Today was the first day of our Tourist Season, with 2 ships coming into port for the day.
From now until September these normally quiet, easily navigated streets will be filled with
teeming masses of humanity carrying cruise ship tote bags & wearing cruise ship ponchos.
Normally the cruises don't come on the weekends, but this year they will be here both Saturdays
and Sundays. We can't complain though--I read in the paper that the average tourist spends
$75.00 a day here and we expect several hundred thousand to visit before the end of summer.
That's a whole lot of extra people in this little town!
The first ship we saw was the National Geographic Endeavour. This one cruised by about 8:30
this morning. You can read about it here.
The second ship didn't go by our house--instead they were docked at the other end of town. This
is the beautiful Empress of the North. It is a 223 passenger paddle wheel ship that is quite elegant
and one of the more expensive cruises you can take. You can read about this ship here. This cruise
had Peter Ueberroth on board. "On this exclusive cruise featuring Mr. Ueberroth, guests will have
the opportunity to enjoy Alaska's wilderness, wildlife and history on board the luxurious Empress
of the North," said Diane Moore, Executive Vice President, Majestic America Line.
Pretty soon the privately owned yachts will start cruising by. I think my very favorite last year was the
yacht with the personal helicopter carried on the back of it! What fun to grab the binoculars to see
the name of the yacht, then look it up on the internet and see who's who. Stay tuned for more posts
on who is visiting our town this year.