Consumer demand for Alaska cruises growing again

A growing consumer demand for Alaska cruises has put the state back in the million-passenger club as it rebounds after a leaner stretch. And next year is expected to be even better with larger capacity ships added to the Far North lineup.

The millionth passenger was recently counted as the Alaska cruise industry's season was nearing its end. Final passenger totals are expected to be slightly higher.

"Alaska's very popular," Holland America Line spokesman Erik Elvejord said Friday. "We've been getting a lot of interest in it."

Overall visitor numbers also are growing, with a record of more than 2 million travelers in the state last year. This...