Totem represents token of appreciation for Alaska’s 50 years of support
By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
It’s always nice to hear about companies giving back. And that’s what Princess Cruises did recently. The Santa Clarita-based cruise line had a special totem pole carved out just for the city of Ketchikan.
The totem pole is the cruise lines way of thanking Alaska for its support for the past 50 years.
Created by local carver Kelly White, the sculpting features a whale, octopus halibut, is now on display at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau.
Proudly placed totem
“We’re proud to dedicate this beautiful totem pole, inspired by the sea, to the community of Ketchikan,” says Lisa Syme, vice president of marketing at Princess Cruises.
“We hope it reminds the Ketchikan residents of its role in introducing the culture and passion of Alaska to our guests. We’re grateful to Kelly White for his incredibly talented craftsmanship.”
Princess pioneered Alaska cruises
Probably the most familiar name in the cruise industry, Princess Cruises continues to sail a fast pace with a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships that take two million people per year to 380 destinations around the globe.
Princess sails the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica and World Cruises.
More ships on horizon
The line has a trio of Royal-class ships on order. It’s newest ship Sky Princess debuts this month. Then in 2020 the line launches the Enchanted Princess followed by pair of 4,000-plus passengers (LNG) shipsin 2023 and 2025.