Following the passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, recent guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in cooperation with Alaska government officials, Holland America Line and Princess Cruise Lines have announced their intention to return to service in the United States with partial 2021 Alaska cruise seasons.
Holland America Line
Holland America will restart cruising in Alaska with 10 roundtrip cruises from Seattle, WA aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam from July 24 through September 25, 2021. These cruises are currently open for sale.
The Nieuw Amsterdam will offer seven-day Alaska Explorer voyages beginning and ending on Saturdays.
Due to CDC guidance, these cruises are available only to passengers who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Shipboard crew will be vaccinated per CDC guidelines.
For additional “Return to Service” information, visit Holland America’s Return to Service site.
Princess Cruise Lines
Princess will sail modified seven-day Inside Passage cruises which will feature Glacier Bay National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) using the Majestic Princess (a Medallion Class ship) from July 25 through September 26, 2021. All cruises will depart on a Sunday from Seattle, WA. These sailings are currently available for sale.
In order to sail on Princess, passengers must have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Crew vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines. Princess does not expect vaccinated passengers to have to undergo any additional testing requirements.
For up-to-date information from Princess Cruise Line regarding passenger requirements, please visit their Cruise Health section.