If you like to plan ahead, then just take a gander at Princess Cruise Line's new packages for 2003. If you make your reservations by Valentine's Day (February 14) of 2003, you can save up to 15% off the 2002 fares--as much as $1,200 per couple off Love Boat Savers fares. Prices start at just $899 per person.
Two of the line's newest "and most amenity-filled" ships, the Star Princess and Diamond Princess, will be making the Inside Passage trips next year, with more sailings than before. Also, Seattle will be used as a home port for the first time. In addition to these two ships working the Inside Passage itineraries, four other ships--the Coral Princess, Island Princess, Sun Princess and Dawn Princess--will sail on "Voyage of the Glaciers" to the Gulf of Alaska, Glacier Bay and Denali National Park.
Both Inside Passage ships will depart Seattle, then call at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, as well as cruise through the glaciers, rock walls and waterfalls of Tracy Arm and the two Sawyer Glaciers. The Star Princess, holding 2,600 passengers, will have 18 voyages on this route, departing on Saturdays between May 17 and September 13. The new Diamond Princess (2,670 passengers) will offer 14 voyages departing on Sundays, beginning June 15 and continuing through September 14. Remember, all dates are 2003.
The Diamond Princess, being constructed in Japan, will be entering service on this line, and at 113,000 tons, will replace the Star Princess as the largest vessel to sail on the west coast. You can add on Canadian Rockies tours before or after your cruise, with stays in Banff, Jasper, Calgary and Kamloops, at such famous resort hotels as the Banff Springs Hotel, Jasper Park Lodge or Chateau Lake Louise.
You can get more information about schedules and fares through your travel agent, but brochures can be had by phoning 800/PRINCESS. You can go online at www.princess.com to view additional specials as well.