After two summers of little to no business, Juneau’s tourist shops, tour operators and other local businesses are eager for visitors.
The first large cruise ship of the 2022 season arrives in Juneau on Monday afternoon.
Alaska’s congressional delegation wants to extend the waiver of a law that makes Alaska-bound cruise ships stop in Canada.
Cruise ship stops and interest from independent travelers are up in 2022. That follows a shortened season in 2021 and no visits by cruise lines the year before at the start of the pandemic.
This year, the city is estimating that about 1 million passengers will come to Juneau, generating about $13.8 million in passenger fees.
The two-berth Mill at Ward Cove welcomed cruise ship passengers in early August.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked consideration of a waiver that would have allowed foreign-flagged cruise ships to visit Alaska ports this summer.
It’s an incremental step in the solution to a complicated issue, but it shows the state legislature supports communities that are hurting without cruise tourism this summer.
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.
News outlet Axios reports that the CDC pushed to extend an order barring large cruise ships from sailing from U.S. ports, but the agency was overruled by Vice President Mike Pence.