2025 Denali Lodge or Alaska Cruise Only with Larry Gelwix

Dates August 23 - September 3, 2025
Destination Vancouver, Canada; Day at Sea Ketchikan, AK; Juneau, AK Skagway, AK Glacier Bay National Park, AK; College Fjord, AK; Anchorage, AK; Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, AK; Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, AK;
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 1,819
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Cruise with the Getaway Guru® - Hosted by Larry and Cathy Gelwix! 

Join Getaway Guru®, Larry Gelwix on this fabulous cruise to Alaska. The highlight of this cruise will be a day in Glacier Bay National Park. This park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system.You'll sail on the Sapphire Princess, a cruise ship that has over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options for the whole family! At the conclusion of your cruise, spend the next four days at the Princess Denali Wilderness Lodge, the Mt. McKinley Lodge and a day in beautiful Anchorage. The beauty of this cruise and tour will leave you speechless.

Denali Package SOLD OUT - Selling Cruise Only! Ask for more details! 

Beat the heat of the summer and join us in Alaska!

To book this cruise contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Tour ID #9225H23

Questions? Contact:

Julie DeMille, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6172
Email Julie

Day 1: Saturday, August 23, 2025
Day 1: Saturday, August 23, 2025

Home Cities - Vancouver, Canada - Embarkation!

Flights from home cities to Vancouver to board the Sapphire Princess, our home for the next 8 days. 

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Sunday, August 24, 2025
Day 2: Sunday, August 24, 2025

Day at Sea

On every Princess ship, you'll find so many ways to play, day or night. Explore The Shops of Princess, celebrate cultures at our Festivals of the World or learn a new talent — our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Monday, August 25, 2025
Day 3: Monday, August 25, 2025

Ketchikan, Alaska

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, August 26, 2025
Day 4: Tuesday, August 26, 2025

Juneau, Alaska

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, August 27, 2025
Day 5: Wednesday, August 27, 2025

Skagway, Alaska

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.

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.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, August 28, 2025
Day 6: Thursday, August 28, 2025

Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)

Princess is one of a select few cruise lines permitted to cruise the pristine waters of Glacier Bay, the highlight of our 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Just west of Juneau, this breathtaking national park and preserve boasts some of the world's most spectacular tidewater glaciers, such as Margerie Glacier, which often drops colossal chunks of ice into the sea. Not surprisingly, Glacier Bay National Park and its epic ice giants are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising Alaska's magnificent park system.

During your scenic cruise, friendly Park Rangers will join the ship to share their knowledge of this amazing place and host a fun Junior Ranger program for kids. They may even be able to help you identify Glacier Bay's abundant wildlife, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and large colonies of seabirds.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, August 29, 2025
Day 7: Friday, August 29, 2025

College Fjord (Scenic Cruising)

College Fjord and its glaciers were named after prestigious east coast schools by the college professors who first laid eyes upon their majesty. Stretching for miles, these massive rivers of ice tumble down from mountains and through valleys, dipping into the pristine waters of the fjord. There you'll have a chance to watch the awe-inspiring process of glaciers calving, or dropping enormous pillars of ice into the sea, as they crack and land with a thunderous splash – a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!

College Fjord not only boasts the world's largest collection of tidewater glaciers, but it features magnificent snowcapped mountains as far as the eyes can see. Plus, during the summer, it's not unheard of to catch a glimpse of one of the area's 40-ton humpback whales feeding in the waters of the fjord.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, August 30, 2025
Day 8: Saturday, August 30, 2025

Anchorage (Whittier) - Disembarkation - Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

We leave the ship and board a comfortable motorcoach for a scenic drive that takes us straight from the ship to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, situated a short shuttle ride away from spectacular Denali National Park. If you do not have the Denali Wilderness Lodge Package, you will leave to head home today. 

Denali is the highest peak in North America and is surrounded by one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries. Denali National Park is home to many types of wildlife including caribou, moose, wolves, Dall sheep, bald eagles, and the mighty grizzly bears. Leave it to Princess to offer excursions for all types of adventurers. Enjoy a scenic float down the Nenana River or an exhilarating jetboat safari. Play a round of golf in the Midnight Sun or rise above it on a thrilling flightseeing tour. Hike in the backcountry, hoot and holler at the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre, or visit an Iditarod champion's dog kennel ... and hold the puppies! It's all up to you. Let us introduce you to Denali National Park - up close!

This evening, relax on the deck and enjoy stunning views of the Nenana River Canyon.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, August 31, 2025
Day 9: Sunday, August 31, 2025

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

The entire day is free to spend however you choose. Why not get to know Denali National Park with a Natural History Tour or other activities such as a husky homestead tour, whitewater rafting or a glacier landing via helicopter. Be sure to check out Fannie Q's Saloon, named after a famed local homesteader, or sit outside at a fireside patio.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Monday, September 1, 2025
Day 10: Monday, September 1, 2025

Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

The journey by Princess Rail to Talkeetna is unforgettable. Once you've arrived there, transfer by motorcoach to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. After getting settled in, relax out on the deck or sit and gaze at the majesty of "The Great One" from the lodge's treehouse designed and built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Tuesday, September 2, 2025
Day 11: Tuesday, September 2, 2025

Anchorage, Alaska

Arrive in Anchorage by motorcoach and get settled in the Hotel Captain Cook for an overnight stay. You might enjoy getting out to see the shops, restaurants and cultural attractions of this surprisingly metropolitan city.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Wednesday, September 3, 2025
Day 12: Wednesday, September 3, 2025

Anchorage - Flights Home

Today we leave the Alaskan adventure and fly to our home cities with incredible memories!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included for Cruise and Denali Package:

  • 12-day cruise/tour onboard the Sapphire Princess and in the Denali Wilderness Lodge
  • Meals and entertainment on board
  • Hosted by Getaway Guru®, Larry Gelwix
  • Private group activities onboard during sea days

Not Included:

  • Government fees and taxes of $299 per person
  • Flights to/from Vancouver, Canada
  • Airport to ship round trip transfers 
  • Optional excursions in ports 
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended!!) 
  • Onboard ship gratuities

Optional Pricing for Denali and Cruise Package: SOLD OUT

  • Inside Cabin - $1,819 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking
  • Ocean View Cabin - $2,574 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking
  • Balcony Cabin - $2,959 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking

Private Excursion Pricing:

  • Juneau: Whale Watching, Marine Life, & Mendenhall Glacier - Pricing coming soon!
  • Ketchikan: Potlatch Totem Park, Herring Bay & Cove, Wildlife Viewing, & Ketchikan City Tour - Pricing coming soon!

Pricing for Cruise Only:

  • Inside Cabin - $598 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking
  • Ocean View Cabin - $1,504 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking
  • Balcony Cabin - $1,889 based on double occupancy **subject to availability at time of booking
  • Call for pricing on single, triple or quad. 

Payment Terms:

  • $250 per person deposit due at time of booking (Princess promotion can be increased at any time)
  • Final payment due April 25, 2025
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