Climb aboard one of the Alaska Railroad’s Holiday Trains this December with family and friends to kick off the magic of the Christmas season with Santa while enjoying views of Alaska’s beautiful northern landscape. Trains depart from the Anchorage Depot, travel south along Turnagain Arm to Indian and then return to Anchorage.
Surface Transportation Board issues decision.
ARRC hosts convoy of 29 historic track maintenance vehicles Sept. 8-22.
August 23 public open house and September 28 ground-breaking
Alaskan governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation cutting the levy on visiting cruise passengers in a move designed to bolster the state’s flagging reputation. Following the decision, the per person tax will drop from $46 to $34.50, with deeper offsets for ships stopping in at least one of two popular ports, Juneau and Ketchikan.
Alaska has sought to bolster its position in the international cruise market, with Governor Sean Parnell suggesting a cut in the $50-per-passenger levy on visiting ships. It is hoped the offer will end an acrimonious court case between cruise operators and the state, while also boosting visitor numbers.
Disney Cruise Line is launching an Alaska programme for the first time in summer 2011. The four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder will offer 18 cruises departing out of Vancouver and calling in at a number of ports including Tracy Arm, Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.