Cruise Alaska From San Francisco with Princess!
Enjoy a journey to Alaska from the port of San Francisco. Princess Cruises will be offering cruises all summer. Witness the crackle of a towering glacier calving in icy-blue Tracy Arm Fjord. Learn about culture and Native history in Ketchikan. And soak up a little frontier flavor by following the Gold Rush Trail onboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad in Skagway.
There are certain things in Alaska you must experience - salmon fishing in a quiet river, watching a family of bears forage for berries, or admiring a Native craftsman carving a totem pole. That's why Princess Cruises offers hundreds of optional excursions available to choose from. Every excursion is carefully selected by Princess for their quality, value and to maximize your vacation time. And there are excursions for every interest, from nature and wildlife to activities and adventures, history, sightseeing and more.
10 Day Alaska Cruises Round trip San Francisco
onboard Grand Princess
Day 1 - San Francisco, CA
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Juneau, Alaska
Day 5 - Skagway, Alaska
Day 6 - Tracy Arm Fjord Cruising or Glacier Bay National Park Cruising
Day 7 - Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Victoria, BC
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 8 - San Francisco, CA
May 6, 16, 26
June 5, 15, 25
July 5, 15, 25
August 4, 14, 24
September 3, 13
From $1249 US
Juneau - In 1880, it was slow going for Joe Juneau and Richard Harris as they searched for gold with the help of Native guides. After climbing mountains, forging streams and facing countless difficulties, they found nuggets "as large as beans." From their discovery came three of the largest gold mines in the world. By the end of World War II, more than $150 million in gold had been mined. Eventually the mines closed, but the town Joe Juneau founded became the capital of Alaska and the business of gold was replaced by the business of government. Some 30,000 people live in Juneau. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Only Kiruna, Sweden, and Sitka, Alaska, exceed Juneau's 3,248 square miles. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Skagway - Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest. Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail. The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome. Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.
Tracy Arm Fjord - Named after Civil War general Benjamin Franklin Tracy, this narrow fjord is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Juneau. Breathtaking Tracy Arm extends over 30 miles long, with nearly a quarter of its area covered in ice. In fact, it encompasses some of Alaska's largest glaciers, including the twin Sawyer glaciers, which often expel enormous chunks of ice into the waters below in a magnificent process known as calving. During the summer when Princess ships visit, icebergs float along the surface of the glistening water in an array of sizes, from just a few inches up to three stories wide. Protected within the Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm Fjord is a haven for wildlife. Black and brown bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and a variety of seabirds have been spotted in the area. As you glide through the pristine fjord, you'll first pass by a lush forest where a number of beautiful waterfalls cascade down, and then you'll be treated to views of snowcapped mountains and blue-tinged glaciers more spectacular than you could ever imagine.
Ketchikan - Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town. In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
Victoria - Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Founded in 1843 by James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company, the city was first known as Fort Victoria. By 1848, Vancouver Island was a British colony and Victoria was its capital. In 1858, Victoria was a tent city and the base for some 25,000 prospectors on their way to the Frasier River gold fields. When Vancouver Island was incorporated with mainland British Columbia in 1868, Victoria became the capital of the entire province. Although it's a port city, Victoria is not as industrially oriented as Vancouver. The harbors, especially Inner Harbour, are dotted with pleasure craft, ferries and floatplanes. The city is renowned for its beautiful gardens, charming houses and very British feel.
At any hour, wherever you go on your Princess ship, our chefs are busy baking, grilling and sauteing the ingredients of your next meal. Bread and pastries are baked fresh three times a day, and sauces are prepared by hand. On tonight's menu? A signature Princess pasta - served with freshly-prepared sauces. Or perhaps a lean cut steak, perfectly complemented by a glass of pinot noir. Another night, it could be homemade Italian pizza by the pool. That's the beauty of dining on a Princess ship - there's always something to match whatever your mood might be.
Discover more about yourself as well as the world around you with a variety of onboard activities. Take an enriching class on cooking, ceramics, photography and more. Shop our Duty-Free Boutiques or log on to the Web with your wireless laptop. For something physical, take an exercise class at the gym, practice your putt on the green, or get a massage at the Lotus Spa. It's all here, exclusively on Princess.
There are endless ways to spend the day on a Princess cruise. Even if you never leave the ship during our days in port, you can always find something new to do onboard. Our ships offer multiple entertainment venues and performances, allowing you the flexibility to go see a show before or after dinner, or on another night entirely. Revitalize from head to toe with a blissful treatment or message at the Lotus Spa, named "Best on a Cruise Ship" by the Spafinder Wellness 365. Or visit our state-of-the-art fitness center for an invigorating workout with our expert trainers. Everyone is welcome to join us for an exciting, entertaining and fun time with your friendly casino staff. Join us for Bingo, slots activity, card games and much more, please see our interactive guide. Discover the world of art onboard Princess. Every ship has art experts and world-class caliber artwork to enrich your cruise experience, or perhaps, even to take home. Plus, our fully equipped Youth Centers and Teen Lounges are staffed with experienced counselors, ready to entertain kids and teens all day and evening.
All pricing above is in US Dollars, per person. Port charges & taxes are additional. Pricing is based on two people sharing and subject to availability. The "From" price listed on our website is for the May 6th departure date; other dates may have different pricing, please inquire. All pricing is based on availability and subject to change by the cruise line at any time. For more information please contact one of our Alaska Specialists!