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Denali Explorer Cruisetour with Princess Cruises
includes 2 nights at Denali and exclusive
Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service.
May 24 - June 4, 2011
We're going to Alaska again, and would love to have you join
You'll have plenty of time to think about it, make your plans, and save
We honor all applicable sales and promotions in effect by Princess
Cruises at the time of booking - Captain's Circle Club, Special Sales, and so on.
Ask and ye shall receive!
Journey with us as we go deep inside Alaska, where the unparalleled meets
We begin in Fairbanks...Fairbanks
emanates a quality of light, energy and warmth found nowhere else on Earth.
Experience the northern lights and the midnight sun...
When folks say the wilderness is outside their backdoor, they mean it's on their doorstep. Where
else can you see such pristine, majestic nature and enjoy all the conveniences and energy of a vibrant
downtown, thriving arts community, and top-notch university?
Two nights are put aside for magnificent Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge -
the premier place to stay at Denali National Park. A network of landscaped trails connect the
resort's stunning centerpiece with the river-view restaurants, hot tubs and expansive decks.
We've been lucky with "The Great One" being visible in the past, and
hope to be so again...called Denali, meaning "the Great One or High
One," by the Athabascan Native people, North America's highest peak at 20,320 feet is also known as
Mt. McKinley and dominates the park when visible.
Experience real Alaska wilderness during our one night at Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge...I'm pretty sure this lodge will be your favorite. Two-story windows frame
spectacular views of North America's tallest peak. An expansive deck opens up to a panorama of mountains, river and
forest with endless wilderness to explore.
Direct To The Wilderness®
You're about to find out why the Alaska Railroad is the best train in the
Observation platforms and huge wrap-around glass-domed windows provide awe-inspiring views of
spectacular sights such as the towering Alaska Range, scenic Matanuska Valley,
the monumental bridge that spans Hurricane Gulch, raging rivers and immensurable
forests. You'll delight in the ride almost as much as the destination...but that's what train travel is all
The route from Denali to our dock in Whittier is not only
spectacular - it's a National Scenic Byway. You'll ride onboard luxury railcars, enjoy exclusive amenities
like an outdoor observation platform or a spacious club car and encounter the same warm, friendly Princess service
you receive on their ships.
Alaska is Yours to Explore
Your trip starts here...
Day 1 - Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - Fairbanks
Depart from your home city to arrive in the frontier atmosphere of Alaska's "Golden Heart City" -
At the edge of Alaska's vast wilderness a haven of warm service and exceptional comfort can be
found at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Experience the perfect combination of a lodge
atmosphere, elegant amenities and convenient location. Just steps from the Chena River, the lodge provides easy
access to downtown Fairbanks and its rustic shops, restaurants, museums and attractions.
Day 2 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Fairbanks/Denali
Today, visit an authentic fishing camp, Tilngit village and Iditarod dog sled kennel on a
Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise that glides along the city's rivers, providing a view into the
Then enjoy a scenic motorcoach trip to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
It's a magnificent journey with idyllic scenery unfolding along the way.
Day 3 - Thursday, May 26. 2011 - Denali
This morning you'll enjoy a Natural History Tour of the park. The remainder of the
day you're free to partake in one of the many optional activities offered at the lodge such as:
Day 4 - Friday, May 27, 2011 - Denali/Mt. McKinley
The views along the route from the Denali lodge to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness
Lodge are indeed unforgettable. But they're nothing compared to when you get your first glimpse of the
20,320-foot mountain itself - the lodge's star attraction...
Day 5 - Saturday, May 28, 2011 - Mt. McKinley/Whittier
Transfer to the rail station at Talkeetna for your Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail
service to Whittier, where your ship awaits...with Princess as your host, you'll enjoy the expert commentary of
guides pointing out sights of interest, and the same wonderful Princess service you experience on you voyage.
Day 6 - Sunday, May 29, 2011 - Hubbard Glacier
During the Pleistocene Age, Alaska was buried under a mantel of ice thousands of feet thick. Today,
100,000 glaciers remain, cloaking five percent of America's Last Frontier in Ice Age glory.
Today, your first full day at sea, visit Hubbard Glacier as it stretches 76 miles
from Mt. Logan in Kluane to Disenchantment Bay. It is the longest tidewater glacier in Alaska and the most-visited
attraction in America's largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias.
As you cruise this remnant of the Ice Age, watch for seals basking on ice floes and listen for
loud, deep rumbles as lustrous shafts of ice split off the glacier. You can't help but be awestruck by an open
calving face that measures over six miles wide, has icy towers standing 400 feet high, and sends icebergs the size
of small buildings into the bay.
Day 7 - Monday, May 30, 2011 - Glacier Bay National Park
When an iceberg is born, the sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of feet into
the air and waves lap gently against your ship. You relish every moment, marveling as the sights and sounds of
calving glaciers thrill you again and again. That's the lure of enchanting Glacier Bay, where the
most astounding natural forces take center stage.
Glacier Bay has been an irresistible cruise attraction ever since the 1880's. That's when renowned
John Muir first encountered the crown jewel of the Inside Passage and entranced the world with his glowing
Part of the beauty of this wondrous place is that only a limited number of visitors get to see it.
There are no roads to Glacier Bay, and entry into this pristine Biosphere Reserve and
World Heritage Site is carefully regulated.
Be sure to pack your binoculars and your favorite camera. Never know when you'll see eagles, seals
and humpback whales.
Day 8 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Skagway
Historic Skagway is like a postcard from Alaska's Gold Rush past - complete with
wooden sidewalks, restored store fronts and saloons with histories as colorful as the people you'll meet here. What
you'll see in Skagway is mostly all authentic, as much of the town is under the auspices of the National Park
Service, which is overseeing and preserving this "gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush."
You can delve into the city's past with a ride on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route
Railroad. A few of the cars date back to the very beginning of the railroad in 1898...
Entertaining tours are conducted by the Skagway Streetcar Company which ferry
guest through town in old-time motorcoaches. If you're real nice to the driver, he or she just might let you
off at Skagway's favorite "watering hole" - the authentic Red Onion Saloon, one of Alaska's
Day 9 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - Juneau
Let your imagination run wild in Juneau.
Visit Mendenhall Glacier. Explore the lush Tongass National
Forest. Or get out and kayak, dogsled, raft, whale watch, flightsee or fish.
There's an abundance of adventures in this bustling frontier capital, including
the exhilarating six-minute tram ride to the 1,800 foot level of Mt. Roberts where you can
hike, dine and learn about native culture.
History buffs can browse the Alaska State Museum. Gold rush fans can tour the
Last Chance Mining Museum. And for those who like to shop 'till you drop - downtown Juneau is
filled with colorful curio shops and art galleries.
Day 10 - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - Ketchikan
Sometimes called "The Gateway City", Ketchikan is Alaska's southern-most port of
call and is also known as Alaska's Native Cultural Center and Sport Fishing Capital...It has also been recognized
as one of the top 100 arts communities in America...
Native art and culture flourish here due to the large population of Native Alaskans represented by
three indigenous tribes: the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Ketchikan has the largest collection of totem poles in
You'll find an outstanding variety of shops, galleries and boutiques, including those
along Creek Street - once Ketchikan's red light district. While there, make a stop
at Dolly's House Museum - once the home of Madam Dolly Arthur.
Food is always such a big part of travel, and there is non better to be found in Ketchikan than at
Annabelle's Famous Keg & Chowder House. Located inside The Gilmore Hotel - "The Little Hotel
With a Lot of Class" - which is right across the street from where our ship docks - Annabelle's Famous
Chowders are second to none...
There's tons of other stuff like Alaskan Halibut and Smoked Salmon Fettuccine, but you gotta
leave room for desert. There's always room for desert - Peanut Butter Pie, Cheese Cake and Grand Marnier
Mousse to name a few...
Day 10 - Friday, June 3, 2011 - Inside Passage
Today is a day of relaxation as we sail along the Inside Passage enroute to
Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Whether you're a person who loves activity or one who craves tranquility, the Coral Princess offers
everything you could need for a rejuvenating vacation - all just a short stroll from your stateroom.
Fresh, delicious cuisine cooked with passion and care. Breads and pastries are baked three times a
day, sauces are prepared by hand.
"We try to put so many great choices on each menu that you'll have a hard
time deciding. No matter what you order you'll love the fresh ingredients, the combination of flavors.
You'll be telling all your friends about what you had for dinner the next day."....Master Chef
Day or night, so many ways to escape....
However you want to escape onboard, every day will be a perfect one. That may mean a morning yoga
class or a lecture on the history of the region you're visiting...Maybe an afternoon champagne art-auction or a
good workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center or an invigorating massage in the Lotus Spa.
And come evening the ship lights up with entertainment. Step out for an evening of piano music in
the bars and lounges, or a lavish original musical production.
You can head for the disco for a night of dancing, or proceed instead to the casino to try your
luck in a game of chance.
The possibilities are virtually unlimited....
Day 11 - Friday, June 4, 2011 - Vancouver, B.C., Canada
One of the most beautiful cities in North America, cosmopolitan Vancouver dazzles with scenic views
of the Pacific Ocean, majestic mountains and a glittering skyline.
Why not plan to stay a few days after your cruise and soak in all that Vancouver has to
offer...what the heck - you're already in the neighborhood!
Chosen as the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver is home to a vibrant cultural scene, rich
history and abundant natural resources.
View historic Gastown - named after 1860s sailor, gold prospector - and most
importantly - tavern founder "Gassy Jack" Deighton.
Visit Chinatown - the third-largest Chinatown in North America, after New York and
San Francisco, it dates back to the railroad construction of the 1800s.
Walkabout Stanley Park. Stanley Park is truly a walker's paradise right in the
heart of the city. It's one of the largest urban parks in North America, with 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of
woodlands, gardens, flowers, trails, lakes, beaches and wildlife.
Circumnavigate the park via the seawall (a brisk two-hour walk) where highlights along the path
include the 9 O'Clock Gun, Brockton Point, the much-loved "Girl in Wetsuit" sculpture, Prospect Point, Second
Beach and the Rhododendron Garden. Or take the road less traveled around Lost Lagoon or Beaver Lake to view the
resident geese, swans and racoons...
All good things must end...
Time for final farewells to new-found friends. Hope you took the time to exchange
information...Again, there's no reason to rush...hopefully you've decided to spend an extra night or two in one
of the most exciting cities in the world...
here to take care of all the details for you...
I'll be happy to chat with you, give you the advice you need and make sure your added time
in Vancouver goes perfectly. I'll help you plan your itinerary so you get the most out of
what you intend to do - where to stay; theatre tickets; dinner reservations; and sightseeing options to fit your
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BE Balcony: $2479 per
BC Balcony: $2529 per
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Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
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P.S. If our group departure date does not meet your schedule, we can find a sailing
especially for you alone or as a group with your friends. Been to Alaska? We'll send you somewhere
else...please remember -
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