Princess Cruises’ newest vessel, the Diamond Princess, began weekly visits to Skagway May 11 on her inaugural voyage to Alaska. Weighing in at 113,000 tons, with room for 2,670 passengers, the Diamond is the cruise line’s largest and most advanced ship. She began sailing in March, first visiting Mexico.
During the Diamond Princess’ second visit here, Princess invited representatives from Skagway on board for lunch and a welcoming ceremony. City Council member Mike Catsi (above right) and former mayor and WP&YR vice president of rail operations John Mielke exchanged plaques with Captain Nick Nash (above left) to commemorate the ship’s landfall in Skagway.
Technology abounds aboard the Diamond Princess. The ship features state-of-the-art pollution control and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the largest Internet cafe at sea, a lounge featuring 42 high-definition plasma televisions, and two golf simulators.

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