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By Dan Rudy 

Cruise ship arrival marks start of visitor season


April 27, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The Wilderness Adventurer makes its first and only scheduled stop of the 2017 visitor season Tuesday morning. Its 28 passengers make up the first wave of tourists to visit the island.

With the arrival of the Wilderness Adventurer on Tuesday, a sunnier outlook for the local economy breaks the clouds of Wrangell's off-season.

The 160-foot vessel is operated by UnCruise Adventures in Seattle, and can carry up to 60 passengers. Early in the season, on Tuesday it was carrying 28 en route to Juneau. According to the latest cruise ship schedule, Adventurer will only be making the one stop into Wrangell this season, but its larger sister vessels Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer will be stopping 11 times over the summer.

Sixty more visits are anticipated through the...

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