News Article | May 23, 2017
"Our 2018-19 Americas season brings local cultures and iconic destinations to our guests with award-winning itinerary options from six homeports in the United States," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "And, once on board, they can relax and unwind and let our warm and welcoming crew ensure they have an incredible cruise vacation and 'come back new.'" Mexico There are five ships sailing four unique itineraries on over 35 departures to five destinations on five-, seven-, or 10-day voyages from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Royal Princess debuts sailing from Los Angeles as the largest Princess ship to sail the Mexican Riviera on a series of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises. The ever-popular Mexican Riviera voyages return, and are available as seven-day cruises from Los Angeles visiting the ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, or as 10-day voyages from San Francisco with the added port of Manzanillo. The 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruise returns on Star Princess, sailing from Los Angeles to the ports of La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas. Princess Cruises is offering more 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaways than ever which include MORE ASHORE evening stays in Cabo San Lucas on Emerald Princess and Star Princess. California Coast This season offers eight ships, sailing 12 unique itineraries on over 25 departures to more than 10 destinations on voyages of one to 10 days from Seattle, Los Angeles, Vancouver, B.C. and San Francisco. Royal Princess will sail for the first time along the California Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C. on a seven-day Pacific California Coast visiting San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco for a MORE ASHORE evening and overnight. Ruby Princess sails a brand new seven-day Northern California Coast voyage sailing roundtrip from Seattle with stops in Monterey, Astoria, and MORE ASHORE late evening stays in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C. Also new for 2018 is a seven-day Pacific Northwest Coast cruise on Grand Princess sailing roundtrip from San Francisco visiting Astoria, Vancouver, B.C., Victoria, B.C. and a More Ashore late evening stay in Seattle. The Classic California Coast sailings return with seven-day voyages roundtrip from Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as a 10-day voyage from Vancouver. Star Princess and Emerald Princess will also sail on select four-day West Coast Getaway voyages from Los Angeles including Santa Barbara or Catalina Island as well as Ensenada, Mexico. MORE ASHORE longer evening stays are featured on every call to San Francisco on these Coastal itineraries. Caribbean With five ships sailing 12 unique itineraries on over 120 departures to more than 35 destinations on voyages of seven to 20 days from Ft. Lauderdale and New York, guests can enjoy the best of the Caribbean with Princess Cruises. The newly renovated Caribbean Princess sails 14-day Circle Caribbean voyages cruising roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, including visits to Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Aruba, Curacao, Antigua, St. Thomas, Amber Cove and St. Kitts. Guests can choose a special sailing spanning both Christmas and New Year's Day. Small ship Pacific Princess sails a holiday 14-day Caribbean Connoisseur voyage, visiting islands not typically included on other Caribbean itineraries, for an off-the-beaten path exploration including St. Barthelemy, Iles Des Saintes (maiden call), Grenadines, Tobago, and Virgin Gorda. Crown Princess returns to the popular 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley and 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager which can be combined for a 20-day vacation. Seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyages will be offered on Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess with the choice of Saturday and Sunday departures. Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess will also offer a new 7-day Caribbean Explorer itinerary on select dates visiting San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and a stop at our private beach resort Princess Cays. Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess will all offer seven-day Western Caribbean voyages departing on Saturday or Sunday all visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with two itinerary options including Roatan and Belize City or Jamaica (Falmouth) and Princess Cays. Ports of calls with MORE ASHORE evening calls include Barbados, St Thomas, Aruba, St. Maarten and Curacao. Panama Canal There are four ships sailing seven unique itineraries on more than 35 departures to over 30 destinations on voyages of 10 to 22 days from Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver – offering three ways to see the region – roundtrip from the East Coast, roundtrip from the West Coast, or Ocean to Ocean. Caribbean Princess and Island Princess both offer a transit through the locks and a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake from the Atlantic Ocean roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale on 10-day Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean voyages. Caribbean Princess will sail via the expanded Agua Clara locks while Island Princess transits the historic Gatun locks. Coral Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess all sail 15-day Panama Canal - Ocean to Ocean cruises with a full transit through all three sets of the historic locks – Gatun, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks. Coral Princess sails roundtrip from Los Angeles for transits through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks for a 19-day Panama Canal Pacific Adventure. Hawaiian Islands and Tahiti Guests have a choice of four ships, sailing four unique itineraries on over 20 departures to 10 destinations on voyages of 15 or 28 days from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. Every 15-day Hawaiian Islands departure includes the four most popular islands - Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the big island of Hawaii, with roundtrip departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. Every voyage features a MORE ASHORE evening stay in Honolulu. Emerald Princess and Star Princess will sail on two 28-day departures to Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa in fall and spring roundtrip from Los Angeles. Both departures feature MORE ASHORE in Honolulu and Tahiti (Papeete). Alaska - 12-day Alaska Inside Passage – Roundtrip Los Angeles Returning due to popular demand, Ruby Princess and Star Princess will sail on 12-day Inside Passage Alaska sailings roundtrip from Los Angeles in April 2019. Port calls include Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, B.C. with scenic cruising of Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at princess.com. About Princess Cruises: One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 2 million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK). Newsroom: Additional media information is available at princess.com/news. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/princess-cruises-announces-2018-2019-americas-season-300461814.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
"Visiting a national park is an opportunity to experience some of America's most picturesque landscapes, iconic vistas and treasured resources," said Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark's Leisure division. "With travel season upon us, we are excited, once again, to welcome first time and returning families, friends and visitors to the parks we serve across the country and help them create lasting memories with new recreational activities, culinary experiences, educational programs and lodging enhancements." Aramark's Green ThreadTM environmental sustainability platform focuses on sourcing responsibly, managing buildings and fleet efficiently, and minimizing waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. As longtime stewards of America's national parks, Aramark continues to take steps to reduce its impact on the environment and introduce programs that preserve natural resources. Encompassing Aramark properties across the U.S. park systems, this new social media campaign invites park guests to share their national, state and other park vacation photos, create and share Snapchat filters, and engage in other social media platforms to show their passion for the parks. Participants can submit a sweepstakes entry at www.whyihearttheparks.com, with one winner receiving a complimentary vacation to an Aramark-operated property at a national or state park. New offerings await the active traveler, the nature-lover, or those seeking a relaxing sojourn: Efforts pay homage to each culture and region while focusing on sustainability and wellness: Aramark proudly delivers innovative hospitality, recreational and interpretive programs inside and around America's top travel destinations and vacation spots, such as Denali National Park & Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Olympic National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest, Yosemite National Park, Field Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Zoo and many more. About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world's leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aramark-sets-the-stage-for-summer-travel-season-300462735.html
Barlow J.,Southwest Fisheries Science Center |
Calambokidis J.,Cascadia Research Collective |
Falcone E.A.,Southwest Fisheries Science Center |
Falcone E.A.,Cascadia Research Collective |
And 17 more authors.
Marine Mammal Science | Year: 2011
We estimated the abundance of humpback whales in the North Pacific by capture-recapture methods using over 18,000 fluke identification photographs collected in 2004-2006. Our best estimate of abundance was 21,808 (CV = 0.04). We estimated the biases in this value using a simulation model. Births and deaths, which violate the assumption of a closed population, resulted in a bias of +5.2%, exclusion of calves in samples resulted in a bias of -10.5%, failure to achieve random geographic sampling resulted in a bias of -0.4%, and missed matches resulted in a bias of +9.3%. Known sex-biased sampling favoring males in breeding areas did not add significant bias if both sexes are proportionately sampled in the feeding areas. Our best estimate of abundance was 21,063 after accounting for a net bias of +3.5%. This estimate is likely to be lower than the true abundance due to two additional sources of bias: individual heterogeneity in the probability of being sampled (unquantified) and the likely existence of an unknown and unsampled breeding area (-8.7%). Results confirm that the overall humpback whale population in the North Pacific has continued to increase and is now greater than some prior estimates of prewhaling abundance. © 2011 by the Society for Marine Mammalogy Published 2011. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.
Baker C.S.,Oregon State University |
Steel D.,Oregon State University |
Calambokidis J.,Cascadia Research Collective |
Falcone E.,Cascadia Research Collective |
And 15 more authors.
Marine Ecology Progress Series | Year: 2013
ABSTRACT: We quantified the relative influence of maternal fidelity to feeding grounds and natal fidelity to breeding grounds on the population structure of humpback whales Megaptera novae - angliae based on an ocean-wide survey of mitochondrial (mt) DNA diversity in the North Pacific. For 2193 biopsy samples collected from whales in 10 feeding regions and 8 breeding regions during the winter and summer of 2004 to 2006, we first used microsatellite genotyping (average, 9.5 loci) to identify replicate samples. From sequences of the mtDNA control region (500 bp) we identified 28 unique haplotypes from 30 variable sites. Haplotype frequencies differed markedly among feeding regions (overall FST = 0.121, FST = 0.178, p > 0.0001), supporting previous evidence of strong maternal fidelity. Haplotype frequencies also differed markedly among breeding regions (overall FST = 0.093, FST = 0.106, p > 0.0001), providing evidence of strong natal fidelity. Although sex-biased dispersal was not evident, differentiation of microsatellite allele frequencies was weak compared to differentiation of mtDNA haplotypes, suggesting male-biased gene flow. Feeding and breeding regions showed significant differences in haplotype frequencies, even for regions known to be strongly connected by patterns of individual migration. Thus, the influence of migratory fidelity seems to operate somewhat independently on feeding and breeding grounds over an evolutionary time scale. This results in a complex population structure and the potential to define multiple units to conserve in either seasonal habitat.© Inter-Research 2013. www.int-res.com.
Hoekman S.T.,University of Alaska Fairbanks |
Moynahan B.J.,National Park Service |
Lindberg M.S.,University of Alaska Fairbanks |
Sharman L.C.,Glacier Bay National Park |
Johnson W.F.,National Park Service
Marine Ornithology | Year: 2011
We assessed boat-based line transect sampling for monitoring population status and trend of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. We used field experiments to compare efficiency of one versus two observers and to test the assumption that detection near the transect center line was 100%. Because coexisting Kittlitz's Murrelets and Marbled Murrelets B. marmoratus cannot always be distinguished on sight, we developed analytic methods to account for unidentified murrelets in density estimates. Relative to one observer, two observers had 56% higher encounter rates, a >20% higher probability of species identification, and better met the criteria for robust estimation of detection probability. More encounters also increase precision of estimated detection probability and group size. We estimated detection probability near the transect center line to be 0.94 (SE 0.03) and considered methods to relax the assumption of complete detection near the transect center line when estimating density. Relative to methods that exclude unidentified birds (53% of observations), analytic methods incorporating unidentified murrelets increased density estimates for both Kittlitz's and Marbled murrelets by >100% and reduced coefficients of variation by 9% and 15%, respectively. Failure to account for unidentified murrelets and for incomplete detection near the transect center line creates substantial and variable bias and error in density estimates, lessening the ability to assess population status and trend. We recommend the use of two observers, periodic calibration of detection near the transect center line and its incorporation into density estimates, and the use of skilled observers coupled with analytic methods to account for unidentified murrelets.
Chenoweth E.M.,Glacier Bay National Park |
Gabriele C.M.,Glacier Bay National Park |
Hill D.F.,Oregon State University
Marine Ecology Progress Series | Year: 2011
In order to design marine protected areas that are ecologically meaningful, it would be useful to improve our understanding of headland wake foraging systems, which are commonly exploited by baleen whales and other mobile marine predators. We used humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae sighting data from 1997 to 2008 in combination with tidal prediction software to investigate the effects of current direction (ebb vs. flood) and tidal amplitude on the distribution and abundance of humpback whales around 3 headlands and 5 non-headlands in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait in southeastern Alaska, USA. Headlands were defined as points of land that disrupt tidal flow creating distinct tideward and leeward conditions. We used an advanced tidal circulation model (ADCIRC) to identify these conditions. Current direction and tidal amplitude each significantly affected whale distribution at only one non-headland (χ 2 = 6.1, p < 0.01; χ 2 = 13, p = 0.002, respectively). At all 3 headlands, current direction significantly affected whale distribution (p < 0.0001). Whale abundance was greater in the leeward areas. Tidal amplitude significantly affected distribution at the 3 headlands (χ 2 = 97, p < 0.0001; χ 2 = 75, p < 0.0001; χ 2 = 6.1, p = 0.05) such that whales selected habitat that moderated, rather than maximized, the effect of tidal amplitude, suggesting that headlands also have the potential to be important features in areas with less extreme tidal exchange. © Inter-Research 2011.