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Cruise: Enjoy a
top-rated 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise
vacation with two glacier-viewing experiences during your
time on board.
Train: Enjoy scenic rail travel from the ship to the lodge via exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service for an all-encompassing Alaska cruisetour.
Lodge: As a part of your Alaska cruisetour, spend three or more nights on land at Princess Wilderness Lodges located riverside near legendary national parks.
the best of land & sea!
Picture yourself sailing past glaciers of all shapes and sizes on our top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, and then coming ashore to climb aboard our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service, en route to the heart of Alaska. Once there, you’ll spend multiple days exploring the treasures of legendary Denali National Park from Princess®-owned wilderness lodges. Let us immerse you in all that the Great Land has to offer.
One of the Biggest Reasons People Visit
Glaciers feel alive. They groan, creak and shudder on their march to the sea, punctuated by the booms and crashes of "white thunder" — a sound that echoes across the water when ice calves into the ocean below. On an Alaska cruise, let us show you Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier.
Alaska Glaciers. Carved by the hands of Mother Nature, meet Alaska masterpieces.
Come face to face with these icy giants.
Alaska’s glaciers have shaped the surrounding landscapes for millions of years. Mountains, valleys and fjords all come from the slow march these monuments make every day. Today, the glaciers of the Great Land — once only accessible to the adventurous few — are ready for you to explore. With over 50 years of experience cruising to Alaska, we look forward to showing you these unique wonders. All Princess Alaska cruises include at least one glacier-viewing experience.
Glacier Bay National Park
Known as Alaska’s crown jewel, Glacier Bay National Park is otherworldly in its beauty and breadth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers millions of acres and contains seven tidewater glaciers as well as mountains and deep fjords. Its waters are even home to whales, seals and otters. Cruise to Glacier Bay National Park and let the landscapes and wildlife show you what makes it so worthy of the utmost protection.
Cut from age-old glacial movements, Endicott Arm is a narrow fjord over thirty miles long. Sailing down it gives you a view into some of the most dramatic vistas in the north. See the Alaska glaciers of Endicott Arm, including Dawes Glacier, and revel in the walls of ice that stretch stories above the waterline. Or delight in the cliff sides that are decorated with forests and wildlife.
College Fjord is the meeting place where many of Alaska’s glaciers congregate and flow to the ocean. At the water’s edge are massive valley glaciers and dozens of smaller monuments that dot the mountainous region. Thanks to the professors who first settled here in 1899, many of these glaciers are named after the country’s best institutions of higher learning, such as Harvard Glacier.
Hubbard Glacier is an unforgettable sight. Alaska’s largest tidewater glacier rises hundreds of feet from the ocean floor and towers above the waves, radiating a brilliant blue in the daylight. Thanks to its exceptional movement speed — for a massive river of ice — the face of this Alaska glacier calves at an incredible rate, providing a breathtaking show for the lucky onlookers.
Tucked in the coastal mountains around Juneau, this nearly 14-mile-long glacier cuts through the landscape and ends in a freshwater lake. Mendenhall is the best of Alaska’s ecosystems. It’s home to wildlife, and its rivers are brimming with salmon and trout. Not to mention, its forests burst from every inch of terrain, creating a true wonderland of nature.
Nestled within Prince William Sound lies Blackstone Glacier. Named after a miner who disappeared there during a snowstorm, this glacial landmark continues to leave visitors at the edge of their seats. At only 7 miles long, this Alaska glacier is one of the smallest in the region, but nonetheless just as stunning. Venture to Blackstone Glacier on a catamaran adventure during your Copper River cruisetour.
With ice colored in vibrant blues and bright whites, Matanuska is a sight to be seen on an Alaska Copper River cruisetour. Considered an "ice flow", it floats through valleys under its own weight. This structure measures 24 miles in length and is responsible for creating a "weather hole" — a pocket of sunny skies and enjoyable climates that occurs due to warm valley air being pushed into the atmosphere.
Glacier & Wildlife Viewing
There’s a reason it’s called Glacier Bay National Park. Home to more than 1,000 glaciers, the park is alive with calving ice that rumbles and echoes across the water. Bask in the beauty of Alaska’s glaciers with Princess®.
Once a part of the Grand Pacific Glacier, Margerie Glacier claimed independence in the 1990s and has become its own masterpiece. Now this 21-mile landmark is the most famous glacier in the park, with one of the most active glacial faces. Sail past its powder blue walls and revel in its enormity from the comfort of your ship – which turns 360 degrees - while at the glacier, so all guests have an opportunity to view it.
Grand Pacific Glacier
Long ago, the Grand Pacific Glacier once included the likes of Margerie Glacier and Johns Hopkins Glacier. Now the 2-mile-long glacier resides on its own, extending into both Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and Grand Pacific Pass in Canada. Cloaked in black, it’s easy to mistake this landmark for a rock or land. Keep an eye out for this hidden treasure, and dive deeper into the history of this ever-evolving glacier with the help of park rangers.
Johns Hopkins Glacier
Named after the prominent Baltimore-based university, Johns Hopkins Glacier is just as prestigious as its academic counterpart. While its 12-mile-long terrain makes it one of the largest in the park, Johns Hopkins Glacier is most famous for being one of the few advancing glaciers that remain. Get a glimpse of the glacier as the ship sails past Johns Hopkins Inlet.
Meet the many personalities of Glacier Bay National Park as you cruise through the natural habitats of Alaska’s wildlife. See humpback and killer whales break the ocean’s surface, welcoming you into the Great Land. Wave hello to the sea lions basking in the Alaska sun. Watch harbor seals float atop chunks of ice, and rejoice in the playfulness of sea otters as they float across the water on their backs. Glacier Bay wildlife is a spectacle in and of itself.
Meet Park Rangers
Learn about Glacier Bay National Park from the people who know it best. While sailing through the park’s deep fjords, park rangers join you on board to share history and facts of the region and its wildlife. As a part of the Junior Ranger program, even kids can participate and earn their own junior ranger badge.
What to Wear & Climate
With temperatures fluctuating between 30-60 degrees Fahrenheit, dress in layers to make sure you’re comfortable all day. Since it’s usually cooler on the water and near the glaciers, we recommend packing a warm coat, waterproof gear, a hat, gloves and supportive walking shoes. You may also want to bring extra memory cards for your camera so you can reminisce about all your adventures through Glacier Bay National Park with Princess. Most importantly, don’t forget to bring binoculars so you can admire the natural landmarks up close from the comfort of the ship.
Glacier Bay Experience
Enjoy around 8-hours in Glacier Bay National Park cruising by spectacular scenery with one hour spent at the face of Margerie Glacier. Park rangers will provide commentary from the bridge, hold presentations in the Princess theater and wander the open decks so you may ask them questions. Many of the activities onboard will be suspended to ensure you get the most from this special experience. Princess Cruises is an authorized concessioner of Glacier Bay National Park.
Princess® wilderness lodges
Wake up on the doorstep of a dramatic national park in the heart of the wilderness. From the cozy surroundings of Princess-owned lodges, follow your sense of adventure to spot wildlife on a forest hike, go rafting on pristine rivers, climb mountains, or simply sit back and enjoy incredible views from every angle.
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→DenaliPrincess wilderness lodge®
The main appeal of this bustling lodge is its convenient location, right on the edge of the world-famous Denali National Park.
→Mt. MckinleyPrincess wilderness lodge®
Nestled in the heart of the wilderness, this secluded lodge offers breathtaking views of one of Alaska’s main attractions: Denali.
→Copper RiverPrincess wilderness lodge®
Neighboring Wrangell- St. Elias National Park, this is the ideal choice for anyone with interest in salmon fishing, river rafting, jet boating and other activities.
→KenaiPrincess wilderness lodge®
With a perfect balance of leisure and adventure, this wilderness lodge offers everything from tranquil day cruises to riverfront angling.
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge®
gateway to adventure
Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®
at Denali’s doorstep
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge ®
spectacular wilderness retreat
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge®
See Alaska your way by choosing from three different types of cruisetour categories that best fit you. Click on the highlighted text below to see the full details.
This is our most popular cruisetour type featuring a variety of options to match your interests, each offering a 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with three to six nights on land. Also included in most itineraries is Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service, a Natural History Tour of Denali National Park, plus a Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise & Gold Dredge 8 Tour in Fairbanks.
Experience the highlights of our Denali Explorer vacations and also enjoy time to yourself at our Princess wilderness lodges situated on the Kenai Peninsula near spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park or Copper River just outside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park with our Off the Beaten Path cruisetours.
With five to 10 nights on land, you’ll enjoy various sightseeing opportunities with a guided tour director and have the chance to visit legendary locales, such as Denali, Copper River and/or the Kenai Peninsula. Plus, this tour has the most meals included.
"Thrill to white thunder in Glacier Bay, marvel at sunlight at midnight and close-ups of whales, eagles and caribou. Delight in Mt. McKinley's 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"
An Alaska Cruisetour...where a balcony cabin and a spectacular train ride become front-row seats for one of the most breathtaking shows in nature. How magical!
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