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Tourists spent more in Southeast this season

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast this season. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Southeast Alaska tour operators say their customers were willing to spend more money this cruise-ship season.

Cruise lines hit with air-emissions violations

Smoke pours out of the smokestack of the Carnival Spirit as it fires up its engines. (Courtesy Ground Truth Trekking)Seven major cruise lines face penalties for polluting the air while sailing Alaska waters. The state has issued 18 notices of violation involving 48 instances.

Six cruise ships release treated sewage into harbors

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A dozen cruise ships are allowed to discharge wastewater while anchored or tied up in Alaska ports this summer. Officials say it’s safe. Critics disagree.

Cruise traffic level, but could face growth

Tourists off the Norwegian Sun book a Mendenhall Glacier tour near Juneau’s waterfront on one of the last days of 2014′s tourism season, as a staffer watches. Passenger numbers were similar to last year’s. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This summer's visitors asked about the waterfront's elevation, whether Alaska takes American money and where the Sarah Palin statue is.

Cruise season short of million-passenger mark

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait Sept. 26 on its final voyage of the season. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This year’s Alaska cruise-ship season has ended. Close to a million passengers sailed through Southeast this summer, with many traveling on to points north and west.

Senate considers cruise passenger rights bill

7-23-13 The Diamond Princess cruise ship ties up in Juneau's Gastineau Channel on Tuesday.Does the cruise industry do enough to keep passengers safe? And how do we know if they don’t? Those were among the questions asked at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Bill would lessen cruise ship discharge standards

The Parnell Administration wants to change another part of the 2006 cruise ship initiative. Bills introduced at the governor’s request would effectively allow more chemicals and minerals to be released into the water. Backers say the levels would still be safe.