Next summer's cruise ships could be closer to pre-pandemic numbers


October 28, 2021

Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten Expeditions

The 528-passenger Roald Amundsen, a hybrid energy cruise ship that went into service in 2019, sails under the Norwegian flag and is scheduled to sail into Wrangell next summer. The ship is powered by diesel fuel and electricity.

After no cruise ship visitors in 2020 and this year's pandemic-anemic numbers in the hundreds, Wrangell next year could see ships with berths for close to 20,000 passengers pull into town.

In 2019, 21,540 passengers visited Wrangell, according to data compiled by Rain Coast Data for the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska has released its 2022 calendar for the vessels it represents, mostly larger vessels sailing under a foreign flag. The passenger capacity of the vessels on that calendar scheduled for stops in Wrangell next summer totals almost 15,500.


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