Cruise Ships in Alaska

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Cruise ships arrive in Ketchikan to deposit shoppers and sightseers into the city for the afternoon adding upwards of 9,000 people to the small town of 17,000. Sometimes six ships are scheduled to dock for the day.  Jewelry stores dominate the Front Street, most of which are owned by the cruise ships.  There are about 68 shops in town all vying for tourist dollars with diamonds and jewels,  Most close in the winter enabling their Pakistani workers to take business south. Once a logging town, Ketchikan has turned to tourism.
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