Sitka is prepared to take on large cruise ships with a new deep-water dock completed last summer by locally owned Halibut Point Marine Services.
Old Sitka Dock, named for nearby Old Sitka State Historic Site, will allow cruise companies without the ability to tender passengers to shore to call on Sitka. Currently, tender boats are the only way to get passengers traveling on large cruise ships into town. Ships who already call on Sitka can also use the dock to make transfers to shore quicker. It will now be easier to visit Sitka’s top attractions, such as the Sitka National Historical Park, fishing charters, kayaking and wildlife-viewing tours, hiking, Native and Russian historical sites and more.
In 2011, approximately 883,000 cruise passengers visited Alaska, 127,224 of them stopping in Sitka.
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