Alaska cruises to resume in July

Old May 21st, 2021, 07:31 AM
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Alaska cruises to resume in July

Pending expected approval by the president, it looks like Seattle-departing cruises to Alaska will resume this summer.

The resumption of sailing is made possible by the recent passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, which will temporarily allow cruise lines to bypass Canada.

Many large cruise lines’ ships are registered outside the United States, and because of that are typically required to stop at a foreign port when traveling between two U.S. ports. (Cruise critics say the companies register outside the country to avoid taxes, labor laws and environmental regulations.) With Canada closed to cruise ships, that rule stood in the way of Seattle-to-Alaska trips.

After passage in the U.S. Senate last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the fix Thursday. The news set off a string of cruise lines announcing their plans to resume sailing to Alaska.

Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line said Thursday they would resume cruising to Alaska for a partial season starting in July for passengers who have proof of vaccination.
  • Princess Cruises will sail seven-day cruises from July 25 through Sept. 26. Sales will begin on May 21.
  • Holland America Line will resume seven-day cruises to depart on Saturdays from July 24 through Oct. 2.
  • Carnival will depart weekly from July 27 to Sept. 14. Most trips will be seven-day cruises, with one eight-day trip that has one additional stop.
Norwegian Cruise Line has also started selling tickets for August sailings from Seattle to Alaska, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Seattle-Alaska cruises to resume in summer, boosting local economy | The Seattle Times

Apparently the 7-day cruises will be round-trips from Seattle and will call at the usual SE Alaska ports of call - Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, with optional ports in a few cases. Since Canada's restrictions are to Canadian waters as well as ports, one can assume that the ships will travel on open ocean west of Vancouver Island, and potentially west of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlottes) making for pretty rough transits. One presumes that they won't include any one-way cruises between Seattle and Seward or Whittier.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2021, 05:35 PM
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We're booked on the Majestic Princess in August. Princess requires that 100% of crew and passengers must be fully vaccinated so ironically, we feel safer on a cruise ship than a land trip. Can't wait.
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Several of the mass market cruise lines have posted their 2022 schedules for one way cruising. NCL is using Seward and Northbound itinerary visits Glacier Bay. There's also a repo from Vancouver to Los Angeles (October) which might be interesting.

Princess uses Whittier. It looks like HAL has abandoned Seward in favor of Whittier.
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