Cruise Town, Season 2, Ep. 3: Uncruise

The Wilderness Adventurer docked in Juneau
The Wilderness Adventurer, an Uncruise Adventures boat, tied up in Juneau on July 31, 2020. On Aug. 1, the ship was the first tourism passenger ship to sail in Southeast Alaska during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jennifer Pemberton / KTOO)

Since this spring, we’ve been following along as the biggest cruise season in Juneau’s history got canceled. In August, Juneau did see some cruise visitors after all. But it was a far cry from the 1.4 million visitors we were expecting — it was 36 to be exact. 

The first and only cruise ship to sail in Southeast Alaska during the pandemic left Juneau on Aug. 1st and returned to Juneau just four days later, after a passenger on the ship received a call that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Jennifer Pemberton

Managing Editor, KTOO

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