Tagged: Juneau

‘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)

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Ketchikan’s mayor, manager take free cruise to Los Angeles




Norwegian Joy departs Seattle, May 2019 (Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)Ketchikan’s mayor and city manager accepted a free cruise to Los Angeles, which they said allowed them to continue talks with those in the private sector as Ketchikan looks to expands cruise ship berths. Mayor Bob Sivertsen and City Manager Karl Amylon were among officials from several West Coast port towns invited to take part in the inaugural U.S. voyage last weekend of the Norwegian Joy from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles. (miamiherald.com)

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What’s in store for Juneau this cruise season?




The first cruise ship of the summer is scheduled to arrive April 28. This season is expected to bring more visitors to Juneau than ever before. Tour operators and seasonal businesses are busy getting ready for the anticipated 1.3 million passengers expected to arrive over the next five months. (ktoo.org)

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Juneau Assembly rejects cruise invitation, citing possible conflicts of interest

Norwegian Cruise Line recently invited Juneau’s city manager and mayor on a free cruise in April. The four-day trip between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Los Angeles will be the Norwegian Joy’s inaugural U.S. voyage, but some Assembly members questioned the company’s motives before the Assembly voted to decline the invitation at their Monday meeting. (ktoo.org)

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Juneau considers proposal to offer more shore power to cruise ships




When cruise ships dock in Juneau, a few of them can connect to the city’s electric grid. That means less emissions and pollution downtown in the summer. It also generates money for Juneau’s hydroelectric utility that, in turn, benefits customers. (ktoo.org)

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Ruling limits how Juneau can spend cruise passenger fees




A federal judge has ruled Juneau can keep collecting fees from cruise ship passengers. But the judge sided with the cruise industry which sued over how the funds are spent. (ktoo.org)

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Juneau: Cruise season ends as industry looks to see even more visitors next year




With the departure of the Westerdam and the Norwegian Pearl yesterday (Oct. 2), Juneau’s 2018 cruise season has come to an end. The industry projected about 80,000 more passengers this year compared to the year before. This summer also saw the arrival of the Alaska’s first mega-ship, the Norwegian Bliss. (ktoo.org)

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CLIA Alaska seeks guidance from court on cruise ship entry fee use



U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland heard oral arguments last month on a lawsuit CLIA Alaska filed in the spring of 2016 charging that the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) is misusing marine-passenger and port-development fees imposed on cruise ships as a condition of their visits to Juneau.

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Juneau’s cruise passenger fee lawsuit heads toward trial

It’s a modern case involving state-of-the-art ocean liners. But attorneys were sparring early Tuesday morning over 200-year-old legal doctrines and 19th century case law. The Cruise Lines International Association Alaska lawsuit alleges the city’s $8 in fees levied on passengers violate the U.S. Constitution’s “tonnage clause,” which prohibits states from taxing vessels in port. (alaskapublic.org)

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State withdrawals support for Juneau in cruise industry suit



The state of Alaska has pulled an offer to help the City and Borough of Juneau in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry. The state on Wednesday withdrew a legal memo sent the day before that supported the city and borough’s position in the case, the Juneau Empire reported. (ledger-enquirer.com)

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