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Princess Celebrates 50 Years in Alaska

Princess Cruises has been taking passengers to explore the wonders of Alaska for 50 years! It also can claim the title of taking more guests to Alaska than any other cruise line.

To celebrate this amazing milestone in 2019, Princess Cruises has announced a range of new Alaska-based shore excursions and themed onboard activities to mark its 50th year sailing to the region. Seven Princess ships will sail in Alaska from May to September this year, the largest deployment in the line’s history. 

Alaska Shore Excursions

The shore excursions will offer guests more opportunities to experience Alaska first-hand. They include: 

·        A whale watch by luxury yacht or interactive self-guided jeep tour in Juneau 
·        A rainforest trail bike and hike in Ketchikan 
·        A treetop flyover of Icy Strait Point via the 5,000 feet long ZipRider cable ride, the highest in the US at 1,330 feet above sea level 
·        A boat tour of the 122km Hubbard Glacier and surrounding wildlife 

All of these sound amazing, the whale watching is a perfect excursion for this area and of course the boat tour of the glacier would be a highlight but something tells me that the cable ride would be pretty spectacular to experience too!

Glacier watching from the cruise ship

Onboard Alaska Activities

Several entertainment and culinary initiatives have also been introduced onboard, which will complement Princess’ existing award-winning ‘North to Alaska’ programme. They include: 

·        Local guest speakers – From a ‘Deadliest Catch’ fisherman captain to the first female winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, guests have the chance to meet local experts and hear how Alaska inspired them to pursue their passions and professions 
·        Northern Lights planetarium – An indoor light display that will offers guests the chance to experience The Northern Lights in the Princess Theatre 
·        ‘A Taste of Alaska’ menu items – Including fresh, locally-sourced food such as salmon and crab in both the main dining room and on a new Chef’s Table 
·        Glacier tea and beer tastings – A new take on Long Island Ice Tea, Glacier Tea will be available at the ships’ bars. Topped off with Blue Curacao, the new cocktail will reflect the colour of Alaska’s famous glaciers. A new beer tasting flight will also be offered, featuring blends from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company 

Finally, a mini museum exhibit will be curated onboard featuring notable images throughout the 50 years Princess Cruises has sailed to Alaska. 

Ships in Alaska

As previously mentioned, Princess Cruises is planning the largest deployment of ships to Alaska in 2019. The ships offering cruises to Alaska are: Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Coral Princess, Island Princess, Star Princess, Golden Princess and Grand Princess, with departures offered from Vancouver, Anchorage, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Island Princess Alaska
Island Princess in Alaska

Thinking about an Alaska cruise?

2019 sounds like the perfect time to take a cruise to Alaska but if that feels too soon, 2020 cruises are also now available to book. The season begins in April and stretches until September to avoid the coldest time that Alaska experiences. Alaska is featured in the Seven Cruise Wonders of the World.

Princess Cruises is offering a 7-night Voyage of the Glaciers on Royal Princess, from £598 per person. Departing May 25, 2019, ports of call include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park (scenic cruising) and College Fjord (scenic cruising). 

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663. 

Happy cruising!

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