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.
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.
Despite a Canadian ban on cruise ships, Petersburg could still see regular visits from small cruise lines this coming season.
Petersburg’s assembly extended a health order that measure requires pre-approval before cruise and other passenger ships can tie up.
More than a dozen people from across coastal Alaska testified Wednesday in support of the state’s ferry system or offered suggestions for improving it.
Service on the ferry Matanuska, the Alaska Marine Highway’s sole operating mainliner this winter, has yet to begin. Transportation officials have announced more cancellations through the middle of April, when the Columbia is expected back in service.
Aside from the ferry Lituya, which shuttles between Ketchikan and Metlakatla, the entire Alaska Marine Highway System fleet will be idle until March.
Everyone from Justin Bieber to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has been doused with water.