Seafarers eager to explore the vast wonders of Alaska in the summer of 2015 will have their pick of the crop of several cruise lines among which is Santa Clarita, California-based Princess, which is deploying seven ships to the area including the sparkling Ruby Princess, that will join its sister ship, Crown Princess, for voyages from Seattle.
The newest of the fleet on the West Coast, Ruby Princess will offer an additional amenity-filled option on Inside Passage itineraries while the Pacific Princess will sail on the line’s signature “Voyage of the Glaciers” itineraries for the first time, to offer an intimate cruise experience to complement the route’s dramatic scenery. The ship joins Grand Princess, Star Princess and Coral Princess on this favorite route, which includes two glacier experiences. Rounding out the program, Golden Princess will take over Inside Passage sailings from San Francisco.
Princess is also offering an array of land and sea vacation packages outside Alaska with a duo of Canadian Rockies tour options which can be combined with a seven-day “Voyage of the Glaciers” cruise. In Alaska, Princess cruisetours includes the company’s exclusive wilderness lodges, rail and motorcoach travel, plus the top two attractions in the state – Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park, where visitors spend at least one night exploring the wonders of this area.”
Princess’ 2015 Alaska highlights includes:
- Voyage of the Glaciers –follows the Gulf of Alaska route between Vancouver and Whittier (for Anchorage) and features two glacier-viewing experiences on every sailing, with visits to Glacier Bay National Park plus either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. Ships also call at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway cruise ports. Passengers have a variety of ship choices for this signature itinerary, with Grand Princess and Star Princess sailing Saturdays, while Coral Princess and the intimate Pacific Princess sail on Wednesdays and Mondays. In total, the ships will offer a total of 70 sailing choices between May 9 and September 12, 2015.
- Inside Passage from Seattle – the Ruby Princess and Crown Princess will offer weekend departures on two different seven-day roundtrip itineraries from Seattle along the scenic Inside Passage. Both visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, B.C., and passengers will enjoy dramatic glacier viewing in either Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm. The two ships will sail on 36 departures between May 10 and September 12, 2015.
- Inside Passage from San Francisco – the Golden Princess will offer roundtrip sailing from the City by the Bay with calls at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria (with some sailings substituting Icy Strait Point). Departures sail between May 12 and September 9, 2015.
Alaska Land and Sea Vacations –a total of 24 tour options are offered that combine an Alaska cruise with shore side experiences:
- Denali Explorer – Princess’ most popular cuisetour option feature multiple nights at the line’s Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and/or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Most offer Princess’ exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between Whittier and the dramatic Denali National Park area, plus the opportunity to explore Fairbanks or Anchorage.
- On Your Own – this affordable option for independent-minded travelers offers a flexible way to see the Heart of Alaska. Tours follow similar routes as Denali Explorer options, but do not include any pre-planned excursions, giving travelers the opportunity to customize their own experience.
- Off the Beaten Path – designed for those who want t to explore Denali and beyond, these tours offer options to the Kenai Peninsula with stays at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park with stays at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge.
- Connoisseur –provides the services of a professional tour director and additional time for passengers to experience the Great Land. Offering the highest level of service, these tours include most meals and enhanced sightseeing options.
- Canadian Rockies –these two tour options give passengers a chance to visit the stunning Canadian Rockies, one 12-night option and another for 14 nights. Both options take in Banff, Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. The 12-night tour also features a visit to Kelowna, while the 14-night tour includes daylight rail service on the Rocky Mountaineer, visits to Jasper National park and the city of Vancouver, and offer additional sightseeing opportunities in Calgary. Both tours combine with a seven-day northbound Voyage of the Glaciers cruise on Grand or Star Princess. Tours are fully escorted on land and include most breakfasts and dinners.
Additional information about Princess’ 2015 Alaska cruise program can be found at http://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/alaska-cruises/.
Be sure to watch the video for some awesome sights of wildlife and glaciers along the coastal waters of Alaska.