May 2015 - Star Princess to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska
We enjoyed the Star Princess for our 7 day cruise of the Inside Passage and found this ship to be very friendly and the food was excellent!
The land tour we took was an 8 day escorted tour to 4 of the Princess Lodges (Kenai, Copper River, Denali and Fairbanks) and all the surrounding area. This by far exceeding our expectations for this tour. We traveled by bus, catamaran, train to the various places staying 2 days at each lodge. The travel days were long as Alaska is a huge state to cover and then the tour day was filled with whatever you chose to do on your own. Some tours are included in the escorted tour in Denali and Fairbanks. We added the Kenai Peninsula Wilderness tour for Kenai and it was by far the most outstanding day we had and money well spent! We added a short rafting trip in Copper River which was ok but not our favorite.
The vouchers you are given for your meals were great! You basicly order whatever you want from the menu including the Alaskan crab legs which were awesome! we felt you got your moneys worth from food alone and lodging on the escorted tour.
Our tour guide Lori Butler was the best ever and she was with us every moment of the trip except when off on our own. She handled all the arrangements ahead and had each days itinerary all set for us as far as room keys, vouchers, and times to meet. You have lots of independence but travel days we were a group on a bus. She shared so much about Alaska as we traveled the many miles and often made unscheduled stops to see something of interest.
This is a very exhausting trip as you do a lot in 8 days of which 4 days you travel all day so be prepared to rest when you get home or do the cruise on the second week as we did the cruise first.
We felt this trip was worth every penny spent!