Princess Cruises Named “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” by US Travel Weekly

For the sixth year in a row, Princess Cruises has earned top honours as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska” in the annual US Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards, given by the respected magazine’s travel agent readers, recognised the line for the quality of its Alaska cruises and cruisetours.

Princess Cruises executive vice president Jan Swartz said Alaska was a special destination for the cruise line, which was honoured that its program continued to receive accolades year after year.

“It’s especially gratifying that travel agents – the true travel experts – continue to choose Princess as the best way for their clients to experience the breathtaking beauty of this amazing state.”

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience cruising the 49th state, Princess Cruises brings more passengers to Alaska than any other cruise line, offering Gulf of Alaska and Inside Passage sailings with an extensive selection of cruisetours to the heart of Alaska.

Combining cruise, rail and lodge options to create a complete Alaska vacation, the immersive cruisetour experience combines a seven-day Gulf of Alaska cruise with one of an array of land tours ranging from three to nine nights. Travellers can explore the state’s dramatic interior with a range of options that feature at least two nights among the wilderness of Denali National Park, one of the state’s top attractions. And for those who want to explore beyond Denali, cruisetour options include the Kenai Peninsula or Wrangell-St. Elias National Park as well. Cruisetours include accommodations at the company’s scenic riverside wilderness lodges and travel by Princess’ exclusive glass-domed railcars into the heart of Alaska. And only Princess offers Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail travel to give travellers more time in the Denali area.

In 2013, the Princess Alaska program will feature a seven-ship fleet, including the recently remodelled Grand Princess sailing on its first West Coast summer, with cruises from San Francisco. The fleet will offer the most balcony staterooms in Alaska, perfect for taking in the spectacular scenery, including Glacier Bay to which Princess will again take more passengers than any other cruise line. Alaska visitors can also choose from more than 20 Princess cruisetour options, all featuring the state’s number one land attraction – Denali National Park.