I did this tour last year, and there is nothing to worry about.
You are given two luggage tags for each passenger - one tag is for luggage (max 1 item per person, in addition to your hand baggage) which will travel with you on the tour and be delivered to each hotel you stay at overnight.
The other tag is for luggage that will be transported securely from the ship to the hotel on the last night of your stay (ie your swimming things, formal clothes and the other items you will not need on the land tour) and you check this luggage in as normal when you fly home.
I found that a medium sized soft bag (on wheels, bought on board the ship for about $15) held everything I needed for the land tour - sweaters, trousers, boots, coat - remember that there is no formal "dressing for dinner" on the land tour, and with the majority of my luggage being reunited with me at the end of the land tour, there was far less unpacking and packing needed at the overnight stops.
Relax - Princess are THE experts at Alaskan land tours - they own the buses, they own the hotels, they even own the railway carriages. Everything is incredibly well organised.
The land part of the tour is tiring - but the experience is absolutely FANTASTIC! There are some excursions included, but the optional ones are good value and an unmissable experience. I'd do it all again tomorrow.
Many thanks to all three people above who have given me valuable info on the landtour. Think I shall go ahead & book now!
Princess land tours in Alaska are superbly organised and they do a great job of sorting and carrying your luggage. We were there 2 years ago. My husband and I took one suitcase [large] on land tour and the other joined us in Fairbanks. It was in our hotel room on arrival. No problems the princess labeling system works.
I travelled with Princess in June 08 with a land tour over the Rockies, cruised to Alaska and the land tour to Fairbanks. There are restrictions on the Denali land tours but it is only that you can have one case each on the tour coach with your other luggage being transported to your final hotel. It really works well as you do not have to fill your lodges with cases you do not need ( all your cruiseing attire that is not required). My one concern with the Denali tour was that Princess might charge top prices for food at the lodges as they had a captive audiance but I was supprised at the reasonable prices and the good quality of the food. With regard to the cruise this has to be the No 1 cruiseing experiance. The glaciers are breathtaking and although it is cold you must be on the top deck to appreciiate to size of them. We also saw bears on the waters edge so take binoculars. To say more could spoil it for you. The whole trip was as Princess say "an experience". We had 27 day's (we added 6 day's in Vancouver at the end of the tour) and didn't regret 1 of them. It was an experience you should not miss.
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