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.

More information about 2020 Alaska cruises and cruisetours can be found at To book a Princess cruise contact a Pavlus travel specialist.


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