JUNEAU, AK (KINY) - For the first time in seven years, Alaska welcomed its one millionth cruise ship visitor.
Wendy Yoisten from St Albert, Alberta, Canada with her husband John, arrived on the Holland America Line vessel Zaandam, which docked Thursday morning in Juneau.
Among others they were greeted by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch, and Cruise Lines International Association Alaska President John Binkley.
Native dancers greeted the couple and Mrs. Yoisten received a medallion, plaque and basket of gifts from Alaska businesses.
Binkley told them their arrival is a significant milestone. He said reaching one million cruise visitors this year demonstrates the health and bright future in our industry.”
Governor Walker issued a proclamation for the occasion declaring the day Alaska Cruise Ship Visitor Day.