Each year Princess cruise passengers vote for their favorite shore excursions and guides in Alaska, choosing the recipients of the line’s annual C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards. This year, Princess Cruise Line has expanded the program to recognize operators who provide land-based excursions to the company’s cruisetour passengers throughout the summer.
The unique awards, which are primarily based upon positive feedback from tour participants, recognize the importance of local excursion companies and guides as an integral part of visitors’ Alaska cruisetour experience. Both tour operators and individual guides are recognized, chosen from among Princess’ extensive line-up of more than 120 land excursion options offered to cruisetour passengers from Princess’ own Alaska wilderness lodges as well as the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks. These land excursions range from a heli-hiking adventure from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge to river rafting from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Recipients receive their awards at ceremonies held at the Princess wilderness lodges or in a city location.
“We’re pleased to expand this successful program to our land-based tour operations and recognize their efforts in making vacation experiences special for our customers as they travel through the interior of the state,” said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. “These top tour operators are vital in continuing the Princess experience our passengers expect, even when they are touring the Alaskan wilderness from our lodges.”