The Holland America Oosterdam pulled out of Juneau at 6 p.m. Wednesday, ending the cruise ship season for the year.
About 925,000 passengers visited Alaska’s capital city this summer, according to Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau President Lorene Palmer.
“We had close to 37 different vessels from 15 different cruise lines,” Palmer says.
The number of cruise passengers has steadily increased after the 2009 decline. The peak came in 2008, when more than one million tourists visited Juneau by cruise ship.
More small ships came to Juneau this season, a market Palmer hopes will expand.
“Those folks do tend to come in a day before or after their cruise experience, because many of them start and end in Juneau. So we were happy to see that bit of business grow as well,” she says. “It’s good for the hotels and we just hope we can continue to encourage those people to add more days to their pre- or their post-cruise experience.”
The 2013 cruise ship season begins about May l. Two more ships are expected — a Princess ship and another from Norwegian Cruise Lines.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.