Icy Strait Point, Alaska's first purpose-built cruise
destination, has been added to the itineraries of Royal Caribbean
International's Vision of the Seas and Celebrity Cruise
and Mercury for the Alaska cruise season beginning in May 2004. The
destination currently has 33 ship calls slated.
Designed to accommodate only one cruise ship per day, Icy Strait Point
provides a unique Alaska cruise experience focused on history, culture,
wildlife tours and native Indian experiences.
"Only one cruise ship at a time will dock at Icy Strait Point, allowing
passengers to avoid the crowds that often greet them at other Alaskan
ports," said Michael Greve
, president of Global Destinations
Development, the company that is marketing Icy Strait. "Further, Icy
Strait Point has the outdoor Alaska guests
dream about--right on our
"Port Icy Strait will
provide cruise guests with the ultimate Alaskan
wilderness experience," stated a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. "The Native American history and involvement in the area, as well
as the breathtaking natural beauty, will clearly be of interest to
anyone visiting Alaska."
Icy Strait Point is located 50 miles west of Juneau and just 22 miles
from Glacier Bay National Park. About a mile from Icy Strait Point is
the village of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in
The port's center of activity is the Icy Strait Packing Company
Cannery, a 1930s-era fish cannery that has been refurbished on its
original site. The cannery
is designed to be a living museum displaying
artifacts that re-create the industrious spirit of Alaska's early
pioneers with employees in period dress. The facility also will house
and beverage areas, excursion lounges and a retail section
showcasing native and regional crafts.
Cruise passengers can learn about the native culture at the Native
Heritage Center, an interpretive facility where the stories and culture
of the Hoonah people are highlighted, and at the "Journey through Time"
show which will share the history and folklore of the Hoonah Tlingit
through live performances.