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Put your holiday on ice in Alaska in 2006

Published: Wed 27 Jul 2005 10:43 AM
News release
Wednesday, 27 July 2005
Put your holiday on ice in Alaska in 2006
One of the world’s top cruise experiences – sailing to the faces of Alaska’s mighty glaciers – will be available to New Zealanders next year from NZ$1,209 per person. This follows the release of the 2006 programme for the largest holiday operator in Alaska, Princess Cruises.
In its biggest Alaskan season yet, Princess Cruises is providing 132 sailings aboard seven superliners in the land of ice and snow between May and September, 2006.
Also on offer are stays at five Princess wilderness lodges, 42 add-on land tours in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies and rides aboard Princess’ own deluxe trains providing direct access from the ship to the famed Alaskan frontier.
Princess’ legendary chefs also pamper passengers in 2006 with special Alaskan feasts, deck fish barbecues, lunch buffets and champagne breakfasts to showcase local cuisine such as salmon, halibut, venison and caribou sausage.
Alaska’s number one drawcard is Glacier Bay with an amazing 16 glaciers tumbling into the bay’s icy waters and it features on seven-night itineraries between Vancouver, Canada, and Whittier in Alaska on four Princess superliners – Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Coral Princess and Island Princess.
Two ships - Dawn Princess and Sun Princess - provide seven-night round-trip cruises from Seattle to the calving glaciers and vertical rock walls of Tracy Arm. Another vessel, Regal Princess, sails on longer 10-night round-trip voyages to Alaska from San Francisco.
All cruises ply the spectacular waters of Alaska’s legendary Inside Passage and visit the gold frontier town of Skagway, the mountain-side capital of Juneau and the totem-filled cultural centre of Ketchikan.
Shore tours include hiking on glaciers, dogsled rides, kayaking, whale-watching, bear-spotting, seaplane flights and native cultural dances.
The Princess Cruises fleet includes the biggest and youngest liners in Alaska while three of the seven ships – Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess and Dawn Princess – are familiar to Kiwis because of recent or forthcoming summer seasons here.
“Alaska is an unforgettable cruise experience,” said Princess Cruises New Zealand Manager Shannon Currie. “One of the great appeals is how affordable and accessible Alaska is and because Princess is the biggest line in Alaska, our competitive fares make the state more alluring than ever.”
Princess Cruises is offering seven-night Alaska cruises in 2006 from NZ$1,209 per person, with balcony cabins available from NZ$1,990 per person. Fares are cruise only and include all onboard meals and entertainment. Conditions apply.
Details of Princess Cruises’ 2006 Alaska season are included in a special new brochure for the Australasian market, to be released next week. Bookings and brochures are available through travel agents, Princess Cruises toll-free on 0800 95 12 00 or visit www.pocruises.co.nz.
ENDS

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