The first large cruise ship of the 2021 Alaska cruise season has called on Ketchikan. Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Serenade of the Seas is the first large cruise ship to sail into Alaska waters and officially end the state’s cruise drought after nearly two years.
The collaborative effort included Alaskans at local, state, and federal delegation levels in partnership with private businesses and serves as framework for future Local Port Agreements.
To thank the local community of Ketchikan, Alaska for supporting Princess Cruises over the last fifty years, the cruise line recently hosted a special golden anniversary ceremony at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau to dedicate a specially-crafted totem pole to this charming coastal town.
Loan will fund expansion of cruise ship facilities at Icy Strait Point as part of a long-term partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line to develop a second cruise ship pier.
Day cruise operator Portage Glacier Cruises is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019.
The cruise industry is crucial to Alaska tourism and the state’s financial well-being. The industry includes approximately 2,180 Alaska businesses that provide tours, activities, and services to the cruise lines and their passengers, according to Cruise Lines International Association