The Alaska cruise market remains relatively stable from 2015 to 2016, led by the Princess and Holland America brands, with the entire market growing 1 percent year-over-year, according to the 2016-2017 Cruise Industry News Annual Report. By comparison, in 2015, the Alaska market’s passenger capacity grew by 3 percent from 2014.
The market has rebounded nicely from a drop off following a record year in 2008 and the implementation of the famous Alaska head-tax. 2016 numbers are just 7 percent below 2008’s record setting mark.
Ships coming and going to Alaska also play into West Coast sailings. After dropping off significantly due to the economy and perception issues surrounding Mexico, the West Coast market bounced back in 2014 to the tune of a 66 percent rise in passenger capacity, adding another 22 percent in 2015. For 2016, the market is relatively flat, down 4 percent from 2015 which can be attributed to a handful of shoulder-season sailings being replaced by required drydockings.
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