Na-Dena`, a joint venture between Doyon and Huna Totem Corporation, is excited to announce the opening of a new port at Klawock Island, on Monday, May 6, 2024. This significant development is set to revolutionize the cruise ship industry on Prince of Wales Island. Modeled after the successful Huna Totem’s Icy Strait Point, it marks the first port capable of hosting large cruise ships in the region.

Situated on 16 acres on the Pacific coast side of Prince of Wales Island, near the Tlingit village of Klawock, the port introduces Alaska’s newest large cruise ship destination. The port offers a range of activities including sport fishing, culinary experiences, wildlife viewing, and totem carving traditions, enriching the cultural tapestry of the area.

The Port of Klawock’s strategic location benefits both north and southbound Alaska itineraries. It features two separate fjord entrances, ensuring a scenic sail for cruisers through wildlife-rich archipelagos, dramatic mountains, and lush islands. Connected by a bridge to the island’s extensive road system, the port facilitates easy access to other communities and tour options, enhancing the travel experience across Prince of Wales Island.

In addition to boosting the local tourism sector, the Port of Klawock is a beacon of economic revival. Built on the site of the old pulp mill dock, it brings new economic opportunities to the community, replacing those lost when the pulp mill closed. The port infrastructure includes a welcome center, retail spaces, a café, walking trails, historical displays, and essential visitor amenities such as buses and restrooms.

The port partnership is gearing up to serve numerous cruise line visits for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, catering to the growing demands of the Alaska travel market. With its commitment to increasing the number of cultural tour products and sustainable tourism opportunities, the Port of Klawock is set to become a cornerstone of Alaska’s tourism industry.

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