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Last week, my husband, Adam and I were lucky enough to go on a seven night Princess Cruise Line cruise to Alaska on the beautiful Ruby Princess!  I am super excited to be working with Princess to share my experiences and pass along what I learned to future Alaska cruising passengers!

Now, Alaska was always on my bucket list of things to do, but Adam wasn’t as enthusiastic about it, let’s just say he was kind of “meh” about visiting Alaska – could take it or leave it.

We live in Michigan and when we go on vacation we typically like to head South to warm and tropical. However, when this opportunity to partner with Princess Cruise Line was presented – OMG, we jumped at it!

Alaska Cruise - Princess Pinky Girl

SPOILER ALERT – Wow…were we wrong about Alaska (by we I mean Adam) – if this trip is not on the top of your bucket list, it is time to rearrange that bucket list right now!!! This was the trip of a lifetime! Alaska is beyond amazing AND I got my husband to admit he was wrong (bonus points for me!)

So what is so great about Alaska, you ask? It is eye-opening, jaw-dropping, drop-dead gorgeous! The air is crisp and clean, and the sights are amazing – it is the miracle of mother nature right at your fingertips and before your eyes.

Iceberg pictures - Princess Pinky Girl

There are many different ways to see Alaska – obviously, we chose to go the cruise ship route – I would totally recommend this!

There are so many wonderful places to see and cruising just makes it so much easier – you unpack once and let the ship take you to the sites! Not to mention, what isn’t great about getting totally catered to while on the ship – great meals, great spa, great entertainment – the perfect way to see the beautiful Alaskan sites!

Creek Street - Princess Pinky Girl
Tracy Arm Fjord - Princess Pinky Girl

From seaplanes to catamarans, from crab to salmon, from helicopters to dog sleds – we did it all!

This post is the first of my PPG TRAVEL Alaska series (check out my pics on Instagram #PPGTRAVEL) – Click here to see all of my posts on Alaska – I will have posts about the ship, excursions, ports, packing lists, and more, over the next few weeks! I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about planning your own trip to Alaska!

In the meantime, check out a few of my pictures highlighting our trip! Much more to come!!

All you need to know about an Alaskan Cruise

Looking for some packing tips for your Alaska cruise? Check this post on how to pack for a cruise to Alaska!

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Did you love Alaska? Looking for that next “bucket list” trip? Check out our 4 Day Iceland Itinerary and see all of the amazing things to do in Iceland!

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Wondering what to do in Alaska? Check out this post of Alaska excursions!

Alaska Excursion Guide

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  1. You probably did not travel to the interior of Alaska–the Land of the Midnight Sun. For many of us, this is the true Alaska. Temperatures sometimes reach forty to fifty below zero degrees in the winter and there is almost twenty-four hours of light in the summer around the solstice. Denali, the tallest peak in North American, is only a little over a hundred miles away. Yes, Alaska is beautiful, awesome, magnificent, breath-taking and many more descriptive words. And you can’t begin to appreciate the entirety of this great state until you visit Fairbanks and the surrounding area.

  2. This trip sounds awesome. I have been on several cruises but never on the Princess line. Can you tell me what you like about Princess? I’m looking into taking a cruise for Christmas Break.


  3. I am usually a RCI cruiser, but have been considering Princess for Alaska. After reading your blog I plan to look into Princess Lines more closely. Thanks!

  4. Princess Pinky Girl,
    I really want to go on an Alaskan cruise now! Do you think it would be a fun girls trip? It looks like a lot of fun and so beautiful!

  5. What a fantastic trip. Princess Cruise Line is one of my favorites, Amazing photos. Was it cold there?

    1. We had all types of weather – one day I was wearing down (on the glacier) the next I was sitting by the pool – probably why we brought 150 LBS of luggage!!

      1. I’m curious to know if you went swimming or spent time in the hot tub? We are travelling from tropical Queensland, (winter it is about 75 during the day) and we travel June 2017, so I wanted to know if you think we will need swimmers?

      2. You probably don’t need more than one swim suit (aka swimmers) – there were people in the hot tub in the afternoon and evenings and in June it should be warmer than when we were there in May. We had some 70 degree days and it was really nice to sit out on the deck.