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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

Julie – Motorcoach Dispatcher

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
I desperately needed a summer job for 2005. I was two weeks away from getting out of school and was starting to panic. I ran into a friend who mentioned her upcoming summer job in Alaska. I asked a few questions and she said that I should apply to work...  Read More

Carlee – Passenger Services Manager

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska, Off the Clock, Only in Alaska
Four years ago my boyfriend announced over dinner that he was taking a job with Princess and Holland America to drive a tour bus in Alaska. I dropped my fork. I knew people in college who had Alaska summer jobs, but it sounded a bit wild to me. Being a self-proclaimed Indoor...  Read More

Laurel – Supervisor – Seattle Port Operations

by ATJ Posted in Goin' Cruisin'
Ever heard of “Take Your Son /Daughter to Work” day? Well, I’ve taken that to a whole new level! With my kids growing up and moving out of the house, I began looking for something to keep me busy on the weekends. I had recently booked an upcoming Princess cruise...  Read More