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Cruise boom brings more business to Sitka but strains some local attractions

An Holland America ship at Halibut Point Marine - Sitka, Alaska  (Courtesy Halibut Point Marine Services LLC - CLIA)This year was a big year for cruise ship tourism in Sitka. The town saw a huge increase in passenger visits, and in May it hosted the largest cruise ship currently operating in Alaska waters. While some in the tourist industry welcome the extra business, the large crowds did create challenges for some local attractions. (alaskapublic.org)

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Alaska Railroad seeks to overhaul Seward cruise terminal

The Alaska Railroad is looking for a partner to help it update and expand its cruise ship facilities in Seward in order to meet ever-increasing demand in the state’s tourism industry. Railroad officials issued a request for qualifications, or RFQ, on Sept. 16 to start the process of searching for a project developer for what is estimated to be an approximately $60 million to $70 million undertaking. (sfchronicle.com)

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Juneau: Last cruise ship of the season leaves Wednesday

The last cruise ship of the season will set sail from Juneau at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska’s calender for 2019 shows that Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel will be the only ship to visit Juneau Wednesday, and the last until next spring. (juneauempire.com)

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‘We were hoping for a local buyer’: Land sold to cruise line, but what they’ll build remains a mystery

Norwegian Cruise Lines paid $20 million for a plot of land on Juneau’s downtown waterfront last week, but what they intend to do with it remains unknown. The announcement of the sale only happened Monday, with Norwegian spending $7 million more than the next highest bidder, Royal Caribbean, in the sealed bid process. (juneauempire.com)

Veto blocks cruise funding for Marine Exchange

Alaska’s primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost 11 percent of its funding. That’s following a line item veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2020 capital budget. After Gov. Dunleavy’s first round of vetoes, the legislature re-inserted the $400,000 in cruise ship passenger revenue to support the Marine Exchange of Alaska’s network of ship tracking stations. (alaskapublic.org)

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