Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Huna Totem Corp to develop berthing and upland facilities at Whittier, Alaska.
This privately funded development project will consist of a berthing facility able to handle ships from the company’s three brands, along with related infrastructure, including a cruise ship terminal and facilities for rail and bus access.
As the gateway to Prince William Sound, Whittier offers guests pristine nature and many of the classic sites and experiences found in southcentral Alaska, including the Portage Glacier, the College Fjord and the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel – the longest road tunnel in North America.
“Alaska is one of the premier cruise destinations in the world and we are excited to partner once again with Huna Totem Corp to develop facilities to enhance the experience of the hundreds of thousands of guests our brands bring to Alaska on a yearly basis,” said Juan Kuryla, NCLH’s Senior Vice President of Port Development and Construction (pictured).
“We are proud to continue our commitment to bringing positive, long-term and sustainable economic impact to the region, particularly after the challenges the Alaska cruise tourism industry has faced over the past two years.”
“The strong public/private partnership with the City of Whittier, Norwegian, and Huna Totem is the tourism model of the future for Alaska,” said Russell Dick, Huna Totem Corp’s President & CEO.
“This project integrates the natural beauty of Prince William Sound, its rich history, and diverse cultural experiences into the design of a new turn-port destination in southcentral Alaska.
“Norwegian’s commitment to the Port of Whittier expands sustainable tourism for all of Alaska, and Huna Totem is thrilled to be part of this vision,” he said.
This marks the second joint development project between NCLH and Huna Totem Corp. The two partnered to develop a second cruise pier and other facilities in Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s cruise ship destination in Hoonah, Alaska.
The company made its inaugural call on the Wilderness Landing pier at Icy Strait Point in August, 2021.