High Winds Force 4 Cruise Ships to Skip Ketchikan

Windy weather on Thursday prompted four cruise ships to bypass Ketchikan.

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by Associated Press

KETCHIKAN- Windy weather on Thursday prompted four cruise ships to bypass Ketchikan.


There were nearly 9,000 passengers plus crews on those ships, and the economic loss was put at about $1.4 million.


Winds were steady all day Thursday, gusting up to 36 mph, and about 4 inches of rain was recorded at the airport.


Wind is a serious danger for cruise ships, which have broad, tall profiles that can catch the wind. Wind makes docking and undocking difficult.


The cancellations left Ketchikan without a cruise ship in port for the first day since May 11.


The cruise season will end after three cruise ships make port calls next Friday.