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.
Cruise tourism’s restart after a nearly two-year hiatus is bringing hope for a revived economy in Southeast — but also safety concerns on ship and shore.
Juneau officials say the case count from the American Constellation cruise ship eventually reached 16.
Since last Friday, another seven people from the ship have tested positive, driving the total case count to 10.
Haines Tourism Director Steven Auch estimates the activity is at about a quarter of a typical year.
The American Constellation is set to arrive early Saturday morning and will stay in town for 10 days
The 80 passengers aboard the relatively small American Constellation spent Friday in Skagway, then Saturday touring Haines.
Some of the fully vaccinated cruise ships are not planning to disembark their passengers in small communities like Petersburg, at least to start the season.
American Cruise Lines had planned cruises in late June and was working with communities to come up with acceptable protocols for screening, testing, cleaning and quarantine for its passengers and crew.