Why Sail to Alaska with Princess Cruises
Written by: Sydney M Crago on June 03, 2019
This post is sponsored by Travel Leaders Network.
For the 15th time, Princess Cruises has been crowned the Best Cruise Line in Alaska by Travel Weekly. Over the last 50 years of sailing to Alaska, Princess Cruises has truly mastered sailing to The Last Frontier and providing their clients with the experience of a lifetime. What awaits you on an Alaskan sailing? We’re so glad you asked!
North to Alaska is Princess Cruises’ onboard enrichment program. Animal lovers can meet some of Skagway’s youngest sled dogs and their handlers through Puppies in the Piazza events. Here, guests learn about the training that prepares the dogs for a life of mushing. Mountain climbers also share stories of conquering Denali, and demonstrations by lumberjacks educate cruisers about what it takes to work in this exciting career. Aboard the Grand Princess, the Princess Prospector tells tales of Alaska’s Gold Rush and what it was like to strike it rich in the North.
Taste of the Alaskan Coast
Cruisers continue their onboard experience with fresh seafood, including king crab, king salmon, and oysters. These tasty dishes are available throughout the ships’ restaurants, including in the main dining room. Local restaurants from various ports of call are also invited to bring their best-selling dishes aboard at the top deck grill. For avid fishers, the Cook My Catch Program gives them the chance to have their day’s catch prepared by the ship’s chefs.
Set Foot in the Last Frontier
In port, cruisers will find charm in Alaska’s culture with immersive attractions. Guests can watch an educational Native dance performance, see ancient totem poles, or cheer on participants in a lumberjack competition. The state’s famous gold rush is brought to life through tours at an authentic mining camp, where guests can meet local miners and try their luck panning for gold. Another popular way to experience the Yukon territory is on a scenic ride on a vintage gold-rush era train.
Wonders on the Water
Whale watching excursions invite cruisers to experience the majesty of the world’s most spectacular creatures. During the summer, humpback whales, orcas, and beluga whales spend their days swimming along Alaska’s shores. Joined by Pacific white-sided dolphins, the magnificent animals are a sight to behold.
Glacier Bay is one stop that many of these animals can be seen at, along with the spectacular Margerie Glacier. This national park and UNESCO World Heritage site encompasses 3.3 million acres, which protect the creatures who reside there.
Alaska’s National Parks
Journey into the vastness of Alaska’s National Parks with Princess Cruises’ shore excursions. Among the most famous of the state’s National Parks, Denali is home to the tallest mountain in North America. Throughout its six million acres of wilderness, visitors will find the Denali big five: brown bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Expert guides lead tours to see these incredible animals safely and take in the beauty of this untouched land.
For mountain lovers, the scenery of Wrangell-St. Elias is a must see. As the largest national park in the United States, it’s 13.2 million acres are home to nine of the 16 highest peaks in the country. With adrenaline pumping activities like white-water rafting and plenty of streams for fishing salmon, visitors will enjoy exploring its boundless opportunities. For post-cruise tours, the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge is the perfect base for continued exploration.
How to Sail with Princess Cruises to Alaska
Princess Cruises offers sailings to Alaska from May through September each year. Cruises for 2019 and 2020 are available to book now. To find out more about Princess Cruises and to book your sailing today, contact your travel agent!
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