The $50-a-head levy on cruise passengers imposed by Alaska has led to another ship being pulled out of the region next year. Norwegian Cruise Lines have joined the exodus led by Princess and Royal Caribbean.
Instead of sailing from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, the Norwegian Sun will be sailing from Dover to the Baltic, including one of the world’s finest destinations, St Petersburg.
But interestingly, at a time when cruise lines like P&O and Royal Caribbean are adding more cruises sailing from the UK, the 1,936-passenger Sun’s arrival will mean NCL have less capacity. It replaces the 2,376-capacity Norwegian Jewel, which transfers to New York for voyages south to the Bahamas and north to New England.
Together with the previously-announced switch of Norwegian Jade from Southampton to the Mediterranean, it means far fewer opportunities for Brits to sail with NCL. Have Norwegian made a mistake by abandoning the field to Azura and Independence of the Seas? We’ll find out next year.