Princess Cruises Kicks Off 50th Alaska Season

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Princess Cruises’ 50th year sailing in Alaska began this weekend with the arrival of Ruby Princess in Ketchikan and Juneau. 

This summer, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail Alaskan waters with the inaugural season of Royal Princess beginning on 11MAY. Her debut marks the first time a Princess MedallionClass ship will sail in Alaska. 

New programs will be available onboard all Princess Cruises ships sailing in Alaska for the upcoming MAY-SEPT season, marking the cruise line's largest deployment ever. 

"We've hosted more guests in Alaska than any other cruise line – more than 5 million over the last 50 years, and this season will be the best one yet," said Lisa Syme, Princess Cruises VP of Marketing.

Alaska cruises range in length from seven to 12 days and depart from Vancouver, Anchorage (Whittier), Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Princess offers a variety of cruise and cruisetour options highlighting Alaska’s must-see attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Princess also owns and operates five wilderness lodges nestled in scenic riverside locations near national parks.

For this 50th anniversary year, themed offerings are being added to the onboard guest experience lineup that brings unique Alaska experiences to life, like the Northern Lights Planetarium, where guests can gaze up at the aurora in the Princess Theater. 

There are also on-shore adventures to discover the nature, culture and adventures of Alaska, local guest speakers and Alaska-focused culinary and drink offerings.
Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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