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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Winners of 2012 Alaska Shore Excursion Awards Announced by Princess Cruises

Winners of 2012 Alaska Shore Excursion Awards Announced by Princess Cruises 

Rated by Passengers, the 13th Annual C.R.U.I.S.E. Service Awards Recognize Top Local Sightseeing Tour Operators in Alaska.

Alaska Cruise Tips
by Raye & Marty Trencher
Editors & Publishers
Cruise Traveler Magazine
Raye & Marty Trencher - Certified Alaska Travel Experts

There are just a few destinations in the world where shore excursions play an integral role in the over all cruise experience and Alaska is one of them.  Most people who cruise Alaska are first time visitors and most likely last time visitors as well, as an Alaska vacation is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,  So, what you do on land or at sea is vitally important to created lasting memories.
 Each year, as the Alaska cruise season comes to a close, Princess Cruises celebrates the cruise passenger's favorite local sightseeing tour operators with special recognition.

The winners of the line’s 13th annual C.R.U.I.S.E. service awards have just been announced, honoring the best shore excursion experiences and guides in each port on Alaska itineraries, based largely on passenger feedback throughout the season.

The awards recognize the most popular tours, individual guides and dock representatives of Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the communities where Princess ships call. Chosen from the extensive line-up of Alaska shore excursions offered to Princess passengers, the awards highlight the important role local tour operators play in each community as part of a passenger’s overall cruise experience. Winners are determined largely by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys.

“Shore excursions, especially in such an exciting destination as Alaska, are so important in providing passengers with the unforgettable moments that highlight an Alaska vacation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We’re proud to have such a long-running program in place to recognize the contribution these local tour operators make to providing our passengers with the best shore experience possible.”

The C.R.U.I.S.E. program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The Alaska awards began in 2000 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that Alaskan-owned tour partners play in passengers' cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season and Dock Representative of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a plaque, a ship tour and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque and a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship, and lunch onboard for company officials.  

The 2012 winners are:
Co-Shore Excursion of the Season
Juneau:
Helicopter Glacier Trek, NorthStar Trekking
Taku Lodge Feast & 5-Glacier Seaplane Discover, Wings Airways and Taku Lodge
Alaska’s Ultimate Zipline & Canopy Adventure, Alaska Canopy Adventures
Ketchikan:
Back Country Zodiac Expedition, Ketchikan Outdoors
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour, Commercial Fishing Adventures
Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition, Alaska Canopy Adventures
Skagway:
Glacier Discovery by Helicopter, TEMSCO Helicopters
Golden Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens, Jewell Gardens
Heli-Hike & Rail Adventure, Packer Expeditions
Victoria:
Sealife Discovery & Crab Extravaganza, Seaquest Explorations
Co-Tour Guide of the Season
Juneau:
Shaynee Seipke, Gold Rush Tours / TEMSCO Helicopters
Adriane Honerbrink, Gastineau Guiding Company
Ketchikan:
Don Andrews, Alaska Amphibious Tours
Rob Holston, Lighthouse Excursions
Skagway:
Aaron Schmidt, Jewell Gardens
Matt Hayashida, Gold Rush Sled Dogs / Klondike Gold Fields
Dock Representative of the Season
Juneau:
Jackie Schulz, juneau jeep adventures
Ketchikan:
Jill Gates, The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
Skagway:
Karin Lombard, Klondike Gold Fields
Additional information about Princess Cruises Alaska is available through this professional travel agent, Alaska Cruises Direct by calling 800.365.1445, or by visiting the company's website at www.alaskacruisesdirect.com

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