Julia Taylor carries signs away from the Juneau Tours kiosk on the waterfront Sunday at the end of her last shift. Holland America's Zaandam left Sunday, the last scheduled departure for 2009. Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau President Lorene Palmer said the season was better than expected after gloomy news from the national economy. Projections in December and January indicated cruise-ship travel in Juneau would be down by about 30 percent. Palmer said the industry heavily discounted cruises to Alaska and it's estimated Juneau will pass the 1-million-passenger mark. About 980,000 were expected when the season started.
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