Travel By Lisa
Cruises & Cruisetours
Create Legendary Memories
The rugged grandeur of the last frontier greets you with its jagged peaks, verdant valleys and icy blue glacial waters. It welcomes you with curious wildlife that frolics in its seas, roams in its valleys and soars in its cobalt blue sky. It shares with you its genuine people and fresh Alaska seafood. Say hello to Alaska and find out the many ways it can inspire you to come back new.®
Each year, Princess hosts more guests in Alaska than any other cruise line. Princess has perfected this experience to show you this destination in its greatest and purest form.
the great land
The word “great” encompasses a lot when it comes to Alaska. Its coastline is longer than all other U.S. states’ coastlines combined. It has great summits: 16 of the highest peaks in the U.S. are located in Alaska. It has great people, great wildlife and great glaciers. At Princess® there are experts in bringing you to the many great adventures Alaska has to offer. From rocky shorelines to alpine forests, blue-tinged glaciers to jagged peaks and all the wilderness in between, Princess will show you the Great Land in the authentic and thoughtful way we are known for.
The voice of a glacier is powerful and exhilarating. The sheer force of crumbling pieces of ice plummeting into the ocean below creates a roar that reverberates from all corners of Alaska’s pristine bays — the native Tlingit call it “white thunder.” Sometimes the glaciers are tinted blue, sometimes pure white, but nonetheless an awe-inspiring sight seldom seen anywhere else. You’ll be completely mesmerized by the sheer height of these towers of ice, some thousands of years old. And you’ll be able to experience them by land, sea or air!
Meet the many different faces that call Alaska home, exploring the wide-open spaces of both land and sea. Wave hello to a breaching humpback whale as it crashes down onto the rippling ocean, gaze up toward the sky to spy an eagle circling an evergreen forest for prey, and keep your eyes peeled for an appearance from one of Denali National Park’s Big 5: bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep and caribou.
Known as “the tall one” in Koyukon (one of the Athabascan languages of Alaska), Denali, at 20,310 feet, towers over Alaska and the rest of North America as the tallest mountain on the continent. Surrounded by a backdrop of other staggeringly beautiful mountains, Denali and Denali National Park are sure to pique your curiosity. Marvel at the summits, eternally blanketed in snow, and witness the mountains radiate a purple and red hue, sometimes referred to as alpenglow, just on the brink of twilight.
Only Princess® offers North to Alaska, the exclusive program that brings the best of the Great Land to you on board and on shore. So rich with authentic experiences, it has earned Travel Weekly’s Gold Magellan Award.
Envision tasting fresh fish you caught on a Princess excursion expertly prepared by a talented chef on board. Imagine petting the soft fur of a sled dog puppy as he cuddles in your arms during Puppies in the Piazza. These are the moments with Princess that give your vacation to Alaska unimaginable depth. Travel Weekly award-winning North to Alaska program brings true Alaska experiences to you, so you can be immersed in the local culture firsthand.
“One of the highlights is getting to sample the local seafood, straight from waters teeming with salmon, halibut and king crab. And with Cook My Catch, you can actually be the one who casts the lure and reels in that fresh catch before it is prepared by chefs back on the ship.” — DANA MCMAHAN, SHERMAN’S CRUISE
LEARN FROM ALASKANS
Learn from award-winning photographers how to capture the moment when a glacier calves an iceberg, or discover how to spot an elusive mountain goat from a National Park Ranger before uncovering the history of Glacier Bay National Park. Meet 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 with professional totem carvers.* Plus, The New York Times best-selling author Nick Jans comes aboard to tell his story of Romeo the wolf and the effect he had on the people of Juneau, based on his book A Wolf Called Romeo.
SAVOR THE SEA
Hear exhilarating stories from Captain David Lethin, star from the popular Discovery™ Channel program Deadliest Catch, and learn how these impressive fishermen navigate Alaska’s waters in search of different species of crab. Participate in catching your own fish and have an expert chef prepare it the way you like back on board with Cook My Catch. Savor local favorites on board from Alaska’s noteworthy restaurants, such as crab cakes from Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau, fish tacos from the Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan, and seafood chowder from the Bonanza Bar and Grill in Skagway.
culture, cuddles and the can-can
Experience the excitement of a real Klondike Festival that celebrates the spirit of the Alaska gold rush in the Piazza. Take part in a fun can-can dance class, practice playing the harmonica and create gold nugget art. With Puppies in the Piazza, you can meet Skagway’s newest sled dogs on board. Learn about dog mushing, meet the puppies’ handlers and even snap a picture with these adorable canines.
Depart from these ports
Seattle’s iconic skyline accented by the silhouette of the Space Needle welcomes you to this bustling port city. Explore its troves of lush city parks and admire the natural beauty fused with urban architecture.
SPACE NEEDLE, PIKE PLACE MARKET & CITY TOUR
Visit the Space Needle and soar to the top for panoramic “Emerald City” views. Then, travel to Pike Place Market, one of the oldest openair farmer’s markets in the U.S. and home to the world-famous flying fish!
Sample flavorful varietals in wine country or feel the wind in your hair on a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping only to appreciate the striking orange towers. From pastel-colored Victorian homes to the flavors of Chinatown, you’ll uncover something to excite the senses and rejuvenate the spirit in “The Golden City.”
San Francisco Excursion
SAN FRANCISCO BAY TOUR Discover San Francisco Bay and enjoy views of the city’s most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit the charming bohemian enclave of Sausalito, once a fishing village.
Roam Granville Island’s public market while indulging in delectable treats and handcrafted keepsakes. A walk or bike ride through Stanley Park will appease any nature lover, while a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium showcases marine life up close.
STANLEY PARK VISIT & CITY HIGHLIGHTS DRIVE
Discover North America’s second-largest Chinatown, historic Gastown, Stanley Park, the majestic totem poles and other points of interest.
Anchorage perfectly blends the wilderness with an array of contemporary activities. Take a walk on the wild side at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and learn about different types of bears in an exhibit sponsored by Princess®.
PORTAGE GLACIER SCENIC CRUISE & DRIVE
Learn about glaciers and the Chugach National Forest; then cruise to Portage Glacier and view this mammoth mountain of ice.
Catch all your favorite movie stars on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Or shop until you drop on Rodeo Drive. Much more than the “entertainment capital of the world,” you’ll be happily surprised by the diverse culinary options, beaches and inspiring neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Excursion
BEACH CITIES OF LA: VENICE & SANTA MONICA TOUR
Visit the Santa Monica Pier, offering amusement rides, and then enjoy Venice Beach, famous for its boardwalk, Muscle Beach and architecture.
Visit these ports of call
Marvel at the soaring peaks that tower over Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. Wander through fields of wildflowers that accent its hillsides during summer, and glide over mist-veiled mountains and massive glaciers via helicopter. Thrill seekers will enjoy a ride on the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
GLACIER SEAPLANE DISCOVERY Experience glacier flightseeing, a log cabin, wilderness trails, wildlife and a scrumptious salmon feast.
In Skagway, you’ll get an authentic feel for life in the 19th century as you wander freely through this charismatic Gold Rush-era town. Peek into the colorful buildings that frame narrow streets and toast the day with a brew at a local bar.
WHITE PASS SCENIC RAILWAY Retrace the original route to the White Pass Summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch.
Appreciate the natural beauty in Sitka as you explore the waterfront town. Sitka has a fascinating history with both Russian and Native Alaskan influences. Witness the Russian architecture of St. Michael’s Cathedral, and marvel at the totem poles that are found throughout the city.
Explore the wilderness on a guided 4x4 off-road adventure through the temperate rainforest.
Get in on the action in Ketchikan by fishing like a real pioneer in the salmon capital of the world, or wander along the quaint Creek Street. Whatever you do, you’ll feel right at home here.
MISTY FJORDS & WILDERNESS EXPLORER CRUISE
Explore Misty Fjords while cruising aboard one of the fastest sightseeing vessels in Alaska.
Icy Strait Point
In Icy Strait Point, treat yourself to freshly caught crab and halibut as you become acquainted with the northern way of life. Transfer up Hoonah Mountain and take the thrilling ZipRider experience back down over the forest. Out here, nature roams freely. You just might catch a brown bear trundling along in the Spasski River Valley.
Icy Strait Point Excursion
REMOTE WILDLIFE & BROWN BEAR SEARCH
Tour the Tlingit village of Hoonah before exploring the Spasski River Valley in search of the Alaskan coastal brown bear and other wildlife.
Get lost in the 55 acres of Butchart Gardens, featuring refined fountains and vibrant blooms. For history buffs, a tour through the chambers and corridors of Craigdarroch Castle is sure to fascinate. Or perhaps, high tea at the Pendray Mansion is more your style. One thing is for sure, Victoria’s timeless British ambiance is guaranteed to impress.
BUTCHART & BUTTERFLY GARDENS
Pair the splendor of the Butchart Gardens with the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, a color-drenched habitat housing butterflies, tropical flowers, birds and fish.