In anticipation of the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act’s passage, Carnival Corporation said three of their brands will resume cruises to Alaska in July. The bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate and is expected to be signed by President Biden.
This bill includes a waiver from the Passenger Vessel Services Act. This law dates back more than a century and requires foreign-flagged ships that depart from the U.S. to stop at a foreign port before returning to the U.S.
Typically, the foreign port on Alaska Inside Passage and cross-Gulf cruises that originate in the U.S. is Vancouver or Victoria Island in Canada. Canada’s ports may close to cruise ships throughout the summer, so the waiver is needed just in case.
This summer’s three brands that will cruise to Alaska are Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America and Princess.
As of today, Holland America does not yet have the new 2021 dates posted on their website, but this will change soon. Carnival has begun accepting Alaska reservations, while Princess Alaska tickets will become available on May 21.
It’s been a long, tough year for Alaska cruise port communities that heavily depend on cruise ships and their passengers for a large percentage of annual revenue.
From Seattle, cruises will go straight up the Inside Passage, bypassing the service call to a Canadian port on the way back. Alaska cruises will be resumed by the three cruise lines with one ship travelling round-trip from each ship. At this time there are no plans to cruise the Gulf of Mexico.
According to a Carnival Corporation press release, guests who have received the last dose of COVID-19 by 14 days before the cruise may participate in this shortened season of Alaska cruises. All passengers must provide proof of vaccination. Crew vaccinations will be conducted according to CDC guidelines.
“We are excited to once again serve our guests from the U.S., and we express our deep gratitude to all national, state and local officials who have worked collaboratively with us, the CDC and our entire industry to make this possible. It is great news for cruising, for travellers ready to again explore the world and for all the communities in Alaska that depend on cruising and have suffered great hardships over the past year,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “As one of America’s natural treasures, Alaska is a land of beauty and wonder, and one of the most popular destinations for our guests. We look forward to our brands restarting this summer from the U.S. while also supporting our longtime partners and the communities in Alaska.”
Princess Cruises to Alaska
Princess Cruises will begin cruises in Alaska from July 25 through September 26. Majestic Princess, a MedallionClass ship, will offer seven-day cruises round-trip from Seattle. The cruise to Alaska will include a visit to Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Holland America Cruises to Alaska
Holland America Line begins its cruise operations to Alaska with Nieuw Amsterdam seven-day itineraries. Stops include Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. Each departure will offer scenic cruising in Glacier Bay and along Stephens Passage as Holland America does so well. The first cruise departure for Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to depart July 24, with 10 Saturday departures through October 2, 2021.
Carnival Cruises to Alaska
Carnival Cruise Line has already started to sell Alaska sailings that depart from Seattle beginning July 27 aboard Carnival Miracle. Weekly departures continue through September 14 and feature port calls in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. Carnival Miracle will also cruise in Tracy Arm Fjord.
A special September 14 eight-day cruise includes an additional stop in Icy Strait Point.
Each brand will release more details on the Alaska sailings on their websites, so be sure to check often.
Carnival Corporation to Release Details on Health Protocols
Carnival Corporation and its brands are working with the CDC and other scientific authorities on protocols and requirements for sailings out of U.S. ports. Each of the brands is responsible to provide guests with advanced, detailed information about the health protocols that will be required at the time of departure.