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Alaska Off the Beaten Path - Cruise, Rail & Land (August 2024)

Reduced fares + up to $400 onboard credit*
Go deeper into Alaska on this sensational 12 night journey taking you off the beaten path giving you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in all things Alaska!
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About this holiday

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This rail journey offers unobstructed views of the Great Land with huge glass-domed windows in every rail car.

Book by 15 June 2023 for reduced fares and onboard credit

  • Book an Inside or Oceanview and receive up to $200 onboard spending money per cabin*
  • Book a Balcony or above and receive up to $400 onboard spending money per cabin*

O​n this cruise tour visit Denali National Park, home to the famous Alaskan Big Five — grizzly bears, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and caribou. With only one park road, nature exists as it has for thousands of years, and your visit offers a glimpse into an era that most can’t imagine, even in their wildest dreams.

You will also have the opportunity to experience Kenai Fjords National Park — one of the most accessible ways to experience the wilderness. The Harding Ice-field includes forty glaciers which carved the fjords and continue to feed into the ocean. With forests, glaciers, mountains and rivers within this Alaska national park, it is the perfect place to experience the Great Land all at once.

C​combining these National Parks, a 7 night cruise and a once-in-a-lifetime rail journey, this holiday will be one you'll never forget!


  • Coach Transfer Vancouver Airport to cruise terminal*
  • 7-night cruise onboard the Sapphire Princess
  • Medallion Class experience
  • All meals onboard the ship
  • Select Beverages onboard the ship (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Tea varieties, Non-Specialty Coffee)
  • 1 night Kenai Wilderness Lodge
  • 1 night Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge
  • 2 nights Denali Wilderness Lodge
  • 1 night Fairbanks
  • Alaska rail journey
  • Natural History Tour
  • Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise

*​Airport transfers are only available for flights connecting directly with the cruise on day 1.


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Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge

S​apphire Princess Cruise Ship

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

  • R​efurbished: 2018
  • Guest Cabins: 1,337
  • Guest Capacity: 2,670
  • Number of Decks: 18
  • Tonnage: 115,875
  • Length: 952 feet

Kenai Wilderness Lodge: There’s a reason why this unique Alaska lodge was named one of the “Top 12 Resorts in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest” by Conde Nast Traveler readers. The Kenai Wilderness Lodge® offers direct access to Alaska’s playground — also known as the Kenai Peninsula. Sail past glaciers and fish for wild salmon. Then, return to the coziness of your Alaska wilderness lodge after a day full of adventure.

Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge: Situated within Denali State Park near the Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge® offers unparalleled views of Denali from the treehouse as well as the Great Room and expansive deck in the main lodge. Tour a working Alaska homestead and learn how the Great Land’s residents have become so self-sufficient

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge: Imagine a charming Alaska lodge settled near the heart of wilderness, wildlife and six million acres of untouched lands. Meet Denali Wilderness Lodge®, your ticket to exploration just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park – one of the world’s most incredible locations. With comfortable accommodations and a breathtaking location, the Denali lodge serves as the perfect home base for any adventure.

Travel dates


Package prices for 3-Aug-2024 departure:

  • Inside from $3,865 pp twin share / $6,601 pp sole use*
  • Oceanview from $5,105 pp twin share / $9,081 pp sole use*
  • Balcony from $5,455 pp twin share / $9,781 pp sole use*
  • M​ini suite from $6,105 pp twin share / $11,081 pp sole use*

Package prices for 17-Aug-2024 departure:

  • Inside from $3,733 pp twin share / $6,358 pp sole use*
  • Oceanview from $4,943 pp twin share / $8,778 pp sole use*
  • Balcony from $5,303 pp twin share / $9,498 pp sole use*
  • M​ini suite from $5,883 pp twin share / $10,658 pp sole use*

Please call our travel team on 1300 414 198 for more information.

*Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.



Day 1: Upon arrival in Vancouver you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation. Set sail at 4pm.

Day 2: At Sea

Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska - 6am to 2pm

Day 4: Juneau, Alaska - 8am to 9pm

Day 5: Skagway, Alaska - 7am to 8:30pm

Day 6: Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)

Day 7: College Fjord (Scenic Cruising)

Day 8: Disembark the ship in Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska and board a coach for a scenic journey to Kenai Wilderness Lodge.

D​ay 9: Sightsee by coach to the Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge for 1-night. Here you'll settle in with Denali never far from view. Sit and gaze at the majesty of "The Great One" from the lodge's treehouse designed and built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters.

D​ay 10: Between the two Denali-area lodges is some of Alaska's most beautiful scenery. Sightsee by coach to Talkeetna then enjoy the Rail journey to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Located just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park, the lodge is the perfect base camp for exploring the area.

D​ay 11: Today explore Denali National Park on a Natural History Tour, watching for glimpses of Denali as well as Denali's "Big Five"; moose, caribou, bears, wolves and Dall sheep. Later today, you may want to simply relax with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the Nenana River.

D​ay 12: You'll have the morning to relax, then travel by scenic coach to Fairbanks. This afternoon, take a sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise down the Chena River. You'll get to experience Gold Rush history, Native culture and colourful Alaska lifestyle of bush pilots, dog sledders and Native artisans.

D​ay 13: Your memorable vacation ends this morning in Fairbanks with a transfer to the airport.



Suggested Flight Arrival Time:

No later than 2:30 p.m domestic / 2:00 p.m. international on embarkation day. Flights become available to be booked 300 days prior to departure. Travel at 60 can assist you with booking flights. Please call us on 1300 414 198 for more information.

What to Bring?

Clothing Suggestions:

Alaska is very casual both in the evenings, as well as the day. Casual, active sportswear is the best option, as you will likely be enjoying tours and activities outdoors. You'll want comfortable clothes and good walking shoes, and the ability to be layered for everything from sunny afternoons to chilly nights. As the weather can be unpredictable, a warm jacket is advisable.

Here is a brief listing of suggested items:


  • Water repellent coat or jacket
  • Rain hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
  • Lightweight windbreaker
  • Sweaters
  • Pants or shorts


  • Warm coat (temperatures can get lower in the evening)
  • Same attire as worn during the day - casual

Other Recommended Items

  • Cameras
  • Binoculars
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Insect repellent
  • Collapsible umbrella
  • Sunglasses

Coach Transportation

  • Coach segments between all points tend to be shorter in duration than rail.
  • Seating aboard the coaches is not assigned, but guests may be asked to rotate throughout each day to allow everyone access to the forward seats.
  • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
  • Coaches are equipped with restrooms.
  • All sightseeing tours inside Denali National Park are operated by the National Park Service concessionaire. Sightseeing tours inside of Denali National Park use school buses.
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Fine print


Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

*Fares are per person, in AUD, in complete twin accommodation based on the lead category for each stateroom type at time of publication, inclusive of all discounts, taxes, fees and port expenses (which are subject to change). Campaign commences 17 March 2023 and ends on 15 June 2023. Campaign offers are not available on World Cruise and Round Australia itineraries.All offers are subject to availability. Valid for new bookings and not combinable with any other offer. #Savings are based on launch fares released for each itinerary between October 2020 and July 2022.Up to 30% off launch fares is based on Princess Standard fares on selected itineraries. Savings vary by stateroom category, fare type and itinerary. Supplements apply for other stateroom categories. Fares based on specific departure dates only. Higher fares may apply to other departure dates. Princess Cruises has set aside a reasonable number of staterooms which are available at these fares. Once these staterooms are sold, fares may vary. Some staterooms have obstructed views.Princess Standard fare is the cruise fare only without any inclusions. ~Princess Plus fare is valid for the first two guests in the stateroom. Princess Plus fare includes the cruise fare packaged with the Plus Beverage Package, Wi-Fi, 1 device Wi-Fi, premium dessert credits, fitness class credits, and unlimited juice bar. ^^Princess Premier fare is valid for the first two guests in the stateroom. Princess Premier fare includes the cruise fare packaged with the Premier Beverage Package, Four-Device Wi-Fi, Specialty Dining Credits, Photo Package, Princess Prizes credit, premium dessert credits, fitness class credits, unlimited juice bar, reserved theatre seating (production shows only) and more. See for full details, terms and conditions for each fare type.^Onboard spending money is per stateroom and is applied to the first 2 passengers in a stateroom. Amount varies by voyage length as specified up to $200 per stateroom when booking an interior or oceanview fare and up to $400 per stateroom when booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite fare. Onboard spending money expires at the conclusion of your cruise, is not transferable, non-refundable, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at the medical centre or casino. Princess EZair Flight bookings will be subject to Princess EZAir Terms and Conditions available in the Booking and Passage Contract. Any fees charged by the airline for changes, cancellations, excess baggage, and other additional charges must be paid by the passenger. Accommodation prior to embarkation and after disembarking the cruise and transfers between the airport, hotel and cruise terminal are at passenger’s own expense.