Princess to Deploy Five Ships Across Gulf of Alaska in 2008



    
    Intimate Tahitian Princess Introduces New 14-Day Connoisseur Sailings
    

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 25 /CNW/ -- Long the leader in cruising both
Alaska's Inside Passage and its dramatic glacier rimmed Gulf Coast, Princess
Cruises announces that its 2008 Gulf of Alaska program will feature five
vessels, including one which will offer the most destination-intensive
itinerary in Alaska.  Sailing in Alaska for the first time, the intimate
Tahitian Princess will debut a new longer "Connoisseur" route that features a
number of unique and memorable experiences not usually included on most
Alaskan cruises, including the chance to view the famous brown bears of
Kodiak, explore the natural beauty of "Alaska's Little Switzerland," at Valdez
and revel in one of Alaska's best wildlife spectacles from Seward, the gateway
to Kenai Fjords National Park.
    Princess ships will offer 73 signature Gulf of Alaska sailings and eight
departures of the new Connoisseur voyages throughout the May to September
season.  Ranging in size from 670 to 2,670 passengers, ships include Diamond
Princess, Sapphire Princess, Coral Princess and Island Princess, each
returning for another season of the seven-night "Voyage of the Glaciers"
cruises between Vancouver and Whittier, and Tahitian Princess, which for the
first time joins the lineup with its 14-day Connoisseur cruise sailing
roundtrip from Vancouver.
    "We dedicate our newest and most innovative ships to these itineraries
because we believe they offer an unrivaled way to see Alaska's world-famous
coastline," said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours.  "No other line
offers the range of ships and itineraries we do, and no one else provides the
wonderful opportunity to experience Glacier Bay on every Gulf sailing.  And
with our new longer Connoisseur itinerary, we're offering travelers the chance
to explore many of the hidden gems of this region they don't often get the
opportunity to explore -- making it the perfect vacation choice for the
growing number of returning visitors to Alaska who want to see even more of
the state's wonders."
    The seven-day Gulf of Alaska cruises can also be combined with one of 34
different land tour options for a complete cruisetour featuring the best of
Alaska by land and sea, including the state's two most sought-after
destinations on every departure -- Glacier Bay National Park and Denali
National Park.  All of the line's 2008 Gulf of Alaska cruises include calls in
Glacier Bay, and Princess ships will carry more passengers to this spectacle
of ice and sea life than any other cruise line.  In addition, travelers headed
to Denali arrive earlier with Princess' exclusive Direct to the Wilderness
rail service to/from Whittier, giving them more time to explore the state's
dramatic interior.

    
    Voyage of the Glaciers
    
    The 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess will be
deployed on 37 voyages departing Saturdays from Vancouver or Whittier and
featuring calls at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway with daylight cruising of
Glacier Bay and the 16 glaciers of College Fjord.  In addition, the
1,970-passenger Coral Princess and Island Princess will offer 36 sailings on
the same itinerary, departing on Mondays.

    
    Alaska Connoisseur Voyages
    
    Princess will offer a new Connoisseur itinerary aboard the intimate
670-passenger Tahitian Princess.  This 14-day voyage includes new port calls
at Kodiak, Seward, and Valdez in addition to visits to Ketchikan, Juneau,
Skagway, Sitka and Victoria, B.C., with daylight cruising of Glacier Bay.
Tahitian Princess will sail on eight voyages departing on Thursdays from
Vancouver.  With eight ports of call and a full day of cruising Glacier Bay
National Park and Preserve, this itinerary is perfect for the traveler who
wants the most Alaskan cruise available.

    
    Alaska Cruisetours
    
    Voyage of the Glaciers passengers can choose from a variety of three- to
nine-night land packages to create a comprehensive 10- to 16-night land/sea
vacation in the heart of "The Great Land."  All Princess Alaska tours offer at
least two nights at either Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge or Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge, or a combination of both, ensuring that travelers
enjoy more time among the Denali-area wilderness and wildlife they came to
see.  Passengers can travel directly to their lodge from the ship with
Princess' exclusive Direct to the Wilderness rail service.  Expanded for 2008,
this unique service features trains waiting right at the Whittier cruise ship
dock to offer passengers the only same-day luxury rail service between the
ship and Denali Park.
    Princess' Alaska cruisetours include accommodation at the line's five
exclusive wilderness lodges, with scenic riverside settings in some of the
"Great Land's" most desirable locations.  The expanded Denali Princess
Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge house Denali-area
visitors, while the company's Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and Copper River
Princess Wilderness Lodge are set, respectively, among the dramatic beauty of
the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.  The
Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge also offers quality accommodations in the
heart of Alaska's interior with views of the Chena River.
    Gulf of Alaska cruises and cruisetours for 2008 are available for
reservations on May 14, 2007, with special early-booking fares beginning at
$649 for a seven-day voyage, and $1,399 for cruisetours.
    Additional information about Princess' Alaska cruises and cruisetours is
available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or
by visiting www.princess.com.

    
    About Princess Cruises:
    
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 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.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 102 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:   CCL; LSE) (NYSE:   CUK).
    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 The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to
please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together we offer exciting
and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Benson, +1-661-753-1530, 
jbenson@princesscruises.com, or Karen Candy, +1-661-753-1540, 
kcandy@princesscruises.com, both of Princess Cruises

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