Whale watching. Spotting grizzlies in the wild. Witnessing the northern lights, even in summer. Eating king crab legs as long as your arm. Alaska is a place that will have a profound impact on any child. And there’s no better way to experience the northernmost state than with Princess Cruises, which is celebrating its 50th year of cruising in Alaska. Here are nine reasons why your family needs to set sail in Alaska this summer.
Alaska is enormous — the largest state in America — and much of it is only accessible by air or water. Case in point: the capital of Juneau, which you can’t reach by road. Since Princess Cruises has been plying these waters for 50 years and takes more guests here than any other line, it’s no surprise that they’ve got Alaska vacations down to a science. There are trips that include both land and sea, taking in majestic sights like the wildlife-filled Denali National Park and offering up exciting highlights that kids will love, like visiting a wilderness treehouse. Last summer, my family opted for a classic seven-day Alaska sailing on the Ruby Princess, exploring the best of the Inside Passage. We sailed roundtrip from Seattle, calling on Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier National Park, plus a stop on the way back home in Victoria, British Columbia.