Princess Unveils 2021 Alaska Cruise Highlights

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Princess Cruises has announced what its 2021 partial Alaska season will be like, both on the ship and ashore.

The line is slated to resume service in the U.S. with a series of seven-night Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle, scheduled to depart aboard Majestic Princess from July 25 to September 26.

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Row of shops on Creek street in Ketchikan, Alaska (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

Passengers will be able to enjoy Princess’ “North to Alaska” culinary, entertainment, and shore excursions series that brings together local personalities, culture, and Alaskan seafood to immerse them in the history and traditions of the rugged state.

Alaska Seafood

Passengers can enjoy a destination-themed dinner in the main dining rooms and Alaska seafood menus in the specialty restaurants throughout their cruise, including fresh salmon, King crab, and halibut.

Favorites including seafood chowder from Bonanza Bar and Grill in Skagway and fish tacos from The Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan will be offered on the top deck grill of the ship, along with other selections in Juneau.

A longtime favorite of Princess Cruises guests will also be available — the Cook My Catch experience. Passengers will have the chance to reel in a fish during a fishing excursion, and have chefs cook it for their dinner later that night.

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A chef preparing a fish from the Cook My Catch experience in Alaska (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Meet Locals

From authors and artists to dog mushers and adventurists, “North to Alaska” cruise activities will introduce travelers to the unique people that call Alaska home.

Local guests for the 2021 season include:

  • Susan Conrad, author of “Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage,” shares her 1,200 mile adventure along the Alaska coast in her 18-foot kayak, creating new friendships and encountering wildlife along the way.
  • Nick Jans, NYT best-selling author and renowned storyteller, comes aboard to tell his emotional story of Romeo the wolf, and the effect he had on the people of Juneau as told in his book “A Wolf Called Romeo.”
  • Brendan Jones, writer, college professor, and best-selling author of the novel “The Alaskan Laundry,” shares stories about his life, education, and journey from Philadelphia to Sitka.
  • Alaska Native Voices, cultural heritage guides, provide interpretive and educational lectures, storytelling, singing, and personal interaction and displays of art, tools, and craftsmanship of the traditional homeland Huna Tlingit.
  • Mark Kelly and Carl Johnson, award-winning photographers, have captured some of the best images the Great Land has to offer and share their Alaska photography experiences. Passengers will also be able to learn tips and tricks for taking their own Alaska snapshots.
  • Michael Modzelewski, a naturalist aboard every sailing, uncovers the history of the state and helps travelers spot native wildlife such as humpback whales, bald eagles, and mountain goats along the voyage.

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Unique Alaska Experiences

Curated onboard activities will continue to bring the local Alaska culture to life with various experiences, including:

  • Life as a Musher — guests meet a local dog musher, learn about the annual 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race, and interact with a sled dog.
  • Midnight Sun Experience — hosted in The Sanctuary on the ship, passengers can enjoy an intimate musical experience with a guitar vocalist, cuddle up with blankets on lounge chairs, and enjoy warm beverages or local Alaska beers
  • Klondike Festival — a celebration of the spirit of the Alaska gold rush with entertainment for the whole family, including gold nugget arts and crafts projects. A special Night at the Klondike dance party will be offered in one of the lounges.
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(Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Cruise Excursions

Passengers can experience true Alaskan adventure with shore excursions that offer a taste of true Alaska life. Some excursions for this year include:

  • Ketchikan — Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining; Hunting for Halibut; Zipline Adventure Park; Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure; Neets Bay Bear Cruise; Black Bear, Wildlife & Nature Walk.
  • Juneau — Dog Sled Summer Camp; Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter & Guided Walk; Mendenhall Glacier Helicopter, Guided Walk & Salmon Bake; Pilot’s Choice Ice Age Exploration (with two landings); Taku Glacier Helicopter Landing & Airboat Tour; and several Whale Watching tour options.
  • Skagway — Glacier Discovery By Helicopter; Adventure Park & Ziplines; and White Pass Scenic Railway.

These 2021 Princess Alaska cruises are available for travelers who have received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and can provide proof.

Sailings start at $799 per person for Princess Savers and $1,079 for Princess Plus fare that includes drinks, wifi, and gratuities.

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