by John Konrad (gCaptain) Royal Caribbean’s luxury brand Silversea Cruises has announced new summer voyages in Alaska, Iceland, Greece and the Galápagos starting in June and July 2021.
Canadian ports are still closed to tourism so these voyages are possible only because Biden signed the controversial U.S. Alaska Tourism Restoration Act last week, which enables cruises to Alaska without required stops in Canada.
The ship Silver Muse will resume round-trip sailings from Seattle to Alaska starting July 29, making Silversea the first “ultra-luxury cruise line” to operate in Alaska this summer. The ship Silver Shadow will circumnavigate Iceland with the launch of new all-Icelandic itineraries, returning to Northern Europe with three 10-day voyages from Reykjavik, beginning July 30.
According to Marine Traffic, the Silver Muse was seen departing Singapore on Monday. Singapore briefly became the world’s busiest cruise port because they were among the first to allow cruising to resume last November. The Silver Shadow is currently docked in the French Mediterranean port of Marseille.
“We commend the leadership of Alaska and Iceland for taking steps to advance the safe resumption of global travel,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO. “The return to service is fast gaining momentum, and we’ve seen exceptional demand for travel in Alaska and Iceland. We’re eager to contribute to the local economies of the incredible communities we visit.”
According to Royal Caribbean’s latest health policy, all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding Silversea ships this summer.
Royal Caribbean’s larger ships – the Serenade and Ovation of the Seas – will both carry out seven-night roundtrips from Seattle to Alaska beginning July 19 and August 13, respectively. The company’s Celebrity Summit ship will also depart for a seven-day Alaska cruise on July 23rd.
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