Icy Strait Point, a small community on the north coast of Alaska, has welcomed its first cruise ship in 562 days. The town is accessible only by air and sea, and relies heavily on tourism. With a population of just over 200 people, the cruise ship will bring a sense of relief to the place.
The cruise line news is a story about the first cruise ship to come into port in 562 days. Icy Strait Point, which is located on the Alaskan coast, welcomed the Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Line.
After Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas landed there last week, Icy Strait Point was one of the first locations in Alaska to welcome cruise guests back.
On Thursday, July 22, the vessel visited the Alaska Native-owned port for the second time; she arrived three days after leaving Seattle for the industry’s first guest trip to Alaska since 2019.
Icy Strait Point is where the Serenade of the Seas is moored Icy Strait Point (photo courtesy of Icy Strait Point)
“When we originally opened in 2004, Royal Caribbean Group was the first to start calling at Icy Strait Point, so it’s only appropriate that Serenade of the Seas be the first ship to return to us,” said Russell Dick, CEO of Huna Totem Corporation. “Icy Strait Point is the primary source of revenue for our Hoonah community. It’s a huge relief for all of us to be able to reopen and hire this year.”
Huna Totem Corporation, a village corporation controlled by approximately 1,400 Alaska Native stockholders with native connections to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay region, owns Icy Strait Point. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is 22 miles from the harbor, which is 35 miles west of Juneau.
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“Icy Strait Point has been a popular location among our visitors and their families for over two decades. We’re thrilled to be back and to witness everyone’s excitement, from our visitors to the friendly community. “It’s a breath of new air,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of Royal Caribbean International’s Hotel Operations.
(Photo courtesy of Icy Strait Point)
A number of enhancements have been made to the cruise passenger experience at Icy Strait Point since ships last visited. A new high-speed gondola system, a second pier, the vehicle-free Wilderness Landing area with a new welcome center and tour departures facility, and woodland and beach space for visitors to explore are among the improvements.
To safeguard its residents and cruise passengers, Icy Strait Point has improved its health and safety procedures. The port was the first cruise ship location in the world to get the gold standard for prepared facilities, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star certification.
Icy Strait Point has adopted the most rigorous cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention procedures in its facilities under the council’s supervision.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When did the first cruise ship visit Icy Strait Point Alaska?
The first cruise ship to visit Icy Strait Point Alaska was in 1881.
Are cruise ships stopping in Puerto Rico?
No, cruise ships are not stopping in Puerto Rico.
What kinds of excursions are available in Icy Strait Point?
There are plenty of excursions available in Icy Strait Point. You can choose from a variety of activities, including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and fishing.
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