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Vintage Tugboat cruise in Alaska

Swell at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (Courtesy Maple Leaf Adventures / Jeff Reynolds)For those with a hankering to wake up to birdsong and the scents of the forest, there’s a 10-day Inside Passage cruise for you: aboard the 107-year-old wooden coastal tugboat Swell. Operated by veteran expedition company Maple Leaf Adventures, these trips for 12 guests at a time feature up-close experiences of whales and brown bears, walks through the rainforest, Zodiac-ing among icebergs and visits to natural hot springs. (expeditioncruising.com)

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Ketchikan looks at potential private cruise dock investment



Reconfiguring the City of Ketchikan’s downtown cruise dock to accommodate larger ships will cost an estimated $95 million, not including design costs and uplands infrastructure work. (krbd.org)

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Alaska Float Planes Carrying Cruise Passengers Collide, Resulting in Fatalities, Injuries



Two float planes carrying Royal Princess cruise passengers collided on Monday outside Ketchikan, Alaska, resulting in the death of four people, with two still missing, according to an update released by the United States Coast Guard on Tuesday morning. An earlier Princess Cruises statement reported five deaths, including four cruise passengers. (cruisecritic.com)

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Seabourn Is Set For The 2019 Season In Alaska & British Columbia With Unique Itineraries And Adventures Offering Immersion In ‘The Great Land’




Rocky Mountaineer: the dome car and the restaurant at the lower levelSeabourn is preparing to embark on its 2019 season in Alaska & British Columbia with Seabourn Sojourn headed north offering unique itineraries, special onboard events, adventurous shore excursions, and immersive journeys through “The Great Land.”

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Ketchikan’s mayor, manager take free cruise to Los Angeles



Norwegian Joy departs Seattle, May 2019 (Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)Ketchikan’s mayor and city manager accepted a free cruise to Los Angeles, which they said allowed them to continue talks with those in the private sector as Ketchikan looks to expands cruise ship berths. Mayor Bob Sivertsen and City Manager Karl Amylon were among officials from several West Coast port towns invited to take part in the inaugural U.S. voyage last weekend of the Norwegian Joy from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Los Angeles. (miamiherald.com)

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Princess Cruises Begins 50th Alaska Season



Princess Cruises 50th year sailing in Alaska began this weekend with the arrival of Ruby Princess into Ketchikan and Juneau. This summer, seven Princess Cruises ships will sail to Alaska with the inaugural season of Royal Princess beginning on May 11.

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Princess Cruises Introduces McKinley “Mac” The Moose New Plush Character Friend of Stanley the Bear




In celebration of Princess Cruises 50 years of sailing to the Great Land of Alaska, the cruise line is introducing McKinley the moose, a plush character friend of Stanley, who was first introduced in 2017 as the official bear plush for the cruise line, named after the company’s founder Stanley B. McDonald.

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Southeast Alaska pilots raise concerns over Royal Princess megaship




Cruise lines are bringing four megaships to Alaska this season. And Southeast marine pilots have been studying the vessels, modeling how they handle in Southeast waters. But the pilots are concerned about the maneuverability of one of the new arrivals. (ktoo.org)

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What’s in store for Juneau this cruise season?




The first cruise ship of the summer is scheduled to arrive April 28. This season is expected to bring more visitors to Juneau than ever before. Tour operators and seasonal businesses are busy getting ready for the anticipated 1.3 million passengers expected to arrive over the next five months. (ktoo.org)

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Lawmakers vote to pull funding for cruise compliance program




As members of the House Finance Committee agonized over possible cuts to the state’s budget Thursday, one of the most debated cuts of the day was over a program that doesn’t get its funding from the state’s general fund. The Ocean Rangers Program, funded by a $4 fee that cruise passengers pay, has been on the chopping block this session after Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced Senate Bill 70 to repeal the program. (juneauempire.com)

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