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.
- A whale-watching tour saw more than just whales Wednesday, after helping save a deer from drowning in the ocean.
- Equatorial Pacific Ocean finally shows signs of cooling, but the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are still extremely warm. Latest research indicates both phenomenon helped with each other's formation between 2013 and 2015.
- The updated geochemical atlas was an outgrowth of another project. Geologists and surveyors were on a mission to find rare earth elements and minerals that could be strategically important to the country.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.