Princess Cruises just announced its Alaska cruise-only and cruisetour itineraries for 2020. Both options will go on sale starting November 15.
It looks to be a near-record season for Princess Cruises in Alaska. Next year, Princess will send a total of eight ships to cruise Alaska. Among these eight ships, there will be 11 cruise-only sailings and 25 cruisetour choices.
Both cruise-only and cruisetours will visit two of Alaska’s renown natural wonders; Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park and a chance to view the park’s namesake mountain.
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Here are some of the highlights of the 2020 Princess Cruises Alaska season that runs from May through September:
- Golden Princess debuts a full season of 14-day Inside Passage voyages, sailing round-trip from Los Angeles with a visit to Hubbard Glacier.
- Royal Princess returns as the largest ship sailing in the Gulf of Alaska on the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, along with Grand Princess, Coral Princess, and the return of the intimate Pacific Princess.
- Sister ships Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, sail on seven-day Inside Passage voyages out of Seattle, and Star Princess sails from San Francisco on 10-day Inside Passage voyages.
- The award-winning enrichment program, North to Alaska, returns to immerse guests on board and ashore in all things Alaska, such as meeting real Alaskans who come on board to share their stories and feasting on fresh Alaska seafood.
- Exclusive Discovery and Animal Planet shore excursions, giving guests opportunities to catch a glimpse of Alaska wildlife, including bears, whales, bald eagles and more.
- With 25 cruisetour itineraries, guests can enjoy a seamless vacation experience by combining a seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, plus three or more nights in the Alaska wilderness, including scenic rail travel and stays at Princess-owned lodges.
- New for 2020, Princess offers a 17-night Ultimate Cruisetour, with 10 nights on land that includes two nights at each Princess Wilderness Lodge.
- Only Princess Cruises offers exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service between the ship in Whittier and the Denali-area and custom-built wilderness lodges on the doorsteps of legendary national parks.
If you haven’t taken an Alaska cruise, 2020 might be the year to go. With a record number of expected visitors to Alaska, Princess Cruises’ cruisetours is really the most seamless way to see as much of the Great Land as possible. And I always recommend to do the tour portion up north first. Then hop on the ship in Whittier and cruise south. It’s a trip of a lifetime.
Sherry is editor and creator of CruiseMaven.com. An expert on ocean and river cruises plus trains in the US and Europe, Sherry’s goal is to share her experiences to entertain, inform and inspire readers to travel the world.