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Princess will mark 50 years of Alaska cruises in 2019 with largest deployment in its history

Princess Cruises will celebrate its 50th year of cruising to Alaska in 2019. In that year, the line will sent its largest ship, the Royal Princess, and six other ships to sail to the 49th state from May to September.

It will be the largest deployment of the line’s fleet, a news release Tuesday said.

With a nod to the upcoming milestone, Princess is offering 50% off deposits for 2019 cruises to Alaska when bookings start Dec. 14.

In the coming sailings, more than three-quarters will sail to Glacier Bay National Park and 23 land tours will visit the company’s Wilderness Lodges and Denali National Park & Preserve.

“In 1969, Princess Italia was our first ship to bring 525 passengers to Alaska,” President Jan Swartz said in a statement. In 2019, the Royal Princess alone will bring more than 3,500 guests to the region.

Upcoming itineraries include:

--Seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers, which will sail between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Whittier, Alaska, to visit Glacier Bay;

--Round-trip cruises of the Inside Passage from Seattle (seven days), San Francisco (10 days) and Los Angeles (12 days); and

--Seven-day Inside Passage cruises and four-day Alaska Sampler sailings from Vancouver.

Princess also brings back North to Alaska activities such as Cook My Catch, in which passengers go fishing and have chefs customize their “catch,” and Puppies in the Plaza, which brings sled-dog pups on board at Skagway.

Info: Princess Cruises, (800) 774-6237 or contact a travel agent

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