The National Park Service has doled out several dozen more cruise
permits for Glacier Bay, Alaska. Holland America and Princess
received the most permits -- all for summer 2000 in anticipation of
the lines' boost in service to that part of the world during the
big millennium year.
In return, Holland America pledged to undertake a study of the
bay that includes determining the impact of cruise traffic on
whales that spend the summer months there.
Princess, Crystal, Royal Caribbean and World Explorer Cruises
all agreed to take part in the study.
That's great news, as anyone who has ever visited majestic
Glacier Bay would undoubtedly agree. I've been there once. I sailed
on Holland America's Noordam from Vancouver, British Columbia,
through the Inside Passage to Glacier Bay. The wildlife was
astounding -- eagles, seals, whales, bears.
Agents who pitch an Alaska cruise to their clients might mention
the cruise lines' pledge. It could help clinch the deal.