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An Alaska Cruise...where a balcony cabin and a spectacular train ride become front-row seats for one of the most breathtaking shows in nature!
To cruise only or not just cruise, but add a land tour of interior Alaska .... always seems to be the question we're asked, when it comes to Alaska.

We've been visiting Alaska for over 25 years, and, we never hesitate to give our answer. You can choose to take a 7 day cruise of the Inside Passage round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver. You'll likely visit Alaska's coastal towns of Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.  And, perhaps Haines, Sitka, and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It's a great way for first-timers to experience Alaska. However,  if you truly want to experience the Last Frontier, the way to go is combine a 7 day cruise voyage of the Glaciers cruise with a 10 to 15 day land tour of interior Alaska.

To fully experience Alaska, discover its interior from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Fairbanks and a 2 day visit to Denali National Park in between. On an Alaska cruise, you'll journey along the southeast coastline of Alaska, experiencing its glaciers, nature's ever-changing and fragile masterpieces. But on an Alaska Land & Sea Vacation you'll uncover so much more, by combining a seven-night Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers sailing with a small-group tour into its magnificent inland destinations. Stay in the finest available lodges and embark on remote roads and railways in deluxe transportation.

An Alaska Land & Sea Vacation allows you to get  the most from your visit to Alaska. Venture deep into Alaska by combining an Alaska cruise with a land tour, allowing you to explore mesmerizing regions far beyond the coastline. Alaska is home to vibrant local cultures and many hidden treasures.

You'll marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. You'll delight in Denali's (formerly known as Mt. McKinley ) 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.

Revel in Alaska's most charming towns and set sight on Alaska's abundant wildlife in their natural habitats, from breaching 40-ton humpback whales, roaming bears and soaring bald eagles. You'll see Majestic Glaciers & Denali on a Land & Sea Vacation! It's a journey equal parts exhilarating and inspiring. Consider the ultimate Alaska land and sea vacation, featuring a tour director escort, personal service and most meals on land included. Spend 5 to 8 nights on land at Princess wilderness lodges visiting Denali and perhaps, sensational places like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and/or the Kenai Peninsula.

A Land and Sea Vacation to Alaska offers an immersive new destination experience that transforms what may once have been a passing encounter with people, places and cultures into something vibrant, illuminating, even perhaps life-changing.



Let us introduce our dedicated Team of Certified Alaska Travel Experts that with just one phone call, [ 800.365.1445 ] review local culture and history with customized guidance for each Alaska destination. Guests can ask advice from our Certified Alaska Travel Experts about the best tours, most popular sites and where to go to feel like a local so each destination can be explored to its fullest. These specially trained experts shape the story of each journey by providing informative tips, fielding questions and engage guests far beyond what the average travel agent or cruise line call center reservationist. 

Our Team of Certified Alaska Travel Experts bring each locale, such as Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Glacier Bay, Talkeetna, Haines, Sitka, Denali, Cooper River or Kenai to life by digging deeper, beyond facts and figures. Guests will learn some of the local customs, hear interesting tales and gain extensive insight into each port of call.

Here are a couple of our most favorite ideas for exploring Alaska:

Short On Time? Here's The Answer!

Don't have a lot of time to take your vacation? Combine an Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver for 7 days, that includes the Inside Passage sailing to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, then enjoy the glaciers up close in Glacier Bay National Park before disembarking in Whittier  ( for Anchorage ) and board a domed-glassed train for a scenic journey to rustic Talkeetna and breath-taking Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for Bear, Moose, Dall Sheep, Fox and more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and enjoy a Natural History Tour of Denali. Next day, via motorcoach, arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for an overnight and a chance to enjoy some of Alaska's most incredible views before heading to Anchorage, or Fairbanks where an overnight is included.

Price start at $1649 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes 7 night cruise with a 3 night land tour. Port taxes, and government fees, of $213 are extra. Promotions, Special Offers and Cruise Line Discounts may be on offer at the time of booking that might save you  even more money. Note: rates go up as the summer goes on, so early May is the least expensive to travel and June, July and August will be more expensive.

Weekly departures May to September 2018 and 2019

Have More Time To Enjoy Alaska?

Start with a 1 or 2 night stay in the charming frontier town of Fairbanks, Alaska, where you will enjoy a Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise and a Gold Dredge Tour.

From Fairbanks, travel via domed-glass train or motorcoach to Denali National Park for a Natural History Tour of the park. Overnight at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, the next morning travel by motorcoach to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for an overnight and a with spectacular views of the Alaska Range, including both Denali, North America's tallest peak at 20,310 feet, and Mt. Foraker.

The next morning, enjoy a domed train journey to Anchorage. Summer is the best time to visit Anchorage, Alaska. From the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet to the tallest peaks of the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage encompasses incredible adventures and metropolitan appeals that are larger than life. With 1,500 moose, incredible national parks nearby and 60 glaciers a short drive away, it's a dream destination in Alaska. Anchorage is one of National Geographic Traveler's "Best of the World" destinations for 2017.

The next morning you'll travel to Whittier for your 7 day cruise that includes Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before ending in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Prices start at $1879, per person, double occupancy.  Includes 7 night cruise with a 5 night pre- or post cruise land tour.  Port taxes, government fees, of $265 are extra. Promotions, Special Offers and Cruise Line Discounts may be on offer at the time of booking that might save you  even more money. Note: rates go up as the summer goes on, so early May is the least expensive to travel and June, July and August will be more expensive.

Weekly departures May to September 2018 and 2019

Cruising Alaska is about more than just moments.

Cruising Alaska is about memories that last forever!

"Say Alaska and a variety of images and impressions come to mind: towering mountains, watchable wildlife, icy blue glaciers, endless wilderness, vibrant Native culture, leaping salmon, hardy outdoors; America's last frontier. Often, visiting Alaska has as much to do with what people may feel as with what they will see. There is a mystique that surrounds Alaska. To some it represents a dream, a trip of a life time, a life altering event, a chance to reach out and touch something inside themselves that is wild and beautiful like they imagine Alaska to be."

Our job is to put that dream - or as much as possible of it - within reach of you.

Alaskan cruising is affordable, only the memories are priceless! When it comes to planning your trip, Alaskan Cruises & Land and Sea Vacations are more economical than you might think. With a wide range of options and choices, there's a cruise or cruise tour to suit most any budget.

Is Alaska On Your "Bucket List" For Next Summer?

Then consider the exclusive Princess Cruises Alaska Mini-Group Rates.
It Just Got Easier & Cheaper!

If your planning a cruise together for Alaska, then know that 2 Couples or more, enjoy extra savings. Families of 4, save even more! All you need is a few friends or family willing to travel together on the same sailing, and a reason to do it--say a family reunion, birthday, graduation celebration, club outing, or just for fun. Sometimes a group starts as just two couples and before they know it, they've invited enough people to eliminate their own cost of cruising. Call us for details 800.365.1445. Save hundreds off regular prices.

Great Deals are just a phone call away!

The rates you find for Alaska Cruises and Cruise tours at our website  may not reflect the lowest rate available ! [ www.alaskacruisesdirect.com ] Special promotions may be in effect for your departure that could include as an example, FREE Cabin Upgrades, FREE Onboard Spending Money. FREE Shore Excursions Cash, FREE Gratuities, Specialty Dining, Kids Sailing at Reduced Rates, Reduced Deposit Requirements, Fare Discounts and other FREE amenities. Plus, Military Service Discounts

Not every sailing has one or more of these Bonus Extra's. So, you will need to call us to find out if your departure includes any of these promotional offers. Call today 800.365.1445

Raye & Marty Trencher are Certified Alaska Travel Experts. They have traveled extensively in Alaska for over 18 years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience they would love to share with you.  For your 2018 0r 2019 Alaska vacation, call them at 800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice.

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