Cruise Ship Tax
By Vic and Judi Vreeland
May 18, 2009
On September 13, 2006, you
published our letter concerning the cruise ship tax. We were
opposed to it and said;
"This tax, like many others, will merely be passed on to
the cruiser and would not affect the profits of the cruise line
unless the cruise line cuts back on the number of cruises to
Alaska. If there are a million cruisers to Alaska, surely they
are spending money, as we did, in each port. We understand "things"
are more expensive in Alaska due to the remote locations. Apparently
the present tax, port charges and etc., was not enough to fund
whatever. I suspect cruise lines will be cutting back on their
Alaskan cruises and thus cutting taxes Alaskans will receive
to fund their infrastructure."
Here is a quote from today's etravelblackboard: " SitNews reported the Alaska Travel Industry Association
was alarmed on Monday after hearing Norwegian Cruise Lines decision
to pull out another ship from the region in 2010." Vacationers
to Alaska and the cruise ships they arrive on are saying "Thanks,
but no thanks" to your tax.
The "chickens have come
home to roost." Time to repeal the tax before this industry
"sinks," pun intended.
Vic and Judi Vreeland
Cedar Creek, Texas
Our comments from 2006 can be found at http://www.sitnews.us/0906Viewpoints/091306_vic_jidi_vreeland.html
About: "Retired couple
from Texas - Have taken more than 20 cruises, on a limited budget
and look for the best value in a cruise."
Received May 18, 2008 - Published
May 18, 2009
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