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By Dan Rudy 

Cruise ships bid bon voyage for 2014


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The cruise liner Wilderness Discoverer docks at Wrangell Sept. 24, the last ship of the island's 2014 cruise season. Run by Seattle-based company Un-Cruise Adventures, the Discoverer can carry 76 passengers and has a crew of 24. It stopped into Wrangell 10 times this year.

With the departure of Un-Cruise Adventures' "Wilderness Explorer" last Wednesday, Wrangell's cruising season officially comes to an end. Fifty-seven such vessels had been scheduled to arrive this year, according to information provided on the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce website.

There were 15 leisure ships scheduled to dock in Wrangell 57 times this year.

Doing the arithmetic, if each cruise ship scheduled to arrive was fully-booked and if every passenger disembarked when the ships stopped in Wrangell, then a possible 8,338 tourists could have visited this season, not counting crew.

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