Every year Alaska becomes more popular. The season is short, May to September. You can't really extend the season because it's popular, the weather won't let you. they are at or close to capacity at the existing ports for ships. As a result the pricing year to year is expected to continue to climb. This year to add to the other cost surge, taxes went up by $50. per person. The Alaska legislature passed a new tax on all cruisers coming into the state. Prices didn't drop because of the tax and people didn't stop traveling to Alaska. Look out, the Alaska Legislature may find they've stumbled onto a revenue source they can continue to tap. Have you ever known of a government that believed they collected too much tax or even enough tax.