Gold Panning with Princess Cruises

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Experience your own Gold Rush! Try your hand at panning for gold in Alaska. Discovery at Sea with Princess Cruises. 

Surrounded by magnificent natural beauty, Skagway holds a unique place in Alaskan history. Known as the "Gateway to the Yukon," Skagway played a key role in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898. Its dramatic history is still alive and your motorcoach tour begins with a scenic drive through the center of town. You can sense the excitement and nostalgia around every corner as you drive past boardwalk-lined streets and false-front buildings, through historic downtown on your way to Liarsville.

So named for the tall-tales that journalists reported from the area during the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush, Liarsville is a recreation of a tent city from 1898, complete with all the fun and excitement of its heyday. Gather under the Hippodrome, where a cast of sourdoughs and dance hall girls entertain you with a robust melodrama, recite poetry by the "Bard of the North," Robert Service and teach you the art of gold panning.

Then you're set free in the Liarsville gold fields with a guarantee that you'll find that precious metal that drove men and women wild with gold fever. Once you've made your fortune, take some time to wander through the camp and visit the Fancy Goods Gift Shop, bordello and laundry tents where you can view the antiques and vintage clothing left behind by miners and ladies of the evening. Have your photo taken with a dance hall girl or the camp mascot, a lovable Alaskan malamute named Denali and enjoy some cookies and traditional apple cider.

Departing the camp, you'll continue your motorcoach journey paralleling the famed White Pass & Yukon Route railroad. You'll thrill to breathtaking views as you reach the summit, 3,290 feet above sea level. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with stories of stampeders as you trace their footsteps along Brackett's Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and the infamous Tormented Valley. Have your camera ready, as there are a number of photo opportunities along the way.

At the completion of your adventure, you will have the option of returning directly to the ship or you may choose to stay in town and explore sensational Skagway independently.

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