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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE MAKES ITS GREAT CRUISE COMEBACK WITH FIRST U.S. SAILING

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NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer and Huna Totem Corporation CEO Russell Dick ceremoniously cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Transporter Gondola system at Icy Strait Point, Alaska on Aug. 10, 2021 during the Cruise Line’s first voyage to Alaska following its 500-day pause in operations.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel with a 54‑year history of breaking boundaries, celebrated its highly anticipated return to cruise in the U.S. with Norwegian Encore’s inaugural call to Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Aug. 10, 2021 in Icy Strait Point, Alaska to celebrate the opening of the new Wilderness Landing pier built in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Huna Totem Corporation. NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer and Huna Totem Corporation CEO Russell Dick ceremoniously cut the ribbon and open the new pier.

The Brand’s newest innovative ship Norwegian Encore set sail from Seattle on Aug. 7, 2021 for her first season of voyages to Alaska. Adding to the already momentous milestone, Norwegian Encore is the first in the industry to berth at the new Wilderness Landing pier at Icy Strait Point, which was built in partnership between NCL’s parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) and Huna Totem Corporation, the village corporation owned by approximately 1,400 Alaska Native shareholders with aboriginal ties to Hoonah and the Glacier Bay area. Icy Strait Point is a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Huna Totem Corporation.

Norwegian Cruise Line makes its Great Cruise Comeback from the U.S. with Norwegian Encore’s debut voyage to Alaska, where Icy Strait Point was the first port of call. Pictured here on the new Wilderness Landing pier, which was built in partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Huna Totem Corporation, are Norwegian Encore Captain Martin Holmqvist, NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer, Huna Totem Corporation CEO Russell Dick and Tyler Hickman, Vice President of Huna Totem Corporation.

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, a double ribbon cutting ceremony took place to officially open the new Wilderness Landing pier and the first of two gondola systems to be completed as part of the joint investment between NCLH and Huna Totem.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Huna Totem Corporation host ceremonial plaque exchange on Aug. 10, 2021 during Norwegian Encore’s debut call to Icy Strait Point, Alaska. In attendance were CEO of Huna Totem Corporation Russell Dick, Vice President of Huna Totem Corporation Tyler Hickman, Norwegian Encore Captain Martin Holmqvist and NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer.

“Our return to Alaska is a monumental moment for not only NCL but for the state’s communities as well,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “The absence of cruising last year was detrimental to these communities, which lost approximately $1.5 billion. Our return represents our continued commitment to Alaska and to the well‑being of the destinations we visit. Our investment in Icy Strait Point is providing our guests with more opportunities to experience and understand the natural and cultural beauty of the destination and its people.”

Norwegian Cruise Line guests were welcomed with a ceremonial dance performance by the local native community during Norwegian Encore’s debut call to Icy Strait Point, Alaska on Aug. 10, 2021.

A vehicle‑free zone, the new Wilderness Landing provides additional forest and beach areas for visitors to explore the natural wonders of the destination. With the opening of the new high‑speed Transporter Gondola, guests have easy access to Icy Strait Point’s first pier, Adventure Landing, where the Historic Salmon Cannery dating back to 1912 and other local attractions are located. Once completed later this summer, the Mountain Top Gondola will take guests to the top of Hoonah Mountain at 1,600‑feet of elevation, where miles of new hiking trails and scenic vistas await.

Norwegian Encore’s Captain Martin Holmqvist and NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer celebrate the Company’s return to Alaska after its 500-day pause in operations during the ship’s first call to Icy Strait Point on Aug. 10, 2021.

Later this week, Norwegian Encore will make her first calls to Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, before returning to Seattle and continuing her season of week‑long voyages to Alaska through Oct. 16, 2021.

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