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Glacier Bay seeks entry permits

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 22 - 2008

Cruise ship plying the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve receives approximately 438,000 visitors a year. Most visit via cruise ship. As of January 2, 2007, new vessel regulations became effective and established two separate seasonal cruise ship vessel quota periods in Glacier Bay and increased the seasonal vessel quotas in both the prime and shoulder season periods. Cruise ship use in Glacier Bay is subject to both daily and seasonal regulatory limits. A “daily vessel quota” limits use to no more than two cruise ships per day (year around).

Now the U.S. National Park Service wants to implement “concession contracts’ for those quotas. These propsed contracts will award vessel use days in the park from June through August, the contracts would be good from January 2010 through September 30, 2019.

According the National Park Service there are a total of 153 use days for Glacier Bay with only two ship allowed per day during the June thru August period. The park service anticipates awarding 71 of those days to Holland America Line and Princess Cruises since both are considered historical operators by law with the right to continue the same level of service they have been providing.

You can read the detailed prospectus at http://www.nps.gov/glba/parkmgmt/cruise-ships.htm.

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