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Juneau, cruise lines agree to daily berth cap

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Juneau inked a memorandum of agreement with cruise lines to set a limit of 16,000 lower berths per day, with 12,000 on Saturday.

The agreement includes a commitment to meet annually to optimize the schedule, review visitor numbers and discuss community goals.

Negotiated by CBJ and CLIA Alaska

It was negotiated by the City and Borough of Juneau and Cruise Lines International Association in Alaska, based on recommendations established by the Visitor Industry Task Force in 2021.

Previously, Juneau and the cruise industry had agreed to cap ship calls at five per day.

This latest agreement 'reflects the industry’s ongoing commitment to work with CBJ and the residents of Juneau to deliver win-win partnerships,' said CLIA Alaska's Renée Limoge Reeve, VP government and community relations.

'Cruise lines are committed to being strong partners with the community and the city’s leadership has been instrumental in maintaining a dialogue to foster solutions to the issues highlighted by the VITF,' she continued. 'We’ve heard the community’s concerns and will continue to partner with CBJ to improve the experience of residents and visitors alike.'

Balancing needs

The daily thresholds recognize the need to preserve the resident and visitor experience and provide a predictable market for the local businesses that rely on the cruise industry.

'The cruise industry is vital to our local economy, and we need to improve our infrastructure and grow our tour capacity to create a great guest experience and reduce impacts on residents,' said Juneau Visitor Industry Director Alexandra Pierce. 'With this agreement, we are committing to a cap to manage our busiest days and to meet annually to ensure that our visitor numbers remain sustainable.

'This work is difficult, time consuming and extremely important for our community,' Pierce added. 'We appreciate the partners who helped us get here.'