American Canadian Line has added three Bahamas sailings to its winter 1989 schedule. The New Shoreham II will sail 12-days from Nassau to Exuma and Eleuthera islands.
Cunard has announced that it will be offering 22 sailings between New York and Bermuda in 1989 aboard the Cunard Princess, the Sagafjord and the QE2.
The Cunard Princess will take over the midweek departures currently operated by Royal Caribbean Lines, which will only operate one ship on Sunday departures to Bermuda next year and instead will operate year-round from San Juan.
Exprinter Cruises has announced a new schedule of worldwide cruises for the Berlin from December 1988 through November 1989.
Holland America Line’s decision to increase its ship capacity in the Alaska market by some 25 percent next year translates into HAL being forced to bypass Glacier Bay for virtually the first time since it began its Alaska cruise operation.
The four-ship cruise line, which will position the former Homeric in the seven-day roundtrip Inside Passage market as the renamed Westerdam next year, will also reposition the 1,150-passenger Rotterdam on Gulf of Alaska cruises from Vancouver in 1989.
A spokesman for HAL conceded that the cruise line was forced to bypass what many Alaska insiders consider to be the state’s prime tourist attraction because of the federal government’s restriction on the number of ship calls at Glacier Bay each summer.
While the spokesperson acknowledged that virtually every HAL ship on every itinerary had called at Glacier Bay since the early 1980s, he explained that HAL was not eligible to get additional permits to call there on all but two sailings next year.
The spokesperson said that five new permits were issued for calls in 1988 and that U.S. National Park Service officials aren’t expected to issue any additional permits for visits next year.
The HAL spokesman said that HAL expects to carry some 79,000 cruise passengers to Alaska this summer, that about one-third will take some form of extended land package in the 49th state and that HAL operates about 60 land programs through its Westours and Grey Lines subsidiaries in Alaska.