May 17, 2012 | Volume 42, No.20

Festivities planned for 1st ship docking

Special events will be held in conjunction with the season’s first docking of a large cruise ship.

Holland America’s 1,440-passenger Zaandam arrives Wednesday morning in Haines. Live music will be performed throughout the day and games for residents and crew members.

“It’s kind of a getting-to-know-you event,” said visitor’s center employee Linda Moyer.

The season’s first scheduled docking was a no-show.

The 104-foot Alaska Dream was scheduled to tie up 2:45 p.m. in Portage Cove May 11, but didn’t make the trip up the canal due to heavy seas and strong winds. Tourism director Tanya Carlson said the 49-passenger ship was scheduled to be in Haines about three hours.

Passengers on the ship fly into Southeast, then cruise the region on trips out of Juneau. The vessel is owned by Allen Marine of Sitka and previously was named the Executive Explorer.

Other Alaska Dream dockings in Haines are slated for Tuesday, July 10, and Sunday, Sept. 2.

Carlson said a “Tourism Community Night,” aimed at familiarizing tourism-related businesses saw a good turnout. The event featured young entrepreneurs talking about working in family-owned businesses.