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Holland America Ditches Mediterranean for Alaska

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Holland America Line | Amy Coyne Bredeson | September 04, 2016

Holland America Ditches Mediterranean for Alaska

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Holland America announced Friday that its 1,848-passenger Oosterdam ship would not be departing for the Mediterranean next summer but instead will go to Alaska, USA Today reported. 

Thanks to terrorist attacks in Europe and an attempted coup in Turkey, travelers have booked far fewer cruises in the Mediterranean this year, according to USA Today.

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Holland America said in a statement obtained by USA Today that the decision was made based on an increased demand for Alaska cruises.

The Seattle-based cruise line said it was contacting passengers about the change in plans, the newspaper reported.

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"Price protection consideration is being extended to those Oosterdam guests wishing to re-book onto another Europe or trans-Atlantic cruise in addition to an on-board credit transferable to any new Holland America Line itinerary," the company said in the statement, according to USA Today.

Six weeks ago, Celebrity Cruises announced that it would be changing plans for its 2,850-passenger Celebrity Equinox, the newspaper said. Instead of cruising in Europe next summer, the ship will head to the Caribbean.


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