First cruise ship of the season to arrive Monday. Juneau is expected to welcome a record-breaking amount of passengers this summer

The streets of downtown Juneau are about to get much busier starting Monday as passengers from the first cruise ship of the season are slated to spill into shops and businesses to begin what is expected to be a record season.

City and industry officials are anticipating 1.67 million visitors to arrive during the course of the summer, following three years where traffic was reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This will be the busiest season we’ve ever had or have ever seen by 30%,” said Alexandra Pierce, the City and Borough of Juneau’s tourism manager. “It’s going to feel like a busy summer and I think we’re all kind of holding our breath to try to see what it’s going to be like.”

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