If you’ve been biting your time for Alaska cruises to finally return, some good news is coming your way. Norwegian Cruise Line has resumed selling sailings to Alaska for August, September, and October.
The sales have restarted after the US Senate passed a bill that allows cruise travel to return.
On February 4, 2021, Canada extended their cruise ship ban until February 28, 2022. Under the ban, foreign-flagged cruise ships like Norwegian Cruise Line cannot make their mandatory stop at a port in Canada. In an attempt to save Alaska’s tourism sector, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, which would temporarily allow cruise ships to sail directly from the continental US to Alaska. The act passed unanimously in the Senate, and it must now be passed by the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden, according to the Associated Press.
As of now, cruises are still banned in the US, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seems hopeful that this ban will end mid-summer.
“We remain optimistic that by working with the CDC and local port and government authorities in the destinations we visit that we will be able to resume safe cruising in the U.S. this summer,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson told Alaska’s News Source this week. “As such, we have opened for sale voyages on Norwegian Bliss to be scheduled for August until the end of the season.”
The CDC recommendation for cruises is that all passengers and cruise members should be vaccinated. Norwegian Cruise Line’s policies will be in line with this recommendation.