S: Alaska CruiseTour Aug / Sept 2011
FC: The Great Outdoors Alaska 2011
1: Princess Alaska CruiseTour Aug / Sept 2011 Cruise Vancouver - Whittier Land Tour Anchorage - Fairbanks
2: Vancouver, British Columbia | We're on our way... from Seattle to the ship in Vancouver
3: Welcome to downtown Vancouver!
4: Canada Place, a Canadian icon, is home to the Vancouver cruise ship terminal
6: Checking into our room ... | Our room
7: ... followed by a quick tour of the ship
8: Ketchikan, Alaska | Ketchikan... our first port and the salmon capital of the world!
9: Creek Street, home to restaurants, unique curio shops, the "Dolly's House Museum," and...
10: ... some of the best salmon viewing areas in Ketchikan
11: More sights around town
12: Juneau, Alaska | Enroute to Alaska's capital city
13: State Capital Building | The Great Bear | Juneau City Museum | Governor's House
14: Mendenhall Glacier | River rafting | Mendenhall Lake | Tongass Forest | The natural beauty of Juneau
15: Visitor Center | Mendenhall Glacier | Stepping stones | Glacier Icebergs
16: Nugget Falls and Nugget Beach at Mendenhall Glacier with Rick & Lorraine (Hondo, TX) (Celebrity Millennium)
17: Skagway, Alaska | The deep-water port of Skagway, the "Gateway to the Klondike," is a coastal community rich in Gold Rush history.
18: The romance and excitement of yesteryear linger around every street corner | Skagway Walking Tour
19: Klondike Gold Rush Fever | Skagway staging area
20: Built during the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass & Yukon Railroad connected Skagway to the Yukon and beyond in NW Canada
21: The Skagway area abounds with prime hiking trails | Smuggler's Cove & Chilkat Mountains | Yakutania Point | Smuggler's Cove Trail | Lower Dewey Lake Trail
22: Glacier Bay, Alaska | Johns Hopkins Glacier (Actively advancing tidewater glacier) | Gilmore Glacier (Meets up and makes advance with Johns Hopkins) | Scenery around Johns Hopkins | Tour boat cruising through icebergs
23: Viewing of glaciers and calving from our balcony
24: Located at the deep end of Glacier Bay, Margerie Glacier and Grand Pacific Glacier are in the Fairweather Range at the Alaska-Canada border | Margerie Glacier | Grand Pacific Glacier
25: College Fjord, Alaska | College Fjord, located in Prince William Sound, offered wildlife viewing and a presentation from Alaskan naturalist, Kathy Slamp
26: From lazy sea days to formal nights... our cruise ends in Whittier, Alaska... | Our Champagne Balcony Breakfast
28: Anchorage, Alaska | ...our land tour begins at the Log Cabin Visitor Center
29: Followed by a local sight-seeing tour to the Ulu Factory, featuring the homemade ulu (an Alaskan all-purpose knife)
30: All Aboard | Traveling by rail on Princess Tours' Midnight Sun Express Ultra Domes from Anchorage to Denali | Reindeer Chili lunch
31: Enjoying an "Ultra" view of Alaska's wilderness
32: Much of the Alaskan tundra, underlaid by permafrost (permanently frozen soil), supports black and green spruce trees as much as 200 years old
33: Talkeetna, Alaska Rail Depot ("Northern Exposure" TV Show filmed here) | Magnificent views of autumn in Alaska
34: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge | The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge sits on the banks of the Nenana River
35: ... in a warm, inviting atmosphere with spectacular views of Denali National Park
36: Denali National Park | Our tundra wilderness excursion begins
37: Heading closer to the Alaska Range and the "Great One"
38: Wildlife sightings along the way | Caribou locking horns | Musk Ox | Moose at water's edge | Black Bear | Reindeer
39: Caribou locking horns | Alaska Dall Sheep | Grizzly Bear
40: Mount McKinley " | Our journey culminates at Eielson Visitor Center with amazing views of Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level | Known as Denali or the "Great One"
41: Fairbanks, Alaska | From Denali to Fairbanks for lunch at Riverboat Landing and our Sternwheeler Riverboat Cruise
42: Iditarod | In March Iditarod mushers embark on an annual dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska | First stop on riverboat cruise Susan Butcher Mush Camp | Iditarod restart was originally in Wasilla (hometown of Sarah Palin) | Susan Butcher was 2nd woman to win Iditarod and went on to win 4 times in 5 years
43: Chena Native Indian Village | A replica village of Chena Athabascan culture gives tourists a taste of early Alaskan life
44: Discovering Alaska
45: What an amazing trip!