Murkowski Helps Welcome First Cruise Ship to AK Since 2019

    Welcoming crew for Royal Caribbean's test cruise on Friday. (Press Office of Lisa Murkowski)

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska's first large cruise ship since 2019 took a test run to Ketchikan from Seattle, arriving today.

    Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas docked this morning in Ketchikan. Alaska U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, joined a welcoming party comprised of Alaska's Lt. Governor, city and borough officials, and other community members on Friday.

    In an interview with News of the North on Thursday, Murkowski said she was pleased to be there for the first one. She helped champion the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act in Congress that played a pivotal role in allowing cruises to begin again in the state.

    "I am a little anxious," she said when asked to speak to her feelings about the 2021 season. "We know, in Alaska, our tourist season is limited. We're not like Las Vegas, we're not like Florida, and so people need to make their money, get their businesses up and running quickly and take full advantage while the people are here. But we know that ramping up for a good solid tourist season is challenging in any given year."

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