Alaska Cruise-Tour Itinerary

Tuesday, May 14, 2019        Sunrise: 4:31 a.m.      Sunset: 11:05 p.m.      Weather: 65°  Cloudy 
TRANSFER: FAI AIRPORT TO HOTEL – Welcome to Fairbanks, Alaska! Upon arrival, please proceed one floor down to the baggage claim area.  Visit the Tour Desk to receive your Fairbanks Welcome Envelope and hotel luggage tags.  Once you claim your luggage from the baggage carousel, affix the hotel luggage tags and give it to our luggage crew for hotel delivery.  A Guest Service Host will direct you to your hotel shuttle.  All flight arrivals will be met, regardless of time.  If you are unable to locate a representative, please take a cab to your hotel and request a receipt for reimbursement.   Please note: If you have purchased air on your own, we must be advised of your air schedule at least 14 days prior to departure.  Please complete this information via the Cruise Personalizer on or have your travel consultant call Princess at 1-800-774-6237.  If we do not receive the flight information, you will not receive the transfer and will be ineligible for reimbursement of this service.

It is important to remember to keep all valuables, medications, passport, travel documents and medical supplies on your person. Your hand-carried tote should be properly labeled with your name and address. As a three-hour wait is possible to receive bags once you arrive at each location on your land tour, please include items you will want immediately in your hand-carried piece. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17x14x4 with a zip enclosure. Wheeled carry-on cases that are used as carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches and trains.   For additional information on luggage, please refer to the Alaska cruisetour section of Cruise Answer Place on You will receive your Cruisetour luggage tags upon arrival at your first Alaska city.

Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge 4477 Pike’s Landing Road Fairbanks, AK 99709 Phone: (907) 455-4477 Fax: (907) 455-5094   Check-in time is 4:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 am.   When making airline reservations please be aware of check-in and check-out times as many flights in/out of Fairbanks are in the middle of the night. Due to high capacity in the summer, the hotel cannot always accommodate early check-in or late check-out. You may need to book an additional night.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019         Sunrise: 4:28 a.m.           Sunset: 11:09 p.m.  Weather: 66° Cloudy 

Gold Dredge 8 & Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise Enjoy a morning tour with a close up view of the TransAlaska pipeline and a presentation about the history and operation. Then hop aboard the hand-built replica of the narrow gauge Tanana Valley Railroad, which delivered supplies to gold camps in the early 1900s. The conductor will regale you with stories and songs from days of yore along the way. You will then tour Gold Dredge 8, a National Historical Monument. After your tour, you have a chance to pan for gold yourself. You will find gold – we guarantee it! After panning, visit the gift shop and enjoy complimentary coffee and fresh homemade cookies prior to reboarding the train for your return trip.

For the afternoon, board the only remaining authentic Alaskan sternwheeler for a cruise along the Chena and Tanana rivers. The Riverboat Discovery features an open sun deck, and heated indoor viewing areas equipped with video monitors. Along the way, you will see a bush pilot perform a takeoff and landing demonstration, watch a sled dog demonstration and stop by the Old Chena Indian Village for a glimpse into Alaskan life and history. This tour is narrated and complimentary coffee and donuts are served along the way. Lunch is included at the riverboat landing.

For the late afternoon there is an optional trip to North Pole Alaska. This is not sponsored by Princess. We have a special Charter bus departing the Princess Lodge at approximately 5:30 p.m.  for a 30 minute ride to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, where we will have the opportunity to shop and enjoy being at the North Pole. The cost is $30 per person for the bus.   The Santa Claus House is one of the most extensive Santa Shops around and you will find items that are not available anywhere else, including the opportunity to purchase a square inch of North Pole land for just $10.    We will be there for about two hours, during which time we will also have a chance to allow some of our couples to renew their wedding vows.   We plan on returning to the hotel between 8:30 and 9:0 p.m.

Evening at leisure .   Remember that Sunset will be around 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2019        Sunrise in Fairbanks: 4:24 a.m.          Sunset in Denali: 10:52 p.m.  

COACH: FAIRBANKS HOTEL TO DENALI – Motorcoach: Fairbanks to Denali Travel time is approximately 3 hours (121 miles).  Weather: 41° Cloudy 
DENALI PRINCESS WILDERNESS LODGE – Mile 238.9 Parks Highway Denali National Park, AK 99755 Phone: (907) 683-2282   Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out is 11:00am.

AFTERNOON AT LEISURE –  Use this time to enhance your Alaska experience with an optional land excursion. Stop by the Tour Desk for more information, or reserve an excursion in advance by visiting the Cruise Personalizer on

Friday, May 17, 2019           Sunrise: 4:39 a.m.          Sunset: 10:55 p.m.   Weather: 42° Clouds/Sun 
Your cruisetour currently includes the park tour listed below. 

Start the morning early with a hearty breakfast . Then between 7 and 8:30, board the Morning Natural History Tour where you can glimpse the epic sweep of Denali National Park on this guided tour that travels 30 miles to the Teklanika River. Hear about the history and culture that surrounds you at a Living History presentation while visiting Savage Cabin. Find out about the local native culture and their stories at Primrose Ridge.   The tour is approximately 5 hours in duration and includes bottled water. Due to Park Service regulations, school buses are used. The buses do not have restrooms; however, rest stops are made approximately every 90 minutes. Please check your Welcome Envelope upon arrival for your exact departure time and tour number. Tour times are subject to change without previous notice.   The tour departs between 7-8:30 am.

Afternoon at leisure Use this time to enhance your Alaska experience with an optional land excursion. Stop by the Tour Desk for more information, or reserve an excursion in advance by visiting the Cruise Personalizer on
Saturday, May 18, 2019        Sunrise in Denali: 4:36 a.m.      Sunset in Anchorage: 10:48 p.m. Weather: 60° Partly Cloudy Rain 20%

Direct to the Wilderness Rail: Denali National Park to Whittier Your travel time to Whittier (Anchorage) is approximately 9 1/4 hours (295 miles) with the train scheduled to depart Denali National Park at 8:15 a.m. and arrive in Whittier at 5:30 p.m. Please have your cruise documents and passport in your possession and ready for your arrival in Whittier. Also, please note that luggage storage on the train is limited to the area immediately beneath your feet.   Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase while on the train.   Smoking is prohibited in the train cars and the outdoor viewing platforms. Board the Royal Princess for our one week cruise.         ROYAL PRINCESS DEPARTS:  8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019            Sunrise: 4:32 a.m.      Sunset: 9:58 p.m.  Weather: 40° Sunny 
Hubbard Glacier (scenic Cruising), Alaska, United States 
Day One of School4Santas
Monday, May 20, 2019         Sunrise: 4:30 a.m.      Sunset: 9:40 p.m.   Weather: 59°  Showers 50% 
Glacier Bay National Park (scenic Cruising), Alaska, U.S. 
Day Two of School4Santas
Tue, May 21, 2019         Sunrise: 4:14 a.m.      Sunset: 9:42 p.m.  Weather: 58°  Rain most of the day
Skagway, Alaska, United States 
Wed, 05/22/19         Sunrise: 4:17 a.m.      Sunset: 9:32 p.m.   Weather: 58°  Periods of rain
Juneau, Alaska, United States 
Thu, 05/23/19           Sunrise: 4:24 a.m.      Sunset: 9:03 p.m.   Weather:  55°  Light afternoon rain
Ketchikan, Alaska, United States 
Fri, 05/24/19          Sunrise:   5:30 a.m.      Sunset:   9:17p.m.   Weather: 60° Rain
At Sea:   Day Three of School4Santas and Graduation
Saturday, 05/25/19   Sunrise:   5:17 am      Weather: 66° Thunderstorms
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada      Docking:  7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
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