Norwegian Cruise Line to restart Alaska cruises Aug. 7

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The Norwegian Bliss will call in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Some sailings will cruise in Glacier Bay National Park or the Holkham Bay Glacier Fjord.
The Norwegian Bliss will call in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Some sailings will cruise in Glacier Bay National Park or the Holkham Bay Glacier Fjord. Photo Credit: Port of Los Angeles

Norwegian Cruise Line released details of its plans to launch the Norwegian Bliss in Alaska this summer.

Sailings will commence Aug. 7 from Seattle on cruises for fully vaccinated passengers only. NCL said last week that it decided to open the books on the Bliss after Congress approved legislation to temporarily exempt large cruise ships sailing in Alaska from compliance with the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA).

The ship's seven-day itineraries will run through Oct. 16, calling in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Some sailings will cruise in Glacier Bay National Park or the Holkham Bay Glacier Fjord.

• Related: High-speed gondola planned for new pier at Icy Strait Point

The ship will call at a second cruise pier built in Icy Strait Point, which NCL's parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, developed in partnership with the Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corp. The pier had been scheduled to open during the 2020 summer cruise season.

In the past week, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have all announced Alaska restart plans for July and August.

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