CruiseRoyal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian among cruise lines returning to Alaska after President Biden signs new bill.

Cruise lines plan a great Alaska comeback

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The Ovation of the Seas will cruise to Glacier National Park, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska.
The Ovation of the Seas will cruise to Glacier National Park, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska.

Royal Caribbean International and sister brand Celebrity Cruises will both return to Alaska in July.

The sailings will be open to vaccinated guests over the age of 16. Passengers under the age of 16 can sail with proof of a negative PCR test.

Celebrity said that beginning 23 July, it will sail seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Seattle on the Celebrity Summit, which recently underwent a US$500 million upgrade. The ship will offer nine sailings through mid-September, marking its first time in Alaska.

The Summit will visit Ketchikan, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Juneau and Skagway.

Royal Caribbean will offer seven-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle on the Serenade of the Seas beginning 19 July, and on the Ovation of the Seas starting 13 August.

The Serenade, moving from its previously scheduled homeport in Vancouver, will visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, and cruise to the Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier. The Ovation will cruise to Glacier National Park, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska.

"We are so pleased that Congress unanimously voted to pass legislation enabling cruise ships to sail to Alaska this season," Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group CEO, said in a statement.

This means ships will be able to sail from Washington to Alaska directly, without needing to stop at Canada.

Similarly, Princess Cruises will also resume sailings in Alaska, departing Seattle this 25 July through 26 September.

The round-trip journey onboard Majestic Princess will visit the UNESCO site of Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway and Ketchikan. Dining, entertainment and shore excursion details are currently being finalised and will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Princess Cruises sailings will accept guests who can show proof of their vaccination, and received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line has also opened the books on Norwegian Bliss seven-day Alaska sailings for August.

Source: Travel Weekly

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