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Comparing the Princess cruise ships sailings to Alaska in 2022

Princess cruise ships in Alaska

Princess Cruises will offer a number of sailings to Alaska in 2022.

From April to September, six Princess ships will sail on itineraries spanning 4 to 14 days from popular west coast ports.

No matter which Princess ship you pick, each offers onboard activities, signature attractions, and specialty dining options that will compliment a vacation to the Last Frontier quite well.

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Princess cruise ship in Alaska

Since there are a few different options for a Princess Alaska cruise, here is a breakdown of what to expect.

Overview of Princess Ships

All of the ships used for Alaska cruises have been refurbished or are new to the fleet for 2022. Although not mega-ships, they offer several amenities and activities that cater to both adults and families. Key features include:

  • Inclusive and Specialty Dining such as Italian, a steakhouse, a gastropub, a wine bar, and Chef’s Table.
  • Entertainment including original shows, casinos, lounges
  • Adult only deck area
  • Luxurious Spas
  • Afternoon tea
  • Adult only pool/deck area
  • Kids programs
  • Sport courts
  • Movies under the Stars
  • Numerous excursions including those recommended by Animal Planet and Discovery

Ships Sailing to Alaska in 2022

Discovery Princess

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Homeport: Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, BC

Ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, BC

Scenic Cruising: Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

Set to debut in the spring of 2022, Discovery Princess will be used for both a  4 day Alaska Sampler and a 7 day Inside Passage itinerary.

With a capacity of 3660 guests and 1346 crew, this brand new ship will be the largest sailing to Alaska and will offer a lot for guests in terms of amenities, specialty dining and adult only experiences such as:  

  • Largest balconies at sea with 270-degree views
  • World class dining options from Michelin-star chefs

Why pick Discovery Princess?

A brand new ship always has great appeal, many cruisers love to be among the first to try them out.  

Sailing from Seattle, it is one of the most affordable options and convenient choice for ports.

For those new to cruising north, the 4 day sampler is a great way to try it out.

Crown Princess

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Crown Princess

Homeports: Seattle, Washington

Ports: Juneau and Ketchikan Skagway, Ketchikan, Alaska and Victoria, BC

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park.

Launched in 2006, the Crown Princess was refreshed in 2018.  For 2022, the ship will be offering a 5 day Alaska Sampler, and a 7 day Inside Passage cruise.

The Crown Princess has 3080 passengers and 1200 crew, it is well known for providing great activities for adults and kids.

Why pick Crown Princess?

Good for shorter sailings, including a 5 day sampler which is well priced.

Good value travel options and convenience of a Seattle departure.

Its layout is well liked among cruisers, especially well-designed pool areas and overall good.

Ruby Princess

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Ruby Princess in Alaska

Homeport: San Francisco, California

Ports: Juneau, Skagway,  Ketchikan,  Alaska, and Victoria, BC

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park

The Ruby Princess set sail in 2008 but was refurbished in 2018. It has 3080 Guests and 1200 crew. The Ruby Princess will be used for the 10 day Inside Passage itinerary.

Why pick Ruby Princess?

The is the only Alaskan cruise departing from California, convenient for those in that market.

Its 10 day itinerary provides guests with 4 port stops, in addition to scenic cruising, lots to see.

It is known for its great laid-back vibe and layout, which is great for sea days.

Grand Princess

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Grand Princess

Homeport: Vancouver, BC

Ports: Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Anchorage, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Alaska, Prince Rupert, Victoria, BC

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier, Endicott Arm, and Dawes Glacier

Grand Princess will be used for the 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers,  a 12 day Inside Passage itinerary,  and 14 day Glaciers Grand Adventure

It set sail in 1998 but was refurbished in 2019 and has a capacity of 2600 Guests and 1150 crew.

Why pick Grand Princess?

The ship gets good reviews for its amenities, and refurbishments make it feel much newer.

For those really wanting to truly experience Alaska, its offers up to 14 day sailings with plenty of ports visits and scenic cruising.

The cruising prices for this ship are a great value, with their 7 day sailing, being the lowest among the Alaskan offerings.

Majestic Princess

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Majestic Princess

Homeport: Anchorage, Alaska and Vancouver, BC

Ports:  Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, ending in Vancouver, BC

Scenic Cruising: Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Point

The Majestic Princess will be used for a 7 day Voyage of the Glaciers (Southbound) and 10 day Inside Passage.

It first sailed in 2017 and was originally designed to sail from Shanghai and has many unique offerings.

One of the larger ships sailing to Alaska, Majestic Princess has a capacity for 3560 guests and 1346 crew. It features a one of a kind 60 foot SeaWalk that lets passengers stroll above the waves.

Why pick Majestic Princess?

A great opportunity to try a distinctive ship on an Alaskan sailing.

Its specialty restaurant Harmony is considered to have superb food.  It also features Yao Family Wines and Bistro Sur La Mer.

The Hollywood Pool Clun brings a bit of LA with a great indoor pool /leisure space.

Royal Princess

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Royal Princess

Homeports: Vancouver, BC

Ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Victoria, BC.

Scenic Cruising:  Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier National Park

Launched in 2013 by her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, this ship is aptly named as a royal. It was refurbished in 2018 and holds 3560 passengers and 1346 crew.  

It will be sailings on both a 7 day Inside Passage and a 12 Day Inside Passage.

Why pick Royal Princess?

This ship offers a lot of great traditional amenities of a cruise ship in addition to specialty dining options.

Guests love their destination theme events in addition to daily bingo and trivia.

Its 12 day Inside Passage sailing offers 6 ports day along with 3 days of scenic viewing, great for those really wanting to get a feel for Alaska.

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