Last week Princess Cruises released their itineraries for the 2013 Alaska season, and the offerings look absolutely brilliant. The company have seven ships sailing five itineraries, which cover 15 destinations – there are 124 cruise departures for Alaska in 2013 alone!
What to expect:
While sailing around Alaska, holidayers can enjoy breathtaking scenery and pristine landscapes: the grand mountains are quite literally unmissable! Wildlife enthusiasts will be pleased to here that in the north, animals outnumber people. Plus, it’s not unusual to spot Beluga Whales while cruising on the ocean.
Sample signature Alaskan cuisine onboard the ship, or join in one of the enrichment programmes to learn more about Alaska and its culture. Get an insider’s view by listening to Libby Riddles share her adventures as the first women to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race, and enjoy the traditional storyteller who joins the ship in Skagway.
There’s so much to see and do in Alaska: take a helicopter tour over Mt. McKinley or hop on a Jeep to discover old mining trails through mountain passes.
Why not visit a sled-dog kennel, or learn how to pan for gold? Tour museums jam-packed full of stories about Alaskan history, take yourself off fishing for the afternoon, or take a hike in the wilderness (but look out for the eagles, moose and bears!)
The Denali Explorer:
The Denali Explorer is a series of packages from Princess that combine the popular 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with 3 to 6 nights on land and up to four nights at the company’s Danali-area lodges. Most packages include rail service between ship and lodge too! Understandably, these packages are hugely popular with people who want to visit the heart of Alaska and see more of the state’s wonderful sights.
The company also offer an “On Your Own” cruise-tour, which doesn’t include prescheduled activities. You choose how to spend your free time – perfect for the independent-minded traveller!
Princess are award winning cruising experts who have been sailing for the last 40 years. On their website they describe their job is to make all passengers feel happy and comfortable as soon as they step onboard the ship. This review from a previous visiter to Alaska onboard a Princess ship certainly felt the cruise line stuck to their promises:
“The crew were very friendly-smiling, greeting in the hallways, holding doors open, engaging in conversation. Bar waiters Vinny and Ganesh (both from India) kept my glass full all week as the most spectacular scenery slipped by. Vaughan( South Africa), our first contact when he waited our table in the Bayou and also in his other role as Sanctuary steward was a fine conversationalist and on top of his game waiting tables and recommending wines. Miro and Laura (Mexico) pampered us each time we went to take our places in the Sanctuary.”
Princess also state that they’d like their holidayers to “escape completely” and offer a host of unique amenities, which are exclusive to the line. For example, while at sea you and the family can enjoy “Movies Under the Stars” with complimentary blankets and popcorn (wow!)
Alaskan cruises start from $899* per person twin-share for a seven-night Inside Passage cruise on Golden Princess.