Cunard Unveils First Full Season of Alaska Voyages in 2020

December 21, 2018.

Queen Elizabeth in Alaska

Cunard has announced that it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through September 2020 on the newly-refit Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is making its return to Alaska in May 2019 – and due to high demand, the line will double their program in 2020.

This expanded program will offer ten round trip voyages out of Vancouver ranging from nine to twelve nights and one getaway cruise to San Francisco for an overnight stay on Independence Day.

Passengers have the opportunity to combine voyages together, including the Alaska roundtrips, Independence Day cruise and the North Pacific Crossings from Yokohama or to Tokyo. These 2020 voyages include:

  • Alaska Voyage, roundtrip from Vancouver, 10 nights from June 2-12, 2019 (Q017), fares starting at $1,599
  • Independence Day Celebration, Vancouver to San Francisco with an overnight in port, 3 nights from July 2-5 (Q020A), fares starting at $599
  • San Francisco to Vancouver, 16 nights from July 5-21 (Q020D), fares starting at $2,659
  • Vancouver to Tokyo, 29 nights from August 29-September 28 (Q026A), fares starting at $4,459

Queen Elizabeth, the youngest ship in the fleet, has just come out of refit this November, launching a new spa concept onboard: Mareel Wellness & Beauty, developed in partnership with industry innovator Canyon Ranch. The new brand will offer a holistic approach with a focus on the healing energy of the sea. The spa offers an extensive new treatment menu with mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences as well as a redesign of the entire spa facility. In addition, many public spaces, bars and lounges have been updated and all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms have new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre had a complete technical overhaul; the Royal Arcade has been enhanced to offer an elevated shopping experience; and the outdoor decks have new furniture with a new layout on the Sun Deck.

Cunard continues its partnership with Rocky Mountaineer, offering pre- and post-cruise tours on the famous railroad. Tours include either three- to five-nights’ accommodation, plus two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through an array of scenery with glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, through winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Canyon, Spiral Tunnels and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of the three-night pre-cruise tour Vancouver and Whistler Highlights, taking in the best of Vancouver including Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park, and a full day in Whistler and Shannon Falls via the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

Early Booking Benefits

Guests who book launch fares in Britannia accommodations on voyages seven nights or longer by February 28, 2019 will receive free Onboard Credit up to $600 per stateroom, and third and fourth guests in the same stateroom will pay only $100 per person.

Grill Suite guests who book voyages seven nights or longer by February 28, 2019 will receive:

  • Free Onboard Credit up to $2,000 per stateroom†
  • Free Drinks Package♦
  • Free Gratuities‡
  • Third and Fourth guests in the same stateroom pay only $500 per person^

Detailed information about promo code ZED/ZEB and disclaimers about these benefits can be found here.

World Club Member Early Booking Savings

World Club members will benefit from an additional 5% discount off launch fares, available for past guests only, applicable on all cruises until April 30, 2019. This discount is not applicable to third and fourth berth guests.

Value Fares

Cunard is offering Value Fares featuring:

  • Up to 20% off Launch Fares
  • 3rd and 4th guests receive up to 50% off the Value Fares double occupancy rates
  • Reduced Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable Deposit (12.5% of the cruise fare instead of 25%)
  • Cunard Care is available for bookings with Value Fares

Fares are capacity controlled, subject to change, and may not be combined with any other public, group or past guest discount. Schedule of final payments and cancellation fees will follow the standard terms and conditions. Cabin assignment and dining options are not available for guests booking Value Fares. Guests will be booked on a Guarantee status. Value Fares are not available in the Grills.

 

Princess Cruises To Feature Fannie Q’s Saloon at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

October 30, 2018.

A prospector, trapper, hunter, woodcutter, gardener, dog musher and great sourdough cook describe the legendary Fannie “Q” Quigley, an Alaskan with a rough-and-tumble, hard-working personality admired for her loads of hospitality. In May 2019, at the start of Princess Cruises 50th year of sailing to Alaska, the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge will debut a new restaurant and bar named after this famed Alaskan pioneer, Fannie Q’s, showcasing her story and locally inspired dishes in a modern saloon setting.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fannie Q’s Saloon will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a total capacity of 180, located at the Lodge in the center of Princess Village. Menu offerings will include authentic, home-grown dishes, such as Bison Sliders, Braised Pork Shoulder and a dish Fannie Quigley was known for – Bear-Lard Pie. In the evening, live entertainment will fill the air offering a lively local atmosphere.

Just outside of Fannie Q’s Saloon and in the heart of the Princess Village at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Fireside Patio also debuts with three firepits offering a new gathering place for guests to roast marshmallows, talk about their adventures and have a drink in the midnight sun. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at this new cozy spot.

In addition, the existing Grizzly Bar & Grill will be updated and renamed Grizzly Burger. This fast-casual restaurant allows guests to quickly order at the counter and seat themselves. Grizzly Burger will feature the cruise line’s award-winning “Ernesto” burger, named “Best Burger at Sea” by Cruise Critic.

This uniquely crafted ribeye burger was created exclusively for Princess by burger expert Chef Ernesto Uchimura.

The 663-room Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is located just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park and features an expansive deck overlooking the Nenana River with views into the park. Accommodations are available to Princess Cruises cruisetour guests, exploring the interior of Alaska pre- or post-cruise.

In 2019, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess, bringing the largest Princess ship ever to sail the region. In addition, 76 percent of all voyages sail to Glacier Bay National Park. To enhance the cruise experience and to see more of Alaska, guests can also choose from more than 23 available cruisetours. More information about the upcoming 2019 Alaska cruise season can be found at www.princess.com/alaska.

Princess Cruises Announces First Booking Offer on 2019 Summer Destinations

May 7, 2018.

 

Princess Cruises is now offering guests the first chance to take advantage of a booking offer on 2019 summer cruises to Europe, Alaska, Japan and the Caribbean, with up to $1,000 free onboard spending money per stateroom with its Landmark Sale . In addition, guests book with a 10% refundable deposit during the Landmark sale.

Examples of Landmark Sale cruise and cruisetour deals include:

  • Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise — 7 days: $799 interior; $1,649 balcony and up to $250 free onboard spending money per person
  • Alaska Cruisetour  — 11 nights: $1,799 interior; $2,749 balcony and up to $250 free onboard spending money per person
  • Mediterranean cruise – 7 days: $1,299 interior; $1,849 balcony and up to $250 free onboard spending money per person
  • British Isles cruise — 12 days: $2,099 interior; $2,949 balcony and up to $500 free onboard spending money person
  • Scandinavia & Russia cruise – 11 days: $2,099 interior; $2,649 balcony and up to $500 free onboard spending money per person
  • Circle Japan cruise — 11 days: $1,249 interior; $3,349 balcony and up to $500 free onboard spending money per person
  • Caribbean cruise —7 days: $799 interior; $1,349 balcony and up to $250 free onboard spending money per person

More information about Princess Cruise’s Landmark Sale can be found at princess.com/cruisedeals.

All cruise prices are per guest, based on double occupancy. Princess Cruise’s Landmark Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 19, 2018 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

 

Azamara To Feature Rocky Mountaineer Tour Train Excursions

March 14, 2018.

Azamara Club Cruises has joined forces with Rocky Mountaineer, the largest privately-owned luxury tourist train company in the world, to develop special offerings of inclusive pre- & post-land programs for select Azamara Alaska voyages in 2019.

These land programs allow Azamara to bring their Destination Immersion® programming to guests in a whole new way thanks to the unique and authentic perspectives that train travel provides.

When travelers combine a Rocky Mountaineer pre- & post-land program with one of Azamara’s Alaskan itineraries, guests will be able to explore the region through the following:

  • Authentic experiences in marquee ports like Homer and Sitka
  • Bike rides alongside the Pacific Ocean and picturesque scenery with the exclusive Azamara Cruise Global, Bike Local program
  • Stays in premium hotels
  • Travel on a luxury train through unique, historical routes throughout the Canadian Rockies and gourmet cuisine with unparalleled on-board service

Alaskan voyages like the 10-day Alaska Intensive Voyage setting sail May 2019, the eight-day Alaska Adventure Voyage in June 2019 and the 10-day Alaska Showcase Voyage in July 2019 are all applicable for the Rocky Mountaineer package.

Important Note

While the pre & post land tours are not available online, guests can learn more at AzamaraClubCruises.com/RockyMountaineer, and can book through a travel professional or by calling 1.855.AZAMARA.

Holland America Line Adds New Guest Accommodations To McKinley Chalet Resort and Denali Square

January 29, 2018.

Guest Accommodations Featuring First-Ever Junior Suite-Level Rooms

Holland America Line is expanding the guest experience on its Alaska Land+Sea Journeys with the addition of new guest accommodations at its Denali operation. The 99-room addition will feature the first-ever junior suites at the resort and is expected to be open for the 2019 summer Alaska cruise season. The 55 new junior suites will showcase balconies, larger living areas and greater amenities for guests.

A woman gazes at Mount Denali in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. A look at the highest peak in North America is a highlight on a Holland America Line Alaska Land+Sea Journey. (Andy Newman/Holland America Line)

The new rooms are an extension of Holland America Line’s overland Alaska experience to Denali, which includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and Denali Square, a gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The addition will be located just west of Denali Square with views of Mt. Healy and Denali National Park.

The three-story project will feature junior suites and standard rooms with rustic-chic décor. All junior suites have balconies, so guests can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Alaska wilderness in private comfort. Each floor will have a central, open-air lobby with cozy furniture. The third floor has open public deck space with tables and loungers so guests can take in the panoramic scenery.

The new building will become a fundamental feature of the McKinley Chalet Resort, Holland America Line’s magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River. The hotel — featuring a reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms — serves as base camp for all adventures at Denali National Park such as flightseeing, ATV adventures, hiking trails, river rafting and more. All accommodations feature stylish décor and premium amenities.

Alaska-based companies heading up the project include general contractor Ghemm Company, Inc., based in Fairbanks.  Lead architect Heliotrope is based in Seattle, Washington, and also developed Karstens Public House at Denali Square. Heliotrope is working with the Fairbanks office of Alaskan architectural firm Bettisworth North. Costigan Integrated of Seattle is serving as project manager.

Denali Square Complex Immerses Guests in Alaska Culture
Steps from the new rooms, Denali Square is at the heart of Holland America Line’s Denali property and is centrally located between the main area of the McKinley Chalet Resort and the riverfront guest rooms.

The largest building in the complex is Karstens Public House, the grand 7,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant showcasing views of the neighboring mountains for dining guests. An inviting deck with fire pits and outdoor seating also allows guests to immerse themselves in this special venue as they drink and dine.

At the center of Denali Square is an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows and ranger talks. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater, that becomes a bar and music venue after the show.

Denali Square also features fire pits, outdoor seating, retail shops offering local goods, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists display and discuss their works. Walking paths in and around Denali Square show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting.