The industry’s commitments include giving advance notice to the city of ship schedules and capacity numbers and keeping big, outdoor screens turned off while in port.
Passenger projections are fuzzy because cruise lines only got the regulatory green light in June.
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit was scheduled to make 22 trips to Alaska this summer. Half of the sailings were canceled last month. Monday’s announcement nixes the remaining 11.
Nearly 70% of this summer’s cruise ship trips in Alaska have so far been canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a representative from Cruise Lines International Association Alaska.
The Port of Seattle announced this week its cruise ship season would be delayed “until the resolution of the public health emergency.”
The State Department issued a travel warning Sunday that says “U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.”
Juneau’s landfill managers say it took over 3.3 million pounds of trash from cruise ships in 2019, up from 1.8 million pounds in 2018. That concerns some in Juneau, since the landfill is expected to be full in 20 years.
Alaska cruise ship visitors are expected to break new records for the fifth straight year, according to recent projections from an industry trade group.