Cruise lines reinstate mask mandate for several Alaska sailings

A resurgence in the number of Covid-cases in Alaska has led several cruise lines to reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing rules for passengers visiting the state.

Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Lindblad Expeditions recently announced the return of mandatory mask wearing for passengers on certain sailings to Alaska.

Princess Cruises spokesperson Briana Latter told USA Today that masks would be required for passengers “at all indoor locations on northbound and southbound Alaska voyages between Whittier and Vancouver until further notice.”

Holland America Line spokesperson Bill Zucker said that the cruise line was requiring masks in all indoor locations, “except while eating, drinking or in your stateroom.”

Zucker said the mask requirements would apply to select Alaska voyages, specifically one-way trips from Whittier to Vancouver or Vancouver to Whittier.

Last month Lindblad Expeditions announced that “due to an increase in Covid-19 cases globally,” face coverings would be required on all vessels while passengers are indoors, except when eating, drinking or in their cabin. Masks will not be required while outdoors.”