Based on the mayor’s math, the number of passengers that will visit Skagway this summer will be less than a tenth of the visitors that come in a typical season.
Business owners and local officials say they’re worried that keeping guests in a bubble would squeeze out most of Southeast Alaska’s small tour companies, retailers and restaurants.
Norwegian Cruise Line canceled the five late-summer sailings left on its schedule.
Funding for Alaska’s onboard cruise ship inspectors has been eliminated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The Ocean Rangers program was created by a ballot initiative and is paid for by cruise ship passengers.
A judge explained in court papers that the harm claimed by the three Alaskans and one Bahamian were general in nature and could’ve applied broadly to others in the region.
Reconfiguring Ketchikan’s downtown cruise dock to accommodate larger ships could cost up to $150 million. But improvements aren’t optional if Ketchikan wants to remain a premier cruise destination.
The Dunleavy administration says cruise ship observers aren’t needed. But DEC records show the Ocean Rangers are logging a pattern of potential water pollution from vessels.
Seven major cruise lines face penalties for polluting the air while sailing Alaska waters. The state has issued 18 notices of violation involving 48 instances.
It’s been 30 years since Golden Wheel Amusements brought a carnival to Juneau.
The world’s largest cruise corporation will soon install new pollution-control equipment on 32 of its ships. Carnival, Princess and Holland-America vessels sailing Alaska waters are likely to be among those getting the gear.