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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan will reach a historic milestone on Monday morning when the community is set to welcome the 1,000,000th cruise ship passenger to visit the First City during the 2017 cruise season.
The 2017 marks the first time that Ketchikan will have been host to 1 million cruise passengers in a single season.
The closest the community has come to the million-passenger count was in 2016, when a total of 948,089 passengers visited Ketchikan, according to Ketchikan Visitors Bureau data.
Local officials and representatives of the Cruise Line International Association—Alaska plan to welcome the one-millionth passenger at around 10 a.m. Monday when he or she disembarks at Berth 3 from the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel.
“Both the (City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough) have issued proclamations to commemorate the occasion,” according to a KVB announcement. “Ketchikan's New Path Dancers will perform. The 1,000,000th passenger will be presented with a gift basket of items donated by local businesses before departing to spend their day in port.”
Later, CLIA-Alaska President John Binkley is scheduled to give an end-of-the-season update during a joint luncheon of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce beginning at noon at Cape Fox Lodge.
The Norwegian Jewel is scheduled to conclude its final visit of the 2017 season at 3 p.m. Monday. The City of Ketchikan fireboat Harry Newell will be involved in a sendoff for the ship, according to KVB.
The 2017 cruise ship season is winding down in earnest this coming week, with no ships scheduled on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of the final two port calls of the season on Sept. 30.