Cruises are slowly coming back to Alaska: what you need to know

(KRON) – After a hiatus of almost two years, cruises are slowing the return to water, allowing destinations like Alaska to open up to travel and restart their economies.

A number of security measures have been put in place. Travel enthusiast Dana Rebmann joins us to explain.

The return of the cruise industry has been slow, and the economic impact is particularly noticeable in Alaska, where more than half of the state’s visitors would typically arrive on large cruise ships.

Alaska Holland America Line Cruises has been sailing in Alaska for almost 75 years.

This summer he has a ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam, sailing on an abbreviated schedule from Seattle.

It started at the end of July and is expected to end in early October.

It means sailing with an average of 30% less capacity.

Passengers 12 and older must be fully vaccinated and have a negative medically supervised COVID-19 test performed within two days of boarding, and face masks are required in indoor public areas.

For anyone who’s ever been to Alaska, the ports are noticeably quieter, but there’s also a sense of gratitude to see travelers returning from local hotel workers and tour operators.

A trip to Alaska is so much to be outdoors. In Juneau, there is a long list of ways to see Mendenhall Glacier. You can go hiking, kayaking and rafting.

The guide is the only one with paddles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get wet as you take in the scenery.

Kayaking is another popular way to explore Alaska, and paddling in Sitka is especially colorful.

You will see starfish, sea urchins, abalone and crabs. Guides are quick to point out anything they think you might be missing.

Tours like this are designed to be enjoyable for all levels of paddlers. There is no reason to be in a rush when you have a landscape like this.

Kayaking is great because it gives you an amazing view up close. The only way to get close would be to get in the water. You can do this in Ketchikan.

You can snorkel in Alaska. The water temperature in Ketchikan ranges from 55 to 65 degrees in summer.

Snorkel Alaska guides have thought of just about everything to keep brave divers warm. Thick, high-tech wetsuits, balaclavas, boots and gloves do an amazing job of making you forget where you really are on the tour.

For more on Dana’s adventures and writing, follow her on Instagram. @danarebmann and Twitter @drebmann. You can also visit him website.

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