Norwegian Cruise Line will not have any trips to Alaska until the end of April at earliest.
A working group to reboot the cruise industry in Alaska is in the works, says Alaska’s commissioner for health and social services. But those working most closely with the cruise industry say they’re not in the loop.
The first cruise line has canceled at least some of its sailings to Alaska in 2021. Princess normally sends its first cruise ships to Alaska in late April.
While parts of the state fared better than others, Neal Fried with the Alaska Department of Labor says no region escaped the financial hardship of the pandemic.
The deadline for this round of public comments is Jan. 15.
Unlike the utility’s 17,000 regular electric customers, Hecla and Princess are interruptible; the utility can only sell Hecla and Princess power after regular customers’ demand is met.
The cancellation of this year’s cruise ship season has been a boon for marine mammals in one of Alaska’s most protected destinations. Federal scientists say humpback whales are enjoying the relative calm in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Some locals already frustrated with the cruise industry’s rapid growth have added pandemic safety to their list of concerns, and they’re talking to people in other parts of the world who feel the same.
“We didn’t open this summer,” said the Hotel Halsingland’s owner. “But I guess we’re opening this winter instead.”
Local businesses are hoping Sitkans choose to shop local over the holidays instead of turning to big online retailers like Amazon.