By Sam Stockbridge
Ketchikan Daily News 

First cruise ship docks at new Ward Cove terminal

 

August 12, 2021

Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP

The 2-year-old, 1,094-foot-long Norwegian Encore arrives at the Mill at Ward Cove in Ketchikan on Aug. 4, the first cruise ship to dock at the former pulp mill property that is being turned into a $50 million cruise ship 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...



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