Island Princess set sail as part of Princess Cruises' fleet in June 2003. Custom-made to traverse the Panama Canal and to get up close to glaciers in Alaska, she boasts a high percentage of balcony staterooms to make the most of the views. Her sixteen decks are lined with luxurious staterooms, amazing restaurants, sophisticated bars and a wealth of leisure and entertainment facilities.
Days at sea give you the opportunity to truly savour the ship's highlights. The Lido Deck with its Lido Pool, Lotus Pool and a plethora of eateries and bars is the heartbeat of the ship. One deck up discover the adult-only oasis of The Sanctuary, where private cabanas and luxury padded loungers create an aura of calm. This feeling continues in the Lotus Spa, perfect for indulgent hot stone massages and pampering treatments. The Youth Centre offers fun and games for 3 to 12 year olds, while the Teen Centre is tailor-made for teenagers. The impressive four-storey Atrium sets the night-time scene with abundant shops, bars and lounges, or there's Movies under the Stars on the outdoor Sun Deck.
Island Princess brings together a world of flavours and dining styles in her restaurants and eateries. The Provence Dining Room hosts fixed time Traditional Dining and the Bordeaux Dining Room presents Anytime Dining options, each serving five courses of culinary delights. Casual dining in the 24/7 Horizon Court includes buffet-style dishes and desserts. The poolside Princess Pizzeria is the perfect spot to relax with al fresco Italian treats or discover fast food and burgers in The Grill. Savour cakes and pastries as you sip your morning cappuccino in Le Patisserie or tuck into a knickerbocker glory in Sundaes Ice Cream Bar.
A pair of speciality restaurants takes the culinary journey on Island Princess to a spectacular level. Sabatini's Restaurant showcases a menu of Italian and Mediterranean dishes alongside seafood specialities. Jazz music accompanies the traditional Cajon and Creole-inspired flavours in the Bayou Cafe, with seafood gumbo and chicken and chorizo jambalaya amongst the signature dishes.
From your morning espresso to late-night cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges. Sit and admire the view with a coffee in the intimate Churchill Lounge or enjoy a drink and a chat with friends in the Wheelhouse Bar. Crooners Bar leads off the Atrium and is the perfect spot to savour a classic martini cocktail or celebrate with glass of champagne.
Evenings on Island Princess offer something to match your every mood. The Princess Theatre hosts Hollywood-style production shows or discover cabaret acts on three revolving stages in the Universe Lounge. Take a moonlit stroll around the Promenade Deck, before chancing your luck at the roulette wheel and slot machines in The Princess Casino. Dance the night away under the colourful lights of the Explorer's Lounge to truly end your day in style.
Day 1: UK - Vancouver, Canada
Arrive in Vancouver and embark on board Island Princess for your cruise around the Inside Passage.
Day 3: Juneau, Alaska, US
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska, and it is not hard for guests to see why people would want to settle here. Juneau is one of the natural beauty hotspots of the world. Take a trip to Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring in the area, and yet accessible in the area. Being over half a mile wide and 2000 feet deep, this is a sight you will surely not want to miss.
Day 4: Skagway, Alaska, US
Skagway, commonly known as 'The Gateway to the Klondike' was born out of the Kondike Gold rush of the 1890s. Once home to saloons, dance halls and gambling houses, Skagway now has only about 1,000 residents. Relive the town's 'heyday' with an interesting downtown walking tour and gold panning excursion. Visit Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to see thousands of historic photos and archaeological artefacts. For the little more adventurous, take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad past glistening glaciers and picturesque waterfalls.
Day 5: Glacier Bay National Park
Cruise through the pristine landscapes of the protected national park of Glacier Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, porpoises and sea otters; not forgetting the brown, black and blue glacier bears, moose, blacktail deer, and mountain goats on the shoreline. Gaze in awe at the lofty mountain peaks, ice-sculptured fjords, and over 50 named glaciers.
Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska, US
Ketchikan can be described as the first city of Alaska. Situated in the most southern part of the state and surrounded by deep fjords and lush forests, this small fishing town is a popular stop with cruise lines. Take a walk down the waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring views. Enjoy a tour to the 40-acre Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to view bald eagles and black bears. Visit the totem poles at Totem Bight State Park and Potlatch Totem Park or journey to the glacier-carved wilderness at the Misty Fiords National Monument. You can also ride an off-road vehicle and try zip lining, kayaking and hiking.
Day 8: Vancouver, Canada - UK
Disembark in Vancouver and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.