Caps will be placed on cruise capacity in Alaska

Alaska is about to embark on a record-breaking cruise season. However, the coming seasons don't look quite as promising. Starting in 2026, the major Alaskan port of Juneau will begin limiting capacity.

At a meeting last week it was agreed to set a cap, but exact figures are not yet known.

Alaska Public Media reported that Juneau City Tourism Manager Alix Pierce said: “We do not yet have a preliminary agreement on a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with concrete numbers, but we have agreed to the concept of a daily MOA limit, which is an important step in the “right direction.”

Pierce added that cruise lines knew these restrictions were coming: “They (cruise lines) knew this conversation was coming, they knew that was the purpose of the meeting and we had asked them to be ready for that “to discuss daily restrictions and the issues and challenges around that.”

This action is no coincidence, as Juneau has already set a limit of five ships per day. However, a set capacity limit would likely make it difficult for multiple large ships to enter the port at the same time.

The port is extremely popular, welcoming 1.6 million cruise passengers in 2023. In comparison, Australia welcomed a total of 1.25 million passengers in its previous cruise season. There are a total of 660 cruises to Southeast Alaska this season.

Cruise lines serving the destination include Carnival, Holland America, Silversea, Princess, Viking, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Regent Seven Seas and more.

Another Alaska port, Sitka, has made similar efforts to set capacity limits. They have tried to limit the number of visitors to 240,000 per year.

Anna Harden

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