At last – major cruise lines set to resume sailings in Alaska

Princess, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival revealed plans to resume cruising this summer, including voyages to Alaska.

The momentous occasion came after the U.S Senate passed a bill last week that would help save the state’s upcoming cruise season.

Alaskan tourism operators have struggled after more than a year without any cruise visitors. The cruise industry contributes one million tourists to The Last Frontier.

The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act passed unanimously which would temporarily allow large cruise ships to skip required stops in Canadian ports while travelling between Washington and Alaska.

American federal law prohibits foreign-registered ships from sailing between two American ports without stopping at a foreign port between US stops.

Departing 25 July through 26 September, the Majestic Princess will be sailing on round-trip Seattle, seven-day cruises visiting ports, glaciers and other attractions like Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.

The Norwegian Bliss will sail in August through the end of the Alaskan cruising season, but the line has not specified dates.

Holland America Line revealed they would be sailing from 24 July to 2 October. Voyages will be aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam with port calls at Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

“Holland America Line has been cruising to Alaska for nearly 75 years, and we feel deeply committed to trying to help our friends in ‘The Great Land’ get back on their feet in any way we can this summer,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.

“Given the recent positive collaboration from the CDC, as well as optimism about a resolution with the PVSA, we feel like it’s now or never to give ourselves a chance to bring cruising back to Alaska this year.

“We would like to offer our sincerest appreciation to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young and Governor Mike Dunleavy for their tireless efforts on behalf of the many small businesses that are the backbone of Alaska tourism.”

“The Last Frontier is eager to welcome the return of the cruise industry this summer to restart our economy,” said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.

“Cruising has a tremendous impact on the people of our state and our communities, especially in the southeast, and we’re thrilled to finally see a light with the impending return of the cruise ships.”

The federal legislation, introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, would still have to be passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Joe Biden.