I am going to Alaska -- first time -- in May. Got packet from Princess last night. Need help with packing ideas, not necessarily what to pack, but how. We leave Anchorage and go to Talkeetna by rail (3 hours), then by motorcoach to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (1-1/2 hours.) Princess says they have a direct to ship program for luggage where your luggage will be delivered to ship on sailing day. They also say they will ship all of your luggage to Mt. McKinley Lodge if you choose not to do this. Any suggestions from someone that has been there, would be greatly appreciated.
Also on the train it says you can only take a small bag (9x14x22) with change of clothes, toiletries, documents, meds, etc. Do you need a change of clothes on the train for three hours or is this just so if your luggage is lost?
From Mt. McKinley lodge, we go by motorcoach to Denali, take afternoon history tour and then on to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Any suggestions on this leg of trip would also be apprectiated. Don't know if we should book something other than Natural History tour, etc.
Next to Fairbanks by rail for one night. Then Fairbanks to Copper River at Copper River Princess Lodge (8 hours by motorcoach). That's a long time to be on a bus, but maybe it's the only way. After two nights here, on to Valdez and then on to Whittier for cruise portion.
As you can tell, I have a lot of questions about this precruise portion of my trip. Thanks in advance for any help and information. It's coming soon and I'm trying not to get in a panic. I am soooooo excited and just can't wait to go.