Tour company cuts Yukon River cruises, pulls out of Eagle

April 17, 2012 

Holland America has pulled the Yukon Queen II river boat from the Yukon this summer, leaving the small community of Eagle, near the Canadian border, without its annual summer influx of up to 200 tourists a day. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Holland America / Princess Alaska's decision was spurred in part by repeated flood washouts on the road to Eagle, over which tour buses were driven to meet the river cruises to and from Dawson, Yukon.

"My understanding is that they didn't think the road was up to grade," [longtime Eagle resident John] Borg said. "However, fuel trucks and tankers negotiated it just fine. But anyway, that was their decision and so now they've determined to pull out."

Borg estimates that about 13 Eagle residents worked for HAP Alaska as tour guides or baggage handlers, and about six others sold arts and crafts items to the visitors. Fuel purchases for the Yukon Queen and traffic into the village store also brought money into the village store.

Read more at the News-Miner. Holland America will also reduce its operations in Dawson, reports the CBC. There were also concerns in Canada about the boat's wake affecting fish habitat.

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