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

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Line Recognized for Sixth Straight Year in Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards

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Alaska is a special destination for us, so we’re honored that our program continues to receive accolades year after year.

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

“Alaska is a special destination for us, so we’re honored that our program continues to receive accolades year after year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “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. Travelers 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 travelers more time in the Denali area.

In 2013 the Princess Alaska program will feature a seven-ship fleet, including the recently remodeled 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.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at http://www.princess.com.

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About Princess Cruises in Alaska:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. Princess is a leader in Alaska travel, offering immersive land/sea vacations that feature the state’s “must see” attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park and Denali National Park. Princess owns and operates five wilderness lodges nestled in scenic riverside locations throughout the state, as well as a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and glass-domed Princess railcars – giving travelers the opportunity to combine cruise, rail and lodge options to see all the best of Alaska. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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For further information contact:
Karen Candy, kcandy(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1540
Julie Benson, jbenson(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1530

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