Princess Cruises is celebrating 50 years sailing to the Great Land with its largest deployment ever, featuring the debut of Royal Princess.
Seven Princess ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to sail the region.
“Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
Click here to watch Princess’ “This is Alaska” video.
“In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests.”
Passengers will encounter a variety of ways to engage in authentic experiences through the award-winning North to Alaska program, featuring Cook My Catch, an exclusive culinary program allowing guests to return from select Princess fishing excursions to have the chef prepare their very own catch of the day. Also offered is the crowd-favorite Puppies in the Piazza, where real Alaska sled dog puppies are brought on board in Skagway for guests to interact with.
The 2019 program also features the first full season of an exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. In addition, lodge guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey in the Hudson Theater.
Highlights of the 2019 May–September Alaska program include:
• Voyage of the Glaciers – Princess’ most popular sailing between Vancouver and Whittier features two glacier-viewing experiences on every voyage, with visits to the UNESCO-listed Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. These seven-day cruises are offered aboard Royal Princess and Golden Princess (departing Saturdays) and Coral Princess and Island Princess (departing Wednesdays). Every northbound Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary on Island Princess includes Icy Strait Point.
• Inside Passage –This itinerary is featured on seven-, 10- and 12-day roundtrip voyages from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles:
Seven-Day Roundtrip Seattle – Ruby Princess departs on Saturdays and sails to Glacier Bay. Star Princess departs on Sundays and visits Tracy Arm Fjord.
10-day Roundtrip San Francisco – Grand Princess
12-day Roundtrip Los Angeles – Three voyages aboard Royal Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess