Princess Cruises to expand in Alaska

Princess Cruises to expand in Alaska

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Princess Cruises will send seven ships to Alaska in 2018, up from six this year and in 2017.

The line this week announced the 2,636-passenger Golden Princess would join the Coral Princess, Star Princess, Island Princess, Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Grand Princess in the state for the summer of 2018.

The addition will increase the line’s capacity in Alaska by 15%.

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Four of the Princess ships will operate the line’s traditional, one-way Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary¬†between Vancouver, B.C. and Whittier, Alaska. The trips include a day sailing into Glacier Bay National Park.

Two of the ships will sail round-trip to Alaska from Seattle; one will sail round-trip to the state out of San Francisco.

In addition, there will be two 12-day, round-trip voyages to Alaska from Los Angeles — a new itinerary for the line.

In all, the seven vessels will operate 130 Alaska departures in 2018, two dozen more than this year. The line last operated seven vessels in the state in 2015, but even then it only had 125 Alaska departures. Princess says the 2018 deployment will be its biggest ever.

As in the past, customers also can book an Alaska “cruisetour” for 2018 that combines a cruise with several nights touring overland and staying at Princess lodges. The line says it will have 22 different cruisetour options for 2018.

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