In the past,tendering was the only way to get from a cruise ship to the shores of Sitka. And, although a privately-owned deep water dock was completed last year, it wasn’t until yesterday, September 20, 2012 that the first large cruise ship, the Celebrity Century, used the facility.
For cruisers with mobility issues, this is great news because depending on weather conditions, a visit into Sitka may not be possible when tendering. You can see why from this 14-second video.
With the concrete dock, it’s easier than ever to get ashore.