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It's only days away — the start of the 2014 cruise ship season.
Ketchikan is expecting an estimated 882,237 passengers as a result of 507 cruise-ship visits.
The ships begin calling on April 26, with a couple of the smaller ships. The Wilderness Discoverer, an Un-Cruise Adventures' ship with a capacity for 152 passengers, will be in town all day. Holland America's Volendam and as many as 1,460 passengers, will be here for most of the day. That's a first-day total of 1,612 passengers.
Princess Cruises' Crown Princess, a 952-foot ship, will bring the most passengers this season. During 18 visits, it is estimated to embark 55,476 passengers, plus crew. The ship's crew numbers 1,240.
The smallest capacity ship coming to call will be Un-Cruise's Safari Quest. It will be here twice with 22 passengers and nine crew members.
The largest ship maneuvering into the port will be Celebrity Cruises' Solstice at 1,040 feet, while the smallest expected is the 104-foot Alaskan Dream of Alaskan Dream Cruises.
Five days in the summer will have six ships in town — May 23, June 19, June 20, July 24 and Aug. 25.
Aug. 25th will be the day with the most passenger visitors — 10,546.
Holland America's Statendam will carry 1,460 passengers, with a crew of 600. That's about two passengers for every crew member, which means the Statendam ranks highest in passenger-to-crew ratio.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, American Cruise Lines, Hapag-Loyd and Oceania will have only one ship operating in the Ketchikan area. Their ships will make anywhere between two and 20 calls.
Alaskan Dream's Admiralty Dream and Baranof Dream will make only one call throughout the season. The Volendam, another Holland ship, will make 22 calls — the most of any ship.
The other cruise lines coming include Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
The estimated number of passengers (882,237) is just that, an estimate. Passengers do join and cancel cruises. Last season Ketchikan saw two more ships and two fewer visits, for a total of 954,685 passengers. The final number for 2014 won't be available until the end of the season.
The season will end on Sept. 27 with three cruise ships — Star Princess, Wilderness Discoverer and Norwegian Sun bringing a total of 4,754 passengers.
By then Ketchikan will have had another terrific cruise season.
Get ready, it's about to begin.