It didn't happen.
And today, USA Today is reporting what I inferred several weeks ago: that nobody seems to want to go to Alaska this year (at least on a cruise ship; land travel there is apparently slightly up).
According to reporter Gene Sloan, 20% fewer cruisers came to the "Great Land" this May than last. This has had a corellary effect on rental cars (down 3%), the Alaskan railroad (ridership down 12%) and the hotel industry (which is predicted to rake in 8% less this year than last).
But what's bad news for Alaska, is good news for procrastinators. If you can rearrange your schedule to jump aboard a ship in the coming weeks there are some darn good sales available. Best prices, as always, are for one-way sailings (so airfare to the ports will be higher), and for September but there are some discounts even for the peak season of August. Some examples:
- August 21: Diamond Princess, Whittier to Vancouver, 7 days for $599
- August 27: Celebrity Millennium, Seward to Vancouver, 7 days for $599
- August 27: RCL's Radience of the Seas, Vancouver to Seward, 7 days for $584
- September 10: Celebrity Millennium, Seward to Vancouver, 7 days for $499
(Photo by Rob Evans)