At a regular meeting, City Manager Rorie Watt told the Assembly that broadly, they were interested in a cruise ship dock. He added he had spoken with Howard Sherman, Norwegian’s executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination services.
At the end of the Assembly’s meeting, Watt said that NCL wanted to, “demonstrably show they’d like to invest in the community”. Watt had previously indicated to the Empire that the cruise line was interested in a dock but he would not confirm that at the time.
On September 9, Norwegian Cruise Line paid US$20 million in a bid for a 2.9-acre plot of land across Egan Drive from Juneau Arts & Culture Center and next to the CG (Coast Guard) station. That land was owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority that sold the land in a sealed bid auction.
Royal Caribbean Cruises was the next highest bidder for the land, with a 13 million bid.