HAL-Holland America's ms Nieuw Amsterdam is the first cruise ship to dock in Anchorage (Alaska)

   September 17, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Anchorage Alaska residents welcomed the first cruise ship that docked at the Alaskan port for the first time in 2 years.

On Thursday morning, September 15, at ~10 am, HAL-Holland America Line's ship ms Nieuw Amsterdam docked at the port.

This was the first (and only) cruise vessel to stop in Anchorage after the COVID crisis, according to Jack Bonney (Visit Anchorage's Engagement Director).

Bonney said the sight of the cruise ship was "a little bit unusual compared to the rest of the summer season."

“This is the one time that cruise ship calls directory to the port of Anchorage. Most of the cruise visitation that Anchorage sees comes through the ports of Seward or Whittier.”

Port of Anchorage AK (Alaska, Denali NP)

Image: Port of Anchorage AK

Following a 2-year dry spell caused by the COVID crisis, the ship’s call in Anchorage provided the port city with a last-minute economic tourism boost at the end of the typical tourist season.