The 2021 Cruise Alternative: Alaska Land Excursions

Moose at Eagle River Nature Center

by Northwest Travel & Life Staff

Cruise ships are famous for their add-on land excursions. In fact, most cruise passengers clamor for the most popular excursions before they are sold out. While it is not likely you’ll be boarding a cruise ship this year, you can still take advantage of land excursions to see the best of Alaska.

In the 2021 season, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises offer many ways for travelers to experience Alaska through Gray Line Alaska, Princess Alaska Lodges and Holland America Line’s Westmark Hotels, giving travelers a combination of tours, lodging and sightseeing options on land. Package tour offerings include two Escorted Tours, which include a tour director who travels with the group every step of the way, and three Explorer Tours, unescorted but with helpful staff members at each location.

The Escorted Denali and Kenai Excursion is a nine-day guided journey that begins in Fairbanks and moves on to Denali National Park for two nights in Denali, then on to Kenai Peninsula for two nights in a wilderness lodge, ending in Anchorage. It includes transportation aboard Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar service.

The Escorted Triple Denali is a seven-day guided trip that begins in Anchorage, travels to Denali National Park aboard Alaska Railroad GoldStar service, spends three nights at Denali and ends in Fairbanks.

The Explorer Tours last from six to seven days, depending on the tour, and include a Fairbanks-Denali itinerary and two Kenai-Denali itineraries.

For more information and to book an Alaska tour vacation, go to Gray Line Alaska.