Anchorage's final cruise ship of the season leaves town Monday night
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It's as much a sign of the changing seasons as the yellow leaves and bulky jackets: The last cruise ship of the year, in Anchorage, docked Monday morning and will leave about 10 p.m. the same night.
The cruise industry as a whole is one of the bright economic spots in what has been a less-than-exciting past few years.
"It is doing very, very well. The demand has stayed," Ralph Samuels, vice president of external relations for Holland America Line, said.
According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation's 3-year outlook, growth in cruise passenger traffic this year and next will pump another $100 million into the Alaska economy, and push total summer visitor spending to well over $2 billion.
Samuels calls this year a "record" and says next year will most likely be the same.
"About 1.2 million, that will be a record year for cruise traffic this year," Samuels said, "next year will be probably 1.3 million. So it will be another record year."
Samuels says that about 60 percent of the total traffic that arrives in Alaska gets here by ship. He says out of the other 40 percent, a quarter of those visitors have previously cruised to Alaska and have returned to the state on their own.
"Alaska is a unique enough destination to be very different, but it is still affordable enough to go to," Samuels said.
Fishing vessel on fire while docked in Witless Bay
On September 15, 2018, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Ferryland RCMP were called to a fishing vessel that was on fire. The vessel was docked at the Witless Bay Marina.
Witless Bay Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire. The vessel was significantly damaged. There were no people in or near the boat.
The Fire Commissioner's Office was contacted and attended the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
The Coast Guard assisted in the rescue of four crewmembers from a shing vessel after it capsized near Sabine Pass on Tuesday morning. Eighth Coast Guard District watchstanders in New Orleans received an emergency position indicating radio beacon signal from the 65-foot shing vessel Captain M&M, which provided an approximate location of the vessel, and launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew. Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a Station Sabine 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew
and sent out an urgent marine information broadcast with the vessel’s location.