Princess Announces 2006 Alaska Inside Passage Cruise Program

Sun Princess and Dawn Princess to Offer Seattle Sailings; Regal Princess Returns to San Francisco

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Two of Princess’ most popular vessels will make their debut on the line’s Seattle-based Alaska Inside Passage itinerary in 2006. Sister ships Sun Princess and Dawn Princess will take over the seven-day roundtrip voyages through some of southeastern Alaska’s most dramatic scenery. They are joined once again by Regal Princess’ 10-day sailings from San Francisco.

In total the line will offer 51 Inside Passage cruises on three itineraries, each featuring the convenience of departing from an easily accessible home port. The Inside Passage program also affords passengers the opportunity to add a land tour to the Canadian Rockies or take advantage of the many attractions in the ships’ home ports with pre- or post-cruise stays in Seattle or San Francisco.

These roundtrip cruises complement Princess’ other 2006 Alaska option, the “Voyage of the Glaciers” Gulf of Alaska itinerary, available on four ships, sailing between Vancouver and Whittier.

“Sun Princess and Dawn Princess offer the perfect onboard experience for cruising through the Inside Passage,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “With fewer passengers than ships of comparable size, these vessels offer a great combination of intimate feel and diverse onboard choices plus the ships’ many balconies are perfect for viewing the spectacular scenery of Alaska.”

Sun Princess and Dawn Princess From Seattle

The 1,950-passenger Sun Princess and Dawn Princess take over the line’s seven-day roundtrip sailings from Seattle with an itinerary that features Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruise through the dramatic glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the twin Sawyer Glaciers. Dawn Princess will offer 19 voyages departing on Saturdays between May 13 and September 16, 2006, while Sun Princess will offer 19 voyages Sunday departures, beginning May 14 and continuing through September 17.

Regal Princess from San Francisco

The 1,590-passenger Regal Princess will again sail roundtrip from “The City by the Bay” on 13 departures between May 16 and September 13. The 10-day Inside Passage itinerary from San Francisco features calls at Victoria, Juneau and two other scenic Alaska ports that rotate between Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Haines or Icy Strait Point. All voyages also offer premiere glacier viewing with cruising through Tracy Arm.

Canadian Rockies Cruisetours

Passengers who would like to add a Canadian Rockies adventure to their cruise have two tour options designed specifically to coordinate with Inside Passage cruises from Seattle. Princess’ escorted itineraries take guests to the heart of these spectacular mountains with visits to Banff, Jasper, Calgary and Kamloops, along with other local highlights. These 13-night cruisetour packages feature stays at the area’s premiere Fairmont resort properties such as the Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs Hotel, Palliser Hotel and Jasper Park Lodge.

Early booking fares for Inside Passage voyages start at $849 for cruises and $2,799 for Canadian Rockies cruisetours. Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 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 30 days. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, 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, Windstar 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.

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