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Denali Explorer & Glaciers

  • Departure DateMay – Sep 2022
  • Princess Cruises Grand Princess
  • 13 Nights Cruise & Stay
  • Prices From £2,229 per person

Itinerary

  • Stay 1 night in Vancouver
  • Vancouver
  • Ketchikan
  • Juneau
  • Skagway
  • Whittier
  • Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service from Whittier to Denali
  • 4 night Denali Explorer Tour

This spectacular holiday really is the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy an overnight stay in cool Vancouver before setting sail on board Grand Princess for your once-in-a-lifetime voyage of Alaska. Alaska is like no where else on Earth, with its vast wilderness, snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers and crystal clear waterfalls. It's then time for the real jewel in the crown, the Direct to the Wilderness rail journey from Whittier to Denali; be mesmerised by the unspoiled beauty of Alaska from glass-domed rail cars on this sensational 500 mile journey through the heart of Alaska. This sensational cruise holiday ends with 3 night Denali Natural Explorer Tour, where you’ll learn about Denali’s history and culture and have the chance to spot native wildlife.

Highlights

  • Direct-to-the-Wilderness Rail Experience
  • Ask about FREE up to $250 On Board Spend
  • National History Tour in Denali
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 

What's Included?

  • Return flights from UK (call about regional departures)
  • 1 night stay in Vancouver on room only basis
  • 7 night cruise on board Grand Princess on full board basis
  • Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service from Whittier to Denali 
  • Upgrade for only £30pp per day & get: Premium All Inclusive Drinks, WiFi & Crew Incentive 
  • Ask about FREE up to $250 On Board Spend
  • 4 Night Denali Explorer Tour including overnight stay in Anchorage
  • Transfers

Prices From pp

Departure DateInteriorOceanviewBalconySuite
May 2022£2,229£2,299£2,799-

Price based on 10 May 2022 on Grand Princess flying from London, itinerary & ship may vary depending on date. Prices are subject to availability and may change out with our control. Flight supplements from regional airports will apply. For a live price for your chosen date, airport & hotels please call our Cruise Experts.

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
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Great customer service

Excellent service from Louise, couldn’t ask for more. She was helpful and listened to what we wanted. Fabulous.

Mrs Macleod / September 2021

A star service

As I’ve said on many occasions Nicola Boyd is fantastic at her job , nothing is ever to much trouble , would very highly recommend and would only ever book a cruise through Nicola

Mr Binder / September 2021

Excellent customer Care

Booking our first time cruise, Alana was a great help with her suggestions but was always focused on our own requests, she gave us many different quotes and changed them to suit us. Very patient and made us feel very appreciated. Later Vickie also helped with separate requests.... We now have two cruises booked. Very professional service. Quick yo respond and always very pleasant on emails and phones.

Mrs Smith / September 2021

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Itinerary for Denali Explorer & Glaciers

Day 1 - Fly UK to Vancouver / Enjoy Vancouver

Day 2 - Embark Grand Princess in Vancouver

It seems unlikely that a character named "Gassy Jack" Deighton would be responsible for one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. But that's history for you. During the gold rush, Gassy Jack saw a chance to make money from the hordes of miners on their way to the Yukon. The saloon he built became the focus of the shanty town known as Gastown. From that ragtag group of shacks, modern Vancouver was born. The provincial government persuaded settlers to change the name of the town to Vancouver, after Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the region's waters in 1792. Canada's third-largest city, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan place with a European feel and a personality all its own. It's a community with a rich ethnic mix - including the second-largest Chinatown in North America - and stunningly beautiful parks.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Ketchikan

Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town. In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

Day 5 - Juneau

In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Day 6 - Skagway

Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest. Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail. The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome. Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Day 7 - Glacier Bay (Scenic Cruising)

Day 8 - College Fjord

Discovered in the northwest corner of Prince William Sound during an 1899 research expedition, spectacular College Fjord and its glaciers were named after prestigious east coast schools by the college professors who first laid eyes upon their majesty. Stretching for miles, these massive rivers of ice tumble down from mountains and through valleys, dipping into the pristine waters of the fjord. There you'll have a chance to watch the awe-inspiring process of glaciers calving, or dropping enormous pillars of ice into the sea, as they crack and land with a thunderous splash – a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed! College Fjord not only boasts the world's largest collection of tidewater glaciers, but it features magnificent snowcapped mountains as far as the eyes can see. Plus, during the summer, it's not unheard of to catch a glimpse of one of the area's 40-ton humpback whales feeding in the waters of the fjord. It's a magical wonderland of epic proportions, so breathtaking you won't want to blink!

Day 9 - Whittier / Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service from Whittier to Denali / Enjoy Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Whittier, approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, lies nestled at the base of the Chugach Mountains bordering Passage Canal. Established as a World War II port for cargo and troops of the Alaska Command, Whittier remained activated until 1960. Today, Whittier's economy and its 290 residents rely largely on the fishing industry, the port and, increasingly, on tourism. Once accessible only by boat or via a war-era railway tunnel, The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel was recently enhanced to accommodate highway traffic as well, making it the longest highway/rail tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles. Named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the community is also the gateway to spectacular Prince William Sound, with its magnificent tidewater glaciers and abundant marine life. Whittier tours are available to passengers on back-to-back voyages who will stay onboard the ship and cruise back to Vancouver as well as guests ending their cruise in Whittier wiith an evening flight out of Anchorage on the day of disembarkation or an overnight in Anchorage after their cruise. Whittier tours are only available to cruisetour guests who spend the first night of their package in Anchorage. Other cruisetour guests cannot take an excursion as they would miss the transfer their next destination.

Day 10 - Enjoy Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Day 11 - Enjoy Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Day 12 - Enjoy Anchorage

Fly Anchorage to UK

Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5Independent Service Rating based on verified reviews.Read all reviews
Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award

Great customer service

Excellent service from Louise, couldn’t ask for more. She was helpful and listened to what we wanted. Fabulous.

Mrs Macleod / September 2021

A star service

As I’ve said on many occasions Nicola Boyd is fantastic at her job , nothing is ever to much trouble , would very highly recommend and would only ever book a cruise through Nicola

Mr Binder / September 2021

Excellent customer Care

Booking our first time cruise, Alana was a great help with her suggestions but was always focused on our own requests, she gave us many different quotes and changed them to suit us. Very patient and made us feel very appreciated. Later Vickie also helped with separate requests.... We now have two cruises booked. Very professional service. Quick yo respond and always very pleasant on emails and phones.

Mrs Smith / September 2021

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