A 2,000-passenger cruise liner was supposed to visit Unalaska on Friday, September 15, but instead decided to sail to Sitka.
Despite the fact that Unalaska is popular as top fishing American port, tourism is a growing source of revenue for non-profits and small businesses.
Image: Dutch Harbor (Unalaska)
Locals have been trying to figure out how they would make up tens of thousands in lost revenue from the cancelled visit of Celebrity Millennium.
The executive director of Unalaska Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Carlin Enlow, estimated that the ship would have distributed US$100,000 across restaurants, stores and museums.
The cancellation of Celebrity Millennium’s visit was caused by lack of available facilities the dock is still under construction.
Three more cruise ships are expected to stop in Unalaska during fall but there are rumors that a couple of them may be considering cancelling their calls, too.