HAL ships alter routes in Gulf of Alaska

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High winds and rough seas hammering the Gulf of Alaska this week prompted Holland America Line to alter several itineraries.

The seven-day sailing of the Oosterdam, which departed Seattle on Sept. 18, will call in Ketchikan rather than Sitka today. It will sail the Inside Passage tomorrow and call in Victoria, British Columbia, for a full day, instead of an evening call, on Sept. 24.

The Westerdam, which departed from Seattle Sept. 17 for a seven-day voyage, cruised in Tracy Arm instead of Hubbard Glacier on Sept. 20, cancelled its call in Sitka yesterday and instead visited Ketchikan, one day earlier than planned. The ship will sail the Inside Passage today and call at Victoria for a full day, instead of an evening call, tomorrow.

The seven-day sailing of the Statendam, which was originally scheduled to depart Seward (Anchorage) on Sept. 18, departed instead on Sept. 20. The ship is proceeding to Juneau for its scheduled call today and will then sail the remainder of its published itinerary.

The Amsterdam, sailing from Seattle Sept. 16, also avoided Sitka, replacing the port call with a visit to Hoonah on Sept. 20. The ship is operating a seven-day cruise.

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