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Norwegian Cruse Line Scraps Full Season of Calls to Popular Alaska Port

Rich Thomaselli

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced another change to its scheduled sailings.

After skipping ports and changing itineraries and outright putting boats into dry dock, NCL has decided it will not visit the port of Valdez on its Alaskan itineraries for the remainder of the year.

That covers three months’ worth of cruises.

The reasons are unknown, according to Cruise Hive. The cruises were scheduled aboard the Norwegian Spirit. The city of Valdez confirmed that they will not be receiving Norwegian cruise ships for the rest of the season. In a statement, city officials said: “The City of Valdez profoundly regrets to announce the cancellation of all Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) port calls to Valdez, Alaska, for the remainder of the 2023 season.”

This must be something specific to Norwegian because the other cruise lines still plan to make port calls in Valdez. But those lines don’t come close to the number of ships that Norwegian utilizes in Alaska.

“The City understands and shares the disappointment that may arise from this cancellation. We sincerely apologize to the passengers and all those who eagerly anticipated the arrival of the NCL ship in our picturesque port. The City of Valdez remains committed to supporting the tourism industry and fostering the growth of our local economy.”

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