Cruise Town This year, cruise ship passengers to Juneau, Alaska, outnumbered local residents 35 to 1. Cruise Town is a podcast from KTOO News. It's about how Juneau became a Cruise Town, what it's like to live in a Cruise Town and what the city's future holds in light of the industry's explosive growth.
Cruise Town

Cruise Town

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This year, cruise ship passengers to Juneau, Alaska, outnumbered local residents 35 to 1. Cruise Town is a podcast from KTOO News. It's about how Juneau became a Cruise Town, what it's like to live in a Cruise Town and what the city's future holds in light of the industry's explosive growth.

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Episode 2: The Whale and the Head Tax

Juneau has a new park featuring a life-size statue of a humpback whale breaching from a reflecting pool, complete with water works. The statue was privately funded, but the park where it lives was almost entirely paid for by a controversial per-person tax on cruise ship passengers. It was one of the first taxes of its kind and the cruise industry actually sued the city over it.

Episode 1: The Making of a Cruise Town

On this episode, we go back — not to the 1880s when Juneau was founded and steamships started coming north, but to the 1980s when Juneau made a conscious decision to change its destiny. We meet two people who were there when an old mining town sold its history and transformed itself into Cruise Town.

Coming this November: Cruise Town

This year, cruise ship passengers outnumbered local residents in Juneau 35 to 1. That's why the KTOO news team is making a podcast about how we got here, what it's like to live here and what the city's future holds in light of the industry's explosive growth.

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