This is the 2nd post recapping Tonya Hodgson’s Island Princess Alaska Cruisetour. Click here to start at the beginning.
The other milestone guests to Denali have is to see the “Big 5” (bears, moose, Dahl sheep, wolves, and caribou), that we were lucky enough to accomplish. In fact the sheep were so close to the road they looked like they were Hollywood props. I know this is going to sound silly but I always tell people if they want to be guaranteed to see a bear or a moose they should visit the Anchorage zoo, because wild animals don’t show up on cue here.
Monday (August 16, 2010)
Denali Princess Lodge to the Island Princess via the “Direct to Wilderness” train
Another early morning! I will be so glad to get on the ship and be able to sleep past 6:00 am!! The bags had to be outside our door by 6:00 am and had to catch our transfer to the train station by 6:45 am. Again it was a rainy day. The train ride was it was long. The scenery was spectacular but we didn’t get to the ship until 6:30 pm. One of the things I really liked about taking the direct to the wilderness train was that Princess took the bags from the lodge and the next time I saw it was when it was in my cabin onboard the ship.
Another nice feature was in Anchorage, Princess stopped long enough to board a bunch of their check-in personel and they checked everyone in while we were on the train and gave us our cruise cards. When we got to Whittier, all we had to do was go through the line to clear security.
Once on the ship I went straight to my cabin. I booked an inside cabin for this trip. My luggage beat me to my cabin which was nice. After unpacking I scooted down to dinner. I was seated at a table in the middle of the dining room for sail-away so I missed it.
That was the land portion of the cruise tour. Overall I am really glad I did it. I think if I were coming to Alaska for the first time the guide would have been a priceless resource. My biggest problem with the tour was so many early mornings and packing and unpacking, but it was well worth it. There is always time to sleep when you are on the ship.
What is an Alaska Cruisetour?
This post is part 2 of 3 of a 10-night Princess Alaska Cruisetour review. A cruisetour is adding a land package at the beginning or end of your cruise vacation. Cruisetours are recommended in order to see everything Alaska has to offer including Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley. For a Princess Alaska Cruisetour, the lodges that you stay in are owned and operated by Princess cruise lines which ensures the Princess experience throughout the trip.
We’ll post the full 7 night cruise portion of Tonya’s Alaska Cruise early next week.
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