(5:16 p.m. EST) — Playing with puppies is probably the last thing you’d ever imagine doing on a cruise ship, but it’s one of the newest activities available to passengers on Princess Cruises’ Alaska itineraries.
As part of the line’s North to Alaska program, an enrichment program which debuted last year, canine lovers can interact and take pictures with baby sled dogs in the ship’s atrium area. The dog handlers who plan to train them also will be on hand to talk about the popular Alaskan sport and answer questions.
“Puppies in the Piazza” is one of three new North to Alaska features. Passengers on Princess’ Alaska cruises also will be able to enjoy their own catch of the day for dinner. A handful of new fishing excursions, available on both cruises and cruisetours, will allow passengers to bring back their well-earned catch and select their preferred preparation by Princess’ culinary team.
Additionally, cruisetour passengers can meet climbers who have conquered the Denali, and hear their stories in the theater at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Denali State Park. After the show, passengers can go outside the lodge for a glimpse of a retired airplane, similar to those used to transport climbers to and from base camp.
Both onboard activities are complimentary. The cruisetour show bears at $20 per person fee.
North to Alaska is available on Crown Princess, Star Princess, Ruby Princess, Island Princess, Coral Princess and Grand Princess. Together, the six ships will offer more than 120 Alaska cruise departures in 2016.
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