Princess Cruises charts six-ship Alaska season in 2023

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A National Park ranger interacts with passengers during a visit to Glacier Bay, part of Princess Cruises' 'North to Alaska' enrichment programming
Princess Cruises' 2023 Alaska program features six MedallionClass ships including the newest, Discovery Princess, returning for a second season.

The line plans 145 departures, 14 unique itineraries, five glacier viewing experiences and departures from four homeports.

From Vancouver and Whittier

Weeklong 'Voyage of the Glaciers' sailings from Vancouver, BC, or Whittier feature two glacier viewing experiences including Glacier Bay National Park. Majestic Princess, Sapphire Princess and Grand Princess will operate the cruises.

Seattle round-trip

From Seattle, weekly Inside Passage round-trips will be available on Discovery Princess and Crown Princess.

San Francisco round-trip

A 10-day Inside Passage itinerary round-trip from San Francisco sails on Ruby Princess.

Each cruise visits at least one glacier — Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier or Tracy Arm Fjord. With 84 calls to Glacier Bay in 2023, 74% of the line’s Alaska itineraries feature this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cruises call at Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway with a 'More Ashore' late-night call in Juneau on all northbound Voyage of the Glaciers sailings and seven-day Inside Passage voyages.

'North to Alaska' enrichment programming brings together local personalities, culture and Alaska seafood to immerse travelers in the history and traditions of The Last Frontier. A selection of more than 150 shore excursions includes a lumberjack show, dog sledding on a glacier, the historic White Pass Scenic Railway, flightseeing adventures and ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Cruise-tours

Alaska’s top two attractions — Glacier Bay and Denali National Park — are available in cruise-tours that combine a Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with a land program. Princess offers 24 cruise-tour itineraries of three to 10 nights on land, before or after the cruise.

The ultimate 17-night Princess Connoisseur Cruise-tour features 10 nights on land with two nights at each of the five Princess Wilderness Lodges and visits five national parks.

Direct-to-the Wilderness rail service takes passengers from their ship through the heart of Alaska with breathtaking scenery to the Denali-based wilderness lodges for more time to explore the interior of this vast state.

Bookings open Aug. 18.

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