In pre-pandemic times, preparations for the summer season would already be underway for Alaska tourism businesses. But uncertainty about the 2021 season has left many in a holding pattern, especially those that rely on the cruise ship industry. Some Sitka businesses are feeling cautiously optimistic while others are worried about the future.
More cruise ship passengers will visit Sitka next season. In 2017, Holland America will bring a seventh cruise ship through Alaska and Sitka is on the itinerary. Celebrity Cruises will also be making half a dozen calls.