Ketchikan, Alaska gets new dock and cruise ship

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Downtown Ketchikan, Alaska. (photo: flickr/pinehurst19475)

The City of Ketchikan Ports and Harbors department began renovating Ketchikan’s oldest and most central cruise ship dock in 2011. The first phase (estimated to take around three years) will replace half of the wooden dock and pilings with more durable materials and additional phases will complete upgrades to the dock, including renovation of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau facility, and improve vehicle and pedestrian flow on the busy port.

InnerSea Discoveries recently acquired the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer, formerly the Spirit of Discovery. After significant renovations, the ship will sail active, adventure expeditions between Juneau and Sitka beginning summer 2012. The 86-guest Safari Endeavour, formerly the Spirit of Endeavour will join sister company American Safari Cruises’ fleet of three yachts offering inclusive adventure cruises. The Safari Endeavour will undergo major renovation to transform it into an upscale vessel ready to sail in Southeast Alaska in summer 2012.

Source: Alaska Travel News

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