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Discover Alaska With Princess Cruises
by Michael Russell

There are several different cruise options in Alaska offered by Princess Cruises. Two different regions of Alaska are available to cruise in, the Inside Passage and the Gulf of Alaska. The Inside Passage cruises show off the southeastern coast of Alaska as well as part of British Columbia. The Inside Passage cruise has a 10-11 day option that goes round trip from San Francisco, California or a 7 day cruise is available round trip from Seattle, Washington. Destinations on the Inside Passage cruise are Ketchikan, Alaska which has the largest collection of totem poles in the world, Alaska's capital Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord which is full of waterfalls and provides amazing view of glaciers and Victoria, British Columbia, a little piece of Europe in the Pacific Northwest. The Gulf of Alaska cruises provide an amazing view of the many glaciers in Alaska. There is a 7 day cruise option that travels from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whittier, Alaska or vice versa. You also have the option of an Alaska Sampler cruise, which is a 4 day cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington. On the Gulf of Alaska cruises, you will get to travel to Skagway, which was the site of Alaska's gold rush, Glacier Bay National Park, full of breathtaking glaciers and beautiful islands, Juneau, Alaska, the capital of the USA's largest state and College Fjord located in Prince William Sound and the site of 16 different glaciers. Many of Princess’ fleet of cruise ships do tours in Alaska, so you have your pick of boats. You can travel aboard the Coral Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Island Princess, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, or Sun Princess ships. Every ship has different amenities and sizes. The smallest ship that travels to Alaska is the 670 passenger Pacific Princess. The largest ships available are the Sapphire Princess and the Diamond Princess that each hold 2,670 passengers. Aboard every ship, you can expect to find many amenities, including pools, spas, restaurants, theaters and on-board entertainment and shows. All of the ships also provide activities and amenities geared specifically towards children and teenagers. While traveling on a cruise to Alaska you can add several different things to your cruise to enhance your experience. There are many short tours and activities available at the different ports of call on the cruise. The excursions you choose could be fly-fishing, ocean kayaking, attending a salmon bake, hiking, biking, going on a brewery tour, panning for gold, riding a tram, flying in a helicopter over a glacier or any other of the many exciting adventures that are available. If you want to make your vacation to Alaska truly unforgettable, you could take a Princess cruisetour. A cruisetour includes a 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise as well as a 3 to 9 day stay on land. Princess has several land resorts available for the cruisetours. You could stay in Denali or Fairbanks or right underneath Mt. McKinley. All of the Princess Alaskan resorts are accessible by Princess rail, a luxury train with panoramic view cars. On cruisetour option even takes you to Prudhoe Bay in the Arctic Circle. There you will experience the sun shining 24 hours a day. Get ready for the Alaskan trip of your dreams when you choose a vacation from Princess Cruises.

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Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Alaska
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