Norwegian Strategic on Alaska

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) President and CEO Frank Del Rio underscored his enthusiasm for Alaska on the company’s third-quarter earnings call.

He said the company will continue to make investments and cultivate partnerships in the region, noting the new pier NCLH has agreed to build in Ketchikan, its $20 million purchase of 2.9 acres of waterfront property in Juneau, and the construction of a second pier at Icy Point Strait.

“We are investing in port facilities and guest experiences,” he said. “Alaska is destination-centric and you much have the land capabilities in place. We have almost doubled our capacity in Alaska over the past three years and will be even stronger as we finalize our investments.”

NCLH’s Q3 Alaska capacity was up 17 per cent over the same period last year.

In Ketchikan, NCLH has entered into a 30-year preferential berthing agreement with Ward Cove Dock Group, which allows for the construction of a new double ship pier in Ward Cove.

Meanwhile, current zoning laws are said to prevent a pier from being built on the property in Juneau.

The pier will be built to simultaneously accommodate two of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,200-passenger Breakaway-Plus class ships and is expected to be ready for the summer 2020 season.

NCLH partnered with the Port of Seattle in 2015 on the renovation and expansion of the Bell Street Terminal at Pier 66 which was ready for the 2018 season and the 4,000-berth Norwegian Bliss.

NCLH and the port entered into a 15-year lease agreement providing its ships priority berth space in Seattle for the full term of the lease in return for passenger volume guarantees. NCLH manages the cruise operations at Pier 66, while the port operates the facilities outside the cruise season.

Next year, the Norwegian brand will have three ships in Alaska, with the Norwegian Bliss, Joy and Sun will be from Seattle. In 2021, the new Encore will take over for the Joy. Oceania and Regent will each have one ship in the Alaska market, with the Regatta and the Seven Seas Mariner from Seattle, Vancouver and Seward.

Del Rio cited what he called “incredibly strong ticket pricing and onboard spend” in the Alaska market and also noted the lengthening of the season, which now runs all the way from April to October.

“In the coming years, we will further bolster our presence and commitment to the region,” Del Rio noted.

Carnival slates 14-day Alaska sailing on Splendour

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Picture of Carnival Splendor in Alaska.
Carnival Cruise Line said its Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaska cruise from Long Beach, Calif., in 2018.

The voyage will depart Aug. 25 and return Sept. 8, 2018.

In addition to a full day at Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point, the cruise will feature calls in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, along with a daylong call at Victoria, British Columbia.

The itinerary is part of the Carnival Journeys longer-duration sailings. Activities will on photography, cooking and arts and crafts, and a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day” will be offered, as well.

The cruise is open for booking with website prices ranging from $1,369 for an inside cabin to $3,459 for a suite.

Carnival Cruise Line Announces New 14-Day Alaskan Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line Announces New 14-Day Alaskan Cruise
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Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday that the company would be offering its first-ever 14-day Alaskan adventure cruise in September 2017.

Launching from Long Beach, California, the Alaskan cruise will take place on the Carnival Miracle ship, and will make a stop at UNESCO World Heritage Site Glacier Bay, as well as Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever visit to Icy Strait Point.

The ship will depart for the journey on Sept. 2 and return Sept. 16.

In addition to stops at Glacier Bay and Icy Strait Point, the Carnival Miracle will also visit Alaskan ports in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, as well as a stop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

There will be a plethora of activities for passengers to enjoy at each port, including helicopter sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and even alpine lake snorkeling. On the ship, guests will be able to sample Alaskan cuisine and enjoy local entertainment.

“A Carnival Alaska cruise is like no other and with this exciting new 14-day Carnival Journeys adventure, combined with the wide variety of seven- and eight-day voyages, we’re offering guests an incredible array of opportunities to get an up close and personal look at this beautiful sailing region,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in a statement.

Carnival Cruise Line will also be offering 38 seven- and eight-day Alaska voyages in 2017 and 2018 which will operate either round-trip from Seattle or from Vancouver to Seattle. The journeys will stops in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, as well as a full-day cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or Glacier Bay.