Published on : Thursday, May 2, 2019
Princess Cruises 50th year sailing in Alaska began this weekend with the arrival of Ruby Princess into Ketchikan and Juneau. This summer, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess beginning on May 11.
New programs will be available onboard all Princess Cruises ships sailing in Alaska for the upcoming May through September season, marking the cruise line’s largest deployment ever. Royal Princess debut marks the first time a Princess Medallion Class ship will be sailing in Alaska. Powered by OceanMedallion, the most advanced wearable device in the global hospitality industry, delivering a hassle-free, personalized vacation that gives guests more time to enjoy what they love most about cruising.
“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 vice president marketing. “With some sailings still available, think about spending summer vacation experiencing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Land with its glaciers and wildlife, create lifelong vacation memories.”
As the recognized 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), 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 vacation experience in the Great Land.
New for 2019, as part of the Alaska cruise tour 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 at Sea” by Cruise Critic. This uniquely crafted ribeye burger was created exclusively for Princess by burger expert Chef Ernesto Uchimura.
Additionally, 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.
New Onboard Guest Experiences
For this 50th anniversary year, specially-themed offerings are being added to the award-winning “North to Alaska” onboard lineup that brings unique Alaska experiences to life, like Puppies in the Piazza, through local seafood including our popular “Cook My Catch” shore excursion and with 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.
McKinley the Moose – Introduced last week, McKinley, “Mac,” the moose, is the plush character friend of Stanley, who was first introduced in 2017 as the official bear plush for the cruise line, named after the company’s founder Stanley B. McDonald. McKinley, in reference to Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge was named by Princess Cruises Facebook fans. Stanley will be joined by Mac onboard Princess Cruises 2019 Alaska sailings starting in May. Life-size characters will make special appearances for photo opportunities with guests and during entertainment events. Plush Stanley and Mac will be available for purchase on board in The Shops of Princess for $24.95, with a portion of the proceeds from sales supporting PAWS: Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor.