Alaska cruise season will skip BC ports

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Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 1318, the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act (ATRA), enabling the transport of passengers between the State of Washington and the State of Alaska under the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) without fines, penalties, duties, or tariffs applicable only to coastwise voyages.  The legislation, led by US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all (R-AK), passed unanimously and strictly addresses the Canadian interim order that bans the entry of large passenger vessels through to February 2022. Three of the largest cruise lines — Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Princess Cruises — each immediately announced plans to operate one cruise ship to Alaska this summer. Holland America will be first with cruises starting on July 24 aboard its Nieuw Amsterdam, followed by Princess the next day with its Majestic Princess. Carnival Cruise Line will start sailing on July 27 with its Carnival Miracle. The cruise lines, however, still need to gain the approval of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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