Juneau's port director refutes inference that the town would not welcome small cruise ships Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Ketchikan City Council member insinuated during a recent meeting that Juneau was not interested in hosting small cruise ship traffic it wasn't interested in establishing pandemic protocols for the vessels. So he suggested that his town could be the hub for this activity this summer and possibly also next summer.
City and Borough of Juneau Port Director Carl Uchytil refuted the comment while a guest on Action Line. "I'm not sure where he got that information. I believe the Assembly and city manager office will abide by the state mandates on interstate travel and if a cruise ship, the small ones, that want to operate can operate under those guidelines, I think we welcome that commerce. "
The port director said a couple of small cruise lines have plans to come to Juneau. "To the best of my knowledge, Uncruise and American Cruise Lines still intend to operate at the end of July. Those operators operate out of private docks."
Uchytil is expecting an uptick in yacht traffic. As a matter of fact, there's a mega yacht in Juneau's harbor now tied up at the AJ Dock. "I think that the word is out on the street that I believe it is the Bravo Eugenia and the owner is Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys fame." Jones is the owner of the Cowboys.