FAQs – 2021 Denali Explorer on Royal Princess

Who is Bliss Vacations?

  • Bliss Vacations LLC is a travel agency based in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  The owner is Emily Crumpton Jones.  This Cruise is coordinated by Bliss Vacations LLC. We are the exclusive provider for this group cruise. Bliss Vacations LLC is an affiliate of Cruises & Tours Unlimited, one of the largest travel agencies around. We have buying power with all the major cruise lines and are able to pass the savings on to you.  Cruises and Tours Unlimited is a top producer for all major cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Holland America Lines Westour, Inc., Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as lesser known cruise lines. We also offer more specialized cruising to unique and exotic destinations on products such as Crystal Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Lines, and Silversea Cruises, just to name a few. Bliss Vacations LLC/C&TU is able to provide you or your group with the best pricing and service in the cruise industry. Cruises & Tours Unlimited is a member in good standing with Cruise Line International Association [CLIA] and the Better Business Bureau of Jacksonville, FL, and is fully bonded and registered.  Bliss Vacations LLC specializes in cruises and all-inclusive vacations.


Is a passport required?

  • Yes, a passport is required for this sailing because you will be going into and departing from Vancouver, BC.


Is airfare included?

  • No, airfare is separate.  We will be happy to book it for you or you may do so on your own.  Please let us know if you do book on your own and send us the itinerary.


Is travel insurance included?


Are meals included during the tour portion from Whittier to Anchorage?

  • No, meals are not included once off the ship.  Princess does offer a Dining Plan for an additional $219 per person.  Please let us know if you would like to add it to your cruise package.


Are transfers included from the Vancouver airport to the cruise port?

  • No, transfers are not included in the cruisetour package pricing because travelers come in at different times/days.  Princess does offer transfers from the airport to the cruise port for $43 per person.  Please let us know if you would like to add this to your cruise package.


Are transfers included from the Anchorage hotel to the airport?

  • Yes, transfers are included and provided by Princess for your departure from the hotel to the airport.


What is included in my Cruise Fare?

  • Anytime or Traditional Dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Room Service (24 hours)
  • Entertainment: Movies Under the Stars, Theatre Shows, Casino, Comedy Club, Dancing, Youth & Teen Programs.


Are any shore excursions included with my cruise?

  • No, shore excursions are additional.  You will be able to access a full array of options within your Cruise Portal provided by Princess Cruises.  Depending upon the group size, we may offer a private group excursion for 8 or more passengers.


Are gratuities/tips included with the cruisetour package?

  • No, tips and gratuities are not included in the cruise package.  However, Princess is running their “Best Sale Ever” which offers Free Gratuities, Free Drinks, & Free Wifi.  You must book by February 28, 2020 to receive these perks.During your cruise, regardless of which Princess ship you choose, you will meet staff who provide you with excellent service. Crew members often rotate to different vessels within the Princess fleet which helps to maintain our high standards on every ship. These dedicated workers reflect our philosophy that all crew on all ships are but one family who share in Princess’ success.To simplify the tipping process for Princess guests, a discretionary gratuity of $16.50 per guest for suites, $15.50 per guest for mini-suites and $14.50 per guest (including children) in all other staterooms, per day, is automatically added to your shipboard account on a daily basis. This gratuity will be shared among those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet.Pre-payment is available up to 2 days prior to departure.A 18% gratuity is added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, and Lotus Spa® services. This is shared amongst the beverage staff, their support staff and Lotus Spa® personnel.Casino dealers and youth staff do not share in these gratuities. We know you will find these services onboard exemplary.Please note gratuities will be deemed undisputed unless a request to modify is received prior to disembarking the ship.


What drinks/beverages are included with the cruise?

  • Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Tea varieties, Non- Specialty Coffee
  • Exceptions: Sodas, Alcoholic Beverages (are NOT included).  However, if you book now and take advantage of the “Best Sale Ever” drinks will be included!  Must book by February 28, 2020.


What are the details about Princess “Best Sale Ever”? 

  • General Terms (applicable to all portions of the Offer) – ONLY available if all guests in a stateroom elect to participate in the Offer. Offer expires February 29, 2020 and is only available to residents of 50 United States or D.C., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Offer and its parts are non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash at any point, and may not be combined with other offers or other onboard credits. Offer’s Drinks, Wi-Fi, and Gratuities are only available on board the ship (not applicable to land portions), may only be used on a single voyage, and expire at the end of such voyage. Offer available on select voyages sailing starting on March 26, 2020. Offer is only available on cruises indicated as “Best. Sale. Ever.” Offer is capacity-controlled regardless of availability.*Fares are per guest and apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares are non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two guests in a stateroom. Fares and other values quoted in USD.†Premier Beverage Package applies to guests booked in all stateroom types. It is valid only for all guests in a stateroom who are 21 years or older. Guests who are under 21 years of age at the time of sailing can still book the Best. Sale. Ever. pricing, but will receive the Premier Coffee & Soda Package and will not receive any refund or otherwise for that portion of the Offer. A daily limit on alcoholic beverages will apply.‡‡Wi-Fi included for one device per guest. Wi-Fi details will be delivered pre-cruise or in the stateroom. All internet usage subject to Princess Cruises’ standard policies, which may limit browsing of sites due to network security and bandwidth usage. Applications that use high bandwidth may be blocked and offerings subject to change with or without notice.‡Gratuities included are in the ships onboard currency. Amount of gratuities paid on behalf of guest may vary based on stateroom type. This amount is paid on the behalf of all guests in a stateroom. Gratuities do not include gratuities added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, or Lotus Spa services.Offer valid: December 11, 2019 – February 29, 2020 on select cruises sailing starting on March 26, 2020.


Can you tell me more about Princess Cruises Alaskan Cruisetour?

Please visit Princess FAQs about their Cruisetours for full details: https://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/cruisetours/cruisetours_alaska.jsp


What is allowed onboard the ship?

For a full list of Pre-Cruise Planning items visit: https://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/pre_cruise/prepare.jsp


What is the Cancellation Policy?

If you cancel before your cruise is paid in full, there is a $50 per person administrative cancellation fee that will be charged to your card on file then your reservation will be canceled.

Days prior to Cruise or Land Package Departure Item(s)* – Assessed Cancellation Fee
57 to 89 days – Deposit Amount
29 to 56 days – 50% of Total Charges
28-15 days – 75% of Total Charges
14 days or less – 100% of Total Charges
*Items: Cruise, Cruisetour, Cruise Plus Package, pre-purchased gift(s)/special services.

For the full passenger contract with Princess: https://www.princess.com/legal/passage_contract/pcl.html