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Disney Moving Alaska Cruise Operations Out Of Seattle

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(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Disney announced Tuesday that the 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder will be moving its hub out of Seattle and sail to Alaska from Vancouver starting on May 27, 2013.

The Disney Wonder was originally based in Vancouver before moving operations to Seattle for the summer of 2012.  According to USA Today, Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz says Vancouver’s closer proximity to Alaska allows for a slightly better seven-night itinerary, with more time in Alaska ports.

Holz says the line switched to Seattle this year as the hub for its Alaska cruises in part because it thought customers would have an easier time finding flights into the city at affordable prices. But the line’s experience in Vancouver this past summer showed that customers weren’t deterred by higher fares for flights into the city.

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