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Alaska Celebrates Return of First Big Ship Serenade of the Seas to Alaskan Waters | Insider Travel Report

Ketchikan Alaska

Alaska celebrated the return of big cruise ships on July 9 with the first port call in Ketchikan by Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas. Serenade is the first large cruise ship to sail into Alaska waters and officially end the state’s big ship cruise drought after nearly two years.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, and City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Sivertsen joined community members in Ketchikan on July 9 at an event hosted by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association for the global cruise industry, as Serenade of the Seas returned to Alaska following the suspension of cruise operations due to the pandemic.

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