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Oceania Cruises returning to Alaska in 2013

Oceania announced in an article printed in USA TODAY that it will resume sailings to Alaska in 2013.  The line, which had a ship in Alaska in 2011 but repositioned its entire fleet to Europe for the 2012 season, will have a series of 7-10 night voyages departing Seattle and Vancouver.  The 684 passenger Regatta will sail to Alaska between May and August.

The ship features stops in the Alaskan ports of Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell.

Oceania President Kunal Kamlani said customer feedback indicated that demand for Alaska cruises in 7-10 days, versus lengthier itineraries featured in 2011, motivated the line to reposition a ship to Alaska.  "Our guests are telling us, 'we'd like to see you back in Alaska,'" Kamlani says, adding that the deployment also will add more diversity to the line's Europe-heavy summer schedule.

Additionally, the line is offering specials on booking and unlimited shore excursions, which is great news for AlaskaACT members and businesses.  "This is yet another example of cruise lines being responsive to the changing business climate in Alaska," said Bob Berto, President of AlaskaACT.  "The revenues we will see from the additional passengers is great news for all our members."

Read the entire USA TODAY article at: http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/03/oceania-cruises-alaska-cruise-ship/640384/1

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