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Some vacations combine a cruise of spectacular coastal Alaska with a land tour that features transportation by motor coach or train and hotel stays. Before or after your cruise, you might explore Denali National Park in Alaska or the resort towns of the Canadian Rockies, for example.

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Princess Alaska Land Tour review - On our own option

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By LCW , July 20, 2022 in Princess Cruises

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We did the land tour after our cruise (northbound).   Princess provided rooms and transportation, but that's it, no tours. We chose that option. We've been to Alaska before, just w/o our daughter.  This was for her.  

We were requested to be in the disembarkation lounge by 0700.   Very shortly after that, our group was called to disembark.   We transferred to the bus fairly quickly.   As the tunnel from Whittier changes direction at specific times, we didn’t leave until 0800, and had maybe 5 or 10 min to wait to go thru the tunnel.

After about an hour, we stopped at a marshland park in Turnagain Arm.   Spent about 15-20 min there, long enough to let the wheelchair lady use the facilities, and for the bus driver to clean up the mess from the kid that threw up in the aisle (he wouldn’t sit down…so we don’t know if it was motion sickness or Covid).   Masks not enforced on the bus.   The driver did provide some interesting info during the trip.  

We continued on to the Princess McKinley Lodge, where we had a box lunch.   FYI, the main lodge room is very cold…it was warmer outside. However, there are 2 other rooms, one by the coffee bar and the other with tables/chairs, that were normal temperatures.   As it was raining, we didn’t get to see the mountain.   45 min later, we were back on the bus to Denali.

We arrived at the Princess Denali about 4pm, give or take a few minutes. Our package was handed to us when we got on the bus, so we had our room assignments and keys in hand.   The previous occupant’s luggage was still in our room, so we just set it outside. For a family of 3, they gave us 2 queens.   Dinner at Fannie Q saloon. Good size meal, ok taste.   Good service. Long day, so we took it easy. Checked luggage had to be out by 0700 next am for transfer.

The next am, we got up early, grabbed some food at the coffee bar, and caught the 0700 shuttle to the Park at the flagpoles out front.   Buses seem to run every 30 min.   The driver dropped us off at the Horseshoe Lake Trailhead parking lot – only ones there, not sure if it was the rain or early hour that gave us our private hike.   Did our traditional family hike down to the lake ( I lived in Alaska 6 yrs when I was little).   The Alaska State bird (Mosquitos) were out in force by the lake, so didn’t sit still, but did get to see the beaver dam that created the lake - Impressive!    A pleasant, relatively easy hike, although the views of the lake are harder to see than 20 years ago, due to growth of the surrounding trees.    The trail has been improved since we did it last, with some steps built in the steeper sections.     The trail head is just down the railroad tracks from the parking lot. We made it back just in time to catch a shuttle heading to the visitor’s center.

  The drop off point has a little store that is not connected to the visitor center store. Restrooms are just up the hill, and follow the signs to the visitor center store and visitor center itself. Masks enforced in the visitor center.   Watched one of the movies, got our NPS passport stamp.

Back to the lodge, checked out by 11.   DH went across the street to do some shopping.   We grabbed a bite @ the pizza place in the lodge… not too bad, considering where you are.   On the buss by 1:30, headed towards McKinley Wilderness Lodge.

No wildlife sightings, as it’s still raining. Arrived @ McKinley Lodge around check-in time.   Handed our package with keys when we got off the bus.   This property is more spread out, so some people opted for the shuttle to their rooms.   We were in bldg. 17, so just walked down the hill a short way.   Our bldg. is next to the theater, so stopped by for the mountain climbing talk by Todd Huston.   His story as a mountain climbing amputee is very inspiring.   Dinner at the restaurant next door.   The weather cleared a bit after dinner, so spent a couple hours on the lodge deck hoping the mountain would show; unfortunately she was being coy that day.   But, as there is a 70% chance you WON”T see the mountain on any given day, that’s fine.

Luggage had to be out by 0900 for transfer this am. Walked up to the treehouse, which was further than we expected (FYI, no restroom up there).    The shuttle will drop you off at an intersection, then walk up hill until you see a gravel road with a sign pointing to the treehouse. Continue uphill on that gravel road, and you eventually come to it. Nice view, if the weather cooperates.   They show the Treehouse Master’s episode on the TV, which we watched.    Check out again by 11, caught the bus to the train station @1245.   Seats are assigned on the train, in the dome section.   They ask you shortly after arrival if you’d like to eat lunch downstairs, which we did.   Good burger, but didn’t care for seafood chowder. Saw some moose on the trip.   Full bar in domed section, bill is separate from the dinning car section.   There is no overhead storage, so unlike the bus, we checked our carryon when we got onboard.   No issues getting it when we got off. Arrived in Alaska around 6pm, but had to wait awhile before they allowed us to exit the train.   We took a bus to the Captain Cook hotel, a nice but dated hotel in downtown Anchorage.

Hotel issues: We got to our room, only to find out there was just a king bed, and no space for a rollaway for our teen daughter.   They offered us a room with 2 full beds (not much bigger than a twin), not 2 queens like the lodges.   This is when we found out that booking a premium suite on the cruise has no impact on your hotel room for the land portion.   We have some medical issues that require a bit more room that this offered, so the hotel eventually upgraded us to a suite. Grateful to the hotel for working with us when the cruise line didn’t seem to care.

Not a great deal of things to do in Anchorage that are family related and short.   Most tours are half day or longer. Ate dinner at Humpy’s, which has excellent fish and chips. Around 1130pm, had a little earthquake   (4.7), which felt like a semi rolling by (we were on the 19 th floor). But it was short.   The next am, we slept in, left our checked luggage in the room per instruction, and dropped our carry-ons at the bell desk.   Lunch at the Sandwich Deck across the street, which was decent.   Then walked to the Trolley Tours and Visitor center.   There are no bathrooms @ the visitor center, so you have to go across the street to the Alaska Public Lands Information Center.   Give yourself time, as you must go through a metal detector.   After the 1 hour Trolley Tour (Which I recommend), we did a bit of shopping, then headed to the Info. Center.   They had a presentation from the Zoo with a live porcupine. We stayed and watched the next 3 short movies, as we had a late flight.   Dinner at Uncle Joe’s Pizza, the best pizza we had all vacation.  

Got our bags around 7pm, to meet the bus at 7:15pm.   Bus was loaded early 7:05pm, and took off, but had to turn around as we were missing 1 person.   Still managed to leave on time. At the airport, took a few min. to get our bags, then had to walk a ways to Delta check-in. No issues with getting through TSA.   Stopped to grab last minute gifts for dog sitter, then headed to our gate.

Bottom Line : I’d recommend you stay 2 nights in Denali if you’ve never been, because it is a long trip and you need the extra time in the park.   Also, it’s probably better to fly out of Fairbanks if airfare allows, so you don’t have the long bus ride.   For us, the cost was significantly cheaper to go out of Anchorage.   Was the land portion worth it? Once yes.  As this is our 2nd time (daughter's 1st),  I'd say no. Teenager was unimpressed/bored with the land portion.  

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Thank you for your review.  We are looking to book for next July.  Is the land portion with Princess the DIY or On your own tour? We are thinking of doing the Denali Explorer or Wildlife tour or something along those lines.  There is a group of us who have been on an Alaska cruise but not the land portion.  Would you recommend the Denali hotel over McKinley?  We are traveling with elderly parents and wondering if there is an elevator at either lodge.  

We will be traveling from California and hoping Covid will be less of an issue next July.  We just returned from a cruise in the Mediterranean and it was very nerve wracking! Did you like doing the land portion after the cruise?  Any other thoughts or tips you care to share? 

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Thank you for detailing your experience for us. I’m surprised the Captain Cook’s rooms have 2 full beds as it’s the most iconic hotel in town. Glad they made it right for you. 

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Thank you for sharing your experience.  Ours mirrors yours in many ways.   Thankfully no mishaps on our motorcoach to Denali.  Box lunch at McKinley resort was a pleasant surprise, but stopping there made our overnight later in the week rather anticlimactic.  We found very little to do at that resort, but did enjoy our (drizzly) trail ride.   We DID do two nights at Denali and agree it's a must.  ALL of our rooms (Denali, McKinley and Captain Cook had a king bed - perfect for us.)   We were two couples traveling together.  For reassurance, I tested (negative) Tuesday evening in Anchorage.  We got home (long delays) 4am Thursday and sister tested positive that afternoon.  Rest of us were negative.  I became symptomatic Friday morning and tested positive.  Sister and I are on paxlovid with mild symptoms.  Guys are still negative and keeping their distance from us.   When I'm feeling well, I'll work on a review.  

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Can you tell me how strenuous the land portion is? We are senior citizens, both with mobility issues - need a stick and for me going up stairs is difficult and slow.  I have a further problem in that I have IBS and when I have a flare up I often need the toilet quite urgently. Are there plenty of facilities ?

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An Alaska cruise is such a popular bucket-list item because it's one of the best ways to immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Not only will you get to see breathtaking glaciers closer than you ever dreamed, but you're also likely to see eagles soaring and whales spouting—often from the deck of your ship. The best Alaska cruises give you an opportunity to explore the Far North from both land and sea, and we've got cruise tips to help you optimize your time and your budget.

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To find the best Alaska cruises, we followed expert recommendations and read hundreds of user reviews and ratings. Because I've been on several Alaska cruises alone, with my family and with my husband, I also based my choices on my own personal experiences. After combining all that information, we came up with this guide to the best Alaska cruises.

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Princess has been cruising to Alaska for more than half a century, and they continue to lead the industry by bringing more guests to the state than any other cruise line. In fact, they introduced a generation to the idea of cruising via the hit TV show The Love Boat , which was set on a Princess ship and featured many episodes in Alaska! Because of their deep ties to the state, the cruise line is able to offer a variety of itineraries and shore excursions, and they even own a number of Princess Wilderness Lodges near national parks , so you can add a land extension to your trip.

Onboard, there are plenty of activities for both adults and kids, including the North to Alaska enrichment program, which brings the state's culture to you so you can sample fresh Alaska seafood and hear from local celebs like Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race.

  • Guests can meet Alaskan Huskies on the ship through Puppies in the Piazza!
  • So many options for cruise length, extensions and land and sea packages
  • Price is not all-inclusive

<h3><strong>Disney Cruise Line</strong></h3> <p>With lots of outdoor activities and great wildlife sightings, an Alaska cruise is ideal for kids, and not surprisingly, no one does it better for them than <a href="https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/list/?ef_id=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!5050!3!569351112923!e!!g!!disney%20cruise%20line%20alaska&CMP=KNC-FY23_DCL_TRA_DOM_CDOM_CBK_DCLAL_ALASKAjjEX%7CG%7C5233700.CL.AM.01.11%7CMTRYWBI%7CBR%7C569351112923%7CSL_AK34FY23Q2&keyword_id=kwd-296725823163%7Cdc%7Cdisney%20cruise%20line%20alaska%7C569351112923%7Ce%7C5050:3%7C&gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE#alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Disney</a>. Kids will love whale watching, panning for gold, searching for black bears and going dog sledding—and they'll equally love everything Disney has planned for them on the Disney Wonder, from live shows ("Frozen" takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska) and character greetings to kids clubs they won't want to leave to themed pools and restaurants. Little ones will be just as happy to see Goofy as they are to see a glacier, making this the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-cruises-for-kids/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best cruise for kids</a>. Before you go, check out these <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/disney-cruise-secrets/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Disney cruise tips</a>.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Disney is beloved by kids of all ages</li> <li>The focus is on families</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>On the pricier side</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/list/?ef_id=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!5050!3!569351112923!e!!g!!disney%20cruise%20line%20alaska&CMP=KNC-FY23_DCL_TRA_DOM_CDOM_CBK_DCLAL_ALASKAjjEX%7CG%7C5233700.CL.AM.01.11%7CMTRYWBI%7CBR%7C569351112923%7CSL_AK34FY23Q2&keyword_id=kwd-296725823163%7Cdc%7Cdisney%20cruise%20line%20alaska%7C569351112923%7Ce%7C5050:3%7C&gad=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwuqiiBhBtEiwATgvixGmtqJdtaamZ0IFZGB2oN4Vi7qLpMuDUuIUKessvFBkyqjT3CU4vCBoCJkQQAvD_BwE#alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

Best for families

Disney cruise line.

With lots of outdoor activities and great wildlife sightings, an Alaska cruise is ideal for kids, and not surprisingly, no one does it better for them than Disney . Kids will love whale watching, panning for gold, searching for black bears and going dog sledding—and they'll equally love everything Disney has planned for them on the Disney Wonder, from live shows ("Frozen" takes on a whole new meaning in Alaska) and character greetings to kids clubs they won't want to leave to themed pools and restaurants. Little ones will be just as happy to see Goofy as they are to see a glacier, making this the best cruise for kids . Before you go, check out these Disney cruise tips .

  • Disney is beloved by kids of all ages
  • The focus is on families
  • On the pricier side

<h3><strong>Viking</strong></h3> <p>If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska without the distraction of little kids, you'll be in good company on <a href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/cruise-destinations/caribbean-americas/alaska-inside-passage/index.html" rel="noopener">Viking</a>. Their gorgeous ocean ships sail with a maximum of 930 passengers, all over the age of 18, so you can indulge in adult conversation over a bottle of wine or a cocktail or two. One of the many features that makes Viking the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/adult-only-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best adult-only cruise</a> is that every single room comes with a private veranda, so you can take in the views and feel that fresh Alaska air with no one else around—and without paying extra. You can also get away without paying additional fees for shore excursions, because one is included in every port, giving you an opportunity to see the highlights of destinations including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Every stateroom has a veranda</li> <li>A shore excursion is included in every port</li> <li>Optional cruise extensions let you explore Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks and Anchorage on land</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The shortest Alaska cruise is 11 days</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/cruise-destinations/caribbean-americas/alaska-inside-passage/index.html">Book Now</a></p>

Best adults-only

If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Alaska without the distraction of little kids, you'll be in good company on Viking . Their gorgeous ocean ships sail with a maximum of 930 passengers, all over the age of 18, so you can indulge in adult conversation over a bottle of wine or a cocktail or two. One of the many features that makes Viking the best adult-only cruise is that every single room comes with a private veranda, so you can take in the views and feel that fresh Alaska air with no one else around—and without paying extra. You can also get away without paying additional fees for shore excursions, because one is included in every port, giving you an opportunity to see the highlights of destinations including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez.

  • Every stateroom has a veranda
  • A shore excursion is included in every port
  • Optional cruise extensions let you explore Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks and Anchorage on land
  • The shortest Alaska cruise is 11 days

<h3><strong>Norwegian Cruise Line </strong></h3> <p>Cruising has traditionally been a bit of a challenge for solo travelers because of the single supplement that basically makes them pay the same price for a room as two people sharing a room would pay in total. Not with <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691669-Reviews-Norwegian_Bliss" rel="noopener">Norwegian</a>, the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-singles-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best singles cruise</a>! The first cruise line to build staterooms and common areas specifically for solo travelers, they've made it easy for singles to cruise to Alaska comfortably and affordably. The Studio Lounge is a welcoming spot to meet other solo travelers so you can join up for meals or shore excursions to places like Dawes Glacier and Icy Strait Point.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>No single supplement</li> <li>A dedicated lounge just for solo travelers</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lots of families and kids, which may not appeal to solo travelers</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691669-Reviews-Norwegian_Bliss">Book Now</a></p>

Best for solo travelers

Norwegian cruise line.

Cruising has traditionally been a bit of a challenge for solo travelers because of the single supplement that basically makes them pay the same price for a room as two people sharing a room would pay in total. Not with Norwegian , the best singles cruise ! The first cruise line to build staterooms and common areas specifically for solo travelers, they've made it easy for singles to cruise to Alaska comfortably and affordably. The Studio Lounge is a welcoming spot to meet other solo travelers so you can join up for meals or shore excursions to places like Dawes Glacier and Icy Strait Point.

  • No single supplement
  • A dedicated lounge just for solo travelers
  • Lots of families and kids, which may not appeal to solo travelers

<h3><strong>Celebrity</strong> Cruises</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-cruises-for-couples/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best cruise for couples</a>, both straight and gay, <a href="https://www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Celebrity</a> offers lots of opportunities for romantic experiences in Alaska, from hiking through a rainforest in Juneau to cuddling up during a ride back in time on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. On the ship itself, there are lots of spots where you can take some Instagrammable selfies with the majestic Alaska scenery behind you. What a backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal! Consider upgrading to The Retreat, Celebrity's exclusive ship within a ship, for a more private and intimate cruise.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Many options for cruise length</li> <li>Offers land tour extensions</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Families with kids may disrupt the romantic atmosphere</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

Best for couples

Celebrity cruises.

The best cruise for couples , both straight and gay, Celebrity offers lots of opportunities for romantic experiences in Alaska, from hiking through a rainforest in Juneau to cuddling up during a ride back in time on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. On the ship itself, there are lots of spots where you can take some Instagrammable selfies with the majestic Alaska scenery behind you. What a backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal! Consider upgrading to The Retreat, Celebrity's exclusive ship within a ship, for a more private and intimate cruise.

  • Many options for cruise length
  • Offers land tour extensions
  • Families with kids may disrupt the romantic atmosphere

<h3><strong>Carnival Cruise</strong> Line</h3> <p>Yes, you can visit Alaska without spending a fortune, thanks to <a href="https://www.carnival.com/cruise-to/alaska-cruises.aspx" rel="noopener">Carnival</a>. You may not get all the bells and whistles that you would on more expensive cruises, but the views don't cost anything, and they're all around you as you chill by the pool or take advantage of one of the many activities and dining venues included in your fare. Save money to use for shore excursions by opting for an interior room, since you won't be spending much time in your cabin anyway.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Affordable way to see Alaska</li> <li>Lots of cruise length options</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The party atmosphere may not be for everyone</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.carnival.com/cruise-to/alaska-cruises.aspx">Book Now</a></p>

Best budget

Carnival cruise line.

Yes, you can visit Alaska without spending a fortune, thanks to Carnival . You may not get all the bells and whistles that you would on more expensive cruises, but the views don't cost anything, and they're all around you as you chill by the pool or take advantage of one of the many activities and dining venues included in your fare. Save money to use for shore excursions by opting for an interior room, since you won't be spending much time in your cabin anyway.

  • Affordable way to see Alaska
  • Lots of cruise length options
  • The party atmosphere may not be for everyone

<h3>Regent Seven Seas</h3> <p>Regent's <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691824-Reviews-Seven_Seas_Explorer" rel="noopener">Seven Seas Explorer</a> is all about luxury, from its all-suite design to its <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-all-inclusive-cruises/" rel="noopener noreferrer">all-inclusive fares</a>, which cover airfare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, restaurants, gratuities, Wi-Fi, laundry and unlimited shore excursions. With only 750 passengers, service is exceptional and personal. Itineraries can be customized to fit your specific interests, whether you want to take a glacier hike, immerse yourself in Alaska's history or eat your way through the state.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Truly an all-inclusive cruise</li> <li>All-suite accommodations are roomy and plush</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Only one Regent Seven Seas ship sails to Alaska</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691824-Reviews-Seven_Seas_Explorer">Book Now</a></p>

Best luxury

Regent seven seas.

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer is all about luxury, from its all-suite design to its all-inclusive fares , which cover airfare, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, restaurants, gratuities, Wi-Fi, laundry and unlimited shore excursions. With only 750 passengers, service is exceptional and personal. Itineraries can be customized to fit your specific interests, whether you want to take a glacier hike, immerse yourself in Alaska's history or eat your way through the state.

  • Truly an all-inclusive cruise
  • All-suite accommodations are roomy and plush
  • Only one Regent Seven Seas ship sails to Alaska

<h3><strong>Seabourn Cruise Line</strong></h3> <p>A great choice for fans of smaller, more intimate ships, <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691816-Reviews-Seabourn_Odyssey" rel="noopener">Seabourn's Odyssey</a> holds 450 passengers and treats them to a personal, all-inclusive luxury experience. Smaller ships can take you to spots where the bigger ones just can't fit, and the Ventures by Seabourn program offers optional excursions where you can get up close and personal with some of Alaska's most awe-inspiring sights via kayak and Zodiac. You'll be sailing with a world-class expedition team, including a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist, historian, photographer and natural experts who share their knowledge through lectures and casual conversations during scenic cruisings.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>All-inclusive</li> <li>Offers 7- to 14-day cruises</li> <li>Gets you closer to Alaska's natural beauty</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Expensive</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691816-Reviews-Seabourn_Odyssey">Book Now</a></p>

Best small ship

Seabourn cruise line.

A great choice for fans of smaller, more intimate ships, Seabourn's Odyssey holds 450 passengers and treats them to a personal, all-inclusive luxury experience. Smaller ships can take you to spots where the bigger ones just can't fit, and the Ventures by Seabourn program offers optional excursions where you can get up close and personal with some of Alaska's most awe-inspiring sights via kayak and Zodiac. You'll be sailing with a world-class expedition team, including a marine biologist, ornithologist, geologist, historian, photographer and natural experts who share their knowledge through lectures and casual conversations during scenic cruisings.

  • All-inclusive
  • Offers 7- to 14-day cruises
  • Gets you closer to Alaska's natural beauty

<h3><strong>Royal Caribbean Cruises</strong></h3> <p>Built for cruisers who believe the bigger, the better, Royal Caribbean's megaship, Quantum of the Sea, is the biggest ship in the region, with the capacity to hold 4,905 passengers. It also boasts the tallest viewing deck on any cruise ship—perfect for enjoying the stunning Alaska scenery. Three other <a href="https://www.royalcaribbean.com/alaska-cruises" rel="noopener">Royal Caribbean</a> ships sail to the state, as well—all big and beautiful and filled with enough activities to keep travelers of every age busy, including their signature Rock Climbing Wall, simulated skydiving and surf sessions on the Flowrider. Yes, you can "surf" in Alaska!</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>There's literally something for everyone</li> <li>Studio staterooms are designed for solo travelers</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con:</strong></p> <ul> <li>It can get crowded</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.royalcaribbean.com/alaska-cruises">Book Now</a></p>

Best large ship

Royal caribbean cruises.

Built for cruisers who believe the bigger, the better, Royal Caribbean's megaship, Quantum of the Sea, is the biggest ship in the region, with the capacity to hold 4,905 passengers. It also boasts the tallest viewing deck on any cruise ship—perfect for enjoying the stunning Alaska scenery. Three other Royal Caribbean ships sail to the state, as well—all big and beautiful and filled with enough activities to keep travelers of every age busy, including their signature Rock Climbing Wall, simulated skydiving and surf sessions on the Flowrider. Yes, you can "surf" in Alaska!

  • There's literally something for everyone
  • Studio staterooms are designed for solo travelers
  • It can get crowded

<h3><strong>Holland America Line</strong></h3> <p>With more than 75 years of experience in Alaska—the longest of any cruise line—<a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691542-Reviews-Holland_America_Koningsdam" rel="noopener">Holland America</a> knows the state inside and out and presents you with lots of ways to enjoy it, from both the sea and land. Not only do they feature the most Glacier Bay itineraries, but they're also the only way to see the Yukon in combination with a cruise. You'll get to stay at Holland America's Westmark Hotels and their beautiful McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park, enabling you to get closer to wildlife and explore more of Alaska on land.</p> <p>The cruise line has also expanded its onboard programming, so guests can engage with an Alaska naturalist, dig deeper into topics like Alaska's bush pilots and learn from a National Park Ranger and local Huna Tlingit guides.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Every cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska's iconic glacier destinations</li> <li>Only cruise line to offer an Alaska cruise combined with an overland tour to Denali and the Yukon</li> <li>Land and sea Cruisetours range from 9 to 18 days</li> </ul> <p><strong>Con: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Caters to an older crowd</li> </ul> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Cruise_Review-d15691542-Reviews-Holland_America_Koningsdam">Book Now</a></p>

Best for land and sea

Holland america line.

With more than 75 years of experience in Alaska—the longest of any cruise line— Holland America knows the state inside and out and presents you with lots of ways to enjoy it, from both the sea and land. Not only do they feature the most Glacier Bay itineraries, but they're also the only way to see the Yukon in combination with a cruise. You'll get to stay at Holland America's Westmark Hotels and their beautiful McKinley Chalet Resort at the entrance to Denali National Park, enabling you to get closer to wildlife and explore more of Alaska on land.

The cruise line has also expanded its onboard programming, so guests can engage with an Alaska naturalist, dig deeper into topics like Alaska's bush pilots and learn from a National Park Ranger and local Huna Tlingit guides.

  • Every cruise includes a visit to one or more of Alaska's iconic glacier destinations
  • Only cruise line to offer an Alaska cruise combined with an overland tour to Denali and the Yukon
  • Land and sea Cruisetours range from 9 to 18 days
  • Caters to an older crowd

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Princess Cruises Announces Extended 2025-26 Japan & Southeast Asia Cruise Season

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., (May 29, 2024) – On the heels of record-breaking travel to Japan by U.S. visitors in 2023, and another strong season underway this year, Princess Cruises today announced it will extend the number of itineraries in Japan during the 2025-26 season. 

The 2025-26 cruise season to the must-see island nations of Japan and Southeast Asia onboard a Princess ship has just been announced. On sale now, Japan-built Diamond Princess returns featuring an expanded Japan season showcasing the region’s breathtaking fall foliage, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and more. 

“We truly make it easy to travel to Japan and Southeast Asia on our Diamond Princess Love Boat to experience these amazing destinations,” said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises. “For our fall 2025 through winter 2026 season, we’re thrilled to expand our Japan cruises from Tokyo (Yokohama) during the beautiful fall foliage season and continue to Singapore to highlight the best of Southeast Asia. Plus, our guests only need to unpack once to experience these storied countries while enjoying vibrant shore excursions and our regional culinary and entertainment offerings onboard.” 

From ancient temples and castles, to bustling markets and breathtaking gardens, cruisers experience the best way to see Japan with Princess with a new fall 2025 season offering 11 new voyages ranging in length from nine to 22 days, visiting 25 destinations throughout the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as stops in Korea and Taiwan. Highlights of the season include:

  • 13-day Circle Japan Fall Foliage sailing taking place during the beautiful autumn leaves season
  • 9-day Circle Japan voyage a circumnavigation of the country with stops at Nagasaki, Akita and Sakaiminato
  • 9-day Southern Islands departures to the southernmost part of Japan and the lush islands of Okinawa and Ishigaki
  • 10-day Kyushu & Korea cruise, which sails these large islands of Japan including visits to Hiroshima, Osaka (for Kyoto) and Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji)
  • For the ultimate Japan exploration, guests can combine these 18- to 22- day itineraries for an unforgettable 40-day adventure

Following her extended Japan season, Diamond Princess will sail to Singapore on a 12-day Southeast Asia & Japan cruise featuring Taipei (Keelung) and Hong Kong to kick off three roundtrip Singapore sailings including:

  • 14-day Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam cruise, which also includes calls to Phuket, Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My)
  • 16-day Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam departure which also includes a call to Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a gateway to Hanoi
  • Closing the season will be a 14-day Southeast Asia & Japan sailing from Singapore back to Tokyo (Yokohama) with late night More Ashore stays in both Hong Kong and Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji)

Diamond Princess: Built in Japan, the 2,670-guest Diamond Princess offers a unique experience tailored to the region. Guests enjoy authentic cuisine at Kai Sushi, sip Japanese-inspired cocktails created by mixologist Rob Floyd, soak in the traditional Izumi bath and enjoy folkloric shows, regional entertainment and Japanese holiday celebrations. 

Additionally, the all-new Churrascaria Brazilian Grill offers quality meats boasting bold South American flavors, cooked to perfection in the tasty tradition of grilling churrasco style. Servers present these flavorful cuts on vertical skewers, and hand-carve them right onto the plate. 

No matter the cruise, Princess delivers a premium vacation with the line’s award-winning, signature Princess MedallionClass experience which offers unparalleled service and personalization. Guests booking can take advantage of inclusive packages like Princess Plus and Princess Premier which add popular amenities like WiFi, beverages, desserts, fitness classes, crew gratuities and more at an even greater savings of up 65% when the inclusive package amenities are purchased separately. 

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting www.princess.com . 

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Princess Cruises ships ranked by size from biggest to smallest — the complete list

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Are you looking for the most venue-packed, resort-like Princess Cruises ships at sea? If so, you'll want to get on one of the biggest Princess cruise ships.

The biggest Princess cruise ships are, by their very nature, the Princess ships with the most onboard restaurants, bars and showrooms, as well as the most sprawling decktop pool and lounge areas. The biggest Princess ships have the biggest casinos and spas among ships in the Princess fleet and the most cabins and suites — as well as the most variation in cabin and suite types.

With room for 4,000 passengers or more, the biggest Princess ships are truly large resorts of the sort you find at the biggest vacation destination on land. If you're in the "bigger is better" camp when it comes to a resort experience, these are the Princess ships for you.

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Still, Princess doesn't just operate large vessels. The Los Angeles-based cruise giant — the fifth largest cruise line in the world — also has several relatively small cruise ships in its fleet that carry just 2,000 or 3,000 people and have a more intimate feel. In some cases, these vessels are nearly 50% smaller than the size of Princess Cruises' biggest ships. These smaller ships, notably, have less deck-top pool space and fewer interior venues than the biggest Princess cruise ships. However, with fewer people on board, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The smallest Princess cruise ships are best for vacationers who like a more intimate, less crowded resort experience.

Related: The 4 types of Princess Cruises ships, explained

To make sure you end up on the right Princess ship for you, it pays to study which Princess ships are the biggest and which are the smallest before booking.

Here, every Princess ship currently in operation is ranked from biggest to smallest.

1. Sun Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2024 Size: 177,882 gross tons Passenger capacity: 4,300

2. Discovery Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2022 Size: 145,000 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,660

3 (tied). Enchanted Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2020 Size: 144,650 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,660

3 (tied). Sky Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2019 Size: 144,650 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,660

5. Majestic Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2017 Size: 143,700 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,560

6 (tied). Regal Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2014 Size: 142,229 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,560

6 (tied). Royal Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2013 Size: 142,229 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,560

8 (tied). Ruby Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2008 Size: 113,561 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,080

8 (tied). Emerald Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2007 Size: 113,561 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,080

8 (tied). Crown Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2006 Size: 113,561 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,080

11 (tied). Sapphire Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2004 Size: 115,875 gross tons Passenger capacity : 2,670

11 (tied). Diamond Princess

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13. Caribbean Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2004 Size: 112,894 gross tons Passenger capacity : 3,149

14. Grand Princess

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Maiden voyage: 1998 Size: 107,517 gross tons Passenger capacity : 2,600

15. Island Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2003 Size: 92,822 gross tons Passenger capacity : 2,200

16. Coral Princess

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Maiden voyage: 2002 Size: 91,627 gross tons Passenger capacity : 2,000

What is the biggest Princess cruise ship?

The biggest Princess cruise ship is the 4,300-passenger Sun Princess , which is also the line's newest vessel. It just debuted in February.

Sun Princess is the first vessel in Princess Cruises' new Sphere Class of ships, which have been designed to be much bigger and more venue-packed than the vessels in the line's last new series of ships, the Royal Class.

Sun Princess measures 177,882 gross tons, which is about 22% bigger than the biggest ship in the Royal Class (the 145,000-ton Discovery Princess). Royal Class ships range in size from 142,229 to 145,000 gross tons.

Note that gross tons is a size measurement referring to interior space, not weight.

A second ship in the Sphere Class series, Star Princess, is under construction at a shipyard in Italy and will debut in October 2025 .

For more details on Sun Princess, including what venues are on board and what it's like to sail on the vessel, see TPG's comprehensive first look at Sun Princess after an early sailing.

What is the smallest Princess cruise ship?

The smallest Princess cruise ship is the 2,000-passenger Coral Princess. Measuring just 91,267 gross tons, it's about 36% smaller than Discovery Princess, making it a significantly smaller vessel.

Coral Princess dates to 2002, a time when cruise ships were built far smaller than they are today and with far fewer venues. At 21 years old, it's also one of the two oldest vessels in the Princess fleet and will probably be phased out sometime in the next decade.

Related: The ultimate guide to Princess Cruises

While significantly smaller than the newest Princess ships, Coral Princess still has many of the signature spaces and venues found on new Princess vessels, including an Italian eatery called Sabatini's and a steakhouse.

Entertainment venues on Coral Princess include a relatively large main theater for production shows, a secondary lounge that offers comedy shows and other entertainment, and a casino. Like other Princess ships, the top deck of the vessel is mostly devoted to pool areas with hot tubs and lounge chairs. There's also a spa.

While smaller and older than the typical Princess ship, Coral Princess has a loyal following among Princess fans who prefer smaller and more intimate ships.

Are bigger Princess cruise ships coming?

It's not clear yet. Princess currently has one new ship on order, Star Princess. But the final size of Star Princess won't be known until the vessel debuts in late 2025.

Star Princess will be the second vessel in the new Sphere Class of ships at Princess. It's likely to be very similar in size to the first vessel in the series, the new Sun Princess. But it's not uncommon for each new vessel in a series to be slightly bigger than the one before.

Star Princess is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard near Monfalcone, Italy.

Note that this isn't the first time Princess has named a ship Sun Princess or Star Princess. Both are recycled names from past Princess ships. Princess operated smaller vessels under the Sun Princess and Star Princess names up until 2020.

Related: Everything to know about Princess cabins and suites

What's the difference between bigger and smaller Princess ships?

The biggest Princess cruise ships have room for more onboard venues and attractions than smaller Princess ships. That makes them more alluring for vacationers who prefer a big resort experience with lots of options as compared to a stay at a smaller resort.

On the biggest Princess vessels, the Sphere Class and Royal Class vessels, you'll find the largest piazza-like central atriums in the Princess fleet surrounded by lots of bars and restaurants; multiple entertainment venues for live shows, comedy acts and more; and expansive pool decks with more space for sunning than you'll find on smaller Princess vessels.

You'll also find some only-on-the-Royal-class-ships extras, including, on some of the Royal Class ships, a glass-floored "SeaWalk" that extends over the side of the vessel.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Princess ship

Princess' smaller cruise ships also are generally its older cruise ships and lack some of the above features, which are more typical of newer ships. These smaller Princess ships have a more intimate feel, at least in the pantheon of relatively big, mass-market ships, and they hold fewer people.

While Sphere Class and Royal Class ships can hold more than 4,500 passengers with every berth full, the line's smaller vessels (particularly the relatively small Island Princess and Coral Princess) often sail with just 2,000 or so passengers on board.

That makes the smaller Princess ships a good choice for someone who wants to try Princess but isn't eager to travel with huge crowds. The smallest ships in the Princess fleet thus appeal to a subset of Princess fans who prefer more intimacy in a cruise vessel and don't mind giving up some onboard amenities to get it. They are also often less expensive to sail on, on a per-day basis.

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In addition, because of their size, the smallest ships at Princess Cruises are able to operate itineraries to places that aren't as easy for big ships to visit. Not all ports in the world can handle a ship the size of Sun Princess.

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