Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Which announced the partnership with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation and the second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska is expected to be completed in the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season. The new pier will be constructed to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus-class ships.
The partnership will provide Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and its brands with preferential berthing rights that would lead to an increase of the company’s calls to Icy Strait Point.
Furthermore, the pier will provide more cruise passengers with access to Icy Strait’s newly upgraded retail, restaurant and shore excursion amenities, including the world’s largest zip line, the most accessible coastal brown bear viewing platforms in Southeast Alaska, whale watching and fishing excursions, local cultural dances accompanied by oral histories and more.
The new pier will benefit the Hoonah community of approximately 750 people, including approximately 80 percent of Icy Strait Point’s employees. By leveraging the rapidly growing demand for top-tier destinations for Alaska cruises, Icy Strait Point creates more jobs and local opportunities for Alaska state people.
The economic impact that this expansion and Norwegian’s investment will have in Hoonah and the Southeast Alaska region is significant, and we’re looking forward to how our Alaska Native community can be a sustainable contributor to the future of Alaska’s cruise industry.
Russell Dick, Huna Totem Corporation president and chief executive officer stated.