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Alaska’s newest cruise port welcomes first ship

  • Cruises
  •   05-08-2024  7:55 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Alaska’s newest cruise port welcomes first ship
(Port Klawock)
Pax Global Media

Alaska’s newest cruise port, Port Klawock, opened on Monday (May 6) with the arrival of the Seabourn Odyssey.

The Indigenous-owned port is located near the Tlingit village of Klawock on the Pacific side of Prince of Wales Island.

Historically, Klawock is known as the site of the first salmon cannery in Alaska, according to the island’s tourism authority. The village is a significant centre of Tlingit culture, with an annual celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich’s pioneering civil rights work on behalf of Alaska Natives.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the port’s opening.

Port Klawock is the latest initiative from Na-Dena’, a joint venture between the Alaska Native corporations Huna Totem and Doyon, Limited and Klawock Heenya, the Native village corporation of Klawock.

The new port aims to improve Alaska’s cruise market with enhanced guest experiences, cultural engagement and sustainable practices.

“In collaboration with Klawock Heenya and Doyon, Limited, our vision for Port Klawock prioritizes respect for culture and community above all else,” said Huna Totem Corporation president and CEO Russell Dick, in a statement. “As we did with Icy Strait Point, we are developing this project with the land and our shareholders in mind and cannot wait to share Klawock with the world.”

Port Klawock includes a floating tender dock, welcome facilities, shopping options offering Alaska Native arts and crafts and a shore excursions dispatch. Passengers can also expect shore excursions with local guides and a shuttle to Klawock and Craig.

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