Ketchikan will celebrate its one-millionth cruise ship passenger on Monday.
Alaska’s First City is the second-largest cruise ship port in the state. For several years, the city of about 7,000 residents has come close to welcoming a million passengers. But, this is the first year it’s happened.
According to an announcement from the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and Cruise Line International Association-Alaska, the millionth passenger will arrive on the Norwegian Jewel. That passenger will disembark at about 10 a.m. at Berth 3. They will be greeted by city and borough officials, and by John Binkley, president of CLIA-Alaska.
The passenger will receive a gift basket of items donated by local businesses, and the New Path Dancers will perform.
Ketchikan’s cruise season this year started in early May. The last ship of the season, the Norwegian Sun, is scheduled to depart at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th.