More and more cruise lines cancel summer cruises in Alaska over coronavirus problems


Two additional cruise lines announced on Wednesday that they were canceling Alaska crossings this summer, citing travel and other restrictions related to coronavirus problems.

Princess Cruises and Holland America Line previously announced heavily reduced plans for trips and visits to Alaska.

Earlier this week, Carnival Cruise Line announced that it is canceling trips to Alaska this year. Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line are owned by Carnival Corp.

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Mike Tibbles of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska said by e-mail that the state faced a loss of 479 trips – 80% of expected crossings – with passenger capacity of more than 955,000 due to ship cancellations.

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Tourism is an important industry in Alaska. Some small communities swell in size with visitors during the generally busy summer season.

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Messages requesting comments were left to an official at the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

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