Reed Travel Features
LOS ANGELES -- Princess Cruises and Tours became an official
sponsor of the City of Skagway's Gold Rush Centennial
Skagway, at the foot of the White and Chilkoot passes, was the
gateway to the Klondike in the 1890s.
It is celebrating its gold-rush heritage through the year
A $10,000 donation by Princess Cruises and Tours will be used to
offset the cost of the Skagway Statue, which will be unveiled July
It was on July 13, 1896, that a ton of gold left the town by
boat for Seattle.
It was the first consignment of the Klondike riches to arrive in
the Lower 48 and started a frenzied rush by thousands of
prospectors who sailed to Skagway and then hiked across the passes
into Canada and on to the Klon-dike.
The statue will be positioned on the waterfront directly
opposite the Princess Tours offices, prominently displayed for
arriving cruise passengers.
Princess has been a fixture in Skagway for 30 years, according
to the tour company's president, Dean Brown, and features
historical Skagway on every one of its 100 cruises this summer.
"Because we bring more visitors to Skagway than any other
operator, we want to show our support for this important community
project," Brown said.
The centerpiece of the Skagway statue will be the depictions of
a prospector and a native Alaskan packer.
Princess will operate four ships in Voyage of the Glaciers (Gulf
of Alaska) sailings this summer and two in Inside Passage cruises
out of Vancouver, British Columbia, all of which can be combined
with a choice of 50 different tour options.
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