I’ve spent a lot of time recently increasing my knowledge of Alaskan cruises.  The photos are simply breathtaking time and time again.  One of the great things about an Alaskan cruise for those who live in the Seattle area is that you can leave directly from the Seattle or Vancouver ports.  Easy peasy!

One of my favorite cruise options for Alaska so far is the Denali Explorer Cruisetour from Princess Cruise Line.  This incredible experience is a 7 day cruise with a 3-6 day land experience at Princess owned lodges in the Denali National Park area.  This cruise begins in Vancouver and sails north to Whittier Alaska.  Along the way, you’ll cruise through Glacier Bay National Park, with stops at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.  While relaxing on the cruise and exploring the ports, you’ll see some of these beautiful sites:





Once you disembark at Whittier, the Direct to Wilderness Rail service, operated by Princess, will whisk you to you Denali lodge.  This train is glass enclosed offering stunning views of the Alaskan landscape as you sit back and enjoy a meal while you travel.  Rail guides provide commentary on all of the sites along the way.  Arrive in Denali at a beautiful riverside lodge, serving as a perfect base for your Alaskan adventures.  Take horse drawn carriage rides with views of Mt. McKinley, hike the backcountry of Denali National Park, take a boat down the river, take a sightseeing flight, go river rafting and more!  And for some downtime, relax while dining on Alaskan specialties, soaking in hot tubs or enjoying music at the dinner theater.




The Princess Alaska Cruise Tour allows for a more in depth Alaskan experience.  If you are looking for even more than the traditional ports of call, this experience is calling your name.  How many people get an up and close look of Mt. McKinley or get to experience the landscape of Alaska via glass domed rail service?   This is definitely an experience to add to the bucket list!


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