The Alaska Railroad Corporation plans to issue 60 million in bonds to replace the current dock.
Seatrade Cruise News reports that the Alaska legislature has given the go-ahead for the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue bonds to rebuild the aging cruise dock in Seward, Alaska. The Governor will decide the final decision on this.
Bill O'Leary, President and CEO of ARRC was thankful to Legislature President Peter Micciche, a Republican, and House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Grier Hopkins, a Democrat, for introducing and shepherding the bond authorization.
O'Leary said, "we are thrilled the legislature provided its resounding support for this vital project that strengthens Alaska's cruise market in Southcentral Alaska." O'Leary added. 'Now, we will get to work making this new dock and terminal a reality for the benefit of our tourism partners across the state who are ready to welcome cruise guests for decades to come."
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Regional VP government relations for Alaska and the West Coast Wendy Lindskoog, said, "For those cruise visitors who want to get the most out of their Alaska vacation experience, Seward is at the top of their list." Great guest experiences are inclusive of sound destination infrastructure, innovative ships, exceptional onboard service, and plenty of things to see and do in the communities we visit. For many years, we have benefited from the strong community and business relationships in Seward, and the Alaska Railroad Corporation's pending improvements to the passenger dock will be critical to Seward's continued status as a vibrant cruise transportation hub."
Seward City Manager Janette Bower said, 'The Alaska Railroad has been an excellent partner with the city and community, and we look forward to our continued partnership. We believe in this vital project and the economic benefit it provides through cruise ship tourism dollars for our local businesses, including commercial passenger vessel funds for both the city and borough, the marine industry in Seward, and throughout the state."