Juneau's cruise ship season wrapping up

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau's cruise ship season ends Saturday when the Volendam leaves town that night.

    Kirby Day of Princess Cruises was among the guests on Action Line Friday.

    The numbers he had for the total number of visitors was unofficial but he added that its close to projections which was about a million, 50 thousand.

    He expects the final, official numbers to come out in the next two weeks from the cruise association.

    Day says it represents about a five percent increase from last year and about an eight and a half percent increase from 2015.

    Based on the last state study, over $170 Million was generated.  That's based on a $165 per day spending by each cruise ship passenger.  Day didn't believe that figure included spending by crew so he says that would add several million dollars more to the figure.

    He says a seven percent increase in the number of cruise ship visitors  is projected in 2018 which would put the total at about a million, 130 thousand.

    Some of those will arrive on a really big vessel.  He says it's the  Norwegian Bliss which can carry about 4,000 passengers.  He said the vessel is part of the Breakaway Class

    The 167,800 ton vessel is being constructed at a shipyard in Germany and is expected to be completed in April of next year.

    The Bliss will be the third member of the company's Breakaway Plus Class.

    It will be the first new ship the company has ever debuted in Seattle and Alaska to do Alaska cruises.

     

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