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Ron – Driver Guide

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin'
My first year with Princess and Holland America. I became involved in the cruise industry specifically as a driver-guide during the summer of 2008. Several couples and individuals who have worked for the company for many years as Outfitters/Passenger Service Representatives, had been encouraging me to give it a try....  Read More

Jo – Driver Guide

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
The reason I applied for a job with Princess and Holland America is because after driving school buses for 25 years, I was ready for a change. I wanted to be with people who were happy to see you sitting in the drivers’ seat – not grumpy people. I also thought...  Read More

Wanda – Outfitter

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
For the past five summers, I have enjoyed being part of a dedicated team of people who work for Princess and Holland America in Anchorage, Alaska. My job title is “Outfitter.” This means I do several different things at work such as: meeting and greeting our guests, answering questions, doing check-in for...  Read More

Steve – Driver Guide

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
My wife Linda had been working for Princess and Holland America for about eight years when she suggested I might enjoy driving a motor coach on Saturdays. At that point, the largest vehicle I had ever driven was probably a Ford F250. So, I agreed and for almost two and a half...  Read More

Linda – Outfitter

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin'
I started working for Princess in May of 1998. I was a newly retired elementary school teacher. I knew Princess was a very organized business because my husband and I several years prior to retirement took a Caribbean cruise with them. I remember how everything was all prepared for us. We...  Read More

Alicia – Outfitter

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Only in Alaska
This summer marks my fourth season with the company. I started working with my sister when I was 16 years old. I decided to join the company because I have always been interested in the tourism industry and I wanted to find out whether or not I was interested in pursuing a career...  Read More

Dave’s Story – From Driver Guide to Vice President!

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock
I began my career with Princess as a seasonal driver/guide in Skagway, Alaska in 1985, while attending Pacific Lutheran University and finishing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Coincidentally, this was the same year Princess, under the Royal Hyway Tours moniker, began motorcoach operations in the state of Alaska. I...  Read More

Our Stories

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
Our stories are varied and we have taken many paths to reach our career goals but we’ve had a great time along the way and made wonderful friends. We enjoy the benefits of working for a large organization which still has the feel of a small company. Please take the...  Read More

Shandra – Transportation Services Manager

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
I never thought that I would go to the Yukon Territory. I never thought that I would drive a bus. I never thought that I would work in the field I graduated in! Yet, in the fall of 2003 my good friend arrived home from Skagway Alaska insisting that driving...  Read More

Robin – Division Manager

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin', I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
I am starting my 8th summer season working for Princess and Holland America in Skagway, Alaska. The snow is still four feet thick at the top of the White Pass Summit, made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Within a few weeks, the trees and flowers will be blooming,...  Read More