Watch as Celebrity Cruises’ President & CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, tells the unique story behind Icy Strait Point, one of the most popular stops of our cruises to Alaska.
Located on Chichagof Island on the outskirts of the village of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point is home to the largest native Tlingit village in Alaska. It is known for its breathtaking scenery, vibrant wildlife, and adventurous excursions. But for years, the local community was shrinking, as many locals were moving to other regions in Alaska in search of better opportunities.
In 2004, Celebrity Cruises partnered with the people of the village in order to bring cruising to Icy Strait Point and develop the area into a popular tourist destination. Since then, Celebrity Cruises has helped bring nearly one million visitors to this gorgeous, unspoiled port in Alaska.
“The culture has reemerged, and young people are proud of their culture again, which is so important to us, and something we strive for everywhere that we go,” says Lutoff-Perlo.
All of the businesses in Icy Strait Point are locally owned by the people of Hoonah, and every experience within this thriving tourist destination is 100% authentic. Visit the port’s salmon cannery that dates back to 1912, where you’ll find restaurants and craft shops full of local items and gifts to bring back to loved ones at home.
Go on an adventure down the world’s largest and tallest ZipRider, and see Icy Strait Point’s impressive vistas and landscapes on your way down. Or go on a wilderness hike around the Tongass National Forest, where you’ll admire lovely views of the surrounding rivers and mountains.
Learn more about the unique port of Icy Strait Point and view Alaska cruise itineraries on our website. It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation to the Last Frontier with Celebrity.