Our Journey With Princess Cruises Is One For the Books

Welcome to Alaska! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Today, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess is docked in Ketchikan, Alaska. As you might expect, the city’s famous “liquid sunshine” is living up to its name. But almost incredibly, today is the first day of rain we’ve had here after nine stunning days in Alaska on our Princess Denali Explorer cruisetour that began last Tuesday in Anchorage.

There's nothing quite like enjoying Princess' Ultimate Balcony Breakfast in Glacier Bay! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

There’s nothing quite like enjoying Princess’ Ultimate Balcony Breakfast in Glacier Bay! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Princess offers 18 different land-and-crise 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 journey began with an overland tour of Alaska, starting in Anchorage and continuing on to Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our journey began with an overland tour of Alaska, starting in Anchorage and continuing on to Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our itinerary has taken us from Anchorage to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and then on to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Denali National Park for a two-night stay. Following that, we rode the rails aboard Princess Cruises’ exclusive domed rail cars south to Whittier, where the 2002-built, 2600-guest Star Princess was waiting for us.

Say hello to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Say hello to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

We didn't need the fire pits at the Mt. McKinley lodge - temperatures pushed 90 F. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

We didn’t need the fire pits at the Mt. McKinley lodge – temperatures pushed 90 F. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

At the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, we indulged in the beauty of Denali National Park...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

At the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, we indulged in the beauty of Denali National Park…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...and even took a fixed-wing airplane excursion to land on a glacier near Mt. McKinley! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…and even took a fixed-wing airplane excursion to land on a glacier near Mt. McKinley! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Glacial Landing. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Glacial Landing. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Once onboard Star Princess, we set sail for Col

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