Juneau Delivers a Stern Warning to Cruise Ships with Proposed Ban

Juneau’s Stern Warning: Proposed Ban on Cruise Ships Sparks Debate

Fed up with thousands of tourists turning up in literal boatloads nearly every day during the warmer months, Juneau, Alaska is taking drastic measures.

Politicians in the 49th state’s capital city are preparing to vote on “ship-free Saturdays” — a proposal that would bar cruise ships carrying over 250 passengers from docking on weekends, as well as on the Fourth of July. “It’s about preserving the lifestyle that keeps us in Juneau, which is about clean air, clean water, pristine environment and easy access to trails, easy access to water sports and nature,” resident Deborah Craig told the Associated Press. Craig emphasized that the city’s 32,000 residents aren’t trying to be unfriendly but are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tourists. “It’s about too much — too many in a short period of time overwhelming a small community,” she added.

Cruising Juneau, Alaska - © Copyright: The Telegraph
Credit: Cruising Juneau, Alaska – © Copyright: The Telegraph

This move by Juneau is part of a broader trend of tourism pushback as travel volumes hit historic highs. Locals in Barcelona, Spain, have resorted to using water guns to deter foreigners, while Fuji, Japan, recently blocked views of its iconic mountain. Bar Harbor, Maine, has also attempted to cap cruise arrivals, though opponents have taken the town to federal court over the matter.

However, not everyone in Juneau agrees with the proposed ban. Shop owners like Laura McDonnell argue that such measures could harm local businesses that depend on the influx of tourists. The debate continues as the city seeks a balance between preserving its natural beauty and supporting its economy.

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