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Alaska’s cruise industry continues to melt away

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 9 - 2009

Like the mighty glaciers, Alaska’s cruise industry is melting away. Today, two more cruise lines announced that they are pulling ships from Alaska’s waters. Both Princess Cruises and Holland America Line stated they would each pull a ship from Alaska in 2011. Both Princess Cruises and Holland America are owned by Carnival Corporation.

Princess, the largest cruise operator in Alaska, said it would pull the 710-passenger Royal Princess in early 2011. Princess had previously said it would reduce its Alaska-bound fleet by one in 2010.

Holland America announced that it is transferring the 1,270-passenger m/s Ryndam to Europe for 2011. Rick Meadows, executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America says the change reflects the rising demand for Europe itineraries. “‘Our guests are finding a cruise to be the best value for their money in Europe, and interest in Mediterranean and Northern European itineraries continues to grow,” he said.

So far cruise lines have pulled seven ships once bound for Alaska for new ports of call in either 2010 or 2011. So, much for cruising the USA.

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