The lure of Alaska lies in the scenery, but there’s plenty more to amaze you on your cruise through the region.
Alaska’s landscape is a visual feast. From the deck of your cruise ship, you’ll see skyscraper-sized glaciers shift and shuffle for space, recreating the scenery minute to minute, while whales, seals, goats, dolphins, birds and bears vie for your attention.
But there’s more to an Alaskan cruise than scoping for calving icebergs and abundant wildlife; on a Princess Cruises North to Alaska journey through this vast and truly unique land, every day brings new and exciting experiences.
Here’s just some of what’s on offer.
Cook my catch
Go on a hands-on fishing excursion during the day, and that evening, the talented Princess Cruises chefs will prepare your fresh-caught seafood to your liking and serve it to your table with a range of perfect accompaniments. This might be the most satisfying meal you’ll eat at sea.
For a different kind of culinary experience, try local dishes from restaurants in some of the places you visit in Alaska. Princess Cruises has partnered with some of the most famous eateries so you can try iconic dishes like the crab cakes from Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau, fish tacos from The Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan and seafood chowder from Bonanza Bar and Grill in Skagway.
Capturing the last frontier
Guests can capture incredible photos of their memorable experience by learning tips and tricks from professional photographers. Some of the award-winning experts sharing their experience with you include Mark Kelly, Carl Johnson, Daryl Pederson and Kim Heacox.
Puppies in the piazza
This activity is one for the entire family – a team of Skagway’s future sled dogs will come onboard for a meet and greet in the Piazza. Have a cuddle, snap some pictures and meet the dog handlers training the puppies for a career in dog mushing.
Met the mountain climber
Hear firsthand accounts from fearless mountain climbers who have conquered Denali – the highest mountain peak in North America. They’ll tell the exhilarating stories of their journey and present thrilling photos in the Hudson Theater at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Tales from the deadliest catch
Hear unbelievable behind-the-scenes tales from the popular Discovery Channel program, Deadliest Catch. Captain David Lethin and his shipmates from Aleutian Ballad share their real-life adventures in the wild Bering Sea in pursuit of crab.
Living like a logger head
Get a glimpse into the life of Alaskan lumberjacks, with an onboard demonstration that includes an axe-throwing competition between guests.
Mt. McKinley Princess Terrhouse
Visit Princess Cruises’ custom-built house treehouse at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, where you can sample tree-inspired foods at Sappy Hour or test your Great Land knowledge at Trivia in the Treehouse. Make your own ascent to the treehouse while your guide tells you the story of the first ascent of Denali – complete with hot chocolate and donuts – on the Sourdough Expedition.
Discovery at sea
Explore the wild from the comfort of your couch with television footage from Discovery Channel and Animal Planet on the wildlife, terrain, history, and adventures of Alaska. Hit shows such as Gold Rush!, Panning for Gold, Deadliest Catch and The Klondike mini-series will be featured for your entertainment.
The grand Princess Prospector
Be transported back to the Gold Rush days of the 1890s when you visit the Princess Prospector onboard Grand Princess. Displays tell the story of the Alaska Gold Rush (also known as the Klondike Gold Rush) and the lives of the hopeful prospectors.
The Klondike Festival
Celebrate the spirit of the Alaska Gold Rush with the thrill and excitement of an onboard Klondike Festival. Fun for the whole family, the festival includes gold-nugget arts and crafts projects, a naturalist exhibition, harmonica music classes, and North to Alaska dance performances.
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