Kodiak faces loss of more than half of cruise business in 2013

Associated PressMay 7, 2012 

KODIAK -- The redeployment of a Holland America ship next year will mean a drop in cruise visitors for Kodiak.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the company is changing the itinerary for the Amsterdam, and it will not stop in Kodiak in 2013.

The vessel this year will make eight stops in Kodiak. That's more than half of the 14 port calls planned by all cruise ships to the island city.

Holland America director of public relations Erik Elvejord says neither the city's proposed sales tax hike nor a proposed increase in cruise ship moorage fees figured into the decision.

He says the company is trying to support its land-based assets, and using the Amsterdam for seven-day cruises in Southeast Alaska will increase traffic there.

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