Skagway preparing for its biggest cruise season yet

    The Port of Skagway, photo courtesy of the Port Commission.

    Skagway, Alaska (KINY) - Jaime Bricker joined Dano on KINY's Morning Show to give a historic update on Skagway's cruise port.

    Jaime Bricker is the Tourism Director in Skagway. She gave the projections for 2023's season.

    "We are planning for around 1.2 million cruise passengers this year. It will be our biggest season ever if we hit those projected numbers," she said. "Very exciting."

    They are less than a month away from their first ship.

    "April 18th, it's the Norwegian Bliss. It will be the first cruise ship that Skagway has under its new port management structure, which is exciting," Bricker shared. "White Pass and Municipality of Skagway had a lease for the waterfront for 55 years, and that came to an end last week. So the Municipality of Skagway is running the Broadway dock and the Ore dock. We are planning for a port dedication ceremony the day after our first ship."

    Bricker said they'll also hold their annual spring festival this April.

    "That first ship week in April we have a community clean sweep, and everyone goes out and picks up garbage that's blowing around because it's so windy here in the winter," she said.

    Meanwhile, Juneau's first ship of the season will be Apr. 17, a day before Skagway's.

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