First cruise ship docks at new Ward Cove terminal

The 1,094-foot-long Norwegian Encore made history on Aug. 4 as it emerged from a cloudy curtain of rain to tie up in Ward Cove, about a 7-mile drive north of Ketchikan's downtown cruise ship dock.

Before the ship pulled in, workers hurried to finish preparing the 57,000-square-foot cruise ship terminal for visitors, screwing smoke detectors into a restroom ceiling and drilling holes to install the last few rows of cable guardrails.

As the first throng of passengers walked into what had been the pulp mill - the heart of Ketchikan's economy for decades - their arrival was the culmination of a $5...

 

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