Princess Cruises Prepares for Full Alaska Season Following Ottawa Cruise Updates

Princess Cruises in Alaska
Princess Cruises in Alaska

With the recent announcement from the Canadian Minister of Transport announcing the safe resumption of cruising in Canadian ports, Princess Cruises announced it has finalized programs and guest experiences for a full summer season of 2022 cruises and cruisetours to Alaska, as well as its summer and fall Canada & New England program.

Princess' 2022 program features six ships, including the line’s newest ship, Discovery Princess. Offerings include 12 unique itineraries, totaling 140 departures and five glacier-viewing experiences, with visits to the Southeast Alaska towns of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.

Princess sails to and from Vancouver on its “Voyage of the Glaciers” seven-day cruises to and from Whittier, Alaska. More than 20 cruisetour options feature a land tour visiting the Denali National Park and Princess Wilderness Lodges, and include the "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise.

Alaska cruises sailing from Seattle and San Francisco visit Victoria, Canada, along with various ports in Alaska towns depending upon the itinerary.

“The reopening of Canadian ports to the cruise industry is a bold and important move that significantly expands the array of travel opportunities available to guests while boosting the economies of the Canadian and Alaska destinations we visit by generating important revenue and job opportunities,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.

The first Princess cruise ship scheduled to visit Canada is Caribbean Princess, sailing on a four-day Pacific Coastal voyage, with a scheduled port stop in Victoria on 06APR, followed by Vancouver on 07APR.

For the MAY through SEP 2022 season, Princess home ports at four destinations along the west coast: Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Anchorage (Whittier) and San Francisco for "seamless" travel to Alaska. The 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess, marks its inaugural season as the youngest ship in Alaska departing from Seattle on the seven-day Inside Passage itinerary, alongside Crown Princess. Majestic Princess debuts along with Royal Princess and Grand Princess sailing the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, which features two glacier viewing experiences on every cruise including Glacier Bay National Park (Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage [Whittier] or vice versa). Ruby Princess offers 10-day Inside Passage cruises out of San Francisco, featuring the added bonus of a sailaway under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and a port stop in Victoria.

Princess continues to enhance its North to Alaska program, bringing local Alaskans, culture, and fresh seafood on board and ashore to immerse guests in all things Alaska. From Cook My Catch to Puppies in the Piazza, to mountain climbers, new offerings for 2022, include:

  • Professor Amy Butcher, award-winning author of “Mothertrucker: Finding Joy on the Loneliest Highway in America” featured on NPR, BBC and in the Washington Post. Butcher will share her story of how she found "meaning, strength and friendship" when she joined the nation’s only female ice road trucker through the Alaska wilderness.
  • Tom Kizzia, renowned Alaskan author, and journalist, including “Pilgrim’s Wilderness – A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier.” His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Kizzia reveals his passion for Alaska through his local experiences as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News and resident of Homer, Alaska.
  • Alaska Beer & Spirits, including tasting flights, limited editions, seltzers, and local brewery tours. Cocktail offerings include Smoked Salmon Vodka Bloody Mary with Cinnamon, Glacial Ice Chilled Martinis and Alaska Spirits Flights sourced from local distilleries.
  • Unique Wine and Seafood Pairings – fresh salmon, halibut, king crab specially paired with wines only available in Alaska.
  • Hot Beverages Experiences of upscale “spiked” hot chocolate recipes and hot mulled wine.

On Canada and New England voyages, Princess sails from Quebec and New York visiting Canadian ports, including Halifax, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Sydney (Cape Breton Island) and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island). The 2022 season runs from JUL through OCT and features 16 departures and six unique itineraries on Enchanted Princess and Caribbean Princess.

For more information on Princess Cruises, visit its web site.

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