Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2019
Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site, has announced the winners of its 12th Annual Editors’ Picks Awards and Princess Cruises won Best Shore Excursions. The awards name the year’s top cruise lines, ships and ports, as selected by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors.
Princess Cruises was acknowledged for its robust shore excursions offerings and partnerships appealing to foodies, families and adventurers through its partnerships with Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Bon Appétit globally, and its vast offerings in Alaska. In the last year, Princess Cruises partnered with a team of local experts in Alaska to give guests even more exclusive and authentic experiences ashore as part of the cruise line’s award-winning Local Connections program.
Here’s what the Cruise Critic’s Editors had to say about this recognition:
Princess Cruises makes it easy to maximise time in port, thanks to smart partnerships. Foodies will appreciate culinary tours dreamed up with Bon Appétit, while nature-lovers will dig the Animal Planet and Discovery Channel choices. The line particularly shines in Alaska, where it celebrated 50 years of cruising in 2019, with a wide range of excursions designed to appeal to almost everyone.
With a total of 15 featured shore excursions in four Alaska ports, Princess Cruises partnered with well-known chefs, artists, wildlife experts, seafaring captains and much more to develop unique excursions like:
Juneau – Taku Lodge Feast & Five-Glacier Seaplane Experience (Discovery Exclusive) – Flyover lush rainforest and five breathtaking glaciers to the charming Taku Glacier Lodge, where you will savor a feast of wild Alaska salmon complemented with homemade side dishes and glacier ice.
Ketchikan – Black Bear, Wildlife & Nature Walk (Animal Planet Exclusive) – View black bears over an elaborate elevated boardwalk system, where viewing platforms overlook the creek where large concentrations of black bear gather to feed on the huge runs of spawning Pacific salmon.
Skagway – White Pass Rail, Bennett Lake & Yukon Adventure with Train Historian (Local connections)– Travel the White Pass & Yukon Route in vintage rail cars as you trek over 20 miles of steep grades and cliff-hanging turns en route to Fraser, British Columbia, and scenic Bennett Lake.
Seattle – Small Bites on the Bay – Pike Place Tasting Tour (Bon Appétit) – Guests in transit can become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this historic 105-year old landmark.
Victoria – Center of the Universe Observatory Developed with Local Astronomer (Local Connections) – Venture to the top of Observation Hill to visit the Astronomy Interpretive Center, designated a National Historic Site of Canada where you’ll find interactive astronomy displays and a planetarium show that delves into the mythology of the constellations.