Holland America, Princess Cruises to pull ships from Alaska in 2011


Industry giant Carnival Corp. has announced ship redeployments that will result in two fewer ships visiting Southeast Alaska in 2011.

Holland America Line’s 1,270-capacity Ryndam will sail to Europe during the 2011 summer tourist season, leaving seven of the company’s ships in Alaska instead of eight.

Holland America Line’s capacity reduction in Alaska will be about 7 percent, or 16,000 passengers.

Public Relations Manager Sarah Scoltock said that strong demand for cruising in Europe and higher costs of doing business in Alaska drove the changes.  

The 710-passenger Royal Princess will depart the Princess Cruises fleet in 2011, resulting in one less ship in Alaska for that line. The ship will be transferred to sister company P&O Cruises in the U.K.

Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are the largest cruise operators in Alaska.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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