Princess Cruises celebrates 50 years of Alaska sailings
Princess Cruises first began cruising to Alaska on 3 June 1969 with Princess Italia carrying 525 guests to this breathtaking bucket-list destination. This year, the #1 cruise line in Alaska, is celebrating its 50 years of sailing to the Great Land by introducing new entertainment, shore excursions and culinary offerings to mark this significant milestone.
New programs will be available onboard seven Princess Cruises ships sailing in Alaska for the upcoming May through September season, marking the cruise line’s largest deployment ever and featuring the debut of Royal Princess, the first time a Princess MedallionClass™ ship will be sailing in Alaska. Considered a breakthrough in the holiday industry, the OceanMedallion wearable device features leading-edge technology that delivers personalised service through enhanced guest-crew interactions, eliminates friction points and enables interactive entertainment.
“Princess Cruises host more guests in Alaska than any other cruise line and the region continues to be a bucket-list destination for many Australians.” Said Princess Cruises’ Sales and Marketing Director, Nick Ferguson.
“As the destination experts, I’m excited about the launch of the new entertainment, shore excursions and culinary offering in celebration of our 50th year cruising the region. These elements go in to creating immersive experiences that transform into life-long memories for our guests.”
As the recognised cruise line leader, Princess offers a variety of cruise and cruisetour options highlighting the state’s must-see attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Alaska cruises range in length from seven to 12 days and depart from Vancouver, Anchorage (Whittier), Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Princess also owns and operates five wilderness lodges nestled in scenic riverside locations near National Parks offering more than 20 unique cruisetour options for guests. Princess cruisetours highlight the best of Alaska by combining a seven-day cruise with a multi-night land tour and exclusive “Direct to the Wilderness” rail service – giving travelers a seamless Princess holiday experience in the Great Land.
New for 2019, as part of the Alaska cruisetour offerings, is the grand opening of Fannie Q’s Saloon at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. This new restaurant and bar named after famed Alaskan pioneer, Fannie Quigley, will showcase her story and locally inspired dishes in a modern saloon setting, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just outside of Fannie Q’s Saloon, the new Fireside Patio also debuts with three firepits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at this new cozy spot. Last, newly named Grizzly Burger offers a fast-casual restaurant serving up the cruise line’s award-winning Ernesto burger, named “Best Burger a Sea” by Cruise Critic. This uniquely crafted ribeye burger was created exclusively for Princess by burger expert Chef Ernesto Uchimura.
An exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters offers guests the ultimate Denali view in an unforgettable setting.
For this anniversary year, specially-themed offerings are added to the award-winning “North to Alaska” onboard lineup that brings unique Alaska experiences to life through local seafood and real Alaskans coming aboard to share their stories:
Northern Lights Planetarium – Gazing up at the Northern Lights is an unforgettable natural phenomenon. Now, guests have the opportunity to enter the indoor planetarium in the Princess Theater and look up at this aurora, a natural and colorful light display.
Adventures Ashore – A number of new shore excursions in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Icy Strait Point will be available for guests to truly connect with the local nature, culture and adventures only found in Alaska, including:
• Hubbard Glacier & Wilderness Exploration – Hubbard Glacier
• Luxury Whale Watch by Yacht – Juneau
• Interactive Self-Guided Jeep Adventure – Juneau
• Ketchikan Pub Walk – Ketchikan
• Rainforest Trail Bike & Hike Adventure – Ketchikan
• Seafood Feast & Tribal Dance Show – Icy Strait Point
• Tree Top Adventure Park & Zipline – Icy Strait Point
• Adventure Park & ZipRider Combo – Icy Strait Point
• Wilderness Hike & Kayak Adventure – Icy Strait Point
• Discovering the Birds of Hoonah – Icy Strait Point
Local Guest Speakers – From naturalists, to a “Deadliest Catch” fisherman captain, to a world champion lumberjack and the first female winner of the Iditarod, guests will meet with local experts and hear first-hand how Alaska’s unique environment has fueled their lifestyles, passions and professions.
A Taste of Alaska – From fresh menu offerings in the main dining rooms to a new Chef’s Table featuring the local cuisine of Alaska, guests will delight in seafood, such as salmon and crab, and locally inspired dishes.
“Glacier Tea” & Beer Tastings – A new celebratory cocktail will also be served up – a take on a Long Island Ice Tea, topped off with Blue Curacao, similar to the brilliant glacier blue color found in Alaska. For beer lovers, a special Alaska beer tasting flight will be offered, featuring blends from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company.
Historical Alaska Display in the Piazza – Guests will enjoy a mini museum exhibit featuring notable images throughout the 50 years Princess Cruises has sailed to Alaska.
Fares for a 7-night Voyage of the Glaciers cruise onboard Royal Princess departing 11 May 2019 start from AUD$1,139 per person, twin share.
* For more information, see a licensed travel agent; call 13 24 88 or visit www.princess.com.
*subject to availability, conditions apply.