Virus concerns lead Holland, Princess to nix Alaska cruises

    The Holland America cruise ship Westerdam.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Holland America and Princess Cruises have canceled most cruise ship visits to Alaska this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    This means nearly half of the state's projected 1.4 million cruise ship passengers won't be visiting.

    Sarah Leonard with the Alaska Travel Industry Association said visitors last year created more than $4.5 billion in economic activity in the state and supported more than 52,000 jobs.

    She said the cruise ship lines' announcement makes state and federal assistance for Alaska tourism businesses all the more imperative.

    The state estimates each cruise ship passenger spends $624 in Alaska.

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