Princess Cruises reduced its Alaska deployment by one ship and Holland America Line will offer fewer, but longer sailings in the region, in 2010.

Princess said it will sail seven ships in Alaska in 2010, versus eight this summer, by reducing the number of vessels deployed on the Gulf of Alaska route between Vancouver and Whittier from four to three.

The Star Princess will leave Alaska altogether, decreasing the line’s total capacity there by 16%, or almost 48,000 passengers, and reducing its Gulf of Alaska capacity by almost 29%.

Princess has not yet revealed where the Star Princess is going.

HAL will introduce 14-day Alaska cruises in 2010 with the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam sailing roundtrip from Seattle, and making calls in less-trodden Alaskan cruise ports such as Anchorage, Homer and Kodiak.

The new itinerary reduces the cruise line’s overall 2010 Alaska deployment by 10 sailings, or about 11,000 passengers, HAL said, as the 10 14-day sailings replace 20 7-day sailings between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.

The 14-day cruises depart roundtrip from Seattle from May 17 to Sept. 6, 2010, and bring to four the number of Alaska itineraries HAL is offering in 2010.


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