Senator Murkowski Celebrates Return of Cruise Ships to Alaska
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined state leaders and community members in Ketchikan to welcome the first large cruise ship to Alaska since the 2019 season. Senator Murkowski worked to ensure that large cruise ships could return to Alaska to provide economic opportunity for communities and small businesses who rely heavily on tourism. Her legislation, the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act (ATRA), which was signed into law on May 24, 2021, provides a temporary fix under the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA), paving the way for cruise ships to resume operations and transport passengers between the State of Washington and State of Alaska.