This year is slated to be a light
cruise season for Kodiak. Only seven ships are scheduled to call on Alaska’s Emerald Isle,
the first arriving April 23. The low number came after Holland
America announced they were
suspending port calls to Kodiak and Southcentral Alaska. Despite the small numbers in 2013,
Janet Buckingham said Kodiak can look forward to a better season in 2014.
Buckingham is the executive director of Discover Kodiak and said Holland America
officials told her the cruise line will return next year.
-- (Cruise Stuff 1 :40 “I don’t think Holland
ever … to come to Kodiak.”)
said Holland America’s
will be making fewer visits to Kodiak, but it will still provide a better
season than the one projected for this year.
-- (Cruise Stuff 2 :21 “I
think they felt like they couldn’t ... empty berths.”)
Amsterdam will call on
Kodiak five times in 2014, a few stops short of its usual seven or eight. Buckingham
said that’s still something to look forward to. She said projections are hard
to make, but if she had to she would estimate around 14 ships coming to Kodiak
in 2014, based on those scheduled this season and the added stops from the Amsterdam.
As for this year, she said it’s the smallest
number of ships that have been to Kodiak in about six seasons. She said 2007
had about eight ships, and that number was climbing until the 2013 season. Two
ships will arrive in April, followed by one in May, one in June, two in July
and one in September.