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Cruise ships to visit Kodiak

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Cruise ships will make half a dozen stops in Kodiak this summer after a two-year absence.

Several tour vessels will stop in Kodiak, allowing their passengers eight- to 12-hour layovers.

The S.S. Universe Explorer will make three stops, according to Pam Foreman of the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Universe Explorer is part of World Explorer Cruises, which plans to bring up to 700 passengers per visit.

The Spirit of Oceanus will make one stop in Kodiak, bringing perhaps 100 passengers. That ship will be on a ''repositioning'' cruise from the Far East, returning to Southeast Alaska for the winter months.

The M/V Clipper Odyssey, with 120 passengers, is conducting the ''1899 Harriman Expedition Retraced,'' sponsored by the Alumnae Association and Clark Science Center of Smith College. This ship is scheduled to arrive Aug. 6.

The Regal Princess of Princess Cruise Lines will be the largest ship to call on Kodiak. Scheduled to arrive Sept. 29, the ship will carry up to 1,600 passengers and a crew of 800. That ship also will be on a repositioning cruise, returning to Russia and the Far East from Southeast Alaska.



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