A journey into Prince William Sound. View the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers in College Fjord and Blackstone Bay. Travel in luxurious comfort aboard the M/V Klondike Express,the fastest catamarans in Alaska.
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Some of Skagway’s newest sled dogs come aboard with Puppies in the Piazza. Snap a picture with these loveable canines and meet their dog handlers.
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A Ketchikan back country trip that combines the best of both worlds, the Backcountry Jeep and Canoe Safari explores the Tongass National Forest by land and water.
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Totem carving is more of a living art form at Saxman Totem Park, three miles south of Ketchikan.
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The 5 best Waterfalls in Alaska:Brooks Falls. Katmai National Park and Preserve, Nugget Falls. Juneau , Russian River Falls. Cooper Landing, Thunderbird Falls. Anchorage.
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Take a short Floatplane Flight from Ketchikan, Fly in the Morning, Fish in the Afternoon. Catch Wild King and Silver Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod, Black Bass, and More<
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Experience Ketchikan Alaska on foot for free! The Ketchikan Historic Society produces a Free Ketchikan Walking Tour Map that lists a total of 64 points of interest<
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Katmai is a great place for bear viewing and many tours guarantee that you will see bears and other wildlife in Alaska.
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Experience a rail adventure of the gold-rush era, board a narrow-gauge railroad from Skagway into the heart of the Yukon.
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Rangers discuss the breathtaking grandeur of Alaska’s Glaciers, as well as Denali National Park and Preserve, a 6 million acre park that is also home of North America’s tallest peak—Denali.
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When viewing a glacier, two things come to mind: blue ice, and the crashing sound of ice calving into the frigid waters.
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Cruisetours includes deluxe motorcoach travel, baggage handling to and from your lodge, overnight(s) at lodge and rail travel back to Anchorage or Fairbanks.
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The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show reflects upon southeast Alaska’s rich logging history and comes to life with thrilling displays of strength and agility.
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At the 200-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, see Alaskan wildlife up close.
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Alaska Glaciers and Wildlife - Spectacular Action Packed Flightseeing Tour.
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A Glacier National Park helicopter tour is the perfect way to see the whole park.
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Panning For Gold in Alaska
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National Wildlife Refuge where you often spot bear and moose from your raft.
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Alaska's Big 5 : Moose, Caribou, Dall sheep, Wolves, and the grizzly bear.
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Packing Tips For An Alaska Cruise
Alaska Packing Tips: The Weather's role and the need for Layers
We read posts that you may find of interest:
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does anyone have favorite "must see or must do"
places? Secondly we are wanting to take the
train to/from Denali and avoid a long bus ride,
the company web sites are unclear about this...
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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.
PACKING FOR AN ALASKA CRUISE
"The Last Frontier" can be chilly or
warm, wet or dry. So what should you
take? Well, that depends on your plans.
Here is a comprehensive list that will
cover you should you decide to explore
Denali National Park or explore the
streets of Anchorage.
Clothing and Accessories
Shirts (one per day plus a spare,
unless you have access to a
Pants/skirts (one for every three
days, unless you have access to a
Swimsuit (you may want to take a dip
in the hot tub).
Sweaters (the number you bring will
depend on the season).
Coat (that layers well with your
Raincoat (that layers well with your
Hat, scarf and gloves (depending on
the season). Hats will also provide
sun protection if you encounter hot
Undergarments (one per day plus a
Sewing kit for minor repairs.
Extra bag in case souvenir shopping
is too successful.
Sleeping mask (the sun rarely sets
in Alaska during the summer months).
Two pairs of comfortable shoes. Your
itinerary will dictate what kind,
but switching off will save your
Socks (a mix of regular and extra
thick for those wilderness hikes).
For some people, this is a very small
bag, but not for most of us. When in
doubt, leave your toiletry bag next to
the sink the day before and put every
single thing you use into that bag. You
can sort the liquids into your 3-1-1
bags when you are sure you have
Medications in their original pill
Shampoo, conditioner and any other
Comb and a brush.
Razor and shaving products.
Makeup and makeup remover.
Lotions you usually use.
Chapstick (air travel dehydrates
Cotton balls and Q-Tips.
Spare pair of glasses, contacts and
contact solution (as necessary).
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and
Sunscreen (use this year round).
Spare 3-1-1 compliant plastic bag.
Remember the days when all travelers
needed was a good book and a window
seat? Well things have changed, and most
of us can't leave home without our
gadgets. Make sure they function with
Phone and phone charger.
eBook reader and charger.
Tablet and charger.
iPod or MP3 player and charger.
Portable BluRay player and charger.
Camera and charger.
Binoculars (lots to see in Alaska).
Curling iron and hair dryer.
Batteries for anything that doesn't
require a charger.
Of course you have your boarding pass
pre-loaded on your phone. But what if
you forget your phone? Make sure you
have backups for the following:
Government-issued ID. A passport
covers all eventualities.
Photocopy of your passport. Put this
somewhere else in your luggage. Just
Cash. Keep an emergency stash
Printed hotel and/or tour
confirmations (including contact
Any medical records you could
possibly need. This includes
If Traveling with Small Children
If you're reading this paragraph, you
know by now the little darlings
practically require their own charter
flight. Here is an overview of the
essentials. You know best what is
appropriate for your child.
Snacks (any flight or car ride is
long for a kid).
Diapers, wipes, and ointment.
Change of clothes (you know you'll
need them within three hours).
Bottles and a binky.
Chewing gum (can help older kids
depressurize their ears as the plane
Custody papers if your children are
traveling with only one parent or
with an unrelated adult.
Is there anything we forgot to pack into
this ultimate packing list?
Packing List compliments of Princess
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"Awaken your love of the great outdoors when you
experience the boundless splendor of the Alaska
wilderness on board a cruise ship. Alaska: Mother
Nature's piece de resistance. It is, quite simply, the
world in its purest form. Imagine vast glacial fields
juxtaposed against immense evergreen forests, infinite
fields of wildflowers, and heady rushing waterfalls.
Nowhere on earth is as diverse as The Last Frontier as
seen in the summertime. Oh, and do not forget to pack
your sun block. Summer temperatures in Alaska are mild
and the days last well into the night."
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adventure to the last frontier in Alaska.
With carefully crafted our Inside Passage roundtrip and one-way Voyage of the
Glaciers cruise itineraries so you can experience just that.
Everything about Alaska is massive — from the 90-pound cabbages grown in the
Matanuska Valley to the coastline that's longer than all the other U.S. states
combined. North America's tallest peak, Denali, beckons from the center of the
state and its wild, beating heart, Denali National Park. Hike through this vast
wilderness, where taiga forests full of pines and spruce stretch below the
towering peaks. Sail by the icy beauty of some of the world's most impressive
glaciers, from the Hubbard Glacier and the Tracy Arm Fjord. Cruise to Alaska to
rent a bike and pedal along Anchorage's Coastal Trail for sweeping views of the
rugged forests and the expansive ocean.
Here are our recommended best Alaska cruise routes.
As you wave goodbye to the modern city of Seattle, settle into the timeless
comforts of a Princess ship on a 7-day roundtrip Alaska cruise. The first day of
your journey begins at sea where you can explore all that Princess has to offer
with the award-winning North to Alaska program. Taste specialty dishes from
Alaska's iconic local eateries or immerse yourself in Gold Rush history when you
visit the Princess Prospector. Regardless of your preferences, there are endless
ways to enjoy your time on board. After a full day sailing the open waters, set
out on one of many Alaska shore excursions. Soar over the ice-capped mountains
in Juneau or admire the natural beauty of the Misty Fjords National Monument in
Ketchikan. Cloaked in sheer granite cliffs, vast waterfalls and reflective
lakes, you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to continue your exploration.
Your journey through The Last Frontier doesn’t end there. Depending on your
itinerary, you’ll come face-to-face with one of Alaska’s most beloved jewels –
Glacier Bay National Park or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier. There, delight in
Mother Nature’s most breathtaking compositions from your stateroom balcony or
virtually anywhere on board. Before you know it, you’ll strike gold as you
cruise into Skagway. Cozy up to the newest generation of sled dogs and learn how
they are trained. Visit historical sites like the Red Onion Saloon or embark on
a 41-mile train ride aboard the “Scenic Railway of the World.”
AROUND IN ALASKA
Keep an eagle eye out for feathered flyers or watch the waters for whales, and
always be on the lookout for animal encounters during your Alaska cruise.
10-Day Roundtrip Alaska Cruise from
10-day Alaska cruise routes will have you trading in the rolling hills of San
Francisco for majestic mountains along the Inside Passage. Spend the first two
days diving into Alaskan culture long before you arrive at the first port. Sit
front row at an authentic axe-throwing competition hosted by Alaskan lumberjacks
or experience the thrill of the gold rush with an authentic Klondike Festival
full of animated dancers and live guitar performances. You might even feel like
a true local by the time you arrive at your first destination. After a full day
in the city of Juneau, you’ll head one of two directions. One itinerary will
sail you to Glacier Bay National Park. As one of the only cruise lines with
access to Glacier Bay, enjoy untouched waters and snow-capped mountains from the
comfort of your ship. The alternate cruise itinerary will take you past Endicott
Arm and Dawes Glacier and make an additional stop in Haines. From there, be
whisked away into Victoria B.C. With fantasy-like gardens and storybook homes,
you’ll experience first-hand the old-school charm of this historic port. Wrap up
your adventure by stopping in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan for the best Alaska
14-Day Roundtrip Alaska Cruise from Los Angeles
Take your Alaska adventure to new heights with our 14-day roundtrip Alaska
cruise from Los Angeles. Escape the pandemonium of the city and cruise into the
welcoming waters of the Pacific. Ease into the week with three relaxing days at
sea. Take a dip in freshwater pools, enjoy a unique cinematic experience with
Movies Under the Stars® or sip specially crafted cocktails as you sail into
Ketchikan. Upon arriving, witness traditional axe-throwing sports at the Great
Alaskan Lumberjack Show or visit Totem Bight State Park to see traditional,
hand-carved totem poles. On your way to Juneau, stop at Icy Strait Point and get
up close and personal with killer whales, sea lions and brown grizzly bears. Or,
test your inner thrill-seeker and soar down a 5,330-foot-long descent on the
world’s highest ZipRider cable – which sits 1,300 feet above sea level. Then,
voyage past Hubbard Glacier as you travel to Skagway and Sitka. Between your
final days at sea, stop by Victoria B.C. for an enchanting end to your trip. No
matter where you choose to explore, your 14 days aboard an Alaska cruise will be
filled with endless discovery and a newfound sense of wonder.
7-Day One-Way Alaska Cruise
GLACIAL VIEWS ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Among the best Alaska cruises is the top-rated 7-day, one-way Voyage of the
Glaciers itinerary. Every journey features two glacier-viewing experiences,
which can include Glacier Bay National Park, Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord.
Compared to roundtrip itineraries, Voyage of the Glaciers cruises sail 500 miles
farther north across the Gulf of Alaska into Prince William Sound. In addition
to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway or Icy Strait Point, you will begin or end your
journey in Whittier. There, you’ll have extra time to soak up expansive views of
rich greenery and striking mountains. Or, discover authentic Native Alaskan
culture as you stroll through this four-time All-American City.
Our Recommended Cruise Line to take to Alaska
There’s a reason why Princess is a 15-time winner of “Best Cruise Line in
Alaska” by Travel Weekly. With so many opportunities to choose from, any of
their Alaska cruises will ignite your love of adventure and leave you coming
back for more.
This is our Alaska. The Whales, Wonders and Wildlife of it all. Let us share it
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