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Disney Cruise Line sails into Alaska

September 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Disney's Cruise Line announced plans Friday for its first cruises to Alaska.Disney will kick off the Alaska sailings in 2011 aboard the 2,400 passenger Disney Wonder.

The Wonder will operate out of Vancouver, Canada. It will offer seven-night roundtrip voyages with ports of call in Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

The first of 18 cruises will depart Vancouver on May 3, 2011, with the last cruise scheduled for Aug., 30, 2011. Rates will start at $939 per person for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Disney's move into Alaska comes as five ships have been pulled from the region.

Cruise lines have said a passenger cruise tax approved by Alaska voters three years ago and additional regulations imposed in recent years make the region less appealing.

Carnival is reportedly considering a lawsuit against Alaska for the $50 per passenger cruise tax.

Disney says it will upgrade the Wonder with a 2,500 square-foot lounge to watch for wildlife as it sails along the Inside Passage. The lounge will have floor-to-ceiling, curved glass windows.

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