It's that time again, folks. Cruise ship season, Juneau's bread and butter. Time to roll out the red carpet for nearly one million visitors coming to our fair city from all around the world.
Today, we welcomed our first two cruise ships of the year - Holland America's Westerdam and Celebrity Cruise Line's Solstice. The MS Westerdam measures in at 833 feet long, and the MS Solstice is a whopping 1,033 feet in length. Simply put, the presence of these massive ships cruising down Juneau's Gastineau Channel is a sight not hard to miss.
For me, it's always a delight watching boats - large or small - as they dock downtown. But on a bright and sunny day like today, with temperatures reaching 60+ Fahrenheit, I was especially excited for our first round of new visitors. Tourists certainly got a treat today with perfect weather, calm seas, and golden sunlight.
Here are just a few snapshots from this spectacular day.