The state head tax will drop from $46 to $34.50 per /cruise’ per passenger. Voters had approved the tax in 2006 seeing it as a means to help cover the cost of infrastructure to accommodate the ships and the passengers.” …………….
The high cost of the tax combined with other issues have reduced cruise capacity numbers in Alaska. And some of the other issues remain, however, including the most restrictive environmental regulations anywhere.
Alaska after about two years of increasing Charges (rates per passenger aka : Head Tax) to cruise lines has agreed to lower these charges per various news on the Internet. Click on Title to see announcement.
This is after cruise lines began to announce withdrawal of some of their ships to Alaska.
Last year the cruise prices dropped a bit to ensure ships were full.
This year they have repositioned some ships away from Vancouver to Seattle as the starting point and other ships were sent to Europe as that market has increased.
With this announced drop in charge rates to cruise lines we can expect a return of Ships to this growth market probably next year(2011) but still see fare increases as the season is still a short one, normally from May to September and a popular one.
Regardless a combination of the economy and the higher rates charged to cruise lines has caused a drop in passengers at least for this season(2010).