Exploring the Majesty of Alaska with Princess Cruises

On our way to adventure in Alaska with Princess Cruises! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Yesterday, my Air Canada Rouge flight from Vancouver touched down at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, the largest airport in Alaska’s largest city. It’s the starting point for my ninth journey to Alaska, and second outing with Princess following a cruise tour I escorted two years ago aboard Coral Princess for Vancouver-based Cruise Experts Travel.

The interior of the Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage is classy and tastefully decorated. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The interior of the Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage is classy and tastefully decorated. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Over the next 12 days, we’ll have the chance to showcase Princess Cruises’ 11-night Denali Explorer Tour. The line actually offers 18 different land tour options in Alaska, with another multitude of possible combinations, including having the land-tour portion happen before or after your cruise. You can also choose your level of guiding, from fully-escorted “Connoisseur” cruisetours to more self-guided options that merely include transportation and accommodations, but leave it up to guests as to what – and how much – they’d like to do.
Our itinerary will take us from Anchorage to Mt. McKinley and then on to Denali National Park for a two-night stay. Following that, we’ll travel by Princess Cruises’ exclusive domed rail cars south to Whittier, where the 2002-built, 2600-guest Star Princess will be waiting for us.

The sun sets over Anchorage, Alaska...sort of. Even at 11:30p.m, daylight bleeds through the atmosphere. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The sun sets over Anchorage, Alaska…sort of. Even at 11:30p.m, daylight bleeds through the atmosphere. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saund

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