According to Alaskan media reports, native businesses Na-Dena`and Klawock Heenya Corp have teamed up to promote a new cruise destination to be built in Klawock.
The first call is scheduled by Oceania Cruises for 24th May, 2023.
Developed similarly to Icy Strait Point near the Tlingit village of Hoonah, this new port is aimed at embracing the Alaska native culture in Klawock, giving guests opportunities to experience totem carving traditions, fishing and wildlife viewing, while also balancing the needs of the small village and its people.
According to the media, the cruise port will give the local economy a boost with new jobs and business opportunities for Alaskan natives and locals.
To be built on 16 acres on Klawock Island, the port will be located on the Pacific coast side of Prince of Wales Island. It is claimed to be ideally positioned for both north and southbound Alaska itineraries.
With two separate fjord entrances, sailing in and out of the port, passengers will have views of the wildlife-rich archipelagos, mountains and islands. The port island is connected by a bridge to Prince of Wales’ road system for other communities and tour options around the island.
Na-Dena will help Klawock Heenya to develop guest attractions and tour products, embracing Klawock’s totem carving traditions, the abundance of local wildlife and the area’s sport fishing industry.