With this cruise you can turn your dream to see the wildlife of Alaska into a reality
This is a year to reconnect with the wider world – so let Princess Cruises help you and your family embark on the voyage of a lifetime
If you’re an wildlife explorer, you’ll know that the beauty of the animal kingdom lies in its diversity. So, while you may be an expert at spotting creatures native to the UK, Princess Cruises wants to help you and your family discover those animals who live further afield.
The 10-Day Denali Explorer tour will take you from Vancouver, Canada to the icy shores of Alaska in the US, a haven of natural beauty that’s home to rare mammals like the humpback whale and grizzly bear. With plenty of planned excursions both at each port and onboard, you’ll be able to reconnect with your family, as you share some incredible experiences together. So gather your loved ones and absorb the magic of the Princess planetarium, where you can enjoy a colourful light display that’s just as enchanting as the Aurora Borealis. Or, get to know your fellow explorers at the lively Klondike Festival, where you can join in with arts and crafts, learn to play the harmonica and even watch some traditional Alaskan dance performances.
Of course, if it’s a taste of the local delicacies you’re after, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a range of tasty offerings onboard, thanks to the Grand Princess’s brand-new top deck dining venues, like the Salty Dog Grill and Coffee & Cones. And if you want to get the full experience, you’ll love the exclusive Princess Cook My Catch excursion. Alaska is famous for its seafood, and experts on this trip will help you to catch your own salmon or halibut, which talented onboard chefs will then prepare for you in the evening. From ship to shore, Princess can help you to enjoy an authentic Alaskan experience every step of the way.
Ready for an adventure? Here are just a few of the exciting destinations on the itinerary…
Vancouver is often referred to as Canada’s most cosmopolitan city, thanks to its ethnic diversity and thriving arts scene. It’s worth visiting the Chinatown here, which is the largest in North America. After you’ve filled up on the delicious food from the traditional market stalls, head back to the ship to join the Capilano Canyon Walk and City Highlights tour.
You’ll travel through the downtown business district to Stanley Park, a magnificent 1,000-acre rainforest. The west coast climate supports an abundance of flora and fauna here, but the striking black squirrels are of particular interest. They were first brought over from New York’s Central Park a few decades ago and are extremely rare, accounting for only one per cent of the squirrel population.
Ketchikan on the south-eastern coast of Alaska is famous for its Misty Fjords National Monument, a glacier-carved wilderness with gushing waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. Unsurprisingly, the city is also known for its abundance of wildlife – you’ll find a wealth of animals here, including mink, birds and seals, to name just a few.
Your best chance of getting close to these wonderful creatures is by joining an excursion to the Rainforest Sanctuary and Nature Trail, which will lead you through a natural wonderland populated with tall, Alaskan Cedar trees. A knowledgeable guide will take you to the best viewing spots, including an elevated boardwalk that overlooks Eagle Creek. In spawning season (mid-July to September), the salmon run here attracts bears, eagles and shorebirds.
Skagway is located in a narrow, glaciated valley on the south coast of Alaska. It’s a town with a rich history, and one of the most exciting ways to learn about it is with Chilkoot Horseback Adventures on a tour that starts from their Dyea ranch. As you ride through the Klondike Gold Rush National Park, your guide will offer you a fascinating insight into the boom and eventual bust of the Gold Rush, which played a crucial role in forming this town more than a century ago.
Along the way, you’ll be able to spot some magnificent wildlife, including the native bald eagle. Make sure to bring your camera, because there will be plenty of chances to pause for some fabulous photo opportunities in this serene setting.
Glacier Bay National Park (scenic cruising)
Princess is one of a few select lines allowed to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts spectacular glaciers and deep, sheltered fjords. As you take in the epic scenery, friendly park rangers on the boat will help you spot the elusive animals that hide here, including awe-inspiring humpback whales, adorable sea otters and mighty black bears. For even more interactive fun, you can take your children to the Live Animal Experience located in the ship’s Piazza – they’ll come away with a wealth of wildlife knowledge, and maybe even some new friends!
Whittier, located on the Passage Canal about 58 miles south-east of Anchorage, was once a World War II port. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination, as well as a hub of compassion for vulnerable wildlife, thanks to the expansive Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. If you’re passionate about caring for animals, you can help support the town’s crucial work by joining an excursion to the centre, where creatures who are unable to survive in the wild are given refuge in spacious habitats.
You’ll also get a chance to visit the Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, which is found at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. Home to a range of rare migratory birds, it’s a photographer’s paradise.
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Depart the ship and join an overnight excursion to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge retreat, located just south of the beautiful Denali State Park near the Chulitna River. Here you’ll find a range of exciting activities you can take part in, such as the Denali Wilderness Hike, where you may chance upon the mountainous wildlife on your way to seeking out panoramic views of the alpine vistas. Or, if you prefer to travel in style, join the Wilderness Jetboat Adventure, which will take you to the heart of an enchanting forest alive with majestic woodland creatures, such as moose and caribou.
Experience the Princess Difference
Aboard a MedallionClass™ Princess cruise, there are so many ways to connect.
• Share unforgettable experiences with your favourite people
• Immerse yourself in a choice of more than 380 destinations
• Create new forever friends with crew and fellow guests
You can also cruise with confidence knowing that Princess Cruises works hard to make every journey as safe and sanitary as possible and offers a flexible cancellation policy.
Ready to explore?
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