Saturday, May 18, 2013
Luxury Cruise Ship ‘Silver Shadow’ Docks in Anchorage Port
The unique ship has rooms that cost upwards of $41,000 and passengers greeted with champagne and their own white-gloved butlers.
It's an economic boom that’s being felt beyond the Port of Anchorage where 11 cruise ships are docking.
Monday, the season's first luxury line unloaded passengers who were wrapping up their adventures and loaded up hundreds more.
“It's pretty unique so we are seeing economic impact from the guests but also the crew,” said Lindsey Whitt of the Port of Anchorage.
At as much as $41,000 per passenger for the 10-day cruise from Seward, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, the “Silver Shadow” is luxury travel at its finest as passengers are greeted with champagne and their own white-gloved butlers.
“The port is excited to see a different kind of traffic. It’s always nice to welcome cruise visitors and have just a different type of setup down here than just the normal cement or fuel,” said Whitt.
Thousands of tourists are crowding downtown Anchorage buying souvenirs and food before their next stop taking advantage of no sales tax.
“I was very much surprised. Even though this is my second trip, I was very much surprised…We bought more,” laughed North Carolina resident Dwight Evans.
There will be nine more cruise ships docking at the Port of Anchorage this season boosting both the cruise industry and the Alaskan economy.