Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is moving to strengthen its position in Alaska with a range of initiatives.
A new double ship pier is to be built in Ketchikan to handle two Norwegian Cruise Line 4,000-passenger Breakaway Plus class ships from next summer.
The company has also won a competitive bid to take on the last waterfront position in Juneau.
The investments follow a partnership agreed earlier in the year to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point in Hoonah.
The Icy Strait Point development will provide more passengers with access to newly upgraded shops, dining and shore excursions, including the world’s longest zip line, brown bear viewing, whale watching and fishing.
The pier will be built to accommodate Breakaway Plus class ships and allow ships from the group’s three brands to increase calls to Icy Strait Point from summer 2020.
Two gondolas are being installed and the upper part of Hoonah Mountain is being developed near the zip line to offer additional experiences for visitors in 2020.
More than 5,600 people an hour in eight-person cabins will be able to be handled.
The company was also awarded a concession allowing NCL to operate cruises within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve until 2029.
NCLH president and CEO Frank Del Rio said: “The natural beauty of Alaska makes it one of the most popular destinations to visit, and our investments in the region will enable us to provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the wonders of the Last Frontier.
“These strategic initiatives mark the latest steps in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the region and make a positive economic and environmentally sensible impact on the Alaska tourism industry.”
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