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Monday, July 29, 2019

50 years of cruising in Alaska for Princess Cruises

   Out to Sea for July 27/19

   (c) By Jim and Barb Fox

   North to Alaska – go north, the rush is on.
   The popularity of Alaska cruising is heating up, far from the beach runs in the Caribbean.
   A pioneer in the Great Land is Princess Cruises marking its 50th year with seven ships, new entertainment, shore excursions and culinary offerings to mark this significant milestone.
   The first cruise to Alaska departed on June 3,1969 on Princess Italia carrying 525 guests to this “breathtaking bucket-list destination.”
Cool off in Glacier Bay, Alaska on the Crown Princess.
    “We’ve spent half a century developing our legacy in Alaska and host more guests there than any other cruise line – more than five million over the last 50 years,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
   To celebrate the 50-year milestone, there are “new and authentic experiences, combined with the awe-inspiring beauty” of sailing north.
   In the cruise season that continues through mid-September, Princess has deployed seven ships, the largest ever, featuring the debut of Royal Princess.
   The cruises range from seven to 12 days and depart from Vancouver, Anchorage (Whittier), Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Cunard ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth meet in Halifax for the first time

Spectacular Sailaway in Celebration of Fifth Annual Samuel Cunard Prize

The sister ships unite in founder Sir Samuel Cunard’s birthplace

Cunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 follows sister ship Queen Elizabeth in Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor on Friday, July 26, 2019 (Photo Credit: Steve Farmer for Cunard)

VALENCIA, Calif., July 26, 2019 – Luxury cruise line Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2 had a rare meeting with sister ship Queen Elizabeth and offered spectacular sailaway on July 26, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, birthplace of the company’s founder Sir Samuel Cunard.

The meeting was arranged in celebration of Zita Cobb and Sandra Greer, this year’s recipients of the Samuel Cunard Prize for Vision, Courage and Creativity and The Innovative Spirit Award, respectively.

The Samuel Cunard Award for Vision, Courage and Creativity was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th Anniversary in the ancestral home of its founder Sir Samuel Cunard.