SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises is the latest cruise line to get onboard with Canadian ports for its 2022 cruises and cruisetours to Alaska, as well as its summer and fall Canada & New England program.
On March 7 Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced the easing of Canada’s advisory against cruise travel, in place since March 2020. That same day, Holland America announced its plans for Canadian ports on its 2022 Alaska and Canada / New England sailings. The ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters lifted on Nov. 1, 2021.
Princess Cruises’ 2022 program to Alaska will feature six ships, including the line’s newest vessel, Discovery Princess. Offerings include 12 unique itineraries, totalling 140 departures and five glacier-viewing experiences, with visits to the Southeast Alaska towns of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.
Says John Padgett, President, Princess Cruises: “The reopening of Canadian ports to the cruise industry is a bold and important move that significantly expands the array of travel opportunities available to guests while boosting the economies of the Canadian and Alaska destinations we visit by generating important revenue and job opportunities. We know firsthand how cherished these voyages are to both guests and those destinations following our shortened but successful return to Alaska in 2021 that was made possible with the passing of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act.”
Princess sails to and from Vancouver on its ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ seven-day cruises to and from Whittier, AK. More than 20 cruisetour options feature a land tour visiting the Denali National Park and Princess Wilderness Lodges and include the ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruise. Alaska cruises sailing from Seattle and San Francisco visit Victoria, B.C., along with various ports in Alaska.
The first Princess cruise ship to visit Canada is Caribbean Princess, sailing on a four-day Pacific Coastal voyage, with a scheduled port stop in Victoria on April 6, followed by Vancouver on April 7.
For the May through September 2022 season, Princess will feature four west coast home ports – Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Anchorage (Whittier) and San Francisco.
The 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess, marks its inaugural season as the youngest ship in Alaska departing from Seattle on the seven-day Inside Passage itinerary, alongside Crown Princess.
Majestic Princess debuts along with Royal Princess and Grand Princess sailing the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers itinerary, which features two glacier viewing experiences on every cruise including Glacier Bay National Park (Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage [Whittier] or vice versa).
Ruby Princess offers 10-day Inside Passage cruises out of San Francisco, featuring the added bonus of a sailaway under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and a port stop in Victoria.
Meanwhile, on Canada and New England voyages, Princess sails from Quebec and New York visiting popular Canadian ports, including Halifax, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Sydney (Cape Breton Island) and Charlottetown. The 2022 season runs from July through October and features 16 departures and six itineraries on Enchanted Princess and Caribbean Princess.