MS Queen Elizabeth makes her maiden visit to Anchorage and marks the start of cruise season

The MS Queen Elizabeth made her maiden call to the Port of Alaska on Thursday, marking the beginning of the cruise ship season in Anchorage. The 965-foot long ship can accommodate over 2,000 passengers, according to promotional material from Cunard, the ship’s operator.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz presented the ship’s captain, Inger Thorhauge, with a plaque commemorating the ship’s first port call in Anchorage.

The ship, which sailed to Anchorage from Kodiak, will embark for Juneau tonight, eventually making its way to Vancouver, BC.

There are ten cruise ships scheduled to dock this season in Anchorage, according to port spokesman Jim Jager.

Loren Holmes

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