Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - It's a grim outlook for Juneau operators who were depending on the cruise ship season.
That was the description offered by Travel Juneau President and CEO Liz Perry on Action Line. She said the majority of travel industry businesses are in jeopardy unless they were able to put away significant reserves over the last two to three years. Perry explained that they make their year-long expenses in the five-month-long cruise ship season. "So not having any season at all means that they are in jeopardy for the winter and this includes not only the operators but its restaurants and other retailers who are able to stay open in the wintertime because of the influx of visitors in the summer."
Cruise Lines Executive Kirby Day painted a picture of hope for the 2021 season when he was asked about bookings. "What I'm hearing is that the bookings are good for 2021. Some of those are move over bookings for people who were canceled this summer and will move to take the credit for next year, but there were strong bookings before that. So I think given what we have in front of us, which a lot of us don't know one day to the next right now, we're looking forward to 2021 and getting off on the right foot and having a successful 202, however that looks."
Day is a government and community relations officer for Holland America Group which includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn.