Wilderness Lodges & Rail

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

No other cruise line offers it — Direct-to-the-Wilderness® Alaska rail service on most itineraries. Step directly off your Princess ship onto a waiting rail car that delivers you the very same day to your Princess Wilderness Lodge, without needless time spent in transfers. Which means you get more time in the wilderness.

When you reach the Alaska wilderness, you’ll want to experience as much as possible, which is why we built and operate exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges on the doorsteps of legendary national parks. They are the perfect home base for exploring the Great Land.

Direct-to-the-Wilderness® – A Princess Exclusive

A Princess exclusive, our Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service takes you between your ship and the Denali area the very same day for more time to enjoy the wilderness. This private pull by the Alaska Railroad, available on select land & sea vacations, gets you to Denali a full day earlier without an overnight hotel stay en route — and all your luggage transfers are conveniently handled.

Princess Rail

Princess Rail is offered on most land & sea vacations, featuring glass-domed rail cars, open-air observation platforms to take in all the wilderness, onboard rail guides providing expert commentary and trademark Princess service. There is also full beverage service and delicious cuisine is available for purchase while onboard.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge®

Located just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park, this lodge is your base camp for adventure. It features an expansive campus of lodging and amenities, including a Great Room with 30-foot high glass windows for stunning views and a spacious deck overlooking the Nenana River. Here guests can go on tours into Denali National Park, raft the Nenana River, experience a thrilling helicopter flightseeing trip, or just enjoy the main lodge and setting. Shuttle service is offered between the lodge and the Denali National Park Visitors Center, the Wilderness Access Center and Horseshoe Lake.

People at the bar of a modern saloon.

Fannie Q’s Saloon

Princess Cruises is introducing the new Fannie Q’s Saloon for the 2019 season at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Named after the famous local Alaska pioneer Fannie Quigley, the restaurant is located in the center of the property and features a modern saloon ambience with indoor and outdoor seating, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

People relaxing at the Fireside Patio

Fireside Patio

Just outside of Fannie Q’s Saloon and in the heart of the Princess Village at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Fireside Patio debuts with three firepits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at this new cozy spot.

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®

Located in Denali State Park just 41 miles from the peak of Denali, the mountain, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness lodge offers spectacular views of the Alaska Range, including both Denali, North America’s tallest peak at 20,310 feet, and Mt. Foraker. This is the only lodge where you can view Denali, either from its viewing decks, walking trails or in the cozy Great Room, which features a massive freestanding rock fireplace and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the dramatic scenery.

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge®

This lodge, with décor recalling the region’s mining heritage, is perched on a bluff overlooking Wrangell-St. Elias — America’s largest national park and home to nine of the country’s 16 highest peaks. Relax in the spectacular Wrangell Room or on the patio and take in the breathtaking scenery — or fish for the prized Copper River salmon. Located just four miles from the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park visitor’s center, the lodge has sweeping views of Mt. Drum, Mt. Wrangell and Mt. Blackburn. Take a rafting trip on the Gulkana River, arrange a flightseeing tour or visit the abandoned Kennicott copper mines.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge®

Soak in the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula, known to locals as “Alaska’s Playground.” At the lodge, unwind by the wood-burning stove in your bungalow-style guest room or savor the natural beauty from an expansive deck that overlooks the turquoise Kenai River.