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January 09, 2005

Princess Cruises 2005 Alaska Brochure

Princess Cruises released its new brochure to help passengers escape into the Alaskan wilderness in 2005. The 120-page book details all of Princess‚?? cruise and cruisetour itinerary options for next summer, including the debut of the line‚??s new Direct to the Wilderness rail service between Whittier and Denali, an industry first.

Princess Cruises will offer 125 departures in 2005, aboard seven ships, and featuring three popular Alaska routes ‚?? seven-day Gulf of Alaska sailings between Vancouver and Whittier; seven-day Inside Passage from Seattle and 10-day Inside Passage from San Francisco. On land, 35 cruisetours options round out the offerings and the brochure provides helpful hints and a cruisetour finder to assist passengers in planning their land/sea vacation.

Highlights and itineraries for 2005 include:

Direct to the Wilderness
Passengers will be able to get to the wilderness faster than ever with the debut of the line‚??s ‚??Direct to the Wilderness‚?Ě rail program that will have trains ready and waiting right at the Whittier dock. This exclusive rail service is an industry first and will whisk passengers directly to Princess‚?? two Denali park-area lodges -- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge or Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge -- via private direct-rail links. This innovative program will significantly reduce travel time and decrease the number of transfers needed on the way to the park. Guests will arrive in the Denali area in the afternoon of the same day they disembark their ship. As a result, Princess‚?? cruisetours not only offer the fastest way to the Denali area, but now every tour offers at least two nights in the park area.

Passengers can create a full land/sea wilderness adventure with by adding one of Princess‚?? 35 land itinerary options, each offering at least two nights at Alaska‚??s number one land attraction, Denali National Park. Princess‚?? five wilderness lodges -- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge and Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge ‚?? each offer dramatic riverfront locations in some of Alaska‚??s most stunning destinations.

Voyage of the Glaciers
Princess again offers seven-day sailings on its signature ‚??Voyage of the Glaciers‚?Ě itinerary between Vancouver and Whittier. The 2005 Alaska cruise season features new sister ships Coral Princess and Island Princess on alternating Saturday departures. They will be joined by Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, which set sail each Monday on either a northbound or southbound cruise. Sailing between May 7 and September 12, the ships offers passengers the opportunity to explore the ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, plus cruising through the spectacular scenery of College Fjord, the Inside Passage and Alaska‚??s number one attraction, Glacier Bay National Park.

Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess Sail From Seattle
The largest cruise ships to ply Alaskan waters, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess return to Seattle to offer seven-day roundtrip voyages calling at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruising through the dramatic glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Diamond Princess will offer 20 voyages on this itinerary departing on Saturdays between May 7 and September 17, 2005, while Sapphire Princess will offer 19 voyages departing on Sundays, beginning May 15 and continuing through September 18.

Regal Princess from San Francisco
Regal Princess will offer 14 departures between May 8 and September 15 on a 10-day Inside Passage itinerary roundtrip from ‚??The City by the Bay,‚?Ě San Francisco. Passengers have a choice of itineraries that feature calls at Victoria, Juneau and two other scenic Alaska ports that rotate between Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway or Haines. All voyages also offer premiere glacier viewing in Tracy Arm.

Press Release By Princess Cruises

Alaska Cruise Specialists - Cruising2Alaska.com

Posted by Denise at January 9, 2005 05:59 PM
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