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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Is this $50 head tax added to the price of the cruise? or does the cruise line pay it.

If the cruise line pays it, as long as the price looks good to me why should I worry about it?

Is it driving prices up, because they seem pretty reasonable to me.
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What is this Alaska Head tax??? Never heard of it??? enlighten me please and like OP--is it part of the cruise price?? or how do we pay this and do we have to pay this???
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The Alaskan head tax is a fairly new tax put in place some three or four years ago. The price is built into the cruise price on Princess and probably other cruise lines as well. There is really no such thing as corporations paying increased taxes and any such tax increases are almost always just passed on to the end consumer. At the end of the day it does raise the cruise price by $50 per person. I believe there were also some other restrictions in the original bill about sharing the profits from ship organized land tours and casino revenue while a cruise ship is in Alaskan waters, but I don't know if Alaska was able to get that one into law or not. The head tax is one of the reasons most cruise lines have pulled one ship out of Alaska for the 2010 season.

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Will this be added on to our bill or is it already in the cruise price?? don't want any surprises when we check out? or is this something that will be on our on board account when we check out??
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On our last cruise to Alaska on Princess, this spring, the Alaskan head tax was already included in the original purchase price of our cruise. There will be no surprises on you onboard account, at least when it comes to the head tax!!

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This is not anything new. If you search "Alaska cruise tax" you'll find that it's been in place for quite a while. It's built into the price you pay for an Alaska cruise.

It's really not a big deal. Every port has something similar (port taxes) .

It's just more obvious because the port is in the US.
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There were a number of things that "Passenger Tax" was to do

1 - Cruise Ports do upgrades and improvements
2 - Pay of environmental monitoring

What happened
1 the money went to towns that don't any cruise traffic
2 the ports didn't get any money from this money.

Basically the money went into pet projects of the politcians
in their home towns.
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If that's the case, the tax is going to the wrong people. I read somewhere that ships are doing more Europe than Alaska because of the tax?? Now, does Alaska want cruiseships or not?
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Donna, Very good point!!

One thing that I forgot to mention is that this tax is not a port tax but rather it is a head tax. It is an additional tax to the regular port taxes already in place.

As usual, when politicians mess with anything, the small local business will be the big looser with the reduction in ships in Alaska next season. The other looser will probably be the Alaskan cruiser with fewer ships and therefore higher prices.

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All true Deb, doesn't make much sense at all and yea, it the small business owner that looses in the long run, plus the cruisers. Some may have booked an Alaska cruise, but they are being priced out too.
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Actually the people in Alaska put a proposition for a vote in the early 2000's.
The vote passed and the state goverment was forced to enact the request from the people. The only problem was that the politicians determined where the money would go , not as per the original proposition.
I've heard (hearsay) that a small community in central Alaska (north of Fairbanks) was given enough money to build a new hockey arena .The story
says that no cruise passengers have ever been there.
Currently Carnival Corp has a lawsuit in Alaska about the "Head Tax"
Their argument is that it is illegal and monies should be returned
to the cruise lines. Another state tried this and when the cruise industry
went to court ,it was declared illegal . This is the case that cruise lines are using in Alaska (precedent)
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