Princess Cruises Completes First Alaska Sailing

Majestic Princess docked in Seattle on August 31, after sailing a round-trip, seven-night cruise to Alaska. This cruise marked Princess Cruises first successful departure from the United States since cruising came to a halt in March 2020. 

Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess will salvage what is left of the short Alaska cruise season. Cruises to Alaska usually begin in mid- to late-April and end sometime in September. 

The Inside Passage cruise visited Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. The once-required foreign port call in Canada was waived. 

Majestic Princess in Alaska Glacier Bay
Princess Cruises Successfully Completes First Voyage Following Extended Pause in Operations. Photo:  Princess Cruises

Throughout the summer, Majestic Princess offers passengers an array of Alaska-themed activities while cruising between the three ports. 

Princess calls it their, “North to Alaska” program. Local celebrities, cultural enrichment and Alaska seafood are just part of the Alaska immersive experience. 

Majestic Princess Onboard Activities

In addition, there’s Princess’ Signature specialty dining, Movies Under the Stars, production shows and Discovery@SEA programs. Performances include original made-for-Princess musicals, magic shows, feature films, comedians and passenger participation game shows.

Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay
Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay. I was so lucky to have such amazing weather in September. 

“Welcome back to Princess, is what I said to our guests while I was cruising with them onboard Majestic Princess for our first Return to Alaska cruise,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “From the very beginning, Alaska has been at the core of Princess Cruises and has really helped shaped the very essence of who we are today. While visiting ports of call, I personally expressed my gratitude to our port partners and elected officials who were instrumental in our return and joined me in warmly welcoming guests to their picturesque communities.”

For the remainder of this year, Majestic Princess offers seven-night cruises with Sunday departures from Seattle through September 26, 2021.

Princess Cruises Fall Cruise COVID Requirements

Princess Cruises will sail from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ft. Lauderdale from September 25 through November 28, 2021. Eight Princess MedallionClass ships will head to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, and the California Coast.

All Princess cruises sailings through 2021 require that guests have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the start of the cruise. They must also show proof of vaccination. Crew vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Princess MedallionClass Explained

MedallionClass ships (like Majestic Princess) offer a touchless experience by giving each guest a “medallion” wearable device. This disc replaces what cruisers know as a traditional cruise card. It also acts as sort of a homing device so if you order a drink, the server can find you! More MedallionClass features include: 

  • Touchless embarkation and disembarkation 
  • Keyless stateroom entry 
  • Completely contactless commerce 
  • Simplified safety training 
  • On-demand food, beverages and retail items delivered anywhere on board 
  • Guest service requests via mobile device chat 
  • Location-based gaming and wagering
  • Entertainment content via smart devices 

During the pandemic, guests can cancel for any reason up to 30 days before departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit for any cancellation fees and a refund of additional funds received to the original payment method.

If someone should test positive for COVID-19, they may cancel and receive the same Future Cruise Credit and refund within 30 days all the way to sailing day. Full details are available on Princess’ Cruise with Confidence page. 

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