Princess is one of my favorite cruise lines to cruise Alaska – they have been doing it the longest and quite honestly, do it the best. They have a naturalist that is onboard the entire cruise. This means presentations on ‘how’ to appreciate what you are seeing (such as how to spot whales and how glaciers are formed) will be done throughout the cruise as well as just ‘being available’ to you.
For the sailing of the Ruby Princess on May 13, 2017, I have been able to secure a variety of cabins at a special rate (better cabins at the least expensive cabin rate) as well as a $30 per person onboard credit, regardless of the cabin category. These rates are also combinable with whatever promotion Princess is running at the time you book, which means additional savings for you! But in order to get these additional savings and onboard credit, you must book with me.
Right now, since all of the cruise lines are running AMAZING promotions, in order to stay competitive, they all keep adding more bennies to ‘sweeten the deal’ so you will book with them rather than the other guy, so YOU win! NOW is a great time to be booking cruises!
To give you an idea of what is available for Alaska, here’s a short 5 minute video on what Princess has to offer and as you watch, the cruise I’m featuring will be the Inside Passage, Round Trip from Seattle (Note: this video was for 2016, but everything except the dates will be the same for 2017) … ENJOY!
(Note: If you’re interested in any of the other options they talked about in the video, such as the Voyage of the Glacier cruise (which is Whittier to Vancouver or reverse) OR any of the cruise tours (which will take you via motor coaches and/or train into Denali), I can help you with that as well.)
INSIDE PASSAGE on the RUBY PRINCESS, MAY 13, 2017
DAY 1 of your Inside Passage cruise begins in Seattle, where you will board the beautiful Ruby Princess. Consider coming in a day or two early to do some sightseeing in this timeless Washington city.
DAY 2, and your first full day, will be a glorious, relaxing day at sea, where you can continue to familiarize yourself with the ship, have a massage, participate in one of the many classes available from many of the departments onboard, or people watch in the atrium while enjoying a cup of coffee from the International Cafe or something from the bar.
On “At Sea” days, the crew really comes to life to make sure you’re not bored – there might be a fitness class in the gym, Bingo game in the casino or acupuncture seminar in the Lotus Spa, so there will be plenty to do … or do nothing – it’s your choice!
DAY 3 will be your first port of call in Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. There are MANY shore excursion options in a wide variety of interests in this port of call, so making the decision of how to spend your day may be tough – you could take a helicopter out to the glacier (WELL WORTH the money!), do a whale watching excursion or take the Mt. Roberts Tram up to the top for an incredible view of the city, just to name a few.
DAY 4 is your call in Skagway. Here you could pan for gold and learn about what the gold diggers endured under Alaska’s brutal weather conditions. Or you might take the scenic narrow gauge train up to Frasier, B.C. (make sure to take your passport!) or support the local economy by shopping in this quaint little town. Remember that the town exists mainly for cruise passengers, so you will want to support them and make some kind of purchase.
DAY 5 is your day in Glacier Bay, so you’ll want to make sure your batteries are charged on your camera and your binoculars are handy. As you enter the bay early in the morning, Park Rangers from Glacier Bay will board and be narrating throughout the day, so DO make sure you are near a speaker or have your cabin TV tuned to the Princess channel. And if you do sleep in, it’s ok – the scenery you missed going in, can be seen on your way back out.
When you reach the glacier, you will be there for quite some time so don’t worry about missing the glacier – the captain will take his time, slowly rotating the ship so all can get a good view. Keep your fingers crossed that you’ll get to witness some calving (ice falling off into the water).
DAY 6 takes you to the quaint little city of Ketchikan. You may want to do some salmon fishing, watch craftsmen carve a totem pole or catch the Lumberjack Show, but make sure you have your rain coat handy – the weather in Ketchikan can be quite fickle. There’s a very good chance it will rain the day you are there!
Once you leave Ketchikan, your cruise ship will navigate through the Inside Passage on your way to Victoria. Generally, the captain will be pointing out points of interest as you meander through this beautiful, scenic area, so sit back and relax in one of the lounges or find a deck chair on the Promenade deck and watch the beauty as you go by.
DAY 7 will be a continuation of cruising the Inside Passage as you finally arrive in Victoria. Although it might seem like a late arrival, since you are so far north on the planet, the sunset won’t be until 9:30 or so, so you’ll have plenty of time to see the sights, maybe even have tea at the Empress Hotel in this Canadian port city.
DISEMBARKATION – The worst part of any cruise is when you have to disembark and ‘get back to reality’. Princess has streamlined the disembarkation process so that everyone is usually off by 9 a.m. and either headed home the same day or will spend a couple more days in Seattle. It’s time to start editing your photos and telling your friends about what you’ve just experience and the Priceless Memories you’ve made!
NOW FOR THE FUN PART…
Picking Out Your Cabin!
All prices include your cabin, meals, beverages, entertainment, all activities onboard as well as a bunch of other onboard or in cabin features (See Princess.com for the complete list of all inclusions). You may also want to add alcohol packages, specialty dining, casino, spa treatments and other items at additional costs, but those are not included in the cruise fares listed below.
I have selected some excellent cabin options for you, in a wide variety of both price and comfort levels. The cruise fares stated below are based on double occupancy, although I can also give you a quote for a solo cabin OR if you need a triple or quad cabin. Simply let me know and I will get you a quote.
There will be taxes and port charges of $220 per person added and I automatically include travel protection. If you want to opt out of the travel protection you can, but I must have that in writing. When you book this May 13th sailing on the Ruby Princess through Priceless Cruising, you would also qualify for the $30 onboard credit, regardless of the cabin you select.
CABIN OPTIONS AND PRICES
BALCONY – BD category – These cabins are in the Aft section of the ship and will either be on Deck 10, 11 or 12 (Caribe, Baja or Aloha Deck).
BD category – $1549 per person
OCEAN VIEW – OC and OF category – These cabins are in the Forward section of the ship on Deck 5, Plaza Deck, with the OF’s being more forward than the OC’s
OC category – $1324 per person
OF category – $1299 per person
OBSTRUCTED OCEAN VIEW – OW category – These cabins are on Deck 8 (Emerald), so have a much better location than the Ocean View cabins, however, there will be some kind of obstruction in the way of your view (each cabin is different), but why they are such a good price.
OW category – $999 per person
INTERIOR CABIN – ID category – These cabins are also in the Aft portion of the ship and will be on Deck 9, 10, 11 or 12 (Dolphin, Caribe, Baja or Aloha Deck)
ID category – $849 per person
Now that you’ve decided to go, you’ll just need to contact me so I can get you booked! The easiest way to do this is go to the TRAVEL FAVORITES portion on this website: http://pricelesscruising.com/services/travel-favorites/ and fill out the short questionnaire (making sure you add that you are interested in the May 13th Ruby Princess sailing in the Comments section).
I will contact you and get the information I need (Names as they show on your passport, birthdates and address), and then send you a quote. If everything looks good and you approve, then you can place your deposit that will hold your cabin until the time the final payment is due, which will be Feb. 27, 2017.
It’s that simple! 😉