Alaska cruise heavyweights cancel most of their sailings

In a huge blow to Alaska tourism, Princess Cruises and
Holland America Line canceled most of their Alaska sailings this summer and all
of their land-based products.  

The two Carnival Corp. brands account for half of all cruise
capacity in Alaska as well as extensive landside operations with lodges, motorcoach
tours and train tours.

Holland America canceled its Alaska season on four of six
ships this summer and will not operate the McKinley Chalet Resort, McKinley
Explorer rail cars and motorcoach tours. Also canceled are its Land+Sea
Journeys, which combine cruises with an overland tour to Denali and the
Yukon.  

The Maasdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam will
not sail in Alaska this summer. Decisions on the Koningsdam and Eurodam have
not yet been made.

“These are
unprecedented times,” said Holland America Line CEO Orlando Ashford. “Having to
delay summer cruising and cancel our land tours for the entire season is the
responsible thing to do, yet also very disappointing and a first in our more
than 70 years of taking guests to Alaska. We know this decision impacts our
loyal guests, travel advisor partners, staff members and local businesses who
rely on summer tourism for their economies. We look forward to better days and
returning to a full summer cruising season in 2021.”

Princess canceled all of its Alaska Gulf cruises and cruise tours.
Its five wilderness lodges, trains and buses in Alaska will not open this
summer. Princess will continue roundtrip sailings from Seattle to Alaska on the
Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess.

The capacity slash comes when Alaska was expecting a record
year for cruising, before coronavirus struck. 

Holland America, Princess and Seabourn Cruises extended
their operations pause through the end of June, joining sister line Carnival. 

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