Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings agrees on new cruise port in Alaska
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Huna Totem Corporation have agreed to jointly develop a new cruise terminal in Whittier, Alaska. The project will also include access for trains and buses, giving travelers more convenient ways to enjoy the gateway to Prince William Sound, one of Alaska’s most scenic areas and a popular stopover for cruise ships.
Joint project announced
The new development is a joint project between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Huna Totem Corporation. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings includes not only Norwegian Cruise Line, but also Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and all three companies will have access to berths at the new facility.
Huna Totem Corporation is one of Alaska’s most successful Native Village Societies, with a mission to advance “the economic aspirations and culture of the Xúna Kaawu through business excellence, sustainable economic growth, leadership and education.”
In addition to the cruise ship dock, the new project will also include comprehensive terminal facilities with rail and bus access. This will allow for easy arrivals and departures for shore excursions, giving cruise passengers more opportunities to explore and appreciate the area’s outstanding natural beauty. Although details have not been released, it is likely that the terminal will also include local retailers and restaurants.
As Whittier is only an hour and a half away Anchoring it is possible that this new development will also create more options for embarkation and disembarkation or pre- and post-cruise tours, although this has not been confirmed at this stage.
“The strong public-private partnership with the City of Whittier, Norwegian and Huna Totem is the tourism model of the future for Alaska,” said Russell Dick, President and CEO of Huna Totem Corporation.
“This project incorporates Prince William Sound’s natural beauty, rich history and diverse cultural experiences into the design of a new cornering destination in Southcentral Alaska. Norwegian’s commitment to the Port of Whittier extends sustainable tourism throughout Alaska, and Huna Totem is thrilled to be a part of that vision,” He continued.
The project will be privately funded and no timetable has been announced for when the project will start or when it might be finished and ready for visitors.
Second business collaboration
The new terminal to be developed at Whittier is the second joint development project between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Huna Totem Corporation.
The two companies have partnered to develop a cruise pier and other facilities at Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s world-class cruise destination in Hoonah, Alaska, and nearby Juneau, the state capital. . Norwegian Cruise Line made its inaugural call to Wilderness Landing Pier at Icy Strait Point on August 7, 2021.
“Alaska is one of the world’s premier cruise destinations and we are thrilled to once again partner with Huna Totem Corporation to develop facilities to enhance the experience of the hundreds of thousands of guests our brands bring. in Alaska every year”, said Juan Kuryla, senior vice president of port development and construction for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “We are proud to continue our commitment to bringing positive, long-term, and lasting economic impact to the region, especially after the challenges the cruise tourism industry in Alaska has faced over the past two years.”
Still Norwegian was the first ship to visit Icy Strait Point facilities. To commemorate the occasion, a special dedication ceremony was held to officially open the pier and the first of two gondola systems. This port of call has quickly become a favorite among cruise ship passengers.
Huna Totem’s port model at Icy Strait Point is globally recognized and has received numerous awards, including Seatrade’s Global Port of the Year in 2020. This expertise and the company’s commitment to local sustainability and native preservation ensure that the new development in Whittier will be equally exceptional. .