the highest quality shore excursions delivered by local experts in the most cost effective manner for our customers. Since we are not a large cruise line catering to thousands of customers per day, our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups offering a more personalized experience.

Guest Comments


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."

Bob Snyder Diamond Princess July 2011


Mini-Group Rates

For as little as 6 guests, (3 cabins).


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 edge.

Call us and find out how. 800.365.1445

Guest Comments

" 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

7 night Alaska Cruises : Priced from $449 for Inside Cabins : Limited Time Offers

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Raye & Marty Trencher's Alaska Cruise Tips:


What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise or Alaska Cruisetour

Packing For Your Alaska Cruise or Cruisetour.

The Ultimate Cruise Packing List.

Everything You Need to Take on an Alaska Cruise.

The Alaska Packing Challenge, Simplified. Everything You Need to Take on an Alaska Cruise Vacation......


Alaska Cruise Packing Tips

Things to know before you go...
Bring your camera or camcorder and lots of film.

A telephoto lens or a built-in zoom is strongly recommended.


Know your camera.

Know how to use all of the camera's features. You may have just a few seconds to aim, focus and shoot. The quicker you can do that the more likely you are to catch that "perfect" wildlife image.


Use a high quality setting on digital cameras.

If you use a low pixels setting on your camera,  it will reduce your options for processing of the images. In as an example:  If you plan to blowup images  to 8X 10 or larger, using a higher-pixel setting.


Bring binoculars.

You will need them to spot most wildlife.  7x35 binoculars, are just adequate. A 7x50 or larger size is recommended.

Bring mosquito repellent.

You will need it. They are big!


Choose your travel dates wisely.
  • For maximum daylight hours, go in May, June, or July.

  • For the warmest days, travel in July or August. 

  • For the best cruise prices, and smallest crowds sail in May and September.

  • Denali National Park is very brown in May and June, extremely green in July and August, and very colorful (primarily red and yellow) in September.

Lower your expectations.

Alaska is not a zoo with animals on display. The animals don't gather nearby as a cruise ship, train, or bus comes along. Their is wildlife to see in Alaska - whales, bears, eagles, caribou, moose, otters, seals, to name a few.


TIP: Cruise ships are not close enough to shore to see wildlife so bring binoculars. Learn how to search for wildlife - know what animals you want to see, know what their habitat is, and learn how to identify them from a distance.

More Alaska Packing Tips continues below...

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 least:

  • Your DSLR and as many lenses as you can manage.

  • 300mm (420-600mm equivalent, depending on the size of your sensor) or longer telephoto for shooting wildlife and distant glaciers.

  • Zooms covering wide-angle to tele (18-55mm, 55-200mm, etc.) for a variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraits.

  • Macro lens for detailed close-ups of flowers, barnacles, insects, etc.

  • Polarizing and split neutral-density filters.

  • Plenty of memory cards and a back-up storage device (e.g., notebook computer, portable hard drive).

  • Monopod to help steady your camera when using a long lens.

You may also want a tripod for landscapes, stay-dry bags for rainy days and kayaking excursions, teleconverters for extra reach, and fisheye and other specialty lenses to expand your creative possibilities.

Prefer to travel light? Just bring a superzoom electronic-viewfinder 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 does.

Source: popphoto


More Alaska Packing Tips

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 rain.

Be prepared for rain, and fog during your vacation. Bring a plastic poncho or other rain gear.

  • Waterproof jacket

  • 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.)

  • Good socks

  • Warm hat/rain hat

  • Gloves

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Travel umbrella

  • Good camera with extra batteries and variety of film speeds

  • Spare memory card and battery for digital cameras

  • Travel-size binoculars

  • Sunglasses

  • Day pack/backpack

What to Wear Onboard

Days onboard are casual. To be most comfortable, we recommend:

Jeans or slacks
Several sweaters, a jacket, a windbreaker and a raincoat
Warm socks
Low-heeled shoes for deck activities
Don't forget your swimsuit, camera and a pair of binoculars (towels are provided)

For evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:

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)

Ashore, you'll need comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Cruisetours are casual, both during the day and in the evening.

Ultimate Cruise Packing List

Here is an article found at About.Com Cruises

with Linda Garrison


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

of call.

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 and men.

News Flash:

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.


  • airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • cruise documents
  • passports and visas (if necessary) or proof of citizenship (check with your cruise line for requirements)
  • vaccination certificate (if required)
  • wallet and fanny pack
  • driver's license and auto insurance card - in case you decide to rent a car when ashore
  • medical insurance cards and medical history (especially if traveling alone)
  • another picture ID - if you don't take driver's license
  • credit cards - be sure to call credit card companies before traveling to alert them you are traveling outside your normal area ATM card
  • watch
  • pre-paid phone card
  • cash or traveler's checks (be sure to keep traveler's checks receipt in separate location)
  • 3 copies of airline tickets, cruise tickets, passports/visas, itinerary - pack 1 copy in carry on, 1 copy in checked luggage, and
  • leave one copy with someone at home
  • contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler's checks
  • emergency numbers at home
  • prescription drugs and any other essential medications in carry on bag
  • glasses, contacs, contac cleaner
  • extra reading glasses
  • sunglasses
  • reading sunglasses
  • guidebooks and other port of call information
  • foreign language phrase book or dictionary
  • maps
  • reading material - books to read while on the plane or lounging by the pool
  • journal or notebook and pen/pencil - for making notes to tell your friends back home about your experiences
  • business cards with email address to give out to new cruise friends
  • currency conversion chart
  • plug adaptor and converter
  • cell phone and charger
  • PDA and charger
  • home and email addresses of friends/relatives back home - for sending postcards, emails, or gifts
  • laptop computer
  • binoculars
  • film camera and manual
  • extra film (don't put undeveloped film in checked luggage)
  • disposable underwater camera - for snorkeling or beach days
  • digital camera and manual
  • extra memory cards for digital camera
  • batteries for digital camera
  • battery charger
  • extension cord with multiple plug-ins
  • duct tape or strapping tape
  • walkman and tapes (for walking on deck or on treadmill)
  • small travel alarm clock - battery operated
  • lighted dial clock for cruise ship cabin
  • extra plastic cable-lock ties for securing luggage for return trip (better than locks, but one-time use only)
  • extra luggage name tags (in case yours are lost on the outbound trip)
  • zip loc bags of all sizes and garbage/laundry bags
  • small flashlight
  • night light
  • corkscrew (be sure to put in checked luggage)
  • Swiss Army knife or something similar with screwdriver head, etc. (be sure to put in checked luggage)
  • small umbrella
  • collapsible travel pillow for those long airplane flights
  • ear plugs or "ear planes"
  • small first aid kit (band aids, Q-tips, vaseline, dramamine, antibiotic cream, bandages, anti-diarrheal medication, cortisone
  • cream, aspirin/tylenol/advil)
  • Crazy glue
  • playing cards
  • sports gear (e.g. snorkeling gear)
  • bug spray (not for your cabin on the ship, but for those pesky mosquitoes and "nonos" ashore)
  • sun screen/sun block and lip sunblock
  • germicidal hand cleaner
  • handi-wipes
  • hand lotion
  • rubbing alcohol or foot lotion for soothing tired, hot feet
  • sewing kit and scissors (pack in checked luggage)
  • travel-sized Woolite
  • clothes pins
  • empty folding tote bag - for souvenirs or the beach
  • hats/caps/visors
  • insulated large coffee mugs

Women's Cruise Clothing Packing List

  • bras (include strapless if needed for evening wear)
  • panties
  • lingerie/night gown/pajamas/robe
  • compression stockings (for airplane flight to prevent swollen ankles)
  • exercise/walking socks
  • trouser socks or pantyhose
  • camisole/slip
  • purses (day and evening)
  • belts
  • scarves
  • gloves and stocking cap(if expect cold weather)
  • walking shoes
  • walking sandals
  • rubber sandals for reef walking and beach
  • evening shoes
  • costume jewelry and extra watch
  • swim suit
  • swim suit cover-up/pareo/sarong
  • thongs/flip flop shoes
  • work out clothes and jog bra
  • dress/outfit for informal nights on ship
  • dress/outfit for formal nights on ship
  • dress/outfit for casual nights on ship
  • shorts
  • tops of all types (sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved)
  • capri pants
  • slacks
  • windbreaker jacket
  • sweatshirt
  • evening sweater
  • raincoat with hood
Women's Sundries and Miscellaneous
  • blow dryer
  • curling iron or curlers
  • comb/brush
  • hair gel
  • hair spray (non-aerosol)
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • shower cap
  • bar soap in plastic container
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • mouthwash
  • tweezers
  • make-up mirror
  • make-up and make-up bag(list can be endless!)
  • make-up remover
  • cleanser
  • moisturizer and freshener
  • nail polish and remover
  • nail clippers and file (be sure to pack in checked luggage)
  • razor and shaving cream

Men's Cruise Clothing Packing List

  • underwear (briefs or boxer shorts)
  • undershirts
  • pajamas and robe
  • compression socks (for airplane flight to prevent swollen ankles)
  • exercise/walking socks
  • black dress socks
  • belts
  • gloves and stocking cap (if expect cold weather)
  • walking shoes
  • walking sandals
  • rubber sandals/shoes for reef walking and beach
  • evening or dress shoes
  • "docksider" casual shoes
  • tuxedo jacket and pants (or dark suit)
  • tuxedo tie, suspenders, and cummerbund
  • tuxedo cufflinks/studs
  • sport jacket
  • regular ties
  • tuxedo shirt
  • dress shirts
  • swim suit
  • swim suit cover-up
  • work out clothes/T shirts
  • shorts
  • casual shirts
  • slacks (casual and dress)
  • windbreaker jacket
  • sweatshirt
  • raincoat with hood

Men's Sundries and Miscellaneous

  • comb/brush
  • shampoo and hair products
  • bar soap in plastic container
  • deodorant
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • mouthwash
  • tweezers
  • nail clippers and file (be sure to pack in checked luggage)
  • razor and shaving cream (or electric razor and supplies)

End of article


Leaving Home Checklist

To ensure peace of mind while you are away, why not run over this last-minute checklist of things to do before you go?  

> Have the post office hold your mail.  

> Stop your newspaper delivery, or have a friend or neighbor

    take them in for you.  

> Leave copies of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks

    and any credit cards you plan to use with a family member or

    trusted friend.  

> Distribute your ship communications cards to friends and


> Place a card with your name and address inside your luggage,

    as well as on the outside.  

> Bring your travel and health insurance information and have it

    handy at all times.

 > Verify that your identification and travel tickets are in your

    carry-on bag and will be available at all times.


There 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. 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.

More Packing Tips For Cruises

• 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 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 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 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 comfortable.

• 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 added protection.

• 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 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 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 umbrella!

• 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 customs regulations.  


Experience the Thrill of an Alaska Vacation with Princess Cruises

There 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.

"We're delighted and honored that the true travel experts -- travel agents -- continue to recognize our Alaska cruise program each year," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We're passionate about the Great Land and sharing it with visitors, and this award acknowledges that we offer the best Alaska vacation experience in the industry."

Drawing upon more than 40 years of experience cruising the 49th state, Princess Cruises offers Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage sailings and an extensive selection of cruisetours, with accommodations at five Princess-owned and operated, scenic wilderness lodges. The company's immersive Alaska experience is created by combining a seven-day Gulf of Alaska cruise, including two distinct glacier viewing opportunities, with a land tour ranging from three to nine nights, along with travel by glass-domed railcars.

In addition to experiencing the state's charming port towns, spectacular scenery and marine life while on a Princess ship, passengers who extend their vacation with a land tour will explore Alaska's dramatic interior including at least one night among the wilderness of Denali National Park, one of the state's top attractions. And only Princess offers Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail travel to give visitors more time in the Denali area.

Princess' 2013 Alaska cruise season features seven ships, including a fourth ship added to the Gulf of Alaska route, and three ships sailing the Inside Passage. They will depart on 122 voyages, and travelers can choose from more than 20 different cruisetour options.

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

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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.

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What Can I Do When I Get To A Princess Lodge?

Just about anything you can think of -- by land, sea or air! Check out the variety of activities available. Excursions range from easygoing to high energy and offer in-depth experiences tailored to your interests.

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.

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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 ) 

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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.

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Connoisseur Escorted Cruisetours

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. 

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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*

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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

Princess Direct-to-the-Wilderness® Rail Service

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.

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What a View!

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.

  • GPS-triggered narration.

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Alaska Cruise Tips for 2013

by Raye & Marty Trencher

Editors, Publishers

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;  Seattle,  San Francisco Whittier (SB),  Seward (SB), the Port of Vancouver (NB)

If you are considering a land and sea vacation, also known as a "Cruisetour" three cruise lines,  Holland America Alaska 2013 Cruises , Royal Caribbean Alaska 2013 Cruises and our favorite Princess Alaska 2013 Cruises, offer 65 different land and sea adventures. 

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. 


The Alaskan cruise season begins with May 2013 Alaska Cruises and ends as late as mid-September 2013 Alaska cruises.  It is less expensive to travel at the beginning and end of the Alaska sailing

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.


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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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Alaska Cruises: Princess Wilderness Lodges

Strategically located at Alaska’s legendary national parks, our wilderness lodges offer excellent rooms, authentic Alaskan dining experiences, and the same warm, welcoming service that you’ve come to expect on every Princess Cruises vacation.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Nestled in a prime location near the entrance to Denali National Park, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

On a bluff overlooking the largest national park, this lodge has a wall of windows featuring dramatic views of Wrangell-St. Elias.

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

North America's tallest mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the picture-perfect setting for this wilderness retreat just south of Denali National Park.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge

Top-notch salmon fishing is only steps away from this well-appointed lodge set in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Kenai River.


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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...

This is Alaska!

Denali National Park

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?


Of course we're talking about...

Denali National Park

The national parks of Alaska and the Yukon protect wilderness and wildlife habitats. Here are some of our favorites::

Denali National Park

Glacier Bay National Park

Gates Of The Arctic

Kenai Fjords National Park


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