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Princess Cruises’ Sale through April 19 Offers “Sky High Savings” on Alaska and Europe Cruise Vacations

April 7, 2013

Princess Cruises is offering a way for passengers to ease the cost of getting to their dream Europe or Alaska cruise with a special “Sky High Savings” sale that offers airfare savings of up to $1,000 for two. Running through April 19, the promotion also offers up to $2,000 off the cruise fare per stateroom, as well as up to $100 in free onboard spending money per stateroom.

The “Sky High Savings” sale offers deals on cruises throughout Europe, including sailings to the Greek Isles, British Isles and Scandinavia & Russia. Travelers will also save on cruises and cruisetours to the natural wonders of Alaska, where they can explore the best of the state by land and sea.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer) or $50 (cruises up to nine days), and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $50 (cruises 10 days or longer) to $25 (cruises up to nine days).

More information about the cruise sale and pricing can be found at www.princess.com/sale.

Samples of the available Sky High Savings cruise deals include:

  • Greek Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,779 interior (was $2,379); $2,379 balcony (was $3,379). Air savings: $500
  • British Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,839 interior (was $2,439); $2,539 balcony (was $3,439). Air savings: $400
  • Scandinavia & Russia cruise – 11 days: $1.869 interior (was $2,369); $2,669 balcony (was $3,369). Air savings: $400
  • Gulf of Alaska cruise – 7 days: $899 interior (was $1,259); $1,559 balcony (was $2,159). Air savings: $250
  • Alaska cruisetour – Denali Explorer – 10 nights: $1,476 interior (was $1,730); $1,976 balcony (was $2,340). Air savings: $150

Air savings available to passengers booking Princess eZAir flights in conjunction with the cruise. Princess eZAir gives passengers easy and full control of their flights and the ability to seamlessly coordinate them with their cruise itinerary. Featuring real-time pricing and flight availability, immediate flight confirmation, competitive airfares, and next port protection in the event of flight delays, the innovative program provides passengers and their travel agents the ease of a single booking source for both air and cruise reservations. Travelers using Princess eZAir can choose air carriers and flights, as well as select their preferred cabin level and seating, all with no extra customization fee.

All cruise and air prices are per person, based on double occupancy and include government fees and taxes. The “Sky High Savings” sale runs through April 19, 2013, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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Princess Cruises Named “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” by Travel Weekly

January 3, 2012

Riding the sightseeing train at Denali National Park in Alaska on a cruisetour. Princess Cruises, which offers an extensive selection of cruisetours in Alaska, has once again received top honors as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Princess Cruises has once again received top honors as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” in the annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. This marks the fifth year in a row, and the eighth time, that the company has been recognized with this distinction by the respected magazine’s travel agent readers for its Alaska cruises and cruisetours.

“We’re delighted and honored that the true travel experts – travel agents – continue to recognize our Alaska cruise program each year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We’re passionate about the Great Land and sharing it with visitors, and this award acknowledges that we offer the best Alaska vacation experience in the industry.”

Drawing upon more than 40 years of experience cruising the 49th state, Princess Cruises offers Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage sailings and an extensive selection of cruisetours, with accommodations at five Princess-owned and operated, scenic wilderness lodges. The company’s immersive Alaska experience is created by combining a seven-day Gulf of Alaska cruise, including two distinct glacier viewing opportunities, with a land tour ranging from three to nine nights, along with travel by glass-domed railcars.

In addition to experiencing the state’s charming port towns, spectacular scenery and marine life while on a Princess ship, passengers who extend their vacation with a land tour will explore Alaska’s dramatic interior including at least one night among the wilderness of Denali National Park, one of the state’s top attractions. And only Princess offers Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail travel to give visitors more time in the Denali area.

Princess’ 2012 Alaska cruise season features seven ships, including a fourth ship added to the Gulf of Alaska route, and three ships sailing the Inside Passage. They will depart on 122 voyages, and travelers can choose from more than 20 different cruisetour options.

Additional information about cruises to Alaska and Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

About Princess Cruises
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities and exceptional customer service. Princess is a leader in Alaska travel, offering immersive land/sea vacations that feature the state’s “must see” attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Princess owns and operates five wilderness lodges nestled in scenic riverside locations throughout the state, as well as a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and glass-domed Princess railcars – giving travelers the opportunity to combine cruise, rail and lodge options to see all the best of Alaska. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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Princess Cruises Features Alaska Deals with “After Thanksgiving” Sale

November 22, 2011

A view of Mt McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska and the sightseeing plane that takes you up close.Travelers dreaming of visiting the splendor of Alaska’s wilderness have an opportunity for savings on cruises and cruisetours to the 49th state with Princess Cruises’ first-ever After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

 

Travelers dreaming of visiting the splendor of Alaska’s wilderness have an opportunity for savings on cruises and cruisetours to the 49th state with Princess Cruises’ first-ever After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale.

Running from November 25-29, the sale offers passengers up to $1,000 in savings and up to a $50 onboard credit on one of the cruise line’s popular cruisetour vacations, which combine a Gulf of Alaska cruise with rail travel to Denali and stays at Princess’ exclusive wilderness lodges. For those who opt to see Alaska by sea only, the sale provides a free balcony upgrade and up to $100 onboard credit.

“The breathtaking glaciers, pristine wilderness and amazing wildlife of Alaska have made it one of our passengers’ favorite destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Cruisetour travelers will enjoy our own wilderness lodges and private rail cars during their land tours, which mesh perfectly with our popular Alaska cruises. And what better time to get the family together to plan next year’s travel than at Thanksgiving.”

Examples of sale fares available include:

  • 10-day Denali Explorer cruisetour starting at $1,213 in May; $1,740 for August departures
  • 13-day Off the Beaten Path cruisetour starting at $1,618 in May; $2,373 for August departures
  • 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise starting at $699 in May; $999 for August departures
  • 7-day Inside Passage cruise starting at $749 in May; $899 for August departures
The After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale begins on “Black Friday” November 25 at 12:00 am PST and runs through 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, November 29. The sale is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

See also:

RESEARCH & EARLY BOOKING ARE KEY TO GETTING THE MOST FROM ALASKA CRUISE

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Princess Cruises Announces Winners of 2011 Alaska Region Shore Excursion Awards

October 12, 2011

A boy snatches a salmon from the river in Ketchikan © Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Each year, Princess Cruises marks the end of the Alaska season with shipboard awards ceremonies celebrating the year’s favorite local tour operators. The line’s 12th annual C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards have just been handed out, honoring the best shore excursion experiences and guides in most ports on Alaska itineraries, based largely on passenger feedback throughout the season.

Award winners were chosen from the extensive line-up of Alaska and Pacific Northwest shore excursions offered to Princess passengers, and recognize the most popular tours, individual guides and dock representatives in many of the communities where Princess ships call. The awards highlight the important role played by local tour operators in each community as part of a passenger’s overall cruise experience. Winners are determined primarily by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys.

“It’s always gratifying to recognize these local tour operators who go above and beyond to provide our passengers with unforgettable experiences in Alaska and British Columbia,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We know that a passenger’s time in port and their activities while on land are a significant part of their cruise experience, especially in such an exciting place as Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.”

The C.R.U.I.S.E. (Courtesy, Respect, Unfailing in Service Excellence) program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The Alaska awards began in 2000 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that Princess’ tour partners play in passengers’ cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season and Dock Representative of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a plaque, a tour of the ship and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque, a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship and lunch onboard for company officials.

The 2011 winners are:

Juneau:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Helicopter Glacier Trek, NorthStar Trekking
Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast, Wings Airways and Taku Lodge
Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer, Allen Marine Tours

Co-Tour Guides:
Joe Pawelek, Gold Rush Tours / TEMSCO Helicopters
Stacy La Mascus, Gastineau Guiding Company

Dock Representative:
Nathan Barzee, Allen Marine Tours

Ketchikan:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Back Country Zodiac Expedition, Ketchikan Outdoors
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour, Commercial Fishing Adventures
Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures

Co-Tour Guides:
Annie Bauer, Snorkel Alaska
Rob Holston, Lighthouse Excursions

Dock Representative:
Jill Gates, The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Skagway:
Co-Shore Excursions:
Glacier Discovery by Helicopter, TEMSCO Helicopters
Golden Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens, Jewell Gardens
Heli-Hike & Rail Adventure, Packer Expeditions

Co-Tour Guides:
Matt Hall, Alaska Icefield Expeditions / TEMSCO Helicopters
Matt Hayashida, Gold Rush Sled Dogs / Klondike Gold Fields

Dock Representative:
Julie Martin, White Pass & Yukon Route

Vancouver:
Shore Excursion:
City Sights & Capilano Canyon Walk, Rockwood Adventures

Victoria:
Shore Excursion:
City Highlights & High Tea at the Empress Hotel, TMS Gateway Tours

Whittier:
Shore Excursion:
Kayaking in Prince William Sound, Alaska Sea Kayakers

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

See also:

RESEARCH & EARLY BOOKING ARE KEY TO GETTING THE MOST FROM ALASKA CRUISE

Alaska Heritage Tours Turn a Stopover in Anchorage into a Wilderness Exploration

Enjoy Three Signature Alaska Tours in One Day

August 4, 2010

The Alaska Galore Tour includes a chance to see a salmon run in Tongass National Forest. Here a boy snatches salmon as they leap © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Three family-owned Alaskan tour companies have partnered this Summer to offer three of the best Southeastern Alaska attractions in one economical, action-packed day. The all-day excursion combines whale watching, a bear search, and glacier viewing by plane. Louis Juergens, owner and tour operator of Alaska Galore Tours (www.alaskagaloretours.com) calls it, “The perfect Trifecta of Alaska attractions.”

The Alaska Galore Tour (co-owners Juergens and Jamie Letterman) begins with a two and a half-hour Whale Watch onboard their state-of-the-art, 18-passenger custom built eco-tour landing vessel, complete with heated cabin and bathrooms. Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise, Harbor Seals, Killer Whales, and Bald Eagles have been spotted while cruising from Juneau to the Tlingit village of Hoonah, located on Chichagof Island. Naturalists and bear guides from TECKK Outfitters (www.teckkoutfittersicystrait.com, owner Keith Skaflestad) take the group along a boardwalk trail that leads from a tropical beach area to a salmon-bearing stream in the Tongass National Forest, where they will help locate bears and Sitka deer. The tour returns back to Juneau via a 30-minute scenic flight over the Juneau Icefield, courtesy of Air Excursions (owner Mike Loverink). The last portion of the tour offers aerial views of the Inside Passage, as well as Herbert Glacier, Eagle Glacier, and Mendanhall Glacier.

The novel tour is set at a price that is gentle to the pocketbook, while offering a small group atmosphere. The Whales, Bears & Glaciers Adventure costs $399 per adult and $329 per child, ages 4-12 — substantially less than if you booked each portion of the tour separately. Another advantage to this package is that the maximum number of participants on each tour day is only 36 (including adults and children), split into two groups of 18 passengers per boat. Currently, only Princess cruise ships exclusively offer the “Whales, Bears & Glaciers Adventure” package while in their Juneau port of call. However, private parties may book separately, with a minimum of 12 people.

Alaska at this time of the year on land and water can be sunny or rainy, warm or cold. The Tour operators recommend dressing in layers, and remind guests to bring both sunglasses and raingear.

The tour is available for purchase on all Princess ships (https://book.princess.com) stopping in Juneau through Sept. 23, except the Royal Princess. For private bookings, contact Alaska Galore Tours directly, at 877-794-2537 or e-mail them at: info@alaskagalore.com.

— by Laurie Millman and Martin Rubin

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