Prince Rupert has welcomed about 41,000 cruise passengers this year, and that’s expected to double next year.
Ketchikan’s downtown cruise ship docks aren’t as quiet as they once were. But they’re not buzzing, either.
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.
Cruises are still effectively banned in the U.S. — the federal Centers for Disease Control have yet to issue rules necessary for cruise lines to resume calling on U.S. ports
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.
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.
It’s not clear when U.S. and Canadian authorities will allow cruises to resume and visit Alaska ports.
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.
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