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Royal Princess Gets Ready for Inaugural Season in Alaska

By ,   May 6, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

Princess Cruises 50th year in Alaska began recently with the arrival of Ruby Princess in Ketchikan and Juneau. During the summer, 7 Princess ships will sail to Alaska. The inaugural season of Royal Princess begins on May 11.

New programs are already available onboard all ships of the cruise company sailing in Alaska for the May through September season, marking Princess Cruises' largest deployment ever.

The debut of Royal Princess marks the first time a Princess MedallionClass vessel will be sailing in Alaska. Powered by OceanMedallion, the advanced wearable device provides a personalized vacation that gives more time to enjoy what passengers love most about cruising.

Royal Princess cruise ship

Princess Cruises offers various cruise and cruise tour options that highlight the must-see attractions of the state, such as Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park. Alaska itineraries range in length from 7 to 12 days and depart from Anchorage (Whittier), Los Angeles, San FranciscoSeattle, and Vancouver.

The cruise company also owns and operates 5 wilderness lodges situated in scenic riverside locations close to National Parks offering over 20 cruise tour options for guests. Princess cruise tours combine a 7-day voyage with a multi-night land tour and “Direct to the Wilderness” rail service.

New for 2019 is the grand opening of Fannie Q’s Saloon at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. The new restaurant and bar that is named after Alaskan pioneer, Fannie Quigley, showcases her story and serves locally inspired dishes in a contemporary saloon setting. Just outside, the new Fireside Patio debuts with 3 firepits that offer a new gathering place for passengers to roast marshmallows and have a drink in the midnight sun.

Newly named Grizzly Burger features a fast-casual restaurant that serves up the line’s award-winning “Ernesto” burger, created exclusively for Princess by Chef Ernesto Uchimura.

An exclusive treehouse experience at Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge constructed by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters boasts the ultimate Denali view in a unique setting.