Santa-Clarita, California-based Princess Cruises once again took top honors as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” in the annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards, marking 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.”
The cruise line offers some of the best voyages through the Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage with an extensive selection of cruisetours, accommodations at five Princess-owned and operated, scenic wilderness lodges. One of my most memorable cruises on Princess was when the Captain came on the PA system and told passenger to be silent for awhile and listen to the ice flow–it was absoultely magical.
The 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.
If you’ve never cruise Alaska, you are really missing the boat. And don’t think it’s just for senior citizens any more, lots of young people are climbing on board these days to take advantage, not only of the breathtaking beauty of the area, but the chance to hike, mountain bike and engage in various outdoor activities.
Those who extend their vacation with a land tour can 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.