In 2019, Princess Cruises will celebrate 50 years of cruising to Alaska, after first launching voyages to the region in 1969 with the 12,000-ton Princess Italia.
Half a century later, Princess plans to commemorate that occasion with one of its largest deployments ever in Alaska, including the maiden visit of the 141,000 Royal Princess.
“Our upcoming 2019 Alaska season marks our 50th year taking guests to this bucket-list destination, that for most is a life-changing experience offering breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring moments,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska. In 2019, we will mark another milestone by bringing Royal Princess, our largest ship ever deployed to this region, with more than 3,500 guests.”
A total of seven Princess cruise ships will make the journey to Alaska in 2019, with cruises and cruise-tours that officially went on sale in December of 2017. Out of the entire Princess lineup, a remarkable 76 percent of all voyages will visit the spectacular surroundings of Glacier Bay National Park, where cruise passengers have come for decades to see the magnificent Margerie and Lamplugh Glaciers, which calve and crack like thunder rolling in the distance.
Guests sailing aboard Princess Cruises ships to Alaska in 2019 can also choose to extend their voyage to the Last Frontier with one of the line’s cruisetours. Over 23 different land-based tours can be added, pre-or-post, to the line’s one-way voyages between Vancouver and Whittier. On land, guests stay at Princess’s very own Wilderness Lodges and have the chance to explore some of Alaska’s most remote (and remarkable) places, including Fairbanks, Alaska, and Denali National Park.
The 2019 cruisetour program will also feature Princess’ first full season with an exclusive treehouse experience at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. In addition, lodge guests will hear first-hand tales from mountain climbers who have conquered Denali as they tell the exhilarating stories of their journey in the on-site Hudson Theater.
Onboard each Princess ship, guests sailing to Alaska in 2019 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of authentically Alaskan experiences through the line’s North to Alaska program. Guests can participate in fishing shore excursions and return to the ship to help cook their catch, or pay a visit to some real Alaskan sled dogs in the ship’s atrium when in select ports of call. Princess continues to offer a variety of local food and beverage options onboard all of its sailings that reflect the local spirit of Alaska.
Running from May to September of 2019, Princess will operate a variety of itineraries sailing from several different homeports. These will include the line’s popular Voyage of the Glaciers itineraries that sail between Vancouver and Whittier; weeklong journeys that can be paired with a pre-or-post cruisetour land extension, or booked as a back-to-back voyage roundtrip Whittier or Vancouver.
Princess will also offer its Inside Passage cruises in 2019, with a selection of four different sailings operating roundtrip from Vancouver.
A full season of Inside Passage cruises will also be offered from Seattle aboard Ruby Princess and Star Princess, while Grand Princess sails unique 10-day voyages roundtrip from San Francisco, California.
Princess will also offer three voyages to Alaska aboard Royal Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess from Los Angeles. These 12-day cruises will sail roundtrip from the City of Angels, and represent one of the line’s most interesting and unique opportunities to see not just Alaska, but the Pacific Northwest as well.
Princess Circle past guests are invited to book these new itineraries at a 50 percent discount off the standard deposit rate, provided these bookings are made prior to April 30, 2018.
Additional Reading: Our Alaskan CruiseTour From Anchorage to Vancouver aboard Star Princess