Over the summer, I took a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska via a cruise and land tour with Princess Cruises. We started off with a 7 day cruise and visited Ketchikan, Juno, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park and College Fjord. Glacier Bay was amazing with icy waters, freezing cold temperatures and watching Margerie Glacier calving. The cruise stopped in front of Margerie Glacier for 30 minutes so we could watch as the glaciers broke, it was a marvelous site to see and hear. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
After the cruise, we took a 10 hour train ride from Whittier to Denali National Park. The train had 360 views, which were spectacular! I was able to capture some great shots from this ride.
Then we stayed at the Princess Lodge in Denali National Park for two nights, so on the full day, we took an 11 hour bus ride all the way to end of Denali. We saw a lot of Moose, Mountain Goat, Caribou, but only one bear. Mt. McKinley was also in clear view in the morning hours, but then by Noon, it was covered in clouds and you could no longer see it.
We then stayed at the Mt. McKinley Princess lodge for one night and I decided to stay on the viewing deck for most of the night to capture both the sunset and sunrise over the Denali Mountain Range. For the entire night, the sky stayed pink with strange cloud formations which made for some interesting night sky shots.
We ended the trip with a one night stay in Anchorage and then flew back home. Princess cruises handled everything from the cruise to all of the hotel stays, bus rides, train ride and our luggage from place to place. It was a great trip and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
Please click here and enjoy the beautiful landscape shots I took during my trip.