New Bill Introduced to Allow Alaska-Bound Ships to Skip Canada
Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced a new bill called “Cruising for Alaska’s Workforce Act,” which would allow cruise ships to visit Alaska without stopping in Canada.
The senator says that the Passenger Vessel Services Act, which is responsible for the requirement that foreign flagged ships call on a foreign port, has put “Alaskan businesses at the mercy of the Canadian government.”
In 2021, Alaska was able to have a partial cruising season after another bill temporarily lifted the Passenger Vessel Services Act for voyages in Alaska.
Royal Caribbean CEO Says Company Looking Towards Future
In his regular video address to travel advisors last week, Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain said his company is now looking to 2022 and beyond.
The executive said that the rest of 2021 will be spent bringing ships back into service, and that by December the company hopes for stability. “Obviously, we don’t like giving up on any period,” Fain said. “But we are more determined to do well in 2022 and 2023, even if that means accepting short-term hits this year.”
He added that a major goal for Royal is to “show in a tangible way” how safe cruising is with its many precautions and protocols.
Star Legend Resumes Sailings
Windstar Cruises’ recently renovated ship Star Legend is now back to cruising. The yacht set sail on a ten-night Mediterranean voyage on Monday from Lisbon to Barcelona.
Star Legend is the second of three vessels to undergo a major renovation, which included stretching and adding additional suites. All three yachts are increasing in capacity from 212 to 312 passengers.
Star Legend marks the fifth of Windstar’s six vessels to resume sailing.