August 9, 2001
Princess is the first cruise line to announce itinerary changes in Alaska. In light of a federal court ruling last week that reduces cruise ship calls at Glacier Bay, Princess loses just two slots -- not bad, considering the line has five ships operating in Alaska this season. Those are? One voyage each on Sea Princess’ (August 25) and Sun Princess (August 27) will bypass Glacier Bay. Passengers won’t miss out entirely -- instead the ship will call at Hubbard Glacier, an awesome spectacle in its own right. The $6.15 entry fee for Glacier Bay that affected passengers have paid will be refunded, Princess says. Other cruise lines are announcing their re-routings as well. Holland America has lost five slots in Glacier Bay (and passengers will receive fee refunds onboard). These sailings are: Westerdam (August 9), Veendam (August 12 and 26), Ryndam (August 17) and Statendam (August 19). Why didn't HAL's newest ship in Alaska, the Volendam, lose a slot? Simple: its itinerary didn't include Glacier Bay in the first place. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean are unaffected by the restrictions as none of their ships include Glacier Bay on itineraries.