A cruisetour blends the best of both worlds, allowing travelers to see Alaska’s glacier-packed coastlines as well as its wilderness-rich interiors. You’ll spend seven days on a “Voyage of the Glaciers” cruise followed by 3-10 nights on land. During your journey, you’ll sail from Vancouver to Anchorage and see the crashing white glaciers that can only be found in the state of Alaska, where scientists estimate there are 100,000 of them. These include North America’s largest tidewater glacier, the brilliant blue Hubbard Glacier. You’re guaranteed to spot awe-striking animals like humpback whales, sea otters and bald eagles.
Every year Princess introduces more people to Denali National Park than any other cruise line. This world-famous park and preserve spans six million acres of Alaska’s stunning interior wilderness and is home to Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 20,310 feet. While a typical cruise may stop briefly in Alaska’s forests, a cruisetour allows guests to explore the wilderness in-depth, spending three or more nights at Princess’s upscale Wilderness Lodges located at the foot of legendary national parks.
Train enthusiasts aren’t left out of this cruise-plus-land adventure. A Princess cruisetour takes you directly from ship to lodge via scenic rail. The “Direct-to-the-Wilderness” rail service boasts unobstructed views of the Great Land with large glass-domed windows in every rail car. Rail guides will regale you with colorful commentary while pointing out notable scenery and wildlife. You can even leave your seat to get closer to the outdoors on an open-air observation deck. And if you’re hungry, a full-service dining room offers fresh, made-to-order meals any time of day.