Alaska’s cruise ship season may have been dealt its final blow this year, as the Port of Seattle announced the cruise season will be delayed until the resolution of the public health emergency. Earlier, the Canadian government had ordered cruise ships to stay away from its ports.
“At a time when Governor Inslee has ordered all Washingtonians to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy,’ we must consider public health and safety above all else,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck.
“The eventual return of our cruise season is something we fully expect as an important contribution to living wage jobs, local small businesses, and our region’s economic recovery. We also recognize the critical role Seattle cruise plays in supporting the Alaska economy for over 20 years.”
The start of the Seattle-based cruise embarkations will depend on the status of the public health emergency. The CDC has issued a nonessential travel warning and a temporary no sail order for cruise ships, and the State and King County have imposed a number of strict limitations to limit the spread of COVID-19.
For those travelers with plans to cruise during this impacted period, please contact your cruise line regarding your itinerary.