Posts Tagged ‘Alaska’

Juneau Assembly passes exempts cruise ships from sales taxes

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The importance of the cruise ship industry was apparent during Monday night’s City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting as the group determined whether or not to pass an ordinance to establish a tax exemption for the sales of goods sold on cruise ships when they’re in Juneau’s waters. (

My Turn: Don’t tax cruise passengers for sales aboard their ships (Juneau, Alaska)

Monday, March 6th, 2017

In 2017, over one million passengers are expected to arrive via cruise ship in Juneau. These passengers, on average, are expected to spend $179 per person while they are in our city, which will generate over $8 million in sales tax to be remitted to the City and Borough of Juneau. (

Seabourn is headed back to Alaska this summer with an outstanding expedition team leading the way

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The line will offer a series of 11-, 12- and 14-day itineraries sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward) Alaska aboard Seabourn Sojourn between June and September 2017. (more…)

Crystal’s Alaska Season Offers Enticing Adventures for Families

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)Crystal Serenity’s Alaska voyages are offering far more than the comprehensive exploration of the Last Frontier that has drawn luxury travelers to the region for years. For all seven 2017 Alaska cruises aboard the award-winning vessel, luxury travelers can enjoy a host of value propositions and savings that specifically apply to families traveling with children and multiple generations. (more…)

Princess Cruises Announces Fourth Ship to Debut Medallion Class Ocean Vacations

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Princess Cruises announced today that Island Princess will be the fourth cruise ship to feature the Ocean Medallion™, debuting May 16, 2018 for the Alaska season. (more…)

Explore Hidden Glacier Bay Aboard Seabourn during 2017 Cruise Season in Alaska

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

There are so many natural wonders for guests to behold on a Seabourn cruise to Alaska, but nothing quite like the mysterious and exotic Glacier Bay. (more…)

Carnival Splendor To Operate 14-Day Alaska Cruise Round-Trip From Long Beach In August 2018

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The Carnival Splendor (Courtesy Carnival Cruise Line)Continuing the expansion of its popular Carnival Journeys longer duration enrichment sailings, Carnival Splendor will offer a 14-day Alaskan adventure round-trip from Long Beach, Calif., featuring awe-inspiring sites such as majestic Hubbard Glacier and a day-long visit to Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness area offering some of the best whale and bear watching in the state and the world’s longest zip-line. (more…)

Oceania to Offer 14 Alaska Cruise Departures in 2017

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

RegattaOceania Cruises has announced a series of 14 Alaska cruise departures setting sail from San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver between May and September 2017. (

Petersburg, Alaska, could see small increase in cruise boat visits

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Petersburg could see a small increase in cruise ships passengers this year, with one new boat scheduled to visit and some larger boats returning. (

Juneau’s new cruise ship berth prepares to welcome tourists ─ and something else

Friday, January 27th, 2017

This summer, Juneau’s new downtown cruise ship dock will welcome hundreds of thousands of happy tourists eager to visit the Great Land. It’ll also welcome a whole lot of sewage. (

Windstar to Alaska in 2018

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Windstar Cruises today confirmed it will sail in Alaska in spring and summer of 2018, with cruises starting at 11 days. “We are so excited to be enhancing the Alaskan travel marketplace by introducing our brand of true small ship cruising to Alaska”, said Windstar President John Delaney. (

Alaskan Dream Cruises Adds Land Extensions on 2017 Cruises

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Alaskan Dream Cruises has announced a new option that will offer guests a chance to combine their 2017 cruise vacations with land packages to Denali National Park and Preserve, Seward, Valdez, Anchorage and Fairbanks through a new partnership with John Hall’s Alaska. (

Juneau Assembly pushes sales tax exemption for cruise ships

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Juneau Assembly is moving ahead with a proposal to exempt the cruise industry from sales tax for goods and services sold on board while ships are in port. (

Cruise company ‘not liable’ in collision death of endangered whale near Seward

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

An endangered fin whale found dead on the bow of a cruise ship that docked in Seward this summer was killed when it was struck by the 61,000-ton ship, federal investigators have found, but neither the crew nor the operator of the vessel were determined to be at fault in the collision. (

Juneau’s cruise ship head tax spending pitches due next week

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Proposals to spend Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fees are due next Monday, and so far, the city hasn’t received many pitches. The city charges a $5 per passenger tax on large vessels that stop in Juneau. With about a million cruise ship passengers a year, it generates about $5 million. (

Icy Strait Point eyes record season in 2017

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Icy Strait PointIcy Strait Point, Alaska’s only privately-owned cruise destination, welcomes three new lines for the 2017 cruise season: Disney Cruise Line visits Icy Strait Point for the first time, as does Carnival Cruise Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. (

Seabourn to Offer Optional Excursions on Alaska Itineraries

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Seabourn has announced it will be offering optional land excursions for its return to Alaska. The up-close explorations will be part of Seabourn Sojourn’s series of 11-, 12- and 14-day itineraries sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska starting June 2017. (

Alaskan Dream Cruises Extends Its 2017 Family Cruises

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Alaskan Dream Cruises is expanding its seven-night True Alaskan Family Cruises in 2017 with an overnight stay and second day in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. (

Princess Cruises Announces Largest Alaska Deployment Ever in 2018

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Princess Cruises Announces Largest Alaska Deployment Ever in 2018Recognized as the “Best Cruise Line in Alaska,” taking more guests to the Great Land than any other cruise company, Princess Cruises is bringing its largest deployment ever in 2018, on sale Dec. 1. With a 15 percent capacity increase, offering unique itineraries, cruisetours and authentic onboard experiences, more guests can enjoy the cruise vacation of a lifetime.

AdventureSmith Explorations Reveals What’s New In Alaska Small Ship Cruising for 2017

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The National Geographic Quest is currently being built in Seattle and will make her first voyage on 26 June 2017Alaska continues to be one of the world’s hottest destinations for small ship cruising. Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations has seen the growth firsthand and now recommends that plans need to be secured by early December 2016 to get the best choice of ships, cabins and itineraries for summer 2017. (more…)

Consumer demand for Alaska cruises growing again

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The White Pass & Yukon Route rail excursion by Princess Cruises (Photo Judith A.)A growing consumer demand for Alaska cruises has put the state back in the million-passenger club as it rebounds after a leaner stretch. And next year is expected to be even better with larger capacity ships added to the Far North lineup. (

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week. (

Alaska Welcomes Its 1,000,000 Cruise Ship Visitor in 2016

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

For the first time in seven years, Alaska welcomed its one millionth cruise ship visitor. Wendy Yoisten from St Albert, Alberta, Canada with her husband John, arrived on the Holland America Line Zaandam, which docked this morning in Juneau, Alaska. (

Smooth sailing for huge cruise ship in Unalaska

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Following a familiar “repositioning” seasonal pattern, a very large cruise ship carrying over 3,000 people, the Celebrity Millennium, spent a day in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor last week, while crossing the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver, B.C., to Japan. (

Cruise Line CEO Details Alaska Bear Mauling of 2 Workers

Friday, August 26th, 2016

A bear that mauled two cruise ship wilderness guides during a hiking excursion in Alaska attacked so quickly that there was little time to defend against the animal, the CEO of the cruise ship company said. (

Cruise-ship evacuation exercise begins as luxury liner prepares for Arctic Ocean transit

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Crystal Serenity (Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises)The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. (

Alaskan Dream Cruises Releases 2017 Itineraries

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Alaskan Dream Cruises - Baranof DreamAlaskan Dream Cruises has released their 2017 season itineraries, including cruises upwards of 11 days. Discounts of three to 10 percent are available on select cruises with early bookings. (

Bear Mauls Two Guides on Expedition Cruise’s Alaska Shore Excursion

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

A brown bear mauled two expedition guides from Un-Cruise Adventures as they led a shore excursion on a trail in Alaska. The guides were leading a group of 22 cruisers from Wilderness Explorer on a hike on Chichagof Island on Thursday afternoon. (

Report: Alaska Cruise Traffic Hits Highest Level Since 2009

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Denali (Mount McKinley), AlaskaFor the first time since 2009, the number of cruise passengers in Alaska is expected to top one million, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Alaska cruise passenger left behind after getting lost on hike

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

A 79-year-old cruise ship passenger got lost on a solo hike near an Alaska glacier and spent a night in the forest without camping gear but walked to safety the next day. (

Captain found dead aboard cruise ship

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Crew members found their 47-year-old captain dead aboard the Admiralty Dream cruise ship on Monday, Alaska State Troopers reported. (

Ketchikan dock repairs complete after cruise ship crash

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Repairs to a Ketchikan dock that was damaged in early June by a cruise ship have been completed ahead of schedule. (