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Seabourn, Windstar join CLIA Alaska, numbers up

Seabourn Cruise Ship

Seabourn returns to Alaska for the first time in 15 years. The 405-passenger, all-suite Sojourn will call 11 times and bring 4,950 visitors to the state.

Thirty-three ships will make 488 calls to Alaska in 2017, carrying 1,060,000 cruise visitors.

New CLIA Alaska member Seabourn will return to Alaska in 2017 for the first time in 15 years, bringing the 450-passenger Sojourn. The ship will offer several itineraries starting in June, including rarely-visited ports like Alert Bay in British Columbia, which has a tiny Namgis First Nations community where visitors can find rare insights into the region’s aboriginal cultures, and Klemtu, a small island outpost in the Inside Passage.

“Seabourn’s return to Alaska has been a long time coming and highly anticipated,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales.

Carnival Legend will make two additional voyages to Alaska, for a total of 19.

Following a $300 million brand-enhancement initiative, Oosterdam moved to Europe during the 2016 season but returns to Alaska in 2017 where it will sail 21 round-trips from Seattle.

The Amsterdam will move to a 14-day itinerary and make ten trips. The smaller Maasdam and Westerdam will move to the U.S. Northeast and Canada and to Europe.

The 3,092-passenger Emerald Princess moves from its home port in Southampton, U.K. to Seattle, where it will sail 19 roundtrips.

The Crown Princess moves to the Caribbean.

Norwegian returns three ships, with the Jewell adding one new sailing. The Disney Wonder adds two journeys, for a total of 15.

Ponant Yacht Cruises will call a single time as it moves its small ships to Northern Europe and the Arctic.

Windstar Cruises, also a new member to CLIA Alaska, announced it will be sailing the Pacific Northwest beginning in 2018.

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