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Why Visit Alaska with Princess?

To some, visiting Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To others, it is a place they will vow to return. So why go to Alaska and not see all the wonders of the state -- among them glaciers, quaint seaports, sealife, wildlife viewing, wilderness adventures and, of course, Mt. McKinley. The full Alaska experience is truly available only to those who travel by both land and sea -- a Princess specialty.

Years of Experience -- For more than 35 years, Princess has blazed a trail as the leader in Alaska cruise and cruisetour vacations. As one of the cruise and tour pioneers, Princess has the vast experience to offer travelers a way to enjoy the absolute best of the state's wonders with a seamless land and sea vacation.

Glacier Bay and Denali National Park -- Only Princess includes both of Alaska's favorite attractions on every Gulf of Alaska cruisetour. Ships spend a full day cruising by the spectacular glaciers of Glacier Bay, while on land passengers each stay at least two nights in the Denali National Park area.

Princess Wilderness Lodges -- Only Princess has built five riverside lodges showcasing the unspoiled natural beauty of the real Alaskan wilderness. Located in some of Alaska's prime wilderness areas, the lodges -- Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge -- offer passengers the great outdoors with Princess service and style.

Princess Rail Service -- Only Princess takes passengers directly from the cruise ship pier to Princess wilderness lodges in the Denali National Park area the same day. This exclusive service makes for a faster and easier trip to the wilderness, resulting in more time enjoying the natural beauty of the park. And as a result, only Princess cruisetour passengers all get to spend at least two nights in the Denali area at a Princess lodge.

Affordable Balconies -- Princess ships offer affordable balconies on standard staterooms, not just suites and minisuites. With more balconies than any other cruise line the region, passengers can enjoy views of glaciers and wildlife right from the comfort of their own balcony stateroom.

Dining Choices -- Onboard, passengers can dine where, when and with whom they choose with a choice of Traditional Fixed-Seating or Anytime Dining. Multiple main dining rooms make it possible for each guest to enjoy dining just as they please.

Special Onboard Alaska Programs -- Cultural offerings in each port of call, unique partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, and an interesting lineup of local entertainers, historians and naturalists further enhance passengers' Alaska experience. Programs include a special presentation from U.S. Forest Service rangers while in Ketchikan, a talk by Iditarod winner Libby Riddles, Junior Ranger programs and informative ranger presentations while in Glacier Bay.

State-of-the-Art Ships -- Princess vessels feature the best of both worlds -- big ship choice, small ship feel. Each ship offers the feel of a floating resort without ever feeling overwhelmed by a crowd, and are filled with an incredible array of onboard activities -- from the ScholarShip@Sea enrichment series and unique Lotus Spa, to spectacular evening entertainment in multiple venues.