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Norwegian Announces New Plans to Thrive in Alaska Cruise Market

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced new initiatives aimed at strengthening the presence of its brands in the fast-growing Alaska cruise market.

Norwegian announced the signing of a 30-year preferential berthing agreement with Ward Cove Dock Group for the construction of a new double ship pier in Ketchikan, Alaska. When completed in time for the summer 2020 season, the pier will be able to accommodate two Breakaway Plus class ships.

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The cruise company also recently won a bid for the last waterfront parcel in greater Juneau, and officials are working with government, business and community leaders to develop a plan for the area.

In addition, Norwegian announced earlier this year it was developing a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point as part of its partnership with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation. When completed in 2020, the Hoonah pier will also be able to accommodate Breakaway Plus class ships.

“The natural beauty of Alaska makes it one of the most popular destinations to visit, and our investments in the region will enable us to provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the wonders of the Last Frontier,” Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio said in a statement. “These strategic initiatives mark the latest steps in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the region and make a positive economic and environmentally sensible impact on the Alaska tourism industry.”

As part of the construction process, the new Wilderness Landing will be a vehicle-free zone, instead using two high-speed gondola systems to transport passengers to and from the Historic Cannery.

Norwegian was also recently awarded a concession contract through 2029 that allows the cruise line to operate voyages within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The deal gives the company an advantage over Royal Caribbean, which passed on visiting Glacier Bay for the next decade.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31

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Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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