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Special Edition : Alaska Travel Report Posted October 2022

We invite you to explore, then experience an Alaska cruise vacation. Our special edition of Cruise Traveler Magazine explores enriching Alaska cruise vacation options to see the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife and national parks from the perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and wilderness lodges. With both roundtrip and one-way Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles,  you can experience stunning views of glaciers, explore beautiful port cities and trek through Alaska's untamed beauty. Come find yourself in the heart of the wilderness and discover the very best Alaska cruises , cruisetours and Alaskan land and sea vacations. Cruise Traveler Magazine® is a cruise travel blog and online magazine offering an unbiased cruise guide, latest cruise news, cruise reviews, tips, feature cruise articles, and need to know information about cruising. Featuring community member contributed content. Cruise Reviews. Cruise Ship Ratings and Cruise Line Rankings. Editorially independent of travel providers or cruise lines. "Cruise Traveler Magazine : Expert Advice for First Time Cruisers and Seasoned Travelers.".

Why Is Alaska So Popular Today!  Alaska destination influencer shares her insights with readers.

 Are you an adventurous explorer driven by curiosity?
s this perhaps your vacation checklist?
 ☑ I want to participate in immersive activities on board such as "North to Alaska" and

      shore excursions to experience Alaska authentically
 ☑ Have unique meaningful experiences that differentiate themselves from others
 ☑ I want to visit must-see places such as Denali, Kenai, Copper River, or the Yukon
 ☑ At the end of my trip I want to know more about Alaska than when I left home.

If you answered yes by checking off the items on the list,

your ready to learn more about Alaska.

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Nature's Showcase

Mighty Glaciers

Many people travel to Alaska just for a chance to see her famous glaciers. And with good reason. There's no other natural spectacle like witnessing a towering river of otherworldly blue ice and hearing the thunderous crack when an iceberg calves into the tidewater. Imagine sailing past towering peaks of snowy white glaciers, miles wide. Only the sounds of wind and seagulls disturb the silence. Then a massive crackling and a thunderous roar echo across the pristine bay. The icescape rumbles and quakes as the glacier splinters and calves' sending ice and snow cascading into the sea. There's no spectacle in the world that surpasses these towering frozen masses and best displays the fierce majesty of the region. 

Alaska 2020

Once in a Lifetime Experience

This year's aurora viewers, hikers, dogsledders, glacier landers and train riders have a full slate of Alaska Summer Season options. The largest state in the United States, Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in North America, more than 100,000 glaciers, 3 million lakes, 6,640 miles of coastline, 33,904 miles of shoreline, and more than 70 potentially active volcanoes. From Alaska's majestic beauty to its staggering array of wildlife, it is truly a unique destination.  Sailing on a cruise ship is just the beginning of any Alaskan adventure. The absolute magnificence and splendor of Alaska can only be fully realized by experiencing an Alaska shore excursion. Whether it's by air, land or sea, exploring the wonders of Alaska will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Spectacular Views

Majestic Mountains

Take a moment to pause and gaze up. Massive, eternally snow-capped mountains rise majestically against the bright blue sky, which darkens to a majestic indigo at twilight. Wild, untamed and exquisitely unique, this astounding landscape dwarfs your wildest imagination. No other place offers such untouched beauty. Home to almost 3,000 peaks and Denali, North America's tallest mountain, Alaska's summits are a feast for your eyes. And one you'll never forget.

Alaska Rail Journeys

Direct to the Wilderness

Alaska rail service takes you between your ship and the Denali area the very same day for more time to enjoy the wilderness. This private pull by the Alaska Railroad, available on select land & sea vacations, gets you to Denali a full day earlier without an overnight hotel stay en route and all your luggage transfers are conveniently handled. Rail travel is offered on most land & sea vacations, featuring glass-domed rail cars, open-air observation platforms to take in all the wilderness, onboard rail guides providing expert commentary and trademark Princess service. There is also full beverage service and delicious cuisine is available for purchase while onboard.

Jeff King's

Alaska Husky Homestead

Now there's a unique shore excursion that is both a nature lovers' and dog lovers' dream. You can get exclusive access to Husky Homestead - home of Iditarod Champion, Jeff King. Jeff is an acclaimed expert, with 35 years of dog sled racing and freight hauling on the great white expanses of America's last frontier. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating a championship Iditarod dog sledding team. Jeff will share his personal stories from the trail and show you the racing sleds, survival gear and equipment he used to endure crossing 1,100 miles of Alaska's most rugged arctic terrain. Hear the excited pants of precious Alaskan Husky puppies as they rush to greet you at the start of your tour. Play, pet and have your photo taken with the cute and energetic young pups.

Whales, Wonders and Wildlife

Alaska's Wildlife

How many times in life have you had the opportunity to see moose grazing in meadows, eagles nesting in treetops, whales frolicking in glistening waters and bears roaming in their native habitat? On an Alaska vacation, all that is possible - including glimpsing Denali National Park's Big Five: brown bears, wolves, moose, dall sheep and caribou on a cruisetour. Eagles nesting in treetops. Moose grazing through lush meadows surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges. A breaching whale crashing down into the tranquil sea. On a Princess Alaska vacation, you'll also have plenty of chances to enjoy the sights of humpback, beluga and orca whales, along with harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters frolicking in the water.

Coming Together

Family & Multigenerational Travel To Alaska

Your family can 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. 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. Plus great advice for family travel from Certified Alaska Cruise Experts. 

When you embark on a family cruise trip, you'll enjoy the thrills of an unforgettable vacation before you even get to your destination. Easy-to-plan, fun onboard activities are an enticing reason to choose a cruise instead of a land-based vacation for your family getaway. There are a variety of incredible options that the whole family can enjoy, most of which are included in your trip. Each activity is designed with your family's relaxation in mind. On a family cruise, every detail is carefully tended to by staff, so you are free to focus on collecting brag-worthy and life-changing moments.

Alaska's Icons

Meet The Real Alaskans

Ever wonder what it's like to climb North America's tallest peak? Hear first-hand accounts from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they share their exhilarating stories in the Hudson Theater at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®. On board, chat with award-winning photographers as they highlight their Alaska photography experiences and offer tips. Or meet Alaska icons like dog musher Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Even live like a logger head during an exciting axe-throwing competition with an Alaskan lumberjack, or learn about totem pole carving.

A land of rugged hills, rushing waters and undisturbed wildlife, Alaska is as big as it is wild. Whether you're watching whales splash in the Pacific Ocean, gazing up at towering ice formations like the Hubbard Glacier or journeying by train deep into the last frontier on Anchorage's Coastal Classic Railroad, Alaska is sure to quench any explorer's thirst.

 ALASKA '2022-2024

 Planning on going to Alaska?
You'll likely come across puffins, whales, otters, bears, glaciers, and fjords. But to get the most of your Alaska visit you have to get off the ship, and explore more. Lots more! Consider an action-packed Alaska cruise that lets you explore the wilderness not only by ship, but also by rail, by kayak, sea plane and dogsled. We call them Hi-Energy Alaska Land & Sea Adventures. Everything from the mild to the wild. Alaska is at the top of many a travelers' bucket list, but how many cruises can truly get you up close to the state's natural wonders?. The Alaska Resource Center provides help content and how-to articles about travel in Alaska.

These Travel Specialists

Know Alaska

They are at your service to answer every question about your journey and offer recommendations. They provide insight and invaluable guidance in creating your Alaskan experience; capturing the spirit, wildlife, whales and wonders of Alaska. Ready to turn moments into memories? Call Raye & Marty Trencher at 800.365.1445. For more than 20 years they have helped guests plan unique, unforgettable and memorable journeys.


Alaska Guided Vacations for Family Travel
Replace the stress of planning a family vacation with the relaxation, personal connections and immersive experiences of an Alaska family guided vacation. Find out more if this stress-free vacation style, that is trending for families, is right for you. Call us at 800.365.1445 to learn all about family travel to Alaska.
Princess Cruises' Land & Sea Vacations

Princess is celebrating 50 years of adventure and innovation in Alaska. It's a legacy that has made them the #1 cruise line in Alaska. We invite you to experience an Alaska cruise vacation as only Princess can show you. We offer a range of enriching Alaska cruise vacation options to see the Great Land's glaciers, wildlife and national parks from the perspective of spectacular ships, exclusive rail service and Princess Wilderness Lodges. Learn More


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Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

Best River Cruise Ship Overall

Viking Longship Idi  - Viking River Cruises - Europe

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Coral Princess - Princess Cruises Alaska

Best Cruise Ships for Value
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