Princess Cruises is celebrating 50 years of sailing to Alaska with the introduction of new entertainment, shore excursions and culinary offerings.
New programs will be available onboard seven Princess ships sailing in Alaska for the upcoming May through September season, marking the cruise line’s largest deployment ever and featuring the debut of Royal Princess, the first time a Princess MedallionClass ship will be sailing in Alaska. The OceanMedallion wearable device features leading-edge technology that delivers personalized service through enhanced guest-crew interactions, eliminates friction points and enables interactive entertainment.
“We’ve spent half a century developing our legacy in Alaska and host more guests there than any other cruise line – more than 5 million over the last 50 years,” said Princess president Jan Swartz. “We invite guests to celebrate this 50-year milestone with us, to try new and authentic experiences, combined with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Land and embark on an unforgettable journey.”
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.
New for 2019, as part of the Alaska cruisetour 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 the saloon, the new Fireside Patio also debuts with three fire pits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun.
An exclusive treehouse experience is available at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.
For this anniversary year, specially themed offerings are added to the award-winning “North to Alaska” onboard lineup that brings unique Alaska experiences to life through local seafood and real Alaskans coming aboard to share stories.