Meanwhile, back at sea...

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- In addition to its five lodges, Princess offers another choice for Alaska-bound clients: the line's newest floating hotel, the Island Princess.

The 1,970-passenger, 92,000-ton ship made its debut here with seven-day Gulf of Alaska cruises sailing between Vancouver and Anchorage. It will reposition to Fort Lauderdale in September and offer roundtrip transits of the Panama Canal throughout the winter.

The Island Princess is an identical sister to the Coral Princess, which was introduced in January and is sailing the same seven-day Alaska route.

And those who have cruised on the Coral Princess will feel at home on the Island, right down to the names of the public spaces. There's the specialty restaurants, Italian eatery Sabatinis and the Bayou Cafe, which Princess touts as the first Cajun-influenced restaurant at sea; the Universe Lounge showroom, where Princess' educational [email protected] program is housed; its Lotus Spa and its Churchill Lounge cigar bar.

The ships are smaller than the line's Grand-class ships, but Princess said the Island (and the Coral) offer "the same vast array" of rooms and features by spreading public areas over two decks and cutting the number of passengers aboard.

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