Will More Cruise Ships Leave Alaska?
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It's just the economy, and they're trying to take a dig at Alaska as they trim back.Please note that alot of these ports in Alaska want the ships to come. The owners of business of these port stops rely on the tourists to make there money to get them through the slow time of year. Oct. through May when there is no money to be made. Alot of people in the Alaska ports really want the tourists. Its the people that live, in-land that could care less about this.
You have to understand Alaskans. They don't like crowds! That's why most of them moved to Alaska or being born there, loved the place, and now each year, here come more and more cruise ships, and each year they keep getting larger and larger, with more and more people, and some days there are multiple shiploads of tourists in town, with more and more crowds. It makes it very difficult for the average Alaskan to come to town to take care of his business, and leave, because of all the crowds always there from May until September! That is the purpose of the head tax; to try and discourage cruise lines from bringing more and more larger ships into each port all summer long. If $50 a head won't discourage it, then they will increase the price, to a point where the cruise lines greatly reduce the crowds, and the wear and tear and scars upon the land, etc. This is an ongoing story to follow in the coming years, I think. Are there some Alaskans out there that can confirm or deny this story as I perceive it? Have I got it right? I would appreciate your input. -Gene-