Major Cruise Lines Cancel Alaska Season, Extend Global Pause In Operations
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Princess Cruises in Alaska.
In a huge blow to Alaska tourism, cruise lines, including major players like Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, are reducing or cancelling most of their Alaska sailings and land-based products this summer.
Cruise Week reports:
Princess Cruisesextended the global pause of its ship operations through June 30, 2020 and has announced modifications to its Alaska season. These include the cancellation of all Princess Alaska Gulf cruise and cruisetours. The five wilderness lodges, trains and buses operated by Princess in Alaska will not open this summer.
However, Princess will continue round-trip sailings from Seattle to Alaska onEmerald PrincessandRuby Princess.
"This global outbreak continues to challenge our world in unimaginable ways. We recognize how disappointing this is to our long-term business partners and thousands of employees, many of whom have been with us in Alaska for decades," said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
"We hope everyone impacted by these cancellations – especially our guests, travel advisor partners, teammates, and the communities we visit – understand our decision to do our part to protect the safety, health, and well-being of our guests and team."
Also under the Carnival umbrella,Holland America Lineis cancelling all sailings through June 30 and calling off its entire Alaska program for the 2020 season for several ships.
"We have made the difficult decision to delay the start of the Alaska, Europe, and Canada & New England cruise seasons through June 30, 2020," it said in a statement. "In addition, we have also made the decision to cancel all 2020 Alaska cruises on the following ships: Maasdam, Volendam, Oosterdam, Noordam and Westerdam. All 2020 Land+Sea Journeys are also cancelled."
Carnival'sSeabourn Cruisesis cancelling sailings for all five of its vessels through June 30.
YesterdayOpen Jaw reportedthatNorwegian Cruise Linehas cancelled sailings of the Norwegian Sun from May 21, 2020 through October 18, 2020.
"In conjunction with the cancelation of the Norwegian Sun voyages to Alaska, you will notice we have reduced our rates for cruises in July, August, and September across the three vessels that will continue to sail Alaska - Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Blissand Norwegian Jewel," said NCL in a statement.
Disney Cruise Linehas extended its temporary suspension of operations through May 17, 2020, with the exception of its Vancouver/Alaska sailings, which are postponed until July. The measure applies to all four Disney cruise ships.
Finally,Windstar Cruiseshas announced that it is cancelling theStar Breeze’s 2020 Alaska program, due to a delay in the ship’s current renovation in Italy. Originally supposed to enter service in May, Windstar now anticipates thatStar Breezewill leave the shipyard in late July and spend the summer sailing the Mediterranean before heading to Australia in the fall.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.