Princess Cruises offers popular Alaska cruisetours designed just for families. These Alaska cruise and land excursion combinations offer a number of experiences that are appealing to families, such as the chance to learn about dog mushing at the Iditarod Headquarters, gold panning, interactive tours of Denali National Park, and more.
The 12-night family cruisetours include a seven-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise plus a five-night land tour. The land portion also features such family-friendly extras as daily breakfasts, a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and a dinner theater performance. At sea, families can also take advantage of Princess’ many onboard programs especially for children, including a special Junior Ranger program in Glacier Bay National Park.
Passengers can choose to sail aboard Diamond Princess or Coral Princess. The cruisetour land itinerary includes stays at three of Princess’ own wilderness lodges – one night at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and two nights at Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. The tours are offered on over 30 departures with both northbound and southbound itinerary options.
The following special extras are included in the 2011 season tours:
Daily Breakfast – Breakfast is included for every member of the family.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Wildlife appeals to all ages, and families will be able to see a variety of animals such as bears, elk, bison, moose, caribou, musk ox, coyotes and eagles with a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Iditarod Headquarters with Dog Sled Ride – En route to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, family members will enjoy a stop at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. Here travelers can learn about mushing and its importance in Alaskan culture. The center offers the opportunity to meet sled dogs and see them at work with wheeled cart rides.
Evening Campfire Experience (Mt. McKinley) – An evening campfire near the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is a great way for families to end the day, complete with treats such as s’mores and hot chocolate, plus unique Alaska stories and songs.
Music of Denali Dinner Theater (Denali) – This rollicking musical comedy tells the legend of the first expedition to the summit of Mt. McKinley, accompanied by a family-style meal featuring smokehouse ribs and Alaska salmon.
Experience Denali with Alaska Geographic Tour (Denali) – This special excursion at Denali National Park includes a variety of interactive experiences with an enhanced view of the Denali ecosystem and current research taking place. The narrated bus tour takes guests 15 miles into the park to a beautiful river valley where they embark on a short walk to the historic Savage River Camp, where they can participate in a number of hands-on activities.
Sourdough Expedition Breakfast (Denali) – While starting the day with an Alaskan roadhouse-style breakfast, guests experience the journey up Denali through the images of Laurent Dick's Climb Denali. Participants have the opportunity to meet this real mountain climber and ask questions about mountain climbing.
Riverboat Cruise and El Dorado Goldmine Tour (Fairbanks) – Families can enjoy traveling on an authentic sternwheeler for a fully-narrated cruise along the Chena River and try their hands at gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine, where they will learn about Alaska's gold mining history.
Additional information about Princess Cruises can be obtained from your favorite travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.