Juneau to see more passengers on fewer ships this summer

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau will see more cruise ship passengers but fewer cruise ships this summer than last, according to the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A total of 683,077 passengers and 539 ship visits are expected in Juneau this year.

Last year, about 640,000 passengers arrived on 543 cruise ship stops, according to final numbers. Cruise lines have been building larger ships, and this year's numbers reflect that, visitors bureau President John Mazor said.

Juneau will see nine new ships this summer. The largest include Celebrity's Infinity, Holland America's Zaandam, Carnival's Carnival Spirit and Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas.

Advance requests for information from would-be visitors reflect the slowdown in the economy, Mazor said.

''A lot of people seem to be kicking the tires. It will be interesting to see how many people actually buy. They're still doing the research but not making the purchase as early as they did last year, which is typical given the state of the economy,'' he said.

The visitors bureau is expecting the same number of independent travelers as in years past -- between 100,000 and 110,000. That number hasn't grown in the past five years, Mazor said.

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