SANTA CLARITA, CA, Sept 14, 2006 – Majestic mountains, dazzling ice fields, and Western’s Canada’s most celebrated national parks highlight Princess’ 2007 Canadian Rockies Cruisetours. Designed specifically to complement the line’s popular Gulf of Alaska or Inside Passage cruises, Princess’ five- and six-night land packages to the heart of Canada’s spectacular mountains include stays at the area’s premiere resort properties and landmark historic hotels. Combined with a seven-day Alaska cruise, these cruisetours offer a full 12- or 13-night land/sea vacation. Passengers will enjoy group camaraderie as they visit the natural wonders of Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks, plus such attractions as the alpine city of Banff, the brilliant glacial waters of Lake Louise, a snowcoach tour of Athabasca Glacier, the Olympic city of Calgary, British Columbia’s Kamloops, Vancouver, and other local highlights.
“These itineraries take passengers right to the heart of the Canadian Rockies’ most sought after experiences and locations,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “Our tours offer the best routes, hotels and cruises together in a seamless package for our guests, who enjoy Princess’ high service levels throughout their exploration of this beautiful region.”
Two cruisetour options are available, each including most meals, gratuities, and the personal attention of a professional Princess tour director to coordinate travel details throughout the land portion of the journey.
- Royal Heart of the Rockies — This 12- or 13-night Canadian Rockies cruisetour originates in Calgary, home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Passengers will travel via motorcoach to Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Kamloops, featuring dramatic scenery along the Icefield Parkway and a stop at the Athabasca Glacier for a ride aboard a specially designed glacier snowcoach. Tours include overnight stays at some of the Rockies’ most famous and historic properties — the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
- Royal Heart of the Rockies Plus Rail — A 13-night cruisetour that covers the same attractions and historic hotels as the Heart of the Rockies tour, but adds two days of daylight travel between Jasper and Vancouver aboard Canada’s luxury Rocky Mountaineer train. From the train passengers will view spectacular scenery including the towering Mt. Robson and Thompson and Fraser River Canyons and whitewater rapids at Jaws of Death Gorge.
Both tours are combined with Princess’ Gulf of Alaska cruises between Vancouver and Whittier or round-trip Inside Passage sailings from Seattle, or can be booked as a land-only vacation. Early booking fares for Canadian Rockies cruisetours begin at $2,599 per person based on double occupancy, including a Gulf of Alaska cruise. Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.