Cruise ship companies further pause Alaska season

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have opted to extend their pause of cruise vacations for sailings from Seattle to Alaska through June.

    A press release from Princess says the pause in operation affects seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruises on the Emerald Princess and Majestic Princess.  Holland America says in its release that six cruises on the Eurodam and Oosterdam with a call at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, are impacted.

    For guests booked on a canceled voyage, Princess says it will offer to move guests to the equivalent cruise in 2022.

    Meanwhile, both companies say they continue to work with United States and Canadian government officials to try to preserve a portion of the Alaska 2021 cruise season.

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said their brands including Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises would extend its suspension of voyages through June 30.

    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Viking, and Disney have not updated their plans.

    Meanwhile, UnCruise and other small U. S. flagged operators are still scheduled for an Alaska season

    Travel Juneau President and CEO Liz Perry said the news is disappointing, but not unexpected.

    She said Travel Juneau is launching campaigns to run through June to encourage as much independent travel as possible.  She encourages local residents to invite their friends and family this summer.

    She says travelers are looking for destinations with Juneau's open spaces, fairly high vaccination rates, and relatively low case counts.







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